Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sale time! (Hey, it's a win/win for the both of us here...)


Attention, Howlers: Are you looking for an original art commission for yourself or a gift at a ridiculous (meaning rather good!) price? Well, now is indeed the time to belly up to the bar and make your reservation. Here's how and why:

Although I do have a set list of commission prices always at the ready, I'm ready to knock things down somewhat and make a particular commission of mine (actually a favorite to render) more available to you.

From now until further notice (because I have bills, not gonna lie), I'm offering an 11" X 14" portrait, rendered in gouache (watercolor) and ink on cold press watercolor paper for $125 firm. That's $50 off the regular commission price (up to two subjects per portrait, please. Additional subjects, $30 each) of $175. Shipping in the continental United States is free and each painting is shipped flat.

Got questions, comments and commission reservations? Please shoot me a message at coyote@coyoteduran.com. Thank you, one and all, Howlers!




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Steve Cunningham AKA "USS" in ink




Sketchbook Chronicles No. 5: This installment features the creator and star of the upcoming "USS Comics," Steve "USS" Cunningham. You might not know this but the former world cruiserweight champion/current heavyweight contender has been a life-long artist and comic book fan and came up with the concept of a high-energy, yet family-friendly, comic a few years ago. But when it came time to make the art and story a reality, Steve asked Yours Truly for a helping hand. Since we're both artists and storytellers, it just made sense to join forces and makes something really cool.

Now Steve has drawn a heap of cool scenes for the official www.usscomics.com website but this is my shot at a character sketch. And by no means is this a competition; it's merely another point of view. I truly believe our contrasting styles in art alone will make this book a true winner (by the way, this sketch was completed with Micron pen and Faber-Castell brush pen).

Stay tuned, Howlers!


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dusty Rhodes: A tribute in ink





Sketchbook Chronicles No. 4: "The American Dream," Dusty Rhodes (real name: Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.) wasn't just a professional wrestler and a character on television; he was a guy you and I, at home, knew personally without ever meeting him. He fought for the regular guy, the blue-collar cat (like my own dad, who has driven a semi-truck to this day since 1979), the anonymous and the downtrodden. Rhodes (of course, via kayfabe) faced elitists like archenemy Ric Flair and his Four Horsemen and he was such a great fit in which to do so. Rhodes wasn't the body beautiful but, at the same time, didn't run around in suits or drove flashy cars (at least in the story) and that appealed to kids like me, who had far more faith in our dads than those who cared not what something cost as long as they had the money to buy it.

On June 11, 2015, Dusty Rhodes passed away. The Dream came to a close and we all woke up without this quirky, soulful legend in our lives. Dusty was a symbol of a long-gone era, when professional wrestling wasn't as contrived and showy as it is now. Maybe part of this has to do with kayfabe no longer existing (due to the advent of the internet) but the least writers and creative teams can do is try a little harder to match the level of drama and wonder those 1970s, 1980s and early-1990s icons - like Dusty Rhodes - freely gave us in studios and pay-per-view events that were so much more worth buying.

I realize I'm a little late to the tribute party but I'm as busy a man as they come (something Dusty would have appreciated) and the first sketch I attempted simply wasn't good enough to share. It had to be just right. So here is my ink sketch of Dusty in my bold, cartoony style (another thing Dusty would have likely appreciated) finished in Micron pen and Faber-Castell brush pen.

Rest in peace, Big Dust. And thank you for all of your hard work.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Adrien Broner: Taking girls out to dinner






In celebration of former IBF welterweight titlist Shawn Porter helping provide a meme-able moment with last Saturday night's opponent/incorrigible big-mouth/former three-division titleholder Adrien Broner, I'm gonna just - as the kids these days say - leave this half-assed Photoshop effort riiiiiiiiight here.

Thank you, Shawn. :)



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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher!




Last week, Marvel Entertainment announced that Jon Bernthal (best known as Shane from "The Walking Dead") would portray Frank Castle, the Punisher in the second season of Netflix's original series "Daredevil." So what's an artist to do? Jump on the bandwagon and make a rendering just like eeeeeeeeevery other artist is doing right now.

But seriously, Howlers, that means we're all excited and the more art, the merrier. Here's my rendering in Copic marker, Faber-Castell brush ink pen and watercolor paint on 9" X 12" Bristol Board. I hope you dig it!

(To peep the "work in progress" pieces, please visit my Instagram account.)



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