Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Walking Dead - Cast Caricature.

This is a cast caricature I did of The Walking Dead as of mid-season 4. There are 6 cast members in the center, several of the iconic settings in the background, 10 deceased characters around the border and 60 unique “generic” walkers finishing it off. This is going to be an ever-evolving piece where characters will be added and changed periodically as the show progresses.

This image is available on prints, t-shirts and other items here:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zombie Garden Gnomes are here!

One of my favorite clients is Garden Gnome World. I've designed a series of political garden gnomes for them, which you can read about here
The Obama garden gnome is still available, as is the Romney garden gnome (reduced to $5).

I designed the latest line for the company. This time, I did Zombie garden gnomes as well as "survivors" who protect you from them. 

I developed each character, and did turnarounds of each one.

   My artwork was also used in the packaging.

There are three gnomes available in the first wave. The "Walker":

The "Crawler":

And the "Axe Survivor":

All three gnomes are available right now at Get them now in plenty of time for Halloween and the upcoming Season 4 of  The Walking Dead!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Duck Dynasty caricature

I decided with the new season of Duck Dynasty coming out, to draw another Duck Dynasty cartoon as a thank you to the Robertson family and the fans just for fun. 
I could easily caricature these guys all day. Happy Happy Happy!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Duck Dynasty Caricature Cartoon T-shirts are EVERYWHERE!

Whew! A lot can happen in a month! After 12 1/2 years of living in Florida, I have moved back to Wisconsin. It's great to be back home. My wife Andi is 8 months pregnant, and I'm settling in to the exciting life of a freelance artist. My Duck Dynasty shirts have expanded to include more of my cartoon designs and more retailers! 

There are currently 5 of my designs available on 6 shirts at Walmart: 

This Duck Dynasty shirt of the boys in a boat and the "Boys Will be Boys" design are available on blue shirts in the boy's section at Kohl's:

...and this design, previously available only in light tan is now offered on an olive shirt in men's, as is the yellow shirt with Si for boy's at Shopko: 

My artwork is showing up everywhere! I'm so overwhelmed and humbled. Please contact me if you find other designs that you think are mine, or see these shirts at other retailers. As always, keep coming back for more updates!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Duck Dynasty by Kenny Durkin

It all started innocently enough…

A few months ago, when I was still a caricature artist at Disney World, I had yet another shift of endlessly drawing little girls as princesses and mermaids. Frustrated, I came home CRAVING the need to draw something I was satisfied with. I rarely watch TV, but decided to flip through the channels to find some interesting faces. I came upon a marathon of A&E's show Duck Dynasty. Now THESE were some great faces!

At first glance, I figured it would be pretty easy to caricature these guys. All of them had long hair, some sort of headwear, and long beards.  The challenge for me was to capture their differences. What became immediately apparent, was their unique personalites. They weren't just funny, they were smart and highly entertaining.

I watched episode after episode and decided to do a group shot of the four main characters and the matriarch of the family, Miss Kay.
I inked the piece.
Then, as usual, I scanned it and colored it in Photoshop.
I was pretty proud of it, so I posted it in the usual places, this blog, Deviantart, Twitter, and of course Facebook. A friend of mine shared it on A&;E's official Duck Dynasty Facebook page. And that's when it happened...
Over 98,000 likes, 20,000+ shares and over 1,300 comments. With every share, more comments, more likes and more shares. It went viral, permeating message boards, Pinterest, and even spawning bootlegs. The positive response was overwhelming! I received a ton of requests for prints and T-shirts of the caricature. I held out for the right response, and I got it when I was contacted by the official apparel licensee for the show. They wanted to use the image for t-shirts and merchandise and even wanted me to create all-new images based on the show. After some negotiations, we were on our way.

It was decided that the first image was to appear on boy's shirts, so Miss Kay, the hearts and the gun would have to go. I removed them and replaced the gun with a fishing pole and tackle box.

This image has actually been spotted in the WOMEN"S department of Walmart, on a khaki shirt. Let me know if you see it (and take some pics)!

