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Fox 8 Greensboro – Roy’s Folks Feature

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2014 in Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Fox 8 Greensboro – Roy’s Folks Feature

Ink Slingers were featured by Roy’s Folks, which highlights area artists, events, museums, and just plain ol’ people of interest.  A Fox 8 news producer found me at my First Friday booth back in April and asked if I’d be interested in being featured on their news program.  Most certainly, thank you. Check out and LIKE the Fishworks: Ink Slingers Facebook page for new art updates!        ...

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See that old Blue Devil smoke arising to the sky.

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2014 in College / Sports Mascots, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

See that old Blue Devil smoke arising to the sky.

I’ve been trying my hand at creating college sports mascots lately.  I’ve got the Demon Deacon, Buzz the YellowJacket, the Maryland Terrapin, UNC Ram, and now the Duke Blue Devil.  I have no loyalties to any one specific team, so I’ll make ’em all. I think next I’ll try some of the more obscure ones.  Any fans of the Arkansas-Monticell Boll Weevils?   Or here’s a list of the 20 most obscure college mascots.   In the meantime, here’s my rendition of the Duke Blue...

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A Monstrophabet Book

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2014 in Geekdom, Pop Culture, Side Projects | 0 comments

A Monstrophabet Book

In 2013, I participated in the Sketchbook Project and created A Monstrophabet Book. I originally drew my first monster alphabet in 1998 and for years have wanted to attempt to make another.  In addition, one of my bucket list items is to have a piece of artwork in a museum. The Sketchbook Project takes hundreds of completed sketchbooks on tour around the country and then catalogs them in their museum in Brooklyn, New York. Taking about 6 weeks to draw, paint and ink, I spent many late nights hunched over the art desk to complete the book by the deadline… My favorite letters are the V / W combination.  What’s...

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Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz the GT Yellowjacket

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2014 in Animals, College / Sports Mascots, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz the GT Yellowjacket

This custom Buzz pen was created as a Father’s Day gift for a graduate of Georgia Tech.  Buzzzzzzzz buzzzz fizzz fizzzzz....

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Garden State Surfin’ Style

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2014 in Caricatures in Clay, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Garden State Surfin’ Style

I was contacted by a friend I’ve known since 7th grade to create a Father’s Day pen for her husband.  I’ve never met him, but spent hours studying his likeness from several photographs provided by his wife. I was pretty happy with the way I was able to capture his facial likeness.  Next step was the body…  This was one of my first attempts at creating a full body base, and I became obsessed with trying to get it the way I was envisioning it.  After three attempts, I think I achieved what I was seeing in my head. He has tattoos covering most of his arms, chest and back, so it was a challenge to reproduce all of them accurately in clay.  If I were to attempt this again, I think I might try painting on the tattoos with acrylic paints, as they might be more realistic in that medium.  But Father’s Day was approaching quickly, and I needed to get this in the mail to the Garden...

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Squirrelly Conversations

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2014 in Animals, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Squirrelly Conversations

A custom pen created for a friend who is constantly distracted by passing squirrels, or blinking lights, or shiny objects…  or actually, just about anything except the task at hand.  😉 Sample conversation:  “So, let’s talk about how we’ll present this information online to students when… SQUIRREL!….   (5 minutes pass….)  Wait, what were we talking about?” True...

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Behold! The Mighty Viking, Take Two

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2014 in College / Sports Mascots, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Behold!  The Mighty Viking, Take Two

This custom Viking pen was created for a great young man, just graduating from high school.  He’s always full of good spirit, is kind, helpful, courteous, just like a Viking.  No, wait.  That’s not quite right.  Well, it makes for a good high school mascot...

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Can I make the little man fly now, Mommy?

Posted by on Apr 29th, 2014 in Geekdom, Ink Slingers Pens, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Can I make the little man fly now, Mommy?

“Not this little man. This little man is going home now.” Half-man.  Golden Lion. Lannister, Son of Tywin. Dependable payer of debts. Hand of the King.  Master of Coin. Tyrion is one of my favorite GoT characters, so when I was asked to create a pen of Tyrion for one of my former middle school students, (Thanks RC!) I jumped at the chance. It was a fun and challenging piece to create…  I think I could have made his face a tad bit wider, but the canvas of the pen is pretty narrow. I haven’t read the books, so I’m anxious to see what becomes of Tyrion over the course of the next few seasons. (no spoilers, punks!)  As the past three years of watching GoT have taught me, I probably shouldn’t get too attached him though…   He’ll probably lose his head by the end of Season 4.  I can create most anything for you! Custom orders...

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Posted by on Apr 28th, 2014 in College / Sports Mascots, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

My college mascot was Talon the Osprey (although I’m not even sure he had a name way back in 1996)  If you don’t know what that is, which most people don’t, it’s a large fish eating bird.  I thought that was one of the most obscure mascots until I moved down south and discovered that Wake Forest’s mascot was a Demon Deacon. There is a interesting history on the genesis of the Demon Deacon.  During my extensive research (i.e. Google and Wikipedia), the most interesting fact I discovered was that one of their mascots fell into a coma after smashing his head on a Gatorade jug while headbanging?  Now that’s dedication to your team. This piece was created for a Wake Forest alumni’s parent, who is also an alum and big Wake sports fan.  It was a fun piece to create, and add to my series of college sports mascots pen creations. I can create most anything for you! Custom orders...

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We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota proverb

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2014 in Caricatures in Clay, Ink Slingers Pens | 0 comments

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota proverb

This piece was created in memory of a fine gentleman, Eugene,  who passed away in April 2011.  His family and friends lovingly called him BG (Big Geno).   His daughter-in-law requested that his piece have a Native American theme, so I spent some time researching the clothing and weapons of the Wampanoag tribe (the native tribe of their location in the US).  It can be difficult to get an accurate representation of a person when only working from a photo, but I feel I was able to get pretty close to his likeness.  😉 So here’s to Big...

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