Sunday, June 26, 2016

Denny Moyer in acrylic

Former undisputed junior middleweight champion Denny Moyer, acrylic paint on 12" X 16" canvas panel, by artist Coyote Duran
Former undisputed junior middleweight champion Denny Moyer, acrylic paint on 12" X 16" canvas panel




I didn't realize until yesterday, when I was talking to my UCNLive.com co-worker Bill Tibbs, that I haven't done a strictly acrylic painting since 2012. Over four years, man! That's way too long!

I mention Bill because he recently commissioned this painting (acrylic paint on 12" X 16" canvas panel) for a friend who's a huge fan of the late undisputed junior middleweight champion Denny Moyer. Moyer won the very first WBA junior middleweight title when it was put up for grabs in October 1962. He defeated Joey Giambra for the distinction via 15-round unanimous decision in  Moyer's hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Moyer would go on to unify the division by capturing the inaugural WBC belt a mere four months later when he defeated Stan Harrington in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unfortunately Moyer lost the unified championship to Ralph Dupas two months later in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Just as interesting, however, is that Moyer split a pair of bouts with the great Sugar Ray Robinson, winning the rematch four months after his 10-round unanimous decision loss.

Throughout his storied career, Moyer defeated Benny "Kid" Paret and Emile Griffith but lost to Carlos Monzon in a bid for the legendary Argentinean's undisputed middleweight championship in March 1972.

So you can imagine it was an honor putting this one together for a guy who exemplified what it meant to be a fighter's fighter. Moyer retired in 1975 with a record of 98-38-4, with 25 knockouts. Out of those losses, he was only stopped within the distance seven times. Not freaking bad at all.


A little daunting indeed was getting just the right photo reference. Tibbsy presented me with the following, a black and white autographed example. But I needed to re-imagine this in color and the only active era photos available were what looked like grainy stills, obtained by stopping either a reel-to-reel projector or taking a quick photo of a live fight from television with a cheap camera.

"What color were Denny's hair and eyes?" I asked Bill.

"He had dark hair and hazel eyes," Tibbsy replied.



The Denny Moyer photo reference


That's a start. Let's roll with it. After beginning a detailed sketch during some "Drink and Draw Saturdays" at the Coyote Den, I was in pretty good shape.






The following was shot in the midst of scoping out some "TNA Impact" news... 






This was the near-culmination of the pencil stage...






When I thought I was in the home stretch... 






Then really entering the home stretch... 






Despite a snafu with a little bowing of the canvas panel (it happens. I now have a pile of canvas panels stacked beneath my art kit), this project has been nothing short of spectacular, fulfilling and fun. In fact (speaking of pro wrestling), I think I might have even channeled my inner Rob Schamberger. (If you don't know who he is, please Google him. Consider that your homework. You won't be disappointed.)

Look, the bottom line is this wasn't just was a commissioned painting; it was an exercise in rejuvenation as well as a way to associate a good piece of artwork with a man more fight fans should know of and about. In the end, I hope that when fight fans talk about the very first junior middleweight titleholder and the very first undisputed junior middleweight champion, this painting is the new official image they think about.

Thank you, Tibbsy, for the awesome commission, and thank you, Denny, for being the best kind of subject. I hope you were watching, Champ.



Questions? Comments? Complaints? Commissions? Hit me up at coyote@coyoteduran.com. You can also follow me at twitter.com/CoyoteDuraninstagram.com/coyoteduran and facebook.com/CDCreationNation.



Friday, March 4, 2016

Bat-Gennady and Roman the Boy Wonder! (In color!)


Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez, ink and Copic/Prismacolor art markers on 11" X 14" Bristol Board, comic book-inspired boxing art by Coyote Duran



In our last pulse-pounding episode, we saw our heroes, IBF/WBA and WBC interim middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin and THE RING magazine/WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez rendered, comic book-style in ink on 11" X 14" Bristol Board.

As promised, I hand-colored the piece featuring "GGG" and "Chocolatito" in bright, bold Copic and Prismacolor art markers.

Whaddya think? Can these two hooking heroes make it as the next Dynamic Duo? Tune in next time...Same GGG time! Same Chocolatito channel!


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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Same GGG time! Same Chocolatito channel!


