This one was used for ads and as a t-shirt design for Crystal River Harley Davidson and also as the cover for that month's Born To ride Magazine.
I did this with Kathy http://www.fuzigraphics.com/ at her screenprinting shop... She's a great artist and a dynamite art director. I really had fun putting these manatees on bikes...
I combine sketching, ink drawing and computer design into my art. I was making art for people as far back as grade school and it became my career.
I have a scratchy kind of style that most art teachers normally try to torture out of their students
but I had some good ones who left me alone for the most part. I don't have a clipart type style.
In 10th Grade I went to Boces in Bellmore, N.Y for commercial art and camera....
at the time that was the best atmosphere for me
to learn Art Construction...
I also went to the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver back when it was a really cool old school. Back then it was run by the owner Phil Steele who at one time had been one of the artists behind
"Prince Valiant Comics". I don't think I could have been exposed to a better art environment.
I have worked in Manhattan for a large screen printing shop that really did a lot of knockoff work..
The owner would come in and pass out greeting cards from different companies and tell everybody to use their images to make up kid designs... so as I saw it there was nowhere to go with them. It was
upsetting to steal art. But that was the scene in NYC.
I had so many of my own ideas. So went my
dream of working in the city.
But moving on, I had a lot of luck as far as it goes getting work in Florida simply because there are so many businesses opening there who need the services of an artist. I still do most of my work for customers in Florida. Luckily they mostly seem to be interested in originality.
I still work for a lot of people in Florida but I've moved to Texas.
I am working on a NEW KoolKat Saloon
Design.... I'll update things as they progress.
I think KoolKat may need an Intervention....
This is how KoolKat Saloon ended up...
The printer, John Grindinger, did a great job
with this on a manual press.
New Characters For a Restaurant in Florida
How it turned out in color....