Monday, August 21, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSED

Being a big nerd, I watched NASA both before and after the Solar Eclipse passed over my hometown of Clarksville, TN.  We are lucky enough to be twenty miles outside of ground zero for the longest period of totality during the coast-to-coast wave of awesomeness today! One of the interesting things I learned from the official broadcast was how NASA's earliest research of solar eclipse science comes from drawings.  In the grand scheme of things, the camera is very much a modern invention.  Inspired by the 18th and 19th century drawings shown on the air today, I took to the drawing table this afternoon to create a visionary depiction of my own solar experience!




Monday, July 3, 2017

Topsy-Turvy III at The Roxy


The past few months, I've been really letting my art animal out at the easel here in my home studio.  It felt good to get away from the confines of illustration and just experience the joy of art again.  Over a decade ago, my first solo gallery exhibit was called Topsy-Turvy.  All of the works of art I displayed were created from at least two different perspectives and could be hung in different directions to get a fresh take on the imagery.  The work was fun and I created two bodies of work for exhibits in both 2006 and 2009. These new paintings are created with that style in mind, but with a much lower-brow tone.  The paintings are all free-styled, and just paint spun to canvass from a liberated mind- pure automatism!

Enjoy these previews of the work and check them out in person if you're local!  Topsy-Turvy III will be on display at The Roxy Regional Theatre here in Clarksville through the end of July!  I'll be tabling in-person at the show during the Downtown Art Walk, this Thursday evening, July 6th!  Drop by and see me there!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Predators Posters! (Download and Share the Savageness!)

Everyone has gone bananas for hockey here in Tennessee so I lent some time at the drawing table this week to make some shareable artwork for the Stanley Cup Finals! Go Preds!!! Click on the images to get the full-sized, high-res posters which you can download and share!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In Memoriam: Chris Cornell

As a teenager, grunge music was a driving force in my life so it is sad to see the likes of Chris Cornell move on from our world.  His music spoke to a generation and I have a feeling it will be around long after I'm gone as well.  For today and until then, thanks Chris for your guiding voice.  Today, I created a visionary portrait in memoriam and jammed out to some Soundgarden...
In Memoriam: Chris Cornell (pen and marker on bristol board / 2017 / Brandt Hardin)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pictures from Free Comic Book Day

Today was an absolute blast in Nashville, where I had the chance to see some familiar faces and meet plenty of new fans for Free Comic Book Day!  Special thanks to Rick's Comic City for hosting the event and having a fantastic turnout!  A fun crowd of fellow geeks kept me busy with commissions and conversation all day long- I enjoyed every minute...

My cousin Sam and his partner in crime, Ben dropped by to say hi and got a nice pic of the DREGstudios! Table