Works In Progress: Giants, Star Wars, Yankees, Big Lebowski

Working on a bunch of stuff right now that you’ll be able to see displayed in a variety of places. Here are 4 pieces in various stages of progress, from the minor touch-ups needed to finish the Victor Cruz painting to the Big Lebowski piece that’s still just a sketch.
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Works In Progress: Yankees and Shaun Of The Dead

Here are a few of the things I’m working on right now. A pair of Yankee paintings, one of Don Mattingly and one of Derek Jeter, and some sketches for the Simon Pegg caricature for my Shaun Of The Dead/Ghostbusters/Evil Dead mashup painting. The finished works will be up next week.

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Happy Birthday Captain! – A Jeter Art Retrospective

Aside from Batman and Frank Sinatra, I don’t think there’s anyone I’ve drawn or painted more than Derek Jeter. So, in honor of his 38th birthday today, I decided to take a little stroll down memory lane by reposting some of my better Jeter pieces.

The last painting I did of him is the iconic “thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee” one. The one where he’s driving in the game-winning home run on Opening Day was one of my first attempts at the more abstract backgrounds I paint now. Then there’s the painting of his even more iconic jump throw which is part of a mural I did for Jack’s Goal Line Stand in Long Branch, and the montage drawing of li’l Derek surrounded by highlights from his Yankees career. I think I did that in 2006. It’s still one of my favorites.

Hmmm… Maybe it’s about time I got started on that 3000th hit painting…

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NY/NJ Sports Mural @ Jack’s pt. II

Here’s where we’re at with the big mural over at Jack’s Goal Line Stand on Brighton Ave in Long Branch. If you’re in the area, swing by to take a look then head inside and check out their new 41 HDTVs and 47 beers on tap. There’s also usually something pretty bad-ass on the specials menu. Try it sometime. You can thank me later.YOU’RE WELCOME.

The first pic is just to give you a sense of scale. That’s me next to Jeter. I’m 6’1″. There you go. Now you’re ready to view the rest. Enjoy…

Sketches & Doodles

It’s been a long while since I posted some honest-to-goodness drawerings up here in this piece (in order to appeal to the younger demographic flocking to Tumblr, WordPress insists I refer to my blog as “this piece”), so here’s some crap I doodled the other night as well as a couple of paintings-in-progress.

And, yes, that’s Fox Sports’ lead broadcaster/Mouth of Sauron Joe Buck.

Podcast ep. 60 – Pinstriped Podcast w/ Joe Pawlikowski

On this week’s Pinstriped Podcast, Craig is joined by Joe Pawlikowski from River Ave Blues, Fangraphs, and ESPN.com to talk a li’l Yankees baseball, the Eight Wonder of the World that is the George Steinbrenner monument, speculate on how A.J. Burnett got his new look, discuss the potential awesomeness of Ivan Nova, how much awesomeness Jeter’s got left, Mariano being the Most Awesome, and other tidbits to tickle your ears and blow your mind.

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WARNING: The Craig Mahoney Podcast may contain naughty language and ribald humor. Proceed with caution.

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NY/NJ Pro Sports Mural @ Jack’s

For the past few week’s I’ve been working on a HUMONGOGIGANTICOLOSSAL sports mural depicting representatives of the “big eight” local NY/NJ pro sports teams over at Jack’s Goal Line Stand, on Brighton Ave in the West End of my tiny hamlet of Long Branch, NJ. After much deliberation, the following lineup was decided on:

  • NY Yankees – Derek Jeter
  • NY Giants – Lawrence Taylor
  • NY Jets – Joe Namath
  • NY Mets – Doc Gooden
  • NY Knicks – Patrick Ewing
  • NY Rangers – Mark Messier
  • NJ Devils – Martin Brodeur
  • NJ Nets – Jason Kidd

I’m also painting the Jack’s logo and, since this is a Monmouth University bar, the Monmouth U Hawk.

This is the first project I’ve taken on of this size. Actually, it’s the first outdoor mural I’ve done, and only my second mural, period. So, I’m naturally learning a bit as I go, and it’s taken a bit longer than I would like, but I’ve finally got the whole thing sketched out on the wall, and I’ll be spending the next 2 weeks throwing paint on top of it.

I’m happy to be doing my first project like this with owners Nick and Tim, two great guys I’ve known for years, and to do it on the outside wall of Jack’s, a Long Branch institution that ensures this is a piece that will be seen by A LOT of people for a LONG time.

If you haven’t been over to Jack’s in awhile, or have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it. They’ve got over 30 HDTV’s, just installed a new draft system with over 45 beers on tap, they have some of the best bar food around, video trivia and poker, and the back room is host to video games, shuffleboard, darts, and skee ball. My mural on the outside wall is merely going to be the icing on the cake that will be the best sports bar in the area.

So, keep an eye on this blog for the next 2 weeks to see how things are going. Here’s where I’ve gotten so far.