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.