Monday, June 12, 2006

The Making of The Inspector's Goose Call

Idea sketches are made on bits of paper, like the backs of high school choir concert programs and church bulletins. Where do Mick's ideas come from? We think that's a question best left unexplored.

Extensive research and preliminary sketches are done for each card. These particular drawings were made while Professor Mick's students slaved over an Art Appreciation final exam.

The drawing is refined and resized. This process is not unlike trying to pack a week's worth of clothing in an overnight bag.

The drawing is lightly traced or transferred onto museum board.

The card is painted with watercolor. Mick uses a pretty good #6 round watercolor brush. None of those tiny brushes for Mick.

Final inking and paint touch-up. The card is now ready for inspection and approval by our rigorous quality control team. (For instance, our quality control team just noticed the string of geese flying in the distance was left out of the final card, darn!) Once inspection is passed the card is scanned, cropped, adjusted, uploaded and listed on ebay. This process results in the quality you have come to expect and pretty much guarantees your money's worth regardless of the amount of your impetuous bid.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Cat 22 Redux

Late 1930's Caterpillar 22. Storm Brewing.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Waddies Angora Chaps

Original miniature painting by Mick Reasor featuring "Waddie." Waddie shows off his new birthday angora woolies with the hand tooled leather belt and hand engraved conchos. Waddie's brother Newt opines that what with Waddie's recent increase in girth, just gettin' his physique into the hairpants will be a minor miracle.
You want some fancy angoras? Here's where Waddie got his.

Biskit's Beans

Original miniature painting by Mick Reasor featuring "Biskit," the Stomach robbing trail cook.
A one-time gentleman's gentleman Biskit eventually realized he weren't no gentleman and didn't much care for those what was. Biskit says you can eat your beans or you can wear 'em. Take your pick.

The Kid Scans the Horizon

The Kid reins in his mount and scans the horizon. He lernt how to do that in cowboy school.

Rob Spins a Ripping Yarn

By firelight, on the shores of Pitt Lake, Rob enthralls new recruits with ripping yarns of past Mountie adventures.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

David "And Goliath" MacMillan

David "And Goliath" MacMillan

Original, One-of-a-kind miniature paintings by Mick Reasor featuring fictional heroes of the gridiron. This card portrays David "And Goliath" MacMillan, defensive end, and future Hall-of-Famer, for the Rochester Redbirds. "And Goliath" is the really, really strong and silent type, towering over most competitors and forcing opposing teams to rewrite playbooks to avoid his relentless pursuit. A gentle man off the field, raising parakeets in the off-season, once on the field MacMillan is a force of nature with his own zip code.

Gouache on Gesso Primed Paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Waddie Goes Wading

Waddie demonstrates how the bashful cowboy can fashion appropriate swimwear by knotting a couple of neckerchiefs together.

Gordon Makes a Date

Gordon rings up a fair lass in the village to arrange a tryst, or perhaps an assignation, maybe even a rendezvous.

Caterpillar 22

Original miniature painting of a late 30's early 40's Caterpillar 22 crawler.
3.5 x 2.5 inches, gouache on paper.