The second image I created was Si, Phil and Jase in a monster truck. Here's the sketch;

Here's the final art:
 This image is currently available at Walmart. It's been spotted in the sporting goods section, in electronics by the DVDs and in the Men's department, both with regular merchandise and on special displays like this:

I can't tell you how exciting it is to have artwork featured in the #1 retailer in the world. It's very surreal and hasn't really sunk in yet. It's like an out-of -body experience.
So awesome to see one of my designs enjoyed by everyone!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dead Charlie and Zombie Bob vs. The Zombie Brothers

A few years ago, I wrote and illustrated a short story called "Dead Charlie and Zombie Bob", which I first posted in Aug 2011 here:

It was featured in the horror comic anthology "Dark Mischief volume 2" available here:

Recently, an animated short was produced for Nick called "The Zombie Brothers", and the character designs look awfully familiar…

Loving tribute, blatant ripoff, or mere coincidence? (I'm guessing the latter).

I'm going to let this one go. The short is funny and well animated. I wish the creators the best of luck
 (but if they ever make Zombie Brother action figures, I'd love a set…) 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Muppet Madness 2013 Tournament winner

The 2013 Muppet Madness Tournament is over and the winner just happens to be my favorite Muppet, Rowlf.
I was asked by Steve Swanson, who heads the tournament to create art celebrating the winner. I did the art for the final two contestants, as seen in the post below, and so I decided to stick with the boxing theme, and do it in the style of the famous Rocky movie posters.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

2013 Muppet Madness Tournament poster

This is a fun picture I did for Steve Swanson. He runs the Muppet-related podcast Muppetcast and organizes the annual Muppet Madness Tournament.

 "The Tournament is a parody of the NCAA March Madness Tournament, in which selected Muppet characters face off and advance in rounds, based on fans' online voting support. Muppet Madness begins on March 19, the same day as the NCAA tournament, and concludes on April 8, when the Muppet Madness Champion will be named."

The poster is of course based on old boxing posters. I was provided with the Muppet Madness logo and the final two contestants. I drew the characters and made up the rest of the text myself. Eagle-eyed Muppet fans will notice several inside jokes on the poster.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Neatorama Neatoshop shirts now available!

I've joined the ranks as one of the exclusive artists at Neatorama. You can now purchase my t-shirts at the Neatoshop. Check out the announcement here, 
and follow the link to the store!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Prawn Solo

"Hola. Prawn Solo, I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon, okay?"

Pepe the King Prawn from the Muppets portrays that charming scoundrel Han Solo from Star Wars.
My newest piece of Muppet art, now available on t-shirts, stickers and prints.
Get yours HERE:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kenny Durkin Muppet Art.

Those who know me are fully aware of my obsession with the Muppets. I've done a TON of Muppet-related artwork, which you can see here:

Apparently, the've gone viral. I've been swamped with messages and emails about sites and blogs that are now featuring my collection, and I couldn't be more flattered. Here's just a short list:

I've created a store which you can order prints and apparel featuring my Muppet inspired art. Check it out and buy some stuff!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

DSFF's 2013 Valentine's Bowl-a-Thon

DSFF's 2013 Valentine's Bowl-a-Thon

Our local Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida is having their 3rd Annual Tour of Champions Valentine's Bowl-a-thon event. The Foundation is all about "striking" Down barriers to inclusion and I'd LOVE for you to sponsor our bowling team, Durkin's Dragons!
Simply click this link to sponsor us:

The first year, Durkin's Dragons raised over $1,000, and we'd love to do it again this year! The Foundation is run 100% by volunteers so all proceeds go directly to families for scholarships and programs!  It is their goal to raise record money this year so they can support the growing number oscholarship requests and implement some additional programs such as Lose The Training Wheels and iCan Work program. 

Jett has gotten many scholarships from DSFF for his Talktools evaluations, neurodevelopmental evaluations, swimming classes and therapeutic Gymboree classes.

Photo Highlights from previous bowl-a-thons

 Volunteers, in light green shirts, were there to help the families when needed.
Jett was irresistible, as usual, and at one point we had FIVE volunteers "helping" with Jett.
Here's Kathy, and the "Valentine's Day Bowling Ball of Destruction"
 Alex, and "Goldie the Demolisher"
 And, me with "Kermit the Annihilator".

Please help those who help us and donate today!

The Wocka Wocka-ing Dead.

It's Fozzie, Bear on Patrol from the Muppets in The Wock
a Wocka-ing Dead. Pen and Ink, digital color.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Duck Dynasty Caricature

This is a caricature of the cast of Duck Dynasty. I love this show. It's unlike most other "reality" shows out there because it's never mean-spirited. It shows a family that, despite their dysfunctions, at the end of the day love and respect each other. I drew it with pen and ink and colored it digitally.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Durkinworks is MOVING!

After over 12 years of living in Florida and drawing caricatures at Disney World, I have decided that it's time to move back to Wisconsin. This decision is the result of years of deliberation but was accelerated rapidly due to recent personal events. Once in Wisconsin, I will be a full-time freelance artist as
well as performing caricatures live at parties, festivals and other events. One major benefit is that I'll be able to access all that places like Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison have to offer. My two oldest children, Alex and Kathy are already there and attending my alma mater, Westosha Central High School. My wife, Andi, son Jett, and I plan to move up the first half of March. For those 
of you in Florida, I will still be visiting several times a year and would love to meet up when I visit. And finally, for my friends and family in Wisconsin and Illinois, I'm returning triumphant, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of this next level of my career. I'm eager to see you all again (and who knows, maybe even DRAW you). Stay tuned to Facebook and my blog as more news surfaces.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Kermits I've Known.

I like to draw all of the time. All. Of. The. Time. I figure the more I draw, hopefully the better I become. In the case of this picture, I was trying to show diversity in shape, form and style while still maintaining the distinguishing features of the character. This would make a great T-shirt.

Monday, December 24, 2012

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Location:Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Uncle Steve.

Steve T. Durkin, Elkhorn, WI (1952 - 2012)
May 29, 1952 - December 10, 2012
Steve T. Durkin; 60, of Cliff’s View Lane, Whitewater, WI, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 29, 1952, in Waukegan, IL, the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Upson) Durkin. On June 21, 1975, he was united in marriage to Catherine R. Gnatzig at Whitewater Lake. Steve was a counselor for over 36 years with Gateway Technical College, retiring in July of 2012. He was a member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church. The hallmark of his life was his eagerness to help a friend in need.
Steve is survived by his wife, Catherine; three children: James Durkin of Whitewater, WI, Cassi (Derrian) Richardson of Fort Sill, OK, and Timothy Durkin of Whitewater, WI; three grandchildren: Destini, Ava and Dean; two brothers: Don (Diane) Durkin of Salem, WI, and Jim (Anne) Durkin of Bristol, WI; one sister-in-law, Barb Durkin of Twin Lakes, WI. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his parents; and two brothers: Mike and Joe.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at SUGAR CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH, N5690 Cobblestone Road, Elkhorn, WI, with Rev. Gerald Petersen officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 until 8 p.m. at HAASE-LOCKWOOD & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOME, 730 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, WI, and at the CHURCH on Monday from 12Noon until time of service. Memorials may be made in Steve’s name to the church. On-line guest book at Arrangements completed by HAASE-LOCKWOOD & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Germany Blues.

I love when people actually ASK for PERMISSION to use my artwork. In this case, it was for a caricature I did a few years ago of the Blues Brothers. A German entertainment company had booked a Blues Brothers tribute act from London and wanted to use my caricature for their posters and website.
I gave them permission with the condition that they credit me and send me a hard copy of the poster. This is how they utilized my artwork for their poster.

I also got a few copies of the poster, which is about 24' X 36". The QR code takes you to the website, which is here:

This text taken directly from the site, roughly translated from German says:

"Directly from London comes "Blues Brothers - The Concert". Black suits, black sunglasses and black hats - because every fan knows immediately what it is all about. To the well-known hits of the cult "Blues Brothers", where no one can sit still: everybody needs somebody, SOULMAN and sweet home Chicago Jake and Elwood present successfully these turbulent, funky show with the coolest original songs: .

