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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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 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.

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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