Items On The Block… (The CvS Art Sale, pt 1)

A friend suggested that I need to post images of my original artwork that are still available. This covers quite a bit of material, but I’m quite sure I don’t have an exhaustive digital collection of my work. I’m not the most prolific (or tachnically proficient) artist ever to have graced this fair orb, but I do have quite a few pieces of pretty neat stuff, and the neatest thing about it is, I can probably count the number of pieces that are no longer available on two hands… and half of those you’ve never seen anyway.

So, let’s trot out a bit of the stuff I have on my hard drive, and maybe tell you a little about them.

Chicken Ink 1sml

This is, or sort of was, the Zestferno Chicken. It was an idea that was being bandied about back when I was working full time for Harpo Beverages. The Powell family were getting into BBQ sauce in a big way, and there was talk around the office of getting me to design another mascot.

The Powells themselves were leery of asking me because they’d decided I was too expensive for my professional level. However, some of the others, including Blair in sales and Brian in manufacturing, really liked my preliminary sketches.

After much refining, I got to this stage (scanned with a Canadian ‘loonie’ to demonstrate the relative size of the drawing), which for me was a new level of cartooning proficiency. It is essentially a piece of commercial art, but I don’t think it’s inaccurate to say that this is oen of the finest pieces of cartoon art I have ever rendered.

The only technical fault with the drawing is simply that it’s not quite complete; the final art was going to have several more falling pieces of volcanic material, plus a hand drawn version of the logo they had settled on, with a few signature modifications, based on whichever flavour was in the bottle.

Sadly, the project was scuttled when I was unceremoniously released from my position at Harpo/Giraffe Beverages (but I’m not bitter). I’ve been looking for a new home for this piece for almost exactly one decade now, but sadly, no one I know has any need for a chicken running from an erupting volcano. I know, it’s shocking to me, too.

Now, my professional rate for a drawing of this size and calibre is a cool $500.00. I know, that’s not exactly lunch money, and it certainly isn’t the kind of money you normally pay for original art by a virtually unknown artist. I’m just telling you what it’s worth.

However, this is a sale, and so I’m going to offer this piece for a highly negotiable $200.00 CAD. If you want to haggle me down, I’ll haggle with you, but if you buy at my price, I’ll even throw in the roughly half dozen prep sketches, one of which almost wound up being the final piece until Brian pointed out that the angle of the chicken’s foot made it look like the bird had a large erection. I’m not making this stuff up.

For those few who are looking for more than just a piece of art to stick on their wall, I would like to point out that this art has never been used in any commercial application. By me selling you all of the assets, you’ve just bought yourself a fully trademarkable piece of art at a ridiculously low price. Think about that.


Now, this was a piece of art I also created for the Powell family, back when we were still on good terms. Eugene himself requested this one, ostensibly because he was planning on having beer coasters made to distribute to Harpo’s bar owner clients. However, this plan was vetoed by his wife and children, and so this piece was never sold.

This was probably the fourth or fifth iteration of the logo, but for my money, this one is the most fun. It’s also the only drawing in existence of the L’il Giraffe mascot, which I carefully cropped from this drawing and used in a few other pieces for Giraffe Beverages. I’ve drawn a number of other cartoon giraffes for this campaign, but this one was always my favourite.

Now, this piece is not trademakable, but it is a nice piece, and the hand lettering, though influenced by classic 19th Century advertising lettering, is entirely of my own devising; I still haven’t made a font set from it. I have to get the original out and measure it to give you the proper dimensions, though I do remember that it’s not as large as the previous drawing.

My asking price for this piece is $125.00 CAD. I don’t ever sell original hand-drawn art for so little money, and when this sale ends, my price for this goes back up to $300.00, where it belongs.

Tiki Hut Cocktails v2 5 sml

Now this piece forces me to tell you something about my work methods: I virtually never hand-colour my commercial work. When I do, you get this:


So what I’m offering actually looks like this:

Drunken Mexican v2

Now, I don’t have a proper scan of the full piece on my hard drive at the moment, and I’m not sure which of my ancient storage CDs the original scan is on, so I’m going to have to ask you to play the Imagination Game with me on this one.

The nice thing about this piece is that, unlike many pieces of commercial cartoon logo work I’d done previous to this piece, this is entirely hand-drawn in one piece, with no compositing or heavy reworking in Photoshop. I was starting to really nail my craft. I did a handful of hand-drawn logos during this period, and they each stand as some of the most interesting and original logo work of my career. This piece belongs firmly in that camp, with the added bonus that it is in fact the last fully hand-drawn piece of commercial work I ever sold without going to the vector stage first.

This is another piece I’d sell these days for around $500. What I actually got for the colour image you see above is a sad testimony to what happens when a desperate young artist gets haggled to death, but that’s another story.

Sale price, unsurprisingly, is $200.00 CAD. It’s one of my favourites, and I’m loathe to let go of it. Haggling might not even work, but you can try.

To the best of my knowledge, this product no longer exists. I know the company that manufactured it is gone. I’m pretty sure the company that distributed it is, too, but I could be wrong. I’m reasonably certain the thing was never trademarked.

But seriously, the point is, pretty artwork. Buy it at my price and I’ll even throw in a really nice full colour print of the version you see above, on glossy or matte card stock. I’ve never tried printing it at poster size, and would have to take it over to Stirling Print, which would cost me money I don’t have at the moment, but hey, if I can price it reasonably, why not? Who knows? Maybe I can go into the art print business while I’m at it.

Alright, I have oodles more to show you, but I’m gonna stop here and drink some tea. BIAB.


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