Sunday, January 20, 2019

Adrien Broner wins again (no, not really)

Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win over Adrien Broner on January 19, 2019. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win over Adrien Broner on January 19, 2019. Photo credit: German Villasenor


So did we learn anything new in witnessing Adrien Broner's latest loss (by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111) on Saturday night, this time to eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao? I'm not sure we were expecting a different result (at least most of us whom picked Pacquiao in confidence weren't) but Broner's post-fight denial certainly was original.

"I beat him. Everybody out there know I beat him." -  Adrien Broner

Even when Showtime's Jim Gray laid out Broner's punch deficiency, "The Problem" responded that he felt Gray was "against" him. I suppose anyone who wouldn't ride Broner's jock - before or after the fight - would be "against him."

This was demonstrated in the final press conference prior to the fight when Showtime's Al Bernstein invited comments from Broner prior to Broner and Pacquiao sharing one last face-off, other than the one they'd share at the official weigh-in. As we all know Broner's response was typically villainous and vitriolic, somewhat surprising Bernstein, a perennially professional and downright decent guy.

But we're built to expect this brand of behavior from Adrien Broner. We're expected to accept it as what the black hat usually brings to the table against the hero of the day, the heel, if you will. And if we rail against it or show disapproval, we get labeled as sensitive or easily offended. However if Broner is allowed such histrionics, aren't we allowed to react in kind?

Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor


That said, most pundits I know predicted a win for Pacquiao, 61-7-2 (39), one way or the other. I thought Pacquiao would administer the first stoppage loss of Broner's career but I was wrong and that's fine. But the consistency of Pacquiao's strategy and output were nonetheless satisfying.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sketch Card Chronicles No. 4: Manny Pacquiao!


Manny Pacquiao, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

Manny Pacquiao, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran


As a member of the boxing media, I've often shown artistic preference to the sport's most iconic warriors (as any of my followers and supporters know full well by visiting CoyoteDuran.com!)! So it should come as no surprise that I have a lot of fun rendering one of boxing's modern-day legends, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao.

I've drawn the "Pac-Man" in all sorts of mediums, from simple comic-style ink renderings to full-blown acrylic and watercolor paintings. So in recognition of Manny's upcoming welterweight bout against Adrien Broner on January 19, I figured Pacquiao was due his time in the "Sketch Card Chronicles" close-up spotlight (Micron pen and Copic Marker on a 2.5" X 3.5" Bristol Board sketch card)!


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Sketch Card Chronicles No. 3: Peter Parker and Miles Morales as Spider-Man!


Peter Parker and Miles Morales as Spider-Man, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

Peter Parker and Miles Morales as Spider-Man, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

Who knew that, out of all the cinematic renderings of the Spider-Man franchise, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," an animated picture, would be one of the most compelling films dedicated to the Wall-Crawler ever offered? I sure didn't. And although I still haven't seen it yet (I know; shame on me...), I do know that sucker has made over $300,000,000 on a $90,000,000 budget. ($90,000,000 on a cartoon? Yep. Animation has come a long way, Howlers.)


Therefore in the spirit of my new "Sketch Card Chronicles" series, I give you a close-up of my half-and-half rendering of Peter Parker (the original Spider-Man) and Miles Morales (at one time, Parker's "Ultimate Marvel Universe" counterpart). (Micron pen and Copic Marker on a 2.5" X 3.5" Bristol Board sketch card).


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.

Sketch Card Chronicles No. 2: Christopher Reeve as Superman!


Christopher Reeve as Superman, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

Christopher Reeve as Superman, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

As I laid out in my previous blog post, I decided to try my hand at creating sketch card art. By no means is this a new idea, as many artists I admire have been doing it for years but I figured I would give it a shot in order to present something my followers and supporters could enjoy on a more frequent basis, especially if I can't post as frequently, due to larger pieces of artwork or commissions.

In this post I present to you my rendering of one of the most - if not the most - legendary bearers of the Superman uniform, Christopher Reeve (Micron pen and Copic Marker on a 2.5" X 3.5" Bristol Board sketch card).


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Sketch Card Chronicles No. 1: Marvelous Marvin Hagler!


Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 2.5" X 3.5", Micron pen and Copic Marker on Bristol Board sketch card. Art by Coyote Duran


Having not posted here at CoyoteDuran.com in almost a year, I thought it might be a good idea to shake up my personal status quo and create some new vehicles that I can post more frequently (as larger pieces and commissions typically take longer to conceive and finish). So last month, I figured I would try my paw at something many artists already crank out: The sketch card.


Now most sketch cards I've seen used are made from Bristol Board and measure about 2.5" X 3.5", the standard size for a trading card. However instead of buying a pack of cards, which retail for around $2.00 to $3.00 for a pack of 20, I figured I would just take the time to cut my own and save some dough. (I'm sure Strathmore Art was none too happy to hear that but I'm an artist on a budget, dammit! Plus I buy their brand of Bristol Board and cold press watercolor paper in the first place.)
So in the spirit and tradition of "Sketchbook Chronicles," I give you the inaugural offering of "Sketch Card Chronicles," my favorite middleweight of all-time, Marvelous Marvin Hagler (Micron pen and Copic Marker on a 2.5" X 3.5" Bristol Board sketch card).

And yes, I realize I've already posted these on my Instagram account but in those photos, you're seeing perspective, regarding size and in comparison to my black-clawed paw. Here I've posted a close-up without glare from the LED lamp on my drafting table.

I really hope you dig these because, effective immediately, I'll start posting these every time I complete one. On Instagram, you'll be able to experience the perspective and here, you'll be able to scope out the close-up product, warts and all. Stay tuned!



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.