Top 3 Hottest T-Shirts 2017

Take a look at my top three best-selling t-shirt designs for this summer!

Boxer dog tees come third place for 2017 in my Redbubble store.

Boxer dog tees

Boxer dog tees


“Charcoal – Boxer Dog” (top to bottom) Classic T-Shirt in Asphalt | Women’s Fitted Scoop in Athletic Heather | Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Dark Grey

Look what a Buyer messaged about their recent purchase of the second best selling 2017 t-shirt design: “Finally someone has very cute Jiminy Cricket shirts! I’ll be shopping more with you!” “Charcoal and Oil – Jiminy Cricket” T-Shirt Buyer, Reno NV.

Jiminy Cricket Tees

Jiminy Cricket Tees


(top to bottom) Women’s Fitted T-Shirt in Asphalt | Men’s Graphic T-Shirt | Unisex T-Shirt in Eggplant

Donald’s better side came out on top this year and this design winged its way to become my Buyer’s favorite t-shirt for 2017!

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts


“Charcoal and Oil – Angel Donald” (top to bottom) Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Purple | Women’s Fitted Scoop T-Shirt in Navy | Classic Tee in Baby Blue

Cruella and her 1960s fashion illustration

Illustrators such as Mouchy and Merle Bassett filled pages of fashion magazines with their strong silhouettes. And perhaps Cruella De Vil would cherish, more than any other villain, being delineated as a fashion sketch in a late 1950s or early 1960s copy of “Woman’s Day” magazine.

Cruella De Vil drawing

Cruella De Vil drawing

I’ve drawn, in my “Where Pictures Shine” style, Kent Melton’s Walt Disney Classics Collection 2006 sculpture “Perfectly Wretched”.

Drawing begins of the WDCC Cruella De Vil figurine

Drawing begins of the WDCC Cruella De Vil figurine

Drawing by Douglas Rickard of WDCC Cruella sculpted by Kent Melton

Drawing by Douglas Rickard of WDCC Cruella sculpted by Kent Melton

Miss De Vil joins the Evil Queen and Maleficent in my series. Each has a solitary color flare; purple for the Queen; green for Maleficent; and a pucker of red for Cruella’s lipstick and lining of that coat.

Red coat lining of charcoal Cruella

Red coat lining of charcoal Cruella

Cruella De Vil as a 1960s magazine fashion sketch

Cruella De Vil as a 1960s magazine fashion sketch

With “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” being released in 1961 there’s something of course 1960s, I hope, about that mix of red oil pastel I used in my drawing. Perhaps it could almost be a pigment of Winsor and Newton paint those fashion illustrators may have worked with. The Walt Disney film was styled by Walter Peregoy who too, used strong lines not dissimilar to those of the magazine fashion illustrators. The outlines of table lamps to buildings and everything else in the movie’s background art, you will notice, stylishly strays from those objects’ blocks of color because see-through animation cels of Walter Peregoy’s black line work went over his painted color shapes.

Where Pictures Shine - Cruella De Vil by Douglas Rickard

Where Pictures Shine – Cruella De Vil by Douglas Rickard

So with these art deco lines in my drawing, similar to those used throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Cruella really is the perfect fit for my set of worked in, charcoal art. Although my “Where Pictures Shine” style, is different again. The oil pastel was applied to one empty area, up to, and against the black lines. And there are no lines wandering over color blocks because no dusty charcoal stick can make any real mark through any swathe of oil pastel.

So wherever you decide to display my still-life of the WDCC piece; which I believe, like Cruella is something quite unique; that devilish red should shine out, especially in a Hand Embellished version (below), of this rather ‘1960s fashion illustration’ of Anita’s old school chum.

Cruella De Vil Hand Embellished Bespoke Fine Art Print

Cruella De Vil Hand Embellished Bespoke Fine Art Print

Introducing Gallery Boards

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Here’s a new range of neat, textured mat boards to collect, just perfect for my art.

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

In this new product line, my drawings are professionally printed on watercolor textured boards which have an organic ‘art studio’ look. If you display one of these on a shelf, you could almost imagine a handful of the oil pastel sticks nearby that I used!

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

They’re easy to display(with four Velcro dots included) to walls. And there are cute little square sizes too, which really work for displaying a series.

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

ACEOs 2016 Picks

My Buyers have always loved them. Affordable, perfect to display in a really, really small space, and at this time of year, can be gifted as a Halloween treat or slipped inside for plussing a Christmas card. My ACEOs are the same museum / gallery quality as full size versions. And they’re back and at new low prices too, with great combined postage and multiple purchase deals in my eBay store (where my ACEOs and art selling career all began in 2004).

So, between my recommendations and your favorites, here are 2016’s top five picks for ACEOs over five categories.

This benevolent threesome, (drawings of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather) are getting carried away with that fairy dust in one fresh full color ACEO card, that is also popular as part of a set, accompanying Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip and Maleficent.

Weddings ‘n’ Romance - Blue to Pink - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather

“Weddings ‘n’ Romance – Blue to Pink – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather”

2016, perhaps more than any year since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left us, has his powerful example been more in need. This ACEO card has phrases used in a 1967 speech drawn into MLK’s portrait.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Stick with Love

“Martin Luther King Jr. – Stick with Love”

In this U.S. election year, lifting up governing authorities in our prayers may seem even more critical; and so 1 Timothy 2:1-2 written in oil pastel within this White House drawing could make for a fitting visual reminder.

Pray for America

”Pray for America”

Now with three to choose from, a drawing of the unassuming theatre stage door of a London West End show you or a friend has seen, is going to make for a very unusual gift or keepsake. And if you’ve been to “The Lion King,” then you’ll know what magic the artists create who go through that of The Lyceum’s.

Stage Door London - Lyceum Theatre

“Stage Door London – Lyceum Theatre”

One dog owner wrote and told me how she and her bulldog Bailey both loved what she called in my eBay store feedback a “stunning picture”. Of course there are plenty more dog breeds I’ve drawn that are available as ACEOs, so this could be the time to ‘find that breed’ and pick up an inexpensive, little gift for a dog owner you know.

I Love My Bulldog

“I Love My Bulldog”

Tinker Bell with added charcoal dust

I did cry a bit when we couldn’t get into Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” at the cinema when I got taken to see it as a kid for the first time back in the 70s. That’s why one of my art Buyers really put a smile in my heart.

Donna from Portland, OR wrote and told me once how she’d bought some ACEOs including a couple of Tinker Bell. Donna said “LOVE Tink’s expression” about my still-life drawing (below) of the Walt Disney Classics Collection ornament sculpture.

Charcoal and Oil - Tinker Bell by Douglas Rickard

Charcoal and Oil – Tinker Bell by Douglas Rickard

Charcoal and Oil – Tinker Bell,” which is a mixed media drawing, is available on other gifts and products like tote bags and stickers.

Tinker Bell tote bag

Tinker Bell tote bag

What Donna did with the smallest version, she purchased direct from me, at her NFFC Disneyana Fan Club chapter picnic was amazing though. She let me know that she would be giving one of them to Margaret Kerry, the lady who is the original actor and model, Disney animator Marc Davis used for reference when drawing Tinker Bell herself!

Margaret Kerry with Tinker Bell ACEO

Margaret Kerry with Tinker Bell ACEO

As a little boy all I wanted to do when I grew up was work in that cinema in Plymouth, England! But having one of my Tinker Bell drawings given to someone so much a part of my favorite movie, was never one of the dreams I’d had!

The Tinker Bell Pout

The Tinker Bell Pout

Tinker Bell ACEO Art Card

Tinker Bell ACEO Art Card

Tinker Bell large size stickers

Tinker Bell large size stickers

Worthy of a vintage Hollywood style caricature

Famous hair of a flaming villain

Famous hair of a flaming villain

This schmoozing, wise cracking, minion-surrounded, powerful and allegedly based on a Hollywood studio chairman, villain has a very apropos portrait in my “Where Pictures Shine” series.

Where Pictures Shine - Hades by Douglas Rickard

Where Pictures Shine – Hades by Douglas Rickard

From the 30s to the 1960s, movie executives and stars dined in a restaurant in the center of Hollywood called the “Brown Derby”. They would be seated beneath walls of framed caricatures of themselves, drawn by Polish immigrant Eddie Vitch. Like my series, these portraits were made up of a minimal amount of strong lines.
When I began drawing charcoal still-lifes of WDCC sculptures in 2004 I would usually end up smudging areas to create a soft three dimensional shape, and then applying oil pastel colors in the same way. You can see this in my “Charcoal and Oil” series.

I always veered however towards a stronger, heavy-handed application if you will, in my drawing. In art college I tended to use heavy lines during life study, even marking them several times over and over again if necessary to achieve the correct proportions. This may explain my frequent stumbling in art class back at school because we were only ever given the delicate media of water color paint to use.

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

So, do you think Hades, which is my drawing of the Ruben Procopio Walt Disney Classics Collection porcelain, would make a suitable portrait for your wall or maybe even the office of you agent or manager perhaps?

My path to the Castle of the Prince and Cinderella

Walt Disney’s animated 1950 “Cinderella.” Today it’s like some precious, ancient pictorial and musical manuscript, from which little girls’ dresses and collectibles, theme park experiences, and the 21st century live action movie (now my favorite of all time,) have all courteously used as their source.

Would you like to take a walk-through tour with me in the video below, of my castle? Larry Nikolai was the concept artist for this 10” piece which was retired in 1998 and came with a deed “signed” by the original “owner”, transferring ownership!

Cinderella art

Cinderella art

Drawing and smudging with princess appropriate oil pastels, now here’s my new Cinderella art still life study of this highly accurate and faithful Walt Disney Classics Collection, Enchanted Places sculpture “A Castle for Cinderella.”

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

 

Your way to the Prince's Castle in the sky

Your way to the Prince’s Castle in the sky

Gates to the fairytale castle

Gates to the fairytale castle

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky