Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finished Christine Portrait

I love messing around with music but I always seem to have those days where I question why I ever picked up a guitar in the first place and why I even tried. Yesterday I even thought about selling all of my music gear and just doing art again full time without the hassle of having an extra hobby getting in the way.

But, I am learning, when I feel that way, to put it aside for a minute and go and do something else.

So, what's bad for the music is good for the illustration and the piece I started coloring yesterday is done and done.

This illustration is of a good friend of mine from back in New Jersey named Christine. I met her years ago while I was doing an ill fated tour of duty as a bartender at Red Lobster. While the job didn't work out (I'm allergic to lobster so it wasn't the best career move working in a restaurant that specializes in serving it) I did come out of it with a great friend. When I left New Jersey and moved out to Colorado we lost touch for a few years. We'd talk from time to time and send cards and letters but it wasn't the same as living in the same state. So, before I knew it, it had been years since we had talked. But, thanks to Facebook and email, we're back in touch and as good friends as ever.

I wish I had had the chance to draw Christine when I first met her and lived only a ten minute drive away from her. But, at the time, I didn't have the talent or skill to draw my friends or, probably, the guts to even ask them to pose for me. I'd like to think she would have said yes if I had summoned the courage to ask. And, I would have hoped I would have done the best job I could have done. But it still probably wouldn't have come out as nice as I can do now.

So, I'm glad, with the advent of digital cameras, social networking, and better emails, that I can draw a friend of mine who lives three thousand miles away and do just as good a job as if she lived across the street. Sure, it's not as much fun as if I could have had her pose in person but I love that I can get the job done no matter how far away someone lives.

Now I just hope she likes the way it came out.

And, at the moment, I don't have any plans to sell any of my guitars. But, we'll see how that goes.

Have a great day.


Chrsitine aka Steeni said...

I LOVE IT! And thank you for making me blog worthy so many times this month. You are a dear, dear friend and we have many inside jokes to prove it! BAH-RAM-EWE ;) But you did sketch me back in the day... I know we have proof of it somewhere. Plus you have always been top of the charts good, don't sell yourself short... know how cool is was when I was 23 to have a friend who did a Little Mermaid poster for Disney and was working on posters of Spidey for Marvel... I would say those were not some lowly starts, Mister! Thanks for the art, I love it and as always... I love you! BTW, you were the best thing EVER to come out of Red Lobster, even if you were red and itchy :D

rob! said...

Very nice!

Sean Tiffany said...

Thanks you both. I'm really glad you both like it. I love the way it turned out.

And thanks Christine for letting me draw you and for all the kind words. They definitely brightened up my day. We'll have to do some more art of you sometime soon!