Sunday, May 27, 2007

Happy Birthday, Luke


This was a portrait done of my nephew Luke for his 13th birthday. The idea was to have his interests and hobbies integrated into the mass of hair as if they were extensions of his thoughts.

I had it framed with a surrounding mount and it looked pretty good. My nephew seemed thrilled with it too.

The drawing style is a homage to one of my favourite European comic artists, Jean "Moebius" Giraud.

42 Comments:

Blogger Smash said...

Wow... the work I see here seems to get better and better. Very awsome. Think anyone in your family would want to adopt a 26 year old art student?

12:07 AM  
Blogger GhettoFab said...

wow Chris!!! Love the all the hidden things in his hair. A masterpiece of a gift

1:08 AM  
Blogger Jorge A. Morales said...

Nice, I like those art pieces that make you look at them for a few minutes because you'll find something else you didn't catch in the beginning.

I hope your little cousin appreciates it. Bet he's gonna be showing it to everybody once school starts.

Jorge

1:41 AM  
Blogger Chrissie A said...

Oh Chris, this is just amazing. What a lucky kid your cousin is to receive something so wonderful. Beautiful piece!

3:26 AM  
Blogger Jean-Marc Borot said...

Soon, each drawing of Giraud / Moebius will become a homage to you.
At the beginning, I thought it was REALLY a drawing of him.
Great

10:47 AM  
Blogger nELSÖN! said...

Dude... that is AWSOME!!!!!!!

8:59 PM  
Blogger mrana said...

wow this is brilliant, that face is so three-dimensional ... and the hair ...!

1:07 AM  
Blogger Piotr said...

wow! absolutely stunning work, what a great gift for him. awesome!

4:26 AM  
Blogger kollyo said...

An excelent idea, art work is stuning (as always:)It is a perfect birthday present for your nephew too. I just posted an caricature i did
for my friend's birthday too and I wanted to check on your blog, which i always refer as an inspirational tool and...whoaw im amazed...thanks for all your inspiration,Chris!!!!!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Joe Bluhm said...

Great work, Chris. I'm glad you didn't get lazy in the hair, which I surely would have done. There is as much uniqueness in each single curl and shape as there is in the figures and objects in the hair. Brilliant.

Glad to see more caricatures and portriature from you. You're one of (if not) THE best.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

great, you really captured the Moebius-ish-ness. I forsee lots of people ripping off this hair idea :)

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work as always Chris!

I've love to see a full sequential in that style... but we can dream can't we :)

- Hayden.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Faboun'e said...

I LOVE WHAT U ARE DOING !!! I just passed 1 h hour to study all of some drawing... I 'm a French (small) designer and a student in caricatures and lots of drawing and i would tell you that your work inspire my work like (with Kruger, Bluhm ..) I'll be back for sure!
http://fabounedraw.over-blog.com/

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one!
Super convincing Moebius pastiche.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for doing this Chris,

I hope I wasn't the client from hell!

Love, Ingrid

4:39 PM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

brilliant illustration chris!! moebius would be proud if he caught a glimpse of this. freakin' incredible as always!! :)

5:27 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!! Always enjoy reading your comments.

Ingrid- My pleasure, wifey. You were a dream client...

10:25 AM  
Blogger flipstudios said...

o man, great pencil work. there;s such life in your lines. very talented sir.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

IDEAS!!!!!
great flooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

5:09 PM  
Blogger J. Nowland said...

Hey Chris.... Dig the hair.... it has some really great life to it... PEACE!
J

5:47 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

WONDERFUL!!! ALL your blog is awesome! all of them but this one is very special!

fantastic work!!

saludos!!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

flipstudios, nate, j, aurora- Glad you all enjoyed the piece, and thanks for the comments.

10:34 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

You really captured that Moebius feel! Terrific drawing!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Dan!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea Chris I agree with all the comments posted and I can assure everyone that Luke was delighted with the drawing,I was there for the unwrapping and his face said it all,just brilliant!!
Lukes Grandma.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Elaine!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Wouter Tulp said...

beautiful!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Wouter!

10:38 PM  
Blogger jdub said...

i didnt even have to read that it was a homage, i could tell immediately. moebius has been one my favorites for years and you did a fantastic job. immediately says moebius but still screams wahl! one of your pieces i like the best.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

jdub- Thanks mate. Good to hear some of my own style comes through.

1:50 PM  
Blogger benwithcappuccino said...

A W E S O M E!!!!!!!
Fantastic blog, I love your art!
compliments!!!!!!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Ben!

Enjoyed visiting your blog. You have a very unique style.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

wow! it has so much movement! great work, so meticulous! you got style!

3:38 AM  
Blogger laseraw said...

great drawing man congrats!
the moebius thing came across way before i read the comment

good job!!

great blog!!!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

lucy/laseraw- Thanks for your generous comments.

6:17 PM  
Blogger ROGER PUIG said...

REALLY BEAUTYFULL!!!! GEORGEOUS

11:10 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Roger!

Nice work on your blog.

1:25 PM  
Blogger ad2100 said...

Hi! I'm Marc, an art director from Barcelona and I've seen your work for V GA in "AdsoftheWorld". Man... I just worship your work. You remind me of three artists on top of my mind: Mäester, Iron, Mulatier.It's so exciting for me to find someone that has your skills. Congratulations, and I hope we can work together sometime. Keep on scrapping!!!

2:37 AM  
Blogger ad2100 said...

My eyes are just opening wider each illustration I check. Man, I have no words. Hail you and your style!!!

3:38 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thankyou for your gracious comments, ad2100.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sellner said...

hey man, AMAZING work. I saw that GRRR shirt on redbubble, so gooood!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Mr. Sellner.

11:34 PM  

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