Saturday, September 20, 2014

Elvis in Charcoal #38, Good Times

The Elvis in Charcoal series II drawing I started a couple of days ago is finished.
In the weekly drawing tradition, this is the weekly drawing for week 38 :-)

Elvis in Charcoal #38, Good Times
15 x 21 cm.
Charcoal and white chalk on colored paper.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First stages of a new charcoal drawing

Today I started with a new drawing in the Elvis in Charcoal series II.
A "That's the Way it is" Rehearsal photo again.
Hope to finish it this week, then I can maintain the weekly drawing tradition :-)

Elvis in Charcoal series II, no title yet
15 x 21 cm.
Charcoal and white chalk on colored paper

Friday, September 12, 2014

Do you know wich is the most used Elvis photo as art reference?

There are some Elvis photos that are used as reference much more than others. Maybe because this photo is so well known that it is used so much...

I'm always looking for lesser known pictures of Elvis. After just a few minutes searching in Google I found more than twenty works of art inspired by this photo. I'm not going to talk about quality, you can decide for yourself wich ones you like and wich ones you don't like...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elvis in Charcoal #37, Happy Times

The first drawing in the second "Elvis in Charcoal" series is finished.
I enjoyed making this drawing. Most of my Elvis work and other art takes forever to finish.
Working in Charcoal is a lot faster and can be done in some lost hours.

Elvis in Charcoal #37, Happy Times
Charcoal and white chalk on colored paper
15 x 21 cm, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elvis in Charcoal series II

It's been a while since I made my last Weekly Elvis in Charcoal drawing. I missed it and decided to start Elvis in Charcoal series II.
Those drawings are easy to work on in a lost hour. I don't need to mix paint or look for certain colored pencils.  I don't know if I'm able to make one once a week but I will try.

Elvis in Charcoal series II, no title yet.
Charcoal and White Chalk on colored paper.
15 x 21 cm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Other Elvis Art, part 2: Joe Petruccio


Rock artists and sports heroes are portrayed in a whole new light when legendary artist Joe Petruccio puts his  paintbrush to canvas. He has earned himself such notable positions as serving as the Official Licensed Artist for  Graceland, Muhammad Ali and Frank Sinatra. He is also the official artist for Hard Rock Cafe and worked with MGM and  Sylvester Stallone back in 2006 to help create a series of paintings to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Stallone’s “Rocky.” His list of credits and commissions continues to grow almost daily.

Also worth a look is the Elvis journal where Joe created a year in the life of the king by revisiting his life a day at a time.

Take a look at his work at


Friday, September 5, 2014

Remake of Elvis painting I made in 1980

A while ago I wrote that I was going to make a new version of a Elvis portrait I painted in 1980.
You can read it here. The new painting is on the easel now for quite some time, the under painting is finished now it's time to put on some color.  I'm planning on finishing it this month. 
First I need to finish some commissioned Elvis drawings.

Oil on panel,
30 x 40 cm

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Other Elvis Art, part 1: Betty Harper

I "discovered" Betty a long time ago, long before there was internet, in 1979 when I found a copy of her book "Newly discovered drawings of Elvis Presley" at the American Book Centre in Amsterdam.
Until today the book has still a prominent spot on my bookshelf with art books between Hopper and Wyeth :-)
Back in the eighties Betty was a real inspiration, I loved all of her Elvis drawings.
Her "Jazz and Blues" and "Country and Western" drawings are also amazing. And she is also a accomplished photographer.
Betty is the Official Artist for Muhammad Ali Enterprises and the Official Artist for Elvis Presley Enterprises!
Take a look at her work at 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Elvis & Larry

Elvis & Larry, drawing 2014
This was an assingnment from the daughter of my biggest US fan. She send me two photos of Larry. I replaced the head of Lisa Marie in the original picture by that from Larry and did my best to change the girls clothes to boy clothes. After finishing the face of Larry I send her a jpg to find out if she was satisfied with the result and then I continued with the rest of the drawing.

Because of this drawing I got a new assignment I'm working on now.

Elvis & Larry,
Pencil on Drawing paper, 
ca. 17,5 x 25 cm. 

Jumpsuits & Stagewear #60

This drawing from the "Jumpsuits & Stagewear" series was sold before it was finished!
Thanks to facebook

Jumpsuits & Stagewear #60, 1972 Light Blue Wheat Suit
Pencil, Watercolor and Colored Pencils on Bristol, 
ca. 14 x 19 cm. 

The day the President met the King

This was another assignment from my biggest US fan!
This is a part of the picture of Elvis with President Nixon.  They met
in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970.
The day the President met the King, 
Pencil on Drawing paper, 
ca. 17,5 x 25 cm. 
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