I’m a fan of Flick user cigcardpix and his collection of vintage trading cards. You may remember him from my Flower Girl #4 entry, in which I referred to one of his Liebig card scans for my piece for the The Art of the Ad show. Ever since that was completed, I had been wanting to do another painting based off one of his cards, but never had the time or the motivation. Then the Tiny Show was announced. Self-explanatory name there, the requirements were that all artwork submitted be small, or no larger than 5″ X 7″. Inspiration at last!
It took a while for me to pick a card, but after a few test sketches, I settled for the Chocolat Guérin-Boutron card “Jack of Clubs”:
It was a no-brainer that Stewie would make a fitting replacement for the Jack, but I didn’t think of replacing the horse with Rupert until after a few test sketches with the horse proved awkward; it just didn’t look right in Stewie’s hand. Then I remembered Rupert, and it was like a stroke of genius. A couple days and lots of wasted yellow acrylic paint later, “Jack of Clubs” became “Stewie of Clubs.” The next day, I bid “Stewie of Clubs” adieu as I turned him over to “American Dad” board artist Ashley Long for his eventual hanging. It was like a parent sending their kid to day care for the first time. I was so nervous that something bad would happen to my baby (i.e. getting yoinked by art thieves, or Ashley’s cube catching on fire for some random comical reason).
Thankfully, none of that awful cartoony stuff happened, and I saw my painting again hanging safely in the “American Dad” conference room among the tiniest of tiny art on Friday, September 30, 2011. It was sold to “Family Guy” producer Kara Vallow for $60.