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[Table] IAmA: Iam the guy who paints Presidents riding dinosaurs, fighting gorillas, tigers, etc. I'm also known as Sharpwriter AMA!

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Date: 2013-08-23
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Can you paint a picture of Snowden punching Obama in the face? I will pay for it. I'd probably get a visit from the CIA if I did, get taken away to some undergound base and experimented on. They may even turn me into some alien human hybrid.
BUT that would be an awesome painting.
Well, how about Snowden punching a MIB in the face instead? That could work.
Can you draw a picture of Taft, stuck in a bathtub, on top of an elephant, covered in stars and stripes, piloting a drone? That may break the internet if it I do that.
True... Can't plunge the world into darkness... just yet. I should have uploaded it at midnight on December 21, 2012 and if it did break the internet people would have thought the world was ending.
Jason, would you care to comment on my own President-Picture-Predilection? Teddy Roosevelt. SO.AWESOME.
I just want to start by saying that your paintings are awesome. Where do you find your inspiration? I've always gotten inspiration is history, myths, stories etc. History has so much room for interpretation that I can start with a real story and by the time I'm done drawing it I have a photo of JFK on the moon riding a robot unicorn.
What was your first Presidential drawing? Doodle... finished product... whatever? Link to
That would be the first president I painted, but theres so much wrong with it.
You had just read "Life of Pi", didn't you? Haha nope.
Damn, there went my karma train. Ben Franklin vs Zeus is my favorite of your work btw. Just because I know Ben wins. He can only be brought down by his one weakness...women. Where do you think all the greek gods went?
Ensenada, Mexico. Oh I guess that makes sense.
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Well said. As a right leaning (non-religious zealot) I think his messages are insulting. Agreed. Well executed painting but insulting message.
Where do you get your inspiration? Also have you painted any with Teddy Roosevelt? The reason I ask is that he was so bad ass, that there would seem to be no situation you could put him in that wouldn't leave me saying, "Sure, that probably actually happened," which would seem to defeat the purpose. TR has been painted though it was my third painting and it has a lot of flaws IMO. I want to redo a proper a TR now that I've grown as an artist and make it more badass.
Also, your Paul Revere/Tron painting is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Thanks for that. I love that one too, I learned a lot while doing that.
Have you ever received complaints from anyone who thought your paintings were offensive (maybe some loonies who sanctify the founding fathers)? What's the weirdest response you've received from your art? Great Question!
Never had any people get offended, I did have someone say I was racist for the painting of Thomas Jefferson though. Thats it.
Weirdest response is this, hands down: Link to
Apparently Obama is the anti-Christ and you're able to tell through my art. I'm also part of the Illuminati apparently.
I also had some girl that wanted to marry me based on my art, wasn't sure if she was trolling or not but it was like something from creepypms.
What is it like seeing your work used all over? Do you find that you wish you were able to get compensation for it more? I always wonder this about popular artists, given the nature of the internet. Thanks again for taking the time to do this! Its weird for me, its like seeing someone you know on the news. Its the "I know that! I've seen that before!" kind of feeling I'd like to be credited more but I know how the internet works, people crop and change stuff so by the time a lot of people see it they have only ever seen the cropped version and they repost that and it keeps going and going and going. Really though I like that people like it enough and enjoy it so much that they share it. The best feeling for me is making people chuckle and happy so for me its worth it.
What is your process like? Start thumbnailing,then research? What program do you use and do you make your brushes? BTW, I think the Ben Franklin one is spectacular. My process changes everytime for the most part. I'm very ADD but typically thumbnails then once I have an idea I like I'll take it into photo shop and start cleaning up the line art and the rendering. But some times ill sketch lines and values in black and white then clean it up and add color. Its kind of hard to explain and easier for me to demonstrate I have a few hundred hours of footage of me painting that I need to condense down and add to youtube.
Do you currently have a youtube channel with painting/illustration videos? Nope, but I do have a lot of footage of me painting I need to mash it down and post it.
How much to get a painting done with me riding a monkey fighting Stalin? PM me and we can talk details.
In your painting of Bill Clinton spraying what looks like an Uzi, there is an object in the upper right hand corner just above lady liberty's torch. What is that?! Its a ufo. I was watching Ancient aliens when I painted, then I watched the debunking ancient aliens after. Dirty Ron was originally going to be fighting along side Clinton but his coloring was waaay to distracting so I put him in the background.
why Ronald McDonald?!
Big fan of your artwork, i have all of your presidential drawings saved as my desktop backgrounds. Any chance you'll be doing one of Richard Nixon, or maybe CYBORG RICHARD NIXON!!!??? Here you go- Link to
Enjoy :)
Have you ever considered drawing one of the presidents no one knows (say, Benjamin Harrison), just to see people's reactions? Absolutely, Millard Filmore is on the list strictly because of his name, Andrew Johnson as well since he was pretty much the most useless president in history.
I'd love to see Filmore riding a mallard. Haha a horse sized mallard right?
Downvoted because i am an actual fan of A-Jacks. be easy with your criticism mannn :( Edit: missed a viwel. Johnson, You read that wrong Andrew Jackson was a badass, except for the trail of tears.
I think you're fucking brilliant! Would you ever allow someone to use your work as a tattoo or be down to commission a design? Yeah, a guy is getting Reagan Tattooed on him. Feel free to tattoo any of my art on you and I'll send you some free art.
I do also take commissions but at the moment I am super busy with a child about to pop into this world.
Do you paint for the spiritual gratification, or for dem bitches? I paint because I can get to zone out and go into my own little world, what i get the most satisfaction from is making people laugh and happy with my crazy art.
Love the President series, and have used them as backgrounds on several occasions. What are you working on now, and what sort of projects do you have planned for the future? Right now im actually painting some breaking bad art with a twist. Should have it done thisbweekend. After that I'll get back to compiling my alternate history book which will tie all the pieces I've painted so far.
You should send it to Bryan Cranston's people and see if he'll sign a print. I would shit in my pants if that happened. How does one even get in contact with his people?
Oh just send me a bunch of originals, man. I'm very good friends with Vince, Bryan, Aaron, the whole gang! Don't even worry about it, you're welcome. Not sure if serious...
Well I've never actually met Vince, Bryan or Aaron if that's what you're wondering... I figured haha I was attempting to make a joke.
Pulls credit card from wallet How do we make this happen? Put your information below credit card, SS number, etc and I'll email my contacts in Nigeria to get it going.
Seriously though hes on the list to paint so really its just a matter of time.
With a double barrel shotgun. Quadruple barrel shotgun.
But nothing automatic or a handgun because that would be hypocritical of him. He should have a bow and arrow.
Of those which you've painted so far, which is your favourite? Additionally, is there something that you have wanted to create, but haven't done so yet? My favorite at the moment is between Nixon and Clinton. The Nixon painting is the first that was done for the book. Time travel can be very tricky.
I've got this idea that involves Jesus and Dionsaurs but it will piss off every Christian I imagine haha.
Hey Sharpwriter! I've been a huge fan ever since I saw your work years ago. I was just wondering if there is any chance at all that we could get super high res versions of your work to download and save for personal image collections? You can download them all at wallpaler size on my deviantart and I've seen a few imgur albums but I can compile one.
What is the most disturbing one you've done to date? None have been really disturbing, some of my first ideas are quite disturbing though. I was apprehensive at first of painting FDR in a transforming wheel chair because I wasn't sure how'd people take it, but I thought it was badass and everyone seemed to like it.
Disturbing to me is sometimes how long these take me to do since I constantly am not satisfied with what I do and often end up redoing a lot of work to get it right.
Have you ever done one of Harrison just looking at a calendar with the grim reaper standing behind him? that would be bad ass. Not yet, but I dont plan on stopping anytime soon and if I get ambitious I may do a painting of all the presidents. I'd have to carve out a few months of my life though.
There is a disturbing lack of James K. Polk in your work. You should change that. I am finding that out while doing this AMA people realyl like him, I will fix that problem I assure you.
What's your definition of the difference between kitsch and art? I'd pretty much say all my art is Kitsch and thats what makes it art I suppose.
I don't really get held down by definitions though, and I pretty much paint what I think will be funny and epic.
Just wanted you to know your poster of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor is framed and hanging above my bed. Just yesterday I said to my ladyfriend (in a joking manner) "I always pray to Ronald for Liberty before I sleep." I can find the PSD and do some tweaks and make that possible. Shoot me a message on etsy for a custom request and I can get it started for you.
The question: Any chance of getting the Lincoln Matrix poster without the movie stuff added? (i.e. just as a cool picture, not as a movie poster) Haha and I'm sure Reagan appreciates your prayers.
I feel the same to, Maybe Saints Row 5? Maybe i'll make a petition on the white house website and see if i can get 100k signatures.
I love your work and it makes me bust out laughing every time I see it. What was your inspiration for all this? And also, I was wondering what the gator with the nuclear launch button and the McDonald's arch in the background had to do with president Clinton in his picture. That always confused me. The gator has a name tag named Hillary. Instead of him having a briefcase with the nuclear football hes strapped it to a gator.
My inspiration is people like you that enjoy it, and get a kick out of it. Its also a small business I run (selling prints of them) so its also a way for me to support my fam and hopefully one day I can be my own boss.
That's awesome! I guess I never looked too close. I had no idea it had a name tag. And hey, I'd buy from you ;) Its hard to see in the digital version its the 24x36 is when its easiest to view all the details and stuff.
Why are you so gay Jason? Haha because I'm so joyous and happy I get to draw and paint stuff all day.
Are you self taught? Also you're pictures are awesome. I used to have one of your paintings as my background! Thanks! I went to college for art but in pencil illustration, digital painting was all self taught.
Thanks for the reply! I wanted to teach myself how to draw and paint in a digital medium, but I gave up and returned to writing. Gnomon Workshop, go there and learn the ways of photoshop.
Hey sharpwriter, do you plan on making more of these? i find them really entertaining and would