Every year the folks at the YMCA Camp Widjiwagan have me draw the t-shirt design for the summer campers. Usually I draw a little scene with kids doin' stuff, but this year I asked them if I could go a different direction. It's an incredible camp with lots of fun land and water activities, so I incorporated some of the activities in the letterforms. This is the sketch that they approved.
Intricate: Having many complexly interrelating parts or elements. Does a drawing of a whole bunch of cows over a painting of what we get from cows qualify? It's pretty intricate to me, considering I have the attention span of a five year old main lining Mountain Dew. What do we get from cows? Dairy, meat, and shoes.
I was born to, and raised by two very caring humans on Flora Street in Wichita, Kansas who did the best they could. During my childhood, my uncanny drawing skills kept me safe in the hood. Then, after serving several arduous years at Wichita State University, my toughness and cleverness that I acquired on the streets of Wichita enabled me to escape from Wichita under a tarp in the back of a southbound livestock/art supply truck. Nestled between a pig and a pile of 11"x14" spiral bound sketchbooks I found myself seeking my fortune in Dallas, Texas. Though my fortune eluded me, I did manage to have a great time drawing funny pictures for a lot of fine folks in that fine city. I was later fortunate to make the brilliant decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee, the greatest city on the planet. I know, that's a debatable assessment of Nashville, but I really, really like it here. I'm convinced that if I could sing, play an instrument, or were good looking, I could be a country music star. Till then, I make my living drawin' funny pictures, and painting rectangular paintings.