Friday, March 30, 2007

Honky-Tonk Heroes

The Dragon has been holed up in the studio quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. The previously mentioned Steampunk Stamp was part of this activity, but the bulk of my time has been spent getting my airbrushing chops back up to snuff.
Much of this time has been invested in boring skills drills, like practicing lettering and alphabets. More interestingly, (at least to me) has been the series of monochrome airbrushed portraits on t-shirts. Like a lot of airbrush artists, I'm hoping to use t-shirts as a springboard into custom painting cars, motorcycles, and, of course, SCOOTERS. Hopefully, the t-shirts will generate some income, whilst I'm trying to break into custom painting.

Anyway, above you will see a classic Johnny Cash pose, modeled by the lovely Ms. Auerbach. Some will think this should have been rendered on a black shirt, but it was intended for Jes, as a talisman against surly customers in her job as a bartender. And Jes likes purple, so there you go.

Below, is actually the first one I painted, of Honky-Tonk poet laureate, Charles Bukowski.
I'm going to be putting this one up on, here pretty soon. Or if anyone is interested in purchasing it directly from me, let me know in the comments.

The going rate for airbrush portraits, of at least this caliber, online seems to be $60. I'm going to start my pricing at $50, before shipping. So if you'd like a portrait shirt, drop me a line. Once I have a backlog of orders, I'll be raising my prices to the industry standard...
As you can imagine, there will be more along these lines, posted soon....

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