This piece was one I drew freehand for a free indie mp3 compilation for my website, Jesusfreakhideout.com. The drawing was done on black Strathmore Artagain paper in colored pencil. I used several different references to make it all work, including a wide shot from Ghostbusters, then two different close-up moments related to the “How about a little music?” / “Heh–Yeah…” moment between the two. I love that scene!
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Here’s the final album cover, which you can download for no cost or info collection — i.e. TOTALLY FREE 🙂 — at http://www.jfhmusic.com
White-on-black drawing isn’t the easiest, but sometimes when I see certain black-and-white photos, I feel like they could possibly work in this format.
I don’t remember where I first saw this image of the lovely Stana Katic, but I think it was before she started using the original photo as her profile photo (but I could be wrong… I may have just forgotten that that is where I’d found it originally 🙂 ). What I usually do is keep a folder of photos I’d like to potentially try to draw some day, so one night I turned to this one and gave it a shot. I struggled with the proportions and getting it just right, and also used a mix of grays with the white to try to push the realism if possible.
After working on it, taking a break, and then coming back to it several times over the course of a few weeks, I decided one night to just finish it. A little self-conscious about the results, I still decided to post it to Instagram/Twitter. I was surprised that people seemed to like it… but even more so when Stana herself re-Tweeted it later that evening. (See below 🙂 )
My Twitter feed ended up exploding with Stana fans offering their encouraging feedback and it really lifted my heart that night. 🙂
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Drawing on black paper is always tricky. After seeing the Super Bowl teaser for the new “Jason Bourne” film, and seeing the pretty cool poster art, I decided to attempt a drawing of Damon’s mug on black paper using white and grays. It was kinda fun, but definitely stressful trying to get it just right.
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I don’t typically draw characters before a movie comes out and I have some kind of appreciation or connection to them, but as I get more and more pumped for the new Star Wars film, once this image debuted, I felt the urge to work on a colored pencil drawing of Kylo Ren from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” This one was actually pretty fun too. It’s entirely colored pencil layered on black paper (Strathmore Artagain Paper). I used a mix of Prismacolor and Faber-Castell pencils.
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Just for fun one night, I decided to attempt a colored pencil drawing of one of my all-time favorite cinematic villains… the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. And while Hollywood is currently desecrating the original film for the sake of milking the franchise for more money, I still had fun drawing the white cuddly baddie on black paper. And since I misjudged placing Stay Puft on the paper in the right spot (since I draw everything freehand), I decided to work the no ghost logo into the background.
This one was totally fun to do 🙂
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If you know me, you’ll know that while drawing was my first love, music is probably my second love. I started a Christian music website in 1996 as a sophomore in high school on a little free web page on Angelfire.com. In 1998, the site moved to Jesusfreakhideout.com where it still is and continues to thrive (and just celebrated 19 years!), and it is still a major passion of mine. It’s always fun when these passions get to intersect and come together in some way, and recently I had the idea of doing an original drawing for the next album cover in a series of free MP3 compilations JFH has been releasing annually. The title is “Songs We’ve Been Trying To tell You About (and Others We Haven’t)” (I love unnecessarily long album titles, especially fun and literal ones in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way). The other album covers used photographs I took as a base for the album art, and I decided to run with the “Songs We’ve Been Trying To Tell You About” theme with this image of Marty McFly in “Back To The Future” playing Van Halen for his Dad (in the past as a teenager) to wake him up. If anything, it was a self-entertaining reference that I liked. I presented it to the JFH team and they loved it — more than I thought they might (I braced myself for them to think it was cheesy, to be honest). And so… here it is below as an album cover. 🙂 If you’d like the free mp3 compilation, by the way, you can grab it (and the others) at http://www.JFHMusic.com or http://www.Jesusfreakhideout.com.
Limited Edition, numbered and signed prints of the original artwork can be ordered here: