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PPT: Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt, Mix Tape

“Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape” — the next installment in my Person Place Thing series. You can read all about the complete story behind this in my previous post where I posted the original line art. If you are unfamiliar with my Person Place Thing series, I ask people at random for a person, place, and a thing and I create an illustration based on the answers I get. It’s a great exercise for creating narrative and focus. It’s creative and challenging and I enjoy the surprised faces of those who’ve made the suggestions, not knowing why I’m asking.

I tried to make this a regular part of my facebook page, but I was barraged by too many suggestions from people who knew what the game was. It wasn’t as fun this way, so I’ve reverted to only asking people who know nothing about this project.

You might wonder how a Rembrandt painting is a place, but the person I asked replied, “Inside a Rembrandt painting.” What I love about this project is that you’re never really sure what people are going to say, so I was pretty excited when the “place” was more conceptual and fantastic. I had to search for just the right painting to reference that would incorporate the mix tapes in a way that seemed natural as well as silly. I am pretty pleased with the result!

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PPT Line Art: Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Nicolas Cage, Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape

Well, here’s the line art for the latest in the Person Place Thing series: “Nicolas Cage, Inside a Rembrandt Painting, Mix Tape”. I called my pal Sarah, who is not at all familiar with this series, to ask her for a Place and a Thing. I didn’t ask her for a person since I was already planning to use Nicolas Cage. I’d been wanting to make a Nicolas Cage pillow for her, as she is a huge Nic Cage fan (yes, even National Treasure — I know, and despite this I still think she is a lovely person). The problem is that you can’t simply swipe photos of Nicolas Cage off the internet and make them into pillows. Well… you CAN, but it’s not very ethical and definitely not legal if you sell them to other people.

So I thought I’d incorporate his iconic visage into some artwork of my very own and use him in my Person Place Thing series. Since the final artwork will be used to make a pillow for Sarah, I thought it only appropriate to ask her for the place and thing. She gave me “Inside a Rembrandt painting” and “mix tape”. This seemed like it had a lot of potential.

I used Rembrandt’s “The Jewish Bride” as my painting to reference because it allowed me to also incorporate Sarah, which is simply an added bonus for her and a fun thing for me. It also allowed me to portray a tender moment of Nicolas Cage exchanging a mix tape with his lovely bride to be. Certainly, mix tapes in the 17th century were deeply meaningful betrothal gifts. I can only assume there was a lot of edgy, underground lute and viola de gamba music on those mix tapes. I bet some court ladies’ tail feathers were all a-ruffled by these sweet and sexy jams.

At any rate, I’ll be painting this in over the weekend and will post the final piece when I am done. Of course, this line art will be added to the eventual Person Place Thing Coloring Book that will inevitably be rejected by Dover Publications when I submit it to them in 2015.


Person, Place, Thing: Mother Teresa, Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles, We’re #1 Foam Finger

Here’s the final painting! Enjoy! Buy the original (link forthcoming) or a print here.

Next up, courtesy of a couple whose names I do not know that were sitting next to me at Room 39, Sandra Bullock, Aspen, Spoon. Let the story unfold!

As of 4/18/14, I am scanning in the line art for each PPT illustration in order to create a coloring book — a very weird coloring book! Follow my progress with this project on the blog or on Facebook!

Mother Teresa, Roscoe's Chicken N Waffles, Foam Finger


“Person, Place, Thing” Illustration Series

Archangel of Office Supplies

This is the Archangel of Office Supplies, illustrated from the suggestion of “Some shirtless guy, the Vatican, and a swingline stapler”. I did this while waiting around during jury duty. This was pretty much the birth of this series.

A few years ago, I started occasionally asking people at random for a person, place and thing. I didn’t explain why I was asking because I wanted the results to be completely unbiased toward their intended use. I meant it as a brain exercise, forcing me to take unrelated things and create a narrative artwork. But now that the website is live, I thought I’d start a new game!

Twice a month on my Facebook Page, I’ll be soliciting suggestions for a Person, Place, Thing illustration. Today I chose from a long list of suggestions (although admittedly they were mostly from one person who, unbeknownst to me, has a suggestion-related OCD of some sort) and picked the winning submission: Mother Theresa, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and a “We’re #1” foam finger. Should have this up next week for your enjoyment.

Next call for suggestions will take place on March 24th, so keep your eyes peeled. Follow me on Facebook, even!

If your suggestion is picked, you’ll get a free signed print of the final illustration. How fun is that!

Side Note: The suggestions I get through the call for suggestions are admittedly skewed toward the intent of being illustrated and I’ve realized that I still like the idea of approaching people that have NO idea why I am asking them for a person, place and thing. I think that I will still do this, but I think I will start targeting interesting and well-known people. This is much easier to do in person, as a phone call where someone picks up, “Hello,” and receives in reply only, “Hi, I need a person, place and thing. Just list them off the top of your head,” is perhaps a little jarring. I suspect a response would be, “Who is this?”

“It’s not important. Just tell me a person, place and thing and I’ll be on my way.”


So I’m not sure how I’ll approach it, but I’m open to suggestions.