So if you're in Germany, check out the show, and if you see the poster hanging up anywhere, snap a few photos and send them to me. I'd appreciate it! 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Get your Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Garden Gnomes here!

For the past year or so, I've been working closely with GardenGnomeWorld who produces their very own line of garden gnomes. I was approached by them to re-design their existing Obama gnome. I needed to draw and entire turnaround for him to ensure the sculptor had plenty of information.
 Once I sent them my design, they were so pleased that they decided to create an entire line of political garden gnomes. I designed Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney (pictured below). 
 Several of them made it all the way to the painted prototype phase: 
 In the end, Obama and Romney made it to production. 

The manufacturing business is constantly in flux, and it's only until now, just a few days before the election, that the gnomes are finally available. But I strongly encourage you to get them now. Hey, get one of each and after the election, you can recreate the candidate's victory in your garden. Have the winner standing triumphantly and the loser buried in the dirt! Here are the links:

 Barack Obama Garden Gnome

Mitt Romney Garden Gnome

Friday, October 19, 2012

The 3rd Annual Orlando Puppet Art Show-This Weekend!

This weekend is the 3rd Annual Puppet Festival! That's right, THIS Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
It's a 3 day event! October 19, 20th, and 21st

It's right here in Orlando at the NEW Renegade Theater!Located at 1824 w Washington.

Look for the Art Show section about midway through the video.

I've contributed 3 pieces to the show. Last year, one of my entries was created from found objects. I had so much fun making it that I decided to create three new pieces using found objects as well.
The first is "Manah Manah". 
I used wood, a toilet brush and red plastic Solo cups and ping pong balls (for you beer pong fans). Within 5 minutes of posting this picture on Facebook, it was $OLD!

The second is "Muppet Labs Operation".
 I repurposed an old Operation game to torture poor Beaker. I drew the line art, colored it digitally, had it printed, cut out the shapes and attached it to the board. Show patrons are welcome to try to remove the parts and make Beaker's nose glow…
…but I superglued the parts to the board!

The final piece is "Buzz Hogthrob". I took apart an old Buzz Lightyear toy, removed the head, repainted the body, sculpted and painted Link Hogthrob's head, reassembled him and added custom decals. I'll post a step by step soon.

I will be there opening night (tonight) and will probably be there for a bit on Sunday as well. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Agony and the Ecstacy

I've been FRANTICALLY trying to complete my submissions to the 2012 Orlando Puppet Art Festival. The final due date to drop off artwork is Friday the 12th (tomorrow). I have two pieces finished and I'm working on the third.

It's been a challenging process. I'm working entirely with found objects this time, repurposing them into  my artwork. Dealing with materials I've never worked with and constantly troubleshooting when things go wrong is taking up a lot of my time and energy. The entire process looks a little something like this (warning: NSFW language):

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fraggle Rock art contest: From around the web

I'm honored and grateful to have been chosen as a finalist in the Fraggle Rock art contest. Since the announcement yesterday, I've received an outpouring of support and congratulations.
This is a link to the Jim Henson company's press release regarding the Fraggle Rock art contest.
A screen shot of the release related to the contest is pictured below.
There is a specific spot in the CafePress Fraggle Rock store that is dedicated solely to my design.

Order something with my design and send me a pic of you with it and I'll feature it here on my blog!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fraggle Rock Art Contest: Winners announced!

The winners for the Fraggle Rock art contest have been announce and I have been chosen as a finalist!
For being a finalist, I will receive:
  • A feature on and Henson's Facebook page
  • A framed copy of my artwork
  • $500
You can check out the official announcement from Talenthouse here

 Congrats to everyone who participated and to the other winners. What a fun contest! I'm just getting warmed up though, because the next thing on my list is to finish my artwork for the 3rd annual Puppet Art Show here in Orlando. I'll be posting pics and updates regularly here and on Facebook so stay tuned!