Once again, I've teamed up with Brian Kokernak to bring you Golden iPhone fun. Beamoji is a completely hand drawn sticker pack available on the App Store to be used with iMessage in ios10.
Announcing my daily BEA ARTHUR FOR PRESIDENT art project! Now that #BeaADay2 & #RueTheDay have ended, I have entered the Denisonverse version of Bea Arthur into the presidential race. This project will end on Election Day. I'll be using a new distinct style for it with a limited palette and parodying past campaign slogans, presidential portraits, current campaign gaffes and mishaps in the traditional #BeaADay approach. Here are the first four pieces, follow me on twitter or Instagram or the other social medias out there for the daily feed:
I cannot thank Kerri Doherty & H. Alan Scott enough for putting together this surreal and fantastic weekend for me at the Nerdist Showroom this past weekend in LA. Also, major thanks to Sophea Khem & Theresa Hyuna Hwang for their generosity and hospitality. And thanks to their neighbors for their avocado trees. And to the event's guests, big ups to Jim Colucci, esteemed Golden Girls historian, Big Gay Ice Cream's Bryan Petroff, for giving out f'n Bea Arthur flavored ice cream to EVERYONE (and yes, it does taste like Bea), and comedic genius, Eliot Glazer, of Broad City, Younger & New Girl, which needs to do a The View podcast with H Alan. And most important, the fans! People showed up wearing my shirts. I'm basically Calvin Klein. Anyhoo, you all need to go to www.outonthelanai.com and support my peeps!
So... if you're one of the few who currently have my first book, you may have noticed the dedication to Andy Devlin on the title page right above where I doodled a half-assed cheesecake or Sophia Petrillo insult. I am extremely fortunate to have many "best" friends and Andy was and will always remain at the top of that list. He touched A LOT of souls and inspired every person that he had ever met to be themselves and that it was okay to be weird. He showed us how to push the boundaries of our creativity. He taught us how to reach down from within ourselves and transform emotion, good or bad, into art. He was the type of person to call you on Christmas Eve from the other side of the country and tell you that his van was stuck in the desert. He would take a genuine interest in anything you had to say and he would make time for everyone, whether he knew them for a lifetime or had just met them. Andy departed this realm last summer and it's still hard for me to grasp. Waves of grief come unexpectedly. I know it will never go away and I don't want it to. All I can do is reach down from within myself and use that emotion to create art or to try to make someone laugh.
Life is short, people. Stay young. Laugh. Be weird. Ignore ridicule. None of what anyone has to say matters. Have fun, however you find it, whether it's dancing under the stars in a desert or watching a comic book movie with your children. As Andy would preach, burn your stars bright and embrace your awesome.
I've been signing and doodling in coloring books for 2 weeks now. Some have actually made it into the mail. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks if you ordered one.
I taped an interview for WCVB's New England show, CHRONICLE, yesterday. Not sure about the air-date yet, I'll keep you posted!
Mike and #BeaADay were somehow deemed FRONT PAGE material.
My Golden Girls painting (top left) was in this scene, though you can only see the bottom of it on television.
I'm preparing coloring books using my infamous puns and parody, inspired by and taken from my various art projects. Get on board here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2075446719/cuter-than-an-intrauterine-the-beaaday-coloring-bo
I'll be peddling my art, prints and new other wares in Artist Alley again this year. Come say hi! August 12-14.
Saturday 2/13/16 I will be showing art, selling prints & drawing sketches in Somerville, MA at Sally O'Brien's from about 8 pm til midnight. There will be some live acoustic music as well as art by Johnny Gardner.
In other news, a fan made my day by forever branding himself with one of my one-line Golden Girls pieces:
Here's some of my current doodles
All shirts at my TeePublic page are currently $14! Find them here:
Ink on paper.
I did this one-line drawing of Ziggy last week upon hearing the news. People inquired and now a limited run of prints (100) are available in my shop. Each one I send out will be signed, doodled & hand-numbered, & will be accompanied by a quick sketch card as well as possibly some other surprises. Oh, and one lucky, random person will get the original drawing, too...
I interviewed for Jim's upcoming essential guide to everything Golden Girls and cannot wait to see the book (with some of my work inside!). Pre-order it here...
Come see me at a future show and I'll happily sketch something Golden Girlsy inside.