Autographed prints by McKenzie & Bitancurt

I had the pleasure of meeting former WVU kickers Bill McKenzie and Tyler Bitancurt.   Both had some memorable game winning kicks, most notably was McKenzie's the last second kick against Pitt in 1975 to win the Backyard Brawl game. That game is arguably the greatest game is WVU history.    Tyler Bitancurt had several winning kicks.   Most remember his winning kick at the end of the 2009 Backyard Brawl game against Pitt.  And Tyler also won the Big East Conference in 2010 with a last second FG boot against South Florida!  

Both Bill and Tyler were nice enough to autograph some Backyard Brawl prints which will be auctioned off with all proceeds to benefit the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment.   If you're interested in an autographed print and would like to help out the cancer charity, please contact Jeff or go to FindHarri facebook fanpage.   Thank you.

Below is a nice article written by Bob Hertzel for the Times Union.

 

WVU Mountaineer Maniacs

The WVU student fan group know as the Mountaineer Maniacs commissioned me to create a illustration they used for a print as a give away. The idea was to show a" wild" group of Mountaineer fans.  I suggested using the WV state shape as a way to "pull" the image together.  I worked with Stephen Orlowski and Chris Northrup (current president)  who I met at a WVU licensing fair. We're exploring more ideas for a variety of Maniac products like t-shirts, cups and more for future give aways.  

Is Tie-Dye art?

 Some people love tie-dyes and other say it's not for them.  I've always liked tie-dyes and often wondered how certain patterns were made.  A few years ago I asked a local friend to make a few tie-dyes for me to print on.  I asked her to keep the middle of the tie-dyes light in color so my detailed designs would look good and not get lost on the intense colored tie-dyes.   As we made more and more types of tie-dyes and I started to get picky and kept asking her to, "do this or try that"  she finally said,"Jeff, I think you need to learn how to tie-dye!"  

So, I bit the bullet and set up a tie-dye lab.  I've always loved color and my experience using  watercolors with illustration helped a lot when it came to mixing the dyes.  Early in my career,  I found out certain colors didn't mix well.   While at RIT, I took a Color Theory class and learned all about complement colors. Colors like red-blue, orange-purple or green-red, etc.   These colors are opposite each other on the color wheel and they create a natural "vibration." 

There's a bit of mystery in tie-dye.  That is,  you're not really sure what the final product will look like, till you rinse and pull the rubber bands off the shirt.  It's like an art show, especially when you do a bunch -- "WOW! Look at this one...  Cool!!  Holy Smokes!! This one is even better!!!     Whoops,  this one went all brown..."    

 I guess I'm still learning how to make that perfect tie-dye.   And in a sense,  just like other artists and illustrators,  we're always striving for that perfect creation - so, YES, tie-dying is ART, if you ask me.