Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!



Got a gig later at Epcot and then back home to ring in the New Year. Have a SAFE and fun time tonight everyone!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sick as a...

...pair of dogs.

I rarely get sick. I have to thank my wife for that. A healthy diet and ample rest has kept me like Bruce Willis in Unbreakable. But this morning I woke up at 5:30 dizzy and vomiting. I've been in bed ever since, and on my day off too. I've managed to keep down a slice of plain toast and some tea, but if I move even slightly, the room starts spinning. Not sure why, perhaps some crazy flu bug. So all I have to post for today is a pic I did last night for a guest of their two dogs.


I'm going back to sleep.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"It's Time" Mighty Fine Muppet Shirt

 You can get the Mighty Fine Muppet shirt "It's Time" designed by me, Kenny Durkin. All the cool kids are wearing it!
Just click this link and order yours today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Life of Science: Mad Scientist

I've collaborated with electronic multimedia rock group A Life of Science to create a unique logo.
This logo used my artwork of the mad scientist as a stepping off point. The group added custom lettering and graphic elements based on my design. The logo is currently being featured on merchandise and apparel. This link sends you to the black hooded sweatshirt, but there are other items available. Check it out here:




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Caricatures from today.

Just finished a gig and I took a few photos...










Monday, December 19, 2011

The Big Bowwowski.

"I'm the Dog. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dogness, or uh, Doger, or El Dogerino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jett climbing stairs.


I took a few short videos on my iPhone today of Jett climbing stairs. I apologize for the black and white video, the app on my phone had the color toggled off and the magic was happening so fast that I couldn't adjust it in time.
It's the first time Jett has voluntarily approached and climbed stairs on his own. We've practiced before on hand-made stairs fashioned from couch cushions as we don't have stairs in our house. He saw these stairs while we were miniature golfing and he conquered them with fierce enthusiasm!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Next Muppet pic: Tease #2

I'm getting closer to finishing my next Muppet parody artwork. Here's a little tease of the final color:


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Next Muppet piece: Sneak Peek.

Here's a sneak peek of my next Muppet art. 
 It's my favorite Muppet character parodying one of my favorite movie comedies. Final art coming soon!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nice aim

This is another hit-and-run caricature from a recent gig. The event had a lot of games for the guests to play, including darts. While the partygoers were focused on their games, I was able to draw them without their knowledge.


Thankfully this guy had a sense of humor when he saw his picture!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Durkinworks Word Cloud

This is neat. I made a word cloud from the Durkinworks blog. A word cloud gives greater visual prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
 In this case, you can see the words I've used most frequently on this blog are largest in the cloud. This particular cloud suggests that the sampling of text was taken from the more recent posts, probably from the past few months or so.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Pee-Wee Herman Art Show

2012 is already going to be an amazing year. In January, I will be involved with the Throwback Video Game Art Show. In February, I will be contributing to The Pee-Wee Herman Art Show, both in Orlando.
I will have more details and images to share in the very near future. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Johanna Veerenhuis

 I have to say, I was quite flattered when I saw a recent Facebook post by fellow artist Johanna Veerenhuis. She said,

 "I was inspired by Kenny Durkin and his dragon drawings. I realized dragons would give me creative freedom which is a delight in between the sculpting where you have to capture likeness etc. So there'll be more to come!"

Johanna posted a few pics of her latest sculpt, a cheeky she-dragon named Miss Letoe.

Inspiring Johanna is such an honor for me, and her work has inspired me as well. I know Johanna from the International Society of Caricature artists. Among her talents is 3-D caricature sculpting. You can see some more of her work here. Thanks Johanna!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Throwback Video Game Art Show

2012 is already shaping up to be an amazing year. I can't share all of it with you yet but for starters,  I'm going to be involved in my second art show. 
 
I'm currently preparing a few pieces for the Throwback Video Game art show which will be opening at the Belle Isle Yacht Pub January 14th. The website is here, and I'll have more details closer to the opening date.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Santa and the only-slightly-cooperative Jett.

Last night we went to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida's annual Winter Wonderland. This is our second year attending, and every year we plan to get Jett's picture with Santa. I took a ton of pics of Jett and there was another photographer taking pics as well.

This....


...was the best photo. 

Jett can be such a diva some times!


Friday, December 02, 2011

The Return of Geeky Friday: Nightmare Before Christmas part 2.

 Geeky Friday is back after a hiatus. There's just so much going on that I can't feature a Geeky Friday every week, so I'll just post it when I have an "open" Friday.

One of the previous Geeky Fridays featured my Nightmare Before Christmas figure collection. Normally housed in my Nightmare Before Christmas themed bathroom, it's currently in the "showcase" above my television in my living room. The showcase is a ever-rotating display of a part of my collection. Previously it was Futurama, but now due to the holidays I changed it to something more festive. For Halloween, it looked like this:

But now that Halloween is over, I've upgraded it to the Christmas version:


Special thanks to my curator and exhibit organizer Alex Durkin.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Oops the mouse: On sale now!

One of my favorite clients that I work for is Fierce Fun Toys. I've illustrated children's books and designed several toys for them, and I'll be working with them even more in 2012.

The large plush animals all have a unique feature. When you squeeze them, they make a funny bodily noise. Norman the Elephant (Phartephant) farts when you squeeze his tail. Harry the Koala hiccups, Ben the Hippo sneezes.

The latest character is Oops the Christmas mouse. It seems when Oops eats too much candy, he burps when you squeeze his tummy.

Oops is a 4 inch super soft plush with a key chain loop so he can travel with you.

I got to design Oops per the client's instructions.

Here's the turnaround.
This is the final product.

I also designed the art for the tag.

You can get Oops just in time for Christmas by clicking this link.