Friday, June 8, 2007

Wiling way the Hours

So I airbrush t-shirts at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, creating Family Fun and Fond Memories for the local, sun-baked populace :D Our lil' stand, River City Airbrush, formerly Kaotik Kolorz, is staffed by one person during the week, and two or three on the weekends. It's a new sart for the stand, under new ownership. The former owners, Graphic Creations out of Houston, TX hired me when I was 15; it was my first job and I worked for three consecutive seasons. I eventually moved into the restaurant industry working the overnight shift at a local greasy spoon. Oh the Twig and Leaf. The stories I could tell, haha! Anyway.

I waited tables for the next two years (again, stories), then last year I went back to work at Six Flags as a second job--only this time I was caricaturing! It kinda opened my artistic world a lot, getting to sketch faces from life, having to do it quickly, and of a quality that people would be glad they paid for it :X I was assistant manager (yeah right) and Lead Artist of the t-shirt and caricaturing booth, but our manager was an incredibly sweet girl who was unfortunately in over her head and eventually kind of had to throw up her hands at the whole mess. She is now on her way to becoming a roller derby babe as well as a rockstar, so more power to her (love ya panda, if ya ever read this :D)

This time, it it is a full time airbrush t-shirt affair, and the hours are loooonnnnggg and business is sloooow (but picking up! we are running a great business, but time will tell) so I have a lot of doodling time inbetween :B I did this page on a whim, as a test of my ability to remember the features of a face after having only really glimpsed them for a few moments . . . we are located on a path that is in between a few big rides, so most people are just moseyin' along and barely see the shop on their way. Those that do stop in are season pass-holding kids with not much money :$ Sometimes ya get a group of middleschoolers on a trip from a neighboring state and they all want shirts! Then it is great! I sure hope we are busy tomorrow, but in the downtime I will try to do some more skletches like these :) Hope everyone enjoys them, please ask any questions and tell me what you think these kids are like.


Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Fun drawings and that's a great photo of you with all the people around. I know you know about katie Rice. Have you seen Marlow Meekins' and Grigor Eftimov's caricatures?


William said...

Downtime sketches often produce the best calligraphic/whim cartoony results. The pictures are great! You should definitely update more often.

Candle_Jack said...

OMG! thats the paper with doodles on it that I saw when I came in to get my Candle Jack shirt!

did you get my E-mail by the way?