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Most recent finished drawing…

I started this drawing back in May of 2014 and finally found the time to finish it up. It’s on large paper, but the people were too small for any real detail, so it leans a little more towards cartoon/caricature in that department.

It combines my two favorite things – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pirates of the Caribbean – into a single drawing as I prepare to sail away on the Simple Man Cruise in November.

I really haven’t had a lot of time to draw, but I will be posting some of the recent ones in the coming weeks.

Here’s the whole drawing, stitched almost perfectly together in Photoshop from multiple scans. The paper I used is like 20″ x 14″ or something similar. (Click to view it larger.)



Here’s a slideshow of the drawing, broken up into smaller pieces to see the detail.

Recent Doodles and Drawings

Allman Brothers Band Poster Contest

My two entries in the Creative Allies Allman Brothers Band Poster Art Contest are below.

Go vote, like and share with your friends and followers! Thanks!!




New Painting – February 16, 2014

I painted this on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Peter Keys painting by Christine A Ellis

Subject: Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Parliament/Funkadelic)

Inspiration: Peter’s new CD release Autopsy-Turvy and one of his Instagram photos while on tour in New Zealand and Australia.

You can buy Peter Keys’ CD Autopsy-Turvy at one of the following places:

CDBaby – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterkeys

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/autopsy-turvy/id809892947

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Autopsy-Turvy-Explicit-Peter-Keys/dp/B00I87CXG6

Creative Allies Bob Dylan Contest Entry

First, sorry for the lack of updates. I had tried to post some releases and information a couple of weeks ago and had some issues.  Then life got a little busy. Updates and releases are coming this week, along with some blogs over the weekend. Lots of photos and some new art to post.

Speaking of art, I entered a Creative Allies contest for a Bob Dylan poster. I would love for you all to see it, like it, share it and all that jazz. There are some really great entries, so like and share all of the ones you like. I have entered a few of these contests, haven’t won yet but it’s not about winning…it’s about the challenge and the experience.

Here’s the link to my entry: http://creativeallies.com/creations/mtb3/contests/880/create-commemorative-art-bob-dylan

Here’s the link to the contest, there’s still time to enter: http://creativeallies.com/contests/880-create-commemorative-art-bob-dylan

Artwork – Commissioned Piece

I was asked to create an original piece of art for a friend of mine. He has a tattoo shop in New Jersey and a Tattoo RV that travels the country for select appointments as well.

My friend is Tattoo Tony of Under My Skin Tattoo, a great artist himself and a long time member of the BMB Family.

As I learn to draw better, I like to challenge myself to do things I want to do but don’t feel as if I am able to. I gain confidence in proving myself wrong. I also gain confidence when other artists out in cyberspace like my photos. I still have a lot to learn, but I like to learn as I go and have more fun doing it that way.

It took a while for me to think of something to do for Tony that would be original and one of a kind for him. He’s a tattoo artist by trade, so I figured a skull would be a good challenge for me to try. I had drawn a decorated skull a week or so prior to starting this drawing for Tony. I wouldn’t call it a Sugar Skull, but it was in that vein.

For Tony’s skull I wanted to use some of the elements of the decorated skull, along with some tribal type stuff. I also wanted to incorporate some of the artwork that Tony has on himself. The skull in and of itself was the hardest part for me. In past artwork I have either traced a skull or used stock clipart. So getting the detail right for me took a little time.

Once I was happy with the shape of the skull, I fussed with it to get it more symmetrical, something I am not good at. I have a little OCD, so drawing is hard when I want it to be symmetrical. The final result, with the decorations is so not symmetrical, but it is close enough and I like the way it turned out.

I incorporated pieces of Tony’s facial tattoos into the drawing on either side of the skull. The background of the drawing was based on the spider web that Tony has on his hand. It turned out to be a great background fill.

When I started the drawing, I created a one-inch border around the page so that I had a little wiggle room around the skull. I ended up coloring that it after I had finished the entire drawing.

