Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lakeside at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Over the weekend, I took some of my gallery work to the annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.  I had a great weekend set up lakeside in the DREGstudios! tent and making new friends.  I sold artwork to a slew of awesome folks who were both local and vacationing at the resort for Memorial Day weekend!  Some great contacts also presented themselves and I networked with some potential clients and promoters.  I'm still learning and getting the momentum built up at festivals and art events so thanks to all the crafts vendors who gave me good practical advice for the future.  Here's some pics from the weekend including some shots of Kentucky Dam...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kentucky Dam Village Art Festival THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday and Sunday 9AM-4PM, I'll be displaying original artwork in the DREGstudios! Tent at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park for their annual Memorial Day weekend art festival.  I'll be showing two sets of my gallery work: the remnants of both my Sacred Texts and Soluble Fish series.  You can drop by the Old Beach in the park to see all the art and festivities!  The lakeside park and trails are located at the north end of Land Between the Lakes and make for a beautiful day trip for anyone in the region.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Graduation Portrait for Evan

Over the past several years, my buddy Joel Ray has amassed quite a few works of art from me and created a family art collection in the process.  I've illustrated a memorial portrait of his Uncle Joey riding his Harley and drew both is sons as Super Heroes (which may be my own personal favorite portrait commission)! I even created a childhood portrait of Joel Ray himself and his sister as children in their father's arms.  Recently, he asked me to create another work of art for his youngest son Evan who was graduating High School last week.  Evan is on his school wrestling team and his dad wanted the portrait to be of him in his wrestling gear.  This is a smaller 5in x 7in illustration so there's quite a bit crammed into a small space.  I tried my best to make Evan's baby face look fierce- he seemed to like the end result!  Joel Ray got a pic of us when they dropped by the home studio to pick up their art recently...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Over the weekend, I released 10 new prints at FanBoy Expo in Nashville!  I now have all of them loaded up in my STORE for a whopping 12 bucks each (and the shipping is on me here in the US of A!)  This is a great opportunity to own a piece of my art.  

Monday, May 16, 2016


Over the weekend, I set up shop at FanBoy Expo in Nashville.  This was FanBoy's first visit to Music City and they'll be growing their convention and local audience over the years to come.  The weekend was a good experience for me to get my beak wet and network with some folks in the industry.  This was my first Comic Con since losing my job and spreading my art wings the past 90 days.  Thanks to all my supportive friends and digital tribe for getting me here!  The commission and internet sales have really helped launch me into action since the beginning of March.  I had a lot of fun seeing the show myself and making new friends!  Here are some pics from the weekend...

Friday, May 13, 2016

FanBoy Expo THIS WEEKEND in Nashville

DREGstudios! will be at Fanboy Expo hosted by the Nashville Fairgrounds this weekend!  I'll be manning my Artist's Booth exhibiting some original artwork but also releasing 10 NEW PRINTS!  I'll also be displaying all the cool sketch covers and sketch cards I've been filling up the past several weeks and sharing on Instagram! (Click HERE to Catch Up and see what's in store!) See you there!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Mothers Day with Daryl Dixon

I was commissioned for a very unique Mothers Day portrait last month by my friend Miranda.  She wanted me to create a work of art featuring her mother Barbara and Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead.  Now the holiday weekend has passed, so I can share the new artwork with you!  This was a lot of fun because it fused some fan art with portraiture which has become a specialty of mine.  Miranda and Barbara are both artists themselves and I was all too happy to create this uncanny keepsake for them.  This wasn't the first time I drew Barbara as five years ago, Miranda also commissioned me to draw a wedding portrait of her mother marrying Albert Einstein (click HERE to see)!

Inks on Bristol Board / 2016 / Brandt Hardin

Friday, May 6, 2016


A little over a year ago, I was honored to be present for one of the best art exhibitions I'll ever see at Brooke E's Random Monsters.  The exhibit was packed with folks who showed up to see Brooke's life work in this one night retrospective (and her first solo show.)  To celebrate the one year anniversary of this event, Julian (Brooke's husband) released a coloring page of one of her unfinished illustrations, asking fellow artists and friends to create their own art in her memory.  After a few weeks of staring fondly at the image, I did so this evening.  Here is my version of "Dia De Los Meow-ertos" which I colored with my trusty markers...

(Inks on Bristol Board / 2016 / Lines by Brooke E & Colors by Brandt Hardin)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

MAY DAY: Celebrating Workers' Rights

Today is International Workers' Day and I wanted to celebrate those who have fought for workers' rights by creating an illustration to honor the international workforce.

Inks on Bristol Board / 2016 / Brandt Hardin