(close up of the portrait.)
Hey Crafters! I'm still freaking out a bit over this one. I barely slept last night and my stomach is still doing flips! I'm a pretty big Denis Leary fan. One of my favorite movies is The Ref (actually it's my family's holiday movie). I love Rescue Me too and have been following Denis Leary's standup for quite some time.
So there's a local bookstore that does book signings. I freaked out when I missed the opportunity a while back for one of his other books. On Sunday night, I saw that he was going to do a book signing for his new book the next day. I freaked and told the husband what where we were going (he's also a fan).
So I decided to take it a step further and draw an Irish Wolfhound for him. He has a love for the breed (which is one of the reason why I love him). He used to have 5 and one of them was even on Rescue Me. The one that was on Rescue Me, Clancy, passed away and I was trying to find a picture. His website had a little picture. I did find a video of his roast with Clancy in and that was helpful to find the right coloring. I worked on the portrait from 10am-4pm, scanned it, and then framed it. I wished I had a little bit longer to work on it because I see some things that I could have planned better with the drawing, but I think I like it. (Yeah, I'm a bit critical of my work. It's an 8x10 pastels on velour)
We get to the book signing and I start getting nervous. We had on layers of clothes because we assumed we would be on line outside (which is why we're pink in the picture). We got there early and waited around an hour inside. However, since I was nervous and over heating I was worried I was going to faint or throw up on Mr. Leary. Thankfully, that didn't happen, because I was able to get my breathing under control! When I gave him the portrait I think I said something like "Hi Mr. Leary, I know how much you like Irish Wolfhounds so I made you this. I tried to find a picture of Clancy so I could get the coloring right." He said "Oh Wow! Do I get to keep it? It looks really close to Clancy!" Then I handed him my card and said if he ever wanted anything else I would be very happy to make him something. I'm not sure if I should have given him my card, but I figured I might as well, but it was really awkward. I hope he did like it and wasn't just being nice. It would kind suck if it ended up in the dumpster at the bookstore. I guess that's the risk I was willing to take!
Anyway, he posed with a picture with us and the portrait, which made me SO HAPPY! I think it was one of the highlights of my life!