Tag Archives: business card

Murray

Here’s another mini-portrait on the back of a business card (my niche).  It was modeled after a photo of Bill Murray from the web (photo credit to Ben Margo – AP).  The business card, being so narrow, makes me tend to elongate heads.  So, it ends up not looking a heckuva lot like Bill Murray (sorry, dude).  Here are the process shots…

Began with a light sketch

Began with a light sketch

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Inked in with Pentel brushpens

Finished off with watercolor

Finished off with watercolor

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Sleeper

My daughter fell asleep at the dinner table one night, and I got a picture of it.  Since I’m enjoying doing these miniature portraits on the back of business cards, I thought it would be a fun photo to try.  Not such a boring photo… you know, mix it up a bit.  OK, so here’s Jordan:

She fell asleep: Brushpen & watercolor on the back of an old business card.

She fell asleep: Brushpen & watercolor on the back of an old business card.

Tommy

Another miniature portrait on the back of a business card.  This time, during lunch at work.  Good thing I can shut my door.  It’s my Uncle Tommy.

"Tommy", watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

“Tommy”, watercolor and Kuretake #8 brush pen on the back of a business card

Steve Mac

Boy, twins are a lot of work!  The lack of output here on this blog is mostly due to the business (read, busy-ness) of taking care of infant identical twin girls.  Oh, but do I love them immensely!  I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world, or all the art in it.

I do, however, use that as a crutch… an excuse of sorts because I am able to do some things in short spurts.  For example:

"Steve": Kuretake #8 brush pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card.

“Steve”: Kuretake #8 brush pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card.

This was done in about 15-20 minutes, just after the boys had their baths and were watching TV before bed time, so there are opportunities for me to be creative.  I just have to resolve to take advantage of them.

Anyway, I think I may have found a niche here.  I could offer to paint quick, 5-15 minute, miniature portraits on the backs of business cards for a small sum – free shipping, of course.  Set up a website, draw some traffic.  Yeah, maybe so.  Thoughts?

Jay Carney

I’ve been sick with the flu for almost a week now.  Laid up in bed, sleeping, watching lots of House of Cards on Netflix (great show, by the way).  Anyway, it’s my first day back at work, and what do I do during lunch?  Yup… draw.

I saw this funny-face photo of Jay Carney online a couple weeks ago and saved it to my phone.  Today, while watching yet another episode of House of Cards, I thought I’d whip out my old business cards and start doodlin’.  And here’s what happened…

Jay Carney - Sharpie pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card during lunch.

Jay Carney – Sharpie pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card during lunch.

Rick

Been a while, eh?  Very busy, that’s all.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on another miniature portrait of a coworker on the back of one of my old business cards.  I have an entire studio in my basement, but never, EVER, get down there, and this little cards are perfect for watercolor.  Portable, too, which is great for carrying around in my backpack with the Koi watercolor set and my waterbrush pens.  Just great for creating-on-the-go.

So… here’s Rick.  I think I’m gonna give this one to him.  Can’t quite get the nerve up to hand out the others.

Rick - watercolor on the back of a business card

Rick – watercolor on the back of a business card

Randy

I think I might be done with these back-of-a-business-card portraits.  They’re so fun, though, and I have SO many left (business cards). Anyway, here’s Randy.  Oh, and they still don’t know… shhhhh…

Watercolor on the back of one of my old business cards

Watercolor on the back of one of my old business cards