Gennady Golovkin and Roman Gonzalez, ink on 11" X 14" Bristol Board, comic book-inspired boxing art by Coyote Duran


Ever since IBF/WBA (and WBC interim) middleweight (160 pounds) champion Gennady Golovkin started bringing along his little buddy, THE RING magazine/WBC flyweight (112 pounds) champion Roman Gonzalez, along to work, HBO's boxing slate has gotten pretty interesting.

Turns out the hard-hitting Kazakh, also known as "GGG," and Nicaragua's "Chocolatito" have become quite a tandem, first teaming up on May 16, 2015 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to face Willie Monroe Jr. and Edgar Sosa, respectively. They reunited, at New York City's Madison Square Garden, on Oct. 17, 2015 when Golovkin beat David Lemieux by eighth round technical knockout and Gonzalez stopped Brian Viloria in nine.

Fast forward to the current day: On April 23, this Dynamic Duo will once again team-up and siege the Fabulous Forum when Golovkin defends his slew of belts against IBF mandatory contender Dominic Wade and Gonzalez meets McWilliams Arroyo. With that in mind, I asked myself, "How cool would Golovkin and Gonzalez look as a comicked-up rendering of the 1966 television version (albeit this version is on HBO) of Batman and Robin?" Probably pretty dopey but that was a risk I was willing to take. And why not, right?

I figured I would keep it simple and just do my rendering on 11" X 14" Bristol Board, first in pencil (2H in my trusty leadholder) with my inks finished in Micron, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Faber-Castell PITT artist pen. (You know...for the big areas.)

This is a piece I'm actually planning on coloring but I couldn't resist sharing this stage with one and all for the time being. I certainly hope these guys don't mind, especially Chocolatito, who might be a little weirded out when he realizes I pictured him in green briefs and elf shoes. Hey, I'm a lot bigger than him but he could probably still knock me out.

Stay tuned for our next episode: Same GGG time! Same Chocolatito channel!



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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hagler-Hearns: 'The War' - Part two


Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, 10" X 13", watercolor paint and ink on cold press paper by Coyote Duran, boxing art


As you saw in my last blog post, I was working on a commission for a good friend of mine that depicts a famous scene from the April 15, 1985 bout between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. The fight was for Hagler's undisputed middleweight championship and is now regarded as one of the most thrilling, violent fights in boxing history.

This finished piece was done on 10" X 13" cold press watercolor paper in watercolor paint and black ink. The sweat flying off both heads was popped in with a Sakura Jelly Roll white ink pen.

I posted some of the steps in the process (not a tutorial but just to show one and all - especially boxing fans - how things were looking) on my Instagram account, so go ahead and pop on over there if you missed it (no pressure)!

I hope you all dug the penciled product as well as the finished piece! And thank you, Mike, for your, support and patronage!



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hagler-Hearns: 'The War' - Part one


Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns: "The War." Graphite (2H) on cold press watercolor paper, prior to watercolor paint and ink, 10" X 13", art commission by Coyote Duran



On April 15, 1985 (my dad's 35th birthday and four days before my 14th), undisputed middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler ventured into Las Vegas, Nevada to meet the challenge of WBC junior middleweight titlist Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns in a much-anticipated defense coined, "The War." What transpired was seven minutes and 52 seconds of brutality and violence that went down in history as one of the greatest battles in boxing history, resulting in Hagler stopping Hearns in under three rounds. Absolutely and equally destructive and beautiful.

So when I earned a commission from a friend depicting one of the most famous scenes in boxing history, I was more than happy to oblige. This particular piece is done on 10" X 13" cold press watercolor paper and will ultimately be finished with watercolor paint and black ink - but, as I was working on my layout (in 2H graphite with my trusty leadholder), I got a little carried away.

As you can see, a (what should have been) simple, loose layout took on an identity of its own when I started filling in areas in which needed a certain amount of depth so they would look right to me at the moment. Next thing I knew, I was completing a full-blown piece before the final piece. I don't blame you if you're a little confused.

Long story short, I spent way more time on this than I should have but it turned out really cool and I had way more fun than I'm typically entitled to.

I posted some of the steps in the process (not a tutorial but just to show one and all - especially boxing fans - how things were looking) on my Instagram account, so go ahead and pop on over there if you missed it (no pressure)!

Stay tuned in a few days for the finished result. I'd totally appreciate it, Howlers!



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