August 20, 2014
A MOUNTAIN GOAT. 
John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, a “Persons Of Interest” drawing. You can get your own here, as my schedule allows. Short version is I’ll draw any famous/widely recognizable figure, fictional or historical or just popular, just once.

A MOUNTAIN GOAT. 

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, a “Persons Of Interest” drawing. You can get your own here, as my schedule allows. Short version is I’ll draw any famous/widely recognizable figure, fictional or historical or just popular, just once.

June 16, 2014
FASCINATING RHYTHM (print)
5” x 7” indigo process print, available here, $10.

FASCINATING RHYTHM (print)

5” x 7” indigo process print, available here, $10.

May 19, 2014

UNGHHH!

Listen to: Wounded Bird - Reprise by PILOTPRIEST

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April 17, 2014
FASCINATING RHYTHM.
5” x 7”, ink and watercolor on bristol. Warmup drawing from a sketch of this very straight-backed drummer I saw the other day. 

FASCINATING RHYTHM.

5” x 7”, ink and watercolor on bristol. Warmup drawing from a sketch of this very straight-backed drummer I saw the other day. 

July 18, 2013
THE ACT YOU’VE KNOWN FOR ALL THESE YEARS. An “Hour Drawing,” available to purchase here, and the 200+ set of them so far here. Subject suggestion for this one was “Beatles.”

THE ACT YOU’VE KNOWN FOR ALL THESE YEARS. An “Hour Drawing,” available to purchase here, and the 200+ set of them so far here. Subject suggestion for this one was “Beatles.”

May 31, 2013
MILES BY BICYCLE now on INPRNT. I was very proud of this drawing, originally for a friend undergoing surgery as a get-well present. And then I colored it up and monetized it into a print, and now I’m doing it again via Inprnt—so a snazzier, giclee-ier print. Get in there, jazz lovers and bike lovers; get in there and battle for supremacy.

MILES BY BICYCLE now on INPRNT. I was very proud of this drawing, originally for a friend undergoing surgery as a get-well present. And then I colored it up and monetized it into a print, and now I’m doing it again via Inprnt—so a snazzier, giclee-ier print. Get in there, jazz lovers and bike lovers; get in there and battle for supremacy.

May 7, 2013
JIM GUTHRIE's new album Takes Time premieres today, and it's fantastic. You can order it (and/or stream it free) on Bandcamp (which presumably nets him more moola) and iTunes. I was able to get an advance copy and have worn electronic grooves in the mp3’s for the last few months: it’s really something. I discovered Jim’s music through the incredible Sworcery soundtrack, and then immediately started working back through his catalog. Now More Than Ever is an especial favorite, and his last solo studio album, nearly ten years old. I can’t recommend Jim as a person or as an artist highly enough—his music has become a really really important part of my life, and I’m the better for it. 
The above comic is from a future series of diary comics, which I thought I’d have done by now, but no. But I couldn’t help sticking it out there to celebrate Jim’s new album, and hopefully drum up some new fans for him. Pass it along!

JIM GUTHRIE's new album Takes Time premieres today, and it's fantastic. You can order it (and/or stream it free) on Bandcamp (which presumably nets him more moola) and iTunes. I was able to get an advance copy and have worn electronic grooves in the mp3’s for the last few months: it’s really something. I discovered Jim’s music through the incredible Sworcery soundtrack, and then immediately started working back through his catalog. Now More Than Ever is an especial favorite, and his last solo studio album, nearly ten years old. I can’t recommend Jim as a person or as an artist highly enough—his music has become a really really important part of my life, and I’m the better for it. 

The above comic is from a future series of diary comics, which I thought I’d have done by now, but no. But I couldn’t help sticking it out there to celebrate Jim’s new album, and hopefully drum up some new fans for him. Pass it along!

December 24, 2012
I’ve spent all day inking 18 different drawings for a big history map illustration for a magazine, including this James Brown, who recorded Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag in Charlotte (where I live) in 1967. 

I’ve spent all day inking 18 different drawings for a big history map illustration for a magazine, including this James Brown, who recorded Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag in Charlotte (where I live) in 1967. 

December 13, 2012
MAYNARD FERGUSON, TRUMPETEST. One of the twenty dollar sketches I do; you can buy one here, and see all the ones to date here. Subject suggestion: “Maynard Ferguson”. This one was tough because I wasn’t familiar with Ferguson, a Canadian trumpeter and band leader. And then after familiarizing myself, it wasn’t my cup of tea really—to be honest, I just don’t like trumpet very much, especially in the wild upper registers that big band trumpeters like to squeak into. I struggled with what to draw until I decided to just get rid of the part I didn’t like. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how ideas work. 

MAYNARD FERGUSON, TRUMPETEST. One of the twenty dollar sketches I do; you can buy one here, and see all the ones to date here. Subject suggestion: “Maynard Ferguson”. This one was tough because I wasn’t familiar with Ferguson, a Canadian trumpeter and band leader. And then after familiarizing myself, it wasn’t my cup of tea really—to be honest, I just don’t like trumpet very much, especially in the wild upper registers that big band trumpeters like to squeak into. I struggled with what to draw until I decided to just get rid of the part I didn’t like. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how ideas work. 

December 5, 2012

togetherinthisdream said: Your jazz illustrations are to die for! I abso-fucking-lutely love them, and I love that you're doing them. Really glad someone is doing jazz that beautiful service, I think you've inspired me to, as well. :)<3

Thank you very much! Although I wouldn’t think of it as doing jazz a “service” so much. Especially since I’m selling prints :$

Speaking of jazz, here are five amazing jazz albums, whether you’re new to jazz or old to jazz:

1) John Coltrane, A Love Supreme. This is the daddy; there’s a reason you’ve heard about it a million times. Listen to it on headphones, late at night, while driving. If I had to answer the question “why is humanity here,” I couldn’t, but “John Coltrane” comes close.

2) Charles Mingus, Blues And Roots. Charles Mingus is second only to Duke Ellington in terms of composition, but he adds a wild energy to things that Duke never had. 

3) Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. This was the first jazz album I ever owned. I’m not the biggest Miles Davis fan in the world, and this is one of the most overplayed pieces of music in the world if you hang out in bookstores, but good lord it still delivers. How can I not be tired of this yet? But I’m not.

4) John Handy, Live At The Monterrey Jazz Festival. This is another head-exploder. It starts quiet, ear-strainingly quiet, then builds to this enormous crescendo at the end. I can’t even imagine seeing this live. This has been one of my most treasured musical touchstones since I first heard it almost 20 years ago.

5) I can’t decide on a fifth one. Really it should be Miles Davis/Gil Evan’s Sketches of Spain, but I want to include something by Ellington. But there’s not really a definitive Duke Ellington album—he made big band music in an age before things were composed as albums, and by the time he was in that mode, his stuff was either less accessible or just rerecordings of older stuff. But of those later pieces, his collaboration with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, Money Jungle, is a favorite, as well as his collaboration with John Coltrane

Side note: I like getting questions in my little Ask box, although I usually answer them privately. But for when I answer one publicly like this, I’d prefer there not be any swearing in there. Not that I don’t swear myself, I just don’t like to do it broadband like that. I like to pretend I am a gentleman.

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