Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bobby Chacon: Nov. 28, 1951-Sept. 7, 2016


Two-division boxing champion Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon, ink on sketch paper by Coyote Duran, boxing art
Two-division boxing champion Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon, ink on sketch paper by Coyote Duran


Sketchbook Chronicles No. 7: On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the boxing world learned that one of its own, former two-division champion (at featherweight and junior lightweight) and Hall-of-Famer Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon, 59-7-1 (47), had passed  away while under hospice care.

Despite suffering the tragic losses of his wife Valerie (Chacon would fight the following day, stopping Salvador Ugalde in the third round) and son Bobby Jr. (a result of gun violence three years after Chacon retired), Chacon could still find the wherewithal to smile. That smile became the trademark of a warrior, who would gradually succumb to Pugilistica Dementia.

As simple and bold as his smile, I offer an equally simple and bold tribute to Bobby "Schoolboy" Chacon in my latest "Sketchbook Chronicles" entry, done in Micron pen and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on sketch paper.

Rest in peace, Champ.










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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Four Kings of Boxing: Part one


The Four Kings of Boxing, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, 2h graphite layout on 18" X 24" stretched canvas to be finished in acrylic paint. Boxing art/painting by Coyote Duran.
The Four Kings of Boxing, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, 2h graphite layout on 18" X 24" stretched canvas to be finished in acrylic paint. Boxing art/painting by Coyote Duran.


On the heels of my two most recent boxing paintings (a watercolor Manny Pacquiao and an acrylic Denny Moyer), I thought I would tackle another boxing piece, prior to jumping on a commission, but I wanted to do something different, something surreal and reminiscent of a time in my youth that helped influence the artist I am today. And that time was all about comic books.

Remember the older Marvel Comics that has the panel in the upper left-hand corner that featured the faces of team members in the X-Men, Fantastic Four and the Avengers? Well, this approach somewhat reminded me of those issues in the 1970s and 1980s. This approach also features my four "comic book heroes" of boxing: Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns. These guys represented everything right about boxing during hat time and - get this - they all fought each other. That's kind of a difficult thing to ask for in this day and age, right?

With that in mind, I wanted to work BIG (well, bigger, that is. I decided to render this piece on an 18" X 24" stretched canvas). I think, when one works as big as he or she can, it allows for better and freer attention to detail. You can also take more chances.

Now I know you're probably looking at my floating heads and thinking, "Yeah, they do look more comicky than realistic." And you would be absolutely correct! See, when the paint goes down, that's when the fun begins, like working further with values and depths, past the maximum one can lock down with just mere graphite. And sure, I could have made these fellas look more realistic in graphite; however, I also wasn't working on a graphite-finish-friendly surface (like Bristol Board, for example) and wasn't using my typical graphite pencil for finished renderings (my trusty Ebony pencil).

So in the spirit of my previous Instagram-happy blog posts, howzabout we do a recap of what's been shakin' with this piece thus far?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome back, Manny Pacquiao (in watercolor and ink!)


Manny Pacquiao, 11" X 14" watercolor and ink on cold press paper. Boxing art by Coyote Duran
Manny Pacquiao, 11" X 14" watercolor and ink on cold press paper by Coyote Duran


Last time on the The Coyote Duran Show (that has a nice ring; doesn't it?), I shared what started as a Periscope broadcast (sorry for not sharing the rest, gang. I got a little...uh, carried away) that morphed into a full-blown watercolor and ink piece (on 11" X 14" cold press paper) celebrating the inevitable return of eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Since our last meeting, I shared the buildup on Instagram!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Manny Pacquiao: Part one...The pencil stage


Manny Pacquiao, pencils on 11" X 14" cold press watercolor paper, prior to watercolor paint and ink stage. Boxing art by Coyote Duran
The start of my latest Manny Pacquiao painting. (Pencils on 11" X 14" cold press watercolor paper.) NEXT: watercolor paint and ink!


So, currently, I have a couple of art projects in various stages around the Coyote Den and that's a good thing. It means I always have something artsy to do when I'm not working my gig as a boxing news editor.

However, I needed to do something bigger when we in the media learned that eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao was likely to cancel a very short-lived retirement after defeating Tim Bradley in their third bout last April. At the same time, it also gave me the opportunity to start using my Periscope (a live-streaming video application) account.






Sunday, July 10, 2016

Christian Kane as Captain Marvel (Shazam)


Sketchbook Chronicles No. 6: Christian Kane as Captain Marvel (Shazam), Micron pen and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on sketch paper, July 2016 by Coyote Duran
Sketchbook Chronicles No. 6: Christian Kane as Captain Marvel (Shazam), Micron pen and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on sketch paper, July 2016, by Coyote Duran



Sketchbook Chronicles No. 6: Sometimes, if I'm feeling highly productive, I really enjoy knocking out sketches of things like pro wrestlers, superheroes or boxers. That idea begat my "Sketchbook Chronicles." Nothing fancy-schmancy or high-level artsy-fartsy. Just good clean fun meant to keep me sharp and fuel my imagination. (I might be a grown-up but I'm still a kid at heart; you know.)

So, I give in to my dopey whimsies from time to time and create what my imagination asks me to. With that comes my latest piece, an ink rendering (notice I didn't say, "a quick sketch"? It drives me nutzoid when a VERY talented artist - and I'm not saying that condescendingly; I swear - coughs up a beautiful piece on the Instagram, then refers to it as a quick sketch. You don't have to bullshit me, kids. It's worth letting one and all know your work takes time. Other than that, it only makes you sound like one of those folks who does or presents something monumental and caps it off with, "No big deal." Ugh) of my absolute favorite superhero, Captain Marvel. (Micron ink pen and Pentel Pocket Brush pen on sketch paper. And no, this is the real Captain Marvel, not DC Comics' imitation called "Shazam." I'm sorry but current main continuity Cap, these days, killed the real deal in 2011.)

However, I wondered what he - and the rest of the Marvel Family - would look like based on established Hollywood types. With Cap's sister Mary Marvel, I thought Danielle Panabaker (of the "Friday the 13th" remake, "The Crazies, and the CW's "The Flash") would make a fantastic reference or would even be a terrific Mary on the big screen. I looked at Chandler Riggs (of "The Walking Dead") as the perfect Freddie Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. and for the good Captain himself, actor/country singer Christian Kane (of "Leverage" fame).

Mind you, few renderings are perfect without previous attempts, hence my latest Instagram go-round, which looked like Christian Kane and John Travolta's love child:





#SketchbookChronicles No. 6: If there's anything that drives me nuts about some #artists, it's the whole "quick sketch" claim many of them post on @instagram. Unless it's gestural or some sort of underdrawing framework, I'm not buying that your ode to Da Vinci took five minutes to bang out. That said, here's a palate cleanser (I'm between #paintings) featuring my favorite #superhero, #CaptainMarvel (some call him #Shazam these days. Not me, pal. I don't recognize the #New52 version). This is NOT a quick #sketch whatsoever and I like it that way. Yeah, it's just #ink thus far but I really enjoy making certain that all my bolds are hammered in. And this version of Cap is based on one of my favorite actors/singers. Once I'm finished, you might be able to recognize him. Now off to refill my #coffee cup, Howlers! #Micron #Art #Artist #ArtLife #CoyoteDuran #Illustration #Drawing #Portrait #DCComics #Comics #ComicBooks #BlackAndWhite #BillyBatson
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Yeah, I had to start over. But now, Cap looks like an amalgam of Christian Kane and Tim Matheson. Oh well. I like it and I still had fun. Maybe next time, I'll crank out something a little more detailed. :)




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