One of my favorite things to draw is lettering. I remember drawing band logos all over my brown paper bag book covers in high school. These days I still love drawing band logos and creating hand drawn fonts to go along with them. There are two areas with hand drawn lettering – the U.M.S.F.L. and the word Tattoo. The lettering for the U.M.S.F.L. is the lettering from one of Tony’s shirts, it stands for Under My Skin For Life, and it is his charity organization. (http://www.undermyskinforlife.org/)  The word tattoo is just how I drew it, not based on anything other than a lettering that fit the limited space, yet was a little funky.

Here is the gallery of progress as I posted on my Instagram as I worked on this drawing.  I started this drawing in pencil on October 5th and finished it in ink on October 7th – probably the fastest start to finish of one of my drawings to date.

I am very happy with how this turned out and I look forward to drawing more skulls and the like.

Although they may never see this, I want to thank all the people on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook who liked the photos, or commented on the photos, as I posted the various stages. There are some amazing artists out there who liked my drawings and that inspires me to continue to get better. I follow a lot of artists on Instagram who inspire me everyday, even if it’s just by posting their work for me to learn from.

Also, thanks to Tony for requesting an original – that meant a lot and inspired me to try something different from what I had been doing. 🙂

Artwork: Some of My Drawings

Part of the reason I’ve been inspired to create this site, CreativelyMusical.com, is that I have discovered after years of saying I can’t draw that well, I can in fact draw a lot better than I thought I could. That, and I love music and being creative, thus Creatively Musical.

Here are a few samples…

Joe Walsh – This one is finished. I’ve been drawing characters and doodles for a few years now, but I never had much luck with realistic people. That was, until I decided to draw Joe Walsh. This drawing set me off on a mission to practice and do better. He wasn’t the first person I drew, but he is the most realistic and close to accurate drawing I’ve done to date.



Peter Keys – This one is also finished. This one turned out exactly how I wanted it to and was edited and colored in Adobe Illustrator.



This was my entry for the Lollapalooza merchandise contest.



My latest drawings (not finished yet):

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson


George Jones:

George Jones




nancybnajpgNashville, Tenn. (February 13, 2013) – The iconic comic strip character Nancy, who has starred in newspapers around the globe for over 80 years, has taken up residence at the Nashville International Airport.  The “Nancy Loves Nashville” exhibit opened today in the Concourse C Food and Retail Court(beyond the security checkpoint) and features the artwork of famed Nashville-area writer/illustrator Guy Gilchrist.  Ticketed passengers began to enjoy the more than 60 original pen and ink cartoons of the famed comic strip Nancy celebrating life in Music City, several Nancy one-of-a-kind Nancy guitars and a specially designed mural of Nancy and her boyfriend Sluggo flying high above the Nashville skyline.  Several pieces of the exhibit are on loan from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and highlight many of Gilchrist’s musical influences.  The exhibit will be on display through January 2014 and is part of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Arts at the Airport program.  For more information on Guy Gilchrist and Nancy, please visit nancyandsluggo.com.Nashville area resident Guy Gilchrist is the world-renowned cartoonist who took over the classic newspaper comic strip Nancy in 1995. Since that time he has produced 365 comic strips a year for daily newspapers around the world. His credits include drawing Jim Henson’s Muppets comic strip, among other high-profile cartoons including Looney TunesBugs BunnyTom & JerryThe Pink PantherFraggle Rock and Tiny Dinos. He was also the co-creator of Muppet Babies. Guy is a two-time winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s prestigious Reuben Award for Best Illustrator and his work is permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian Institute. Guy learned the traditional ways of inking the black line of the cartoons using the same kinds of ink, brushes and dip pens that have been used by illustrators since the printing press was invented. Some of the pen points that he uses are over 100 years old.

About Arts at the Airport:  
Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the State of Tennessee. For more information about Arts at the Airport, please call (615) 275-1614, send email toarts@nashintl.com, or visit www.flynashville.com/arts.

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