Sunday, December 22, 2013

This is a break from the typical art posting as this one is more of a commercial type thing.
I was hired to create 2 15' w x 20' tall stage backdrops and a bald eagle for the most recent
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis US Fall Tour. In addition to painting the backdrops and eagle, I also had a hand in the design/fabrication of 3D tree trunks.

The backdrop painting and eagle painting were all done freehand with no templates, grids or projection enlargement on fire retardant muslin stage drapery. The eagle was drawn freehand on plywood, cut and detailed. The trunks were formed from large cut Sonotube, heat formed plastic sheeting that simulated a bark texture, bondo, expanding foam and tons of paint.

The photos here show the process from start to finish and some stage shots lifted from the M&RL website. Zoe Rain www.zoerainphotography.com is the official photographer. Other source is www.romansrapup.com

I will add better quality photos soon. These give you a good idea of what went down. Oh yeah, I painted the backdrops and eagle in 5 days.


































Thursday, December 19, 2013

What a year! My computer and phone both died leaving me unable to do a whole lot of posting until now. This hasn't stopped me from making art, just put the brakes on documenting stuff for a spell.

I began posting what started as a simple daily cartoon using facebook as a barometer to see how it would go over with people I know. The daily postings were originally going to be whatever I happened to draw that day in my sketch book and turns out it essentially became an ongoing series of cartoons featuring a character I named 'Bedbug'.

I am now making custom Bedbug paintings and illustrations on a commission basis, working towards compiling a book of the best Bedbug cartoons as well as some fresh ones just for the book. You can see the Bedbug cartoon archives and add yourself to the fanbase to see daily updates at http://bedbugcartoon.tumblr.com/ as well as https://www.facebook.com/missinglinkinkdailycartoon.

Below are some of my favorites. You can commission a Bedbug in ink or paint simply by contacting me and telling me how you want Bedbug portrayed. The possibilities are endless. Price can be discussed based on what the commission entails.









Friday, January 18, 2013















Custom Missing Link Ink Tattoo Flash Sheets!!! I am selling these original flash sheets as well as limited runs of 10 prints per design (signed and numbered). Originals are made on heavy cardstock using a mix of india ink, tattoo ink, acrylic paint and sharpie marker.

Originals sell for $150/sheet. Prints are $30 each.

I riff on classic themes and inject my own designs as well as popular and obscure 20th century cartoon and advertising icons.

I have been collecting tats for years and gave it a whirl as a tattooer a few years back. Arthritis made it nearly impossible to devote time to pursuing tattooing as a career so the next best thing for me is to create my own flash sheets.

I also design custom one of a kind tattoo pain-free designs that you can take directly to your favorite ink slinger or simply hang on the wall to admire.

These designs can be purchased immediately by going to my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeytoast or you can contact me directly  to avoid all the fees and extra cost of Etsy.