Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Larry Holmes vs. Mike Weaver I


 Larry Holmes vs. Mike Weaver I, 14" X 17", Prismacolor Ebony Pencil (Graphite) on Bristol Board. Art by Coyote Duran.

Larry Holmes vs. Mike Weaver I, 14" X 17", Prismacolor Ebony Pencil (Graphite) on Bristol Board. Art by Coyote Duran.



Hey, I'm back, Howlers! ( I know; I know. Who cares? Just bear with me...) It's been too long a stretch not posting anything here and that's something I've been meaning to change for a good looooooong time. So without further ado, here's a blog about my latest commission, one for my pal and boxing guy Dave Wilcox!

Dave is a major fan of former longtime heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and former WBA heavyweight titlist Mike Weaver (with whom Dave is also a friend) and wanted a reproduction of a renowned moment in their first battle, for Holmes' WBC title, on June 22, 1979.

Now these days, I'm rather reluctant to recreate a scene or pose for which an established photographer is responsible but it's at the request of a customer and, with my particular style, it's not an exact copy. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

Dave also requested a black-and-white rendering and asked if it could be done in pencil. Well, my favorite way to do a fully-rendered pencil piece is to lay it out on Bristol Board (my favorite, on which to pencil. In this case, 14" X 17") with my trusty Alvin Drafting leadholder (in 2H lead) and finish with a Prismacolor Ebony pencil, topping it all off with a blending stick.

The image above is the finished rendering and the following in-progress images are courtesy of my Instagram account.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 11" X 14", watercolor and acrylic paint on cold press paper. Art by Coyote Duran.


Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 11" X 14", watercolor and acrylic paint on cold press paper. Art by Coyote Duran.


When the 164.5 pound catchweight battle between THE RING Magazine middleweight/WBO junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and former WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was made, quite a few fans laughed themselves into hysterics. With Canelo seemingly trying to find any excuse not to fight undefeated IBF/WBA/WBC titlist Gennady Golovkin, while Chavez is two fights removed from a stoppage loss to Andzrej Fonfara two years ago (not to mention having discipline issues), long-suffering fight fanatics looked to have had it, once and for all.

Now, two days away from the actual fight, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View (supported by what looks to be a solid undercard stacked with young talent), this fight doesn't sound so bad. In fact, especially being hosted on Cinco de Mayo weekend, the national pride is at an all-time high. Who wins? Who eventually rebuilds? With many fans, the question is, "Who cares?" The mutual acrimony should (keyword: should) conjure a bloodbath.

Shannon Briggs as Luke Cage/Power Man


Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs as Luke Cage: Power Man, Sketchbook Chronicles No. 8, ink, watercolor paint and Copic art marker on sketch paper. Art by Coyote Duran.


Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs as Luke Cage: Power Man, Sketchbook Chronicles No. 8, ink, watercolor paint and Copic art marker on sketch paper. Art by Coyote Duran.
A couple of years ago, I decided to dedicate an entire sketchbook to pieces that didn't take much time to do (more on that later...) and call these "journal entries" the "Sketchbook Chronicles." This was meant to be an extremely frequent exercise just to keep me sharp but, of course, life got in the way (and that's not a bad thing!).

Entry No. 8 was supposed to be a timely entry but the capitalist pig (coyote, really) I am got more involved in commissions. (Hey, I've got bills to pay and mouths to feed too, you know.) See, Netflix and Marvel Studios premiered their "Luke Cage" series in September of 2016 and I got the bright idea (no, really, it was) to render former world heavyweight boxing champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (who, incidentally, will face Fres Oquendo for another heavyweight title belt on June 3, 2017...at age 45! Let's go, Champ!!) as the 1970s version of Cage, the "Hero for Hire" known as Power Man, to coincide with it. Originally, I started the drawing then and meant to finish it shortly afterward but, as I mentioned, commissions, money and paying bills, man! I actually finished last night (hence the dual dates by my signature)!

Anyhoo, I hope you dig the latest (and I do mean that in the most late of senses!) Sketchbook Chronicles entry, done in ink, watercolor paint and Copic art marker on sketch paper, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs as Luke Cage/Power Man.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Duran-Leonard I: 'The Brawl in Montreal' - Part two


Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard I: "The Brawl in Montreal." Watercolor paint and ink on 10" X 13" cold press paper. Art commission by Coyote Duran


Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard I: "The Brawl in Montreal." Watercolor paint and ink on 10" X 13" cold press paper. Art commission by Coyote Duran



When we last tuned inthen-undefeated WBC welterweight titleholder Sugar Ray Leonard was getting his head handed to him by arguably the greatest world lightweight champion of all time, Roberto Duran, fully rendered in 2H graphite on cold press watercolor paper.



Well, joy of all joys, this sucker is finished (watercolor paint and black ink) and getting prepped to send to its owner Mike Downie, in Texas. SO MANY apologies for this being so late! But it was so much fun to render! I'm so grateful for these challenge commissions!



If you don't follow me on Instagram, please check out the following process photos!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Duran-Leonard I: 'The Brawl in Montreal' - Part one


Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard I: "The Brawl in Montreal." Graphite (2H) on cold press watercolor paper, prior to watercolor paint and ink, 10" X 13", art commission by Coyote Duran
Roberto Duran vs Sugar Ray Leonard I: "The Brawl in Montreal." Graphite (2H) on cold press watercolor paper, prior to watercolor paint and ink, 10" X 13", art commission by Coyote Duran

It was actually almost a year ago when I created the first piece in what now would become a series for one customer, a friend of mine, Mike Downie from Texas (a watercolor and ink rendering of the classic battle between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, seven minutes and 52 seconds of beautiful violence, known simply as "The War). Months later, Mike would commission a brand-new piece, evoking another classic battle from the early-1980s - June 20, 1980, to be exact - the first meeting between arguably the greatest world lightweight champion of all time, Roberto Duran, and then-undefeated WBC welterweight titleholder Sugar Ray Leonard.

The 15-round championship bout ended like few anticipated, with the villainous "Hands of Stone" holding his hands high in triumph before flipping off Leonard's then-wife Juanita. Although, Leonard would authoritatively avenge the loss, via eight-round stoppage, five months later in New Orleans, Louisiana, the ink in boxing's history books is indelible. Roberto Duran handed Sugar Ray Leonard his very first professional loss.

Now, regarding this piece, if this scene looks familiar but doesn't (if that makes sense) is because had I replicated the photo reference Mike provided, I would have had to render both Duran and Leonard much smaller, resulting in much unused space between them. So I took a little "artistic liberty" and shortened the space between the two, thus substituting Duran's long right hand, down the pipe, into something of a tight hook (more of a cross, since Duran is a right-hander). If it's difficult for you to visualize, just consider Duran's right elbow being at close to a 90-degree angle from his right fist, if that makes sense.

Again, I had to go full pencil rendering on this piece in its layout stage (with my trusty, true-blue Alvin Drafting leadholder, loaded with 2H lead on Strathmore cold-press watercolor paper), simply because it looks dope, Howlers.

Anyhoo, it's off to the paint and ink stage now but before you jet, if you haven't seen them just yet via my Instagram feed, here are the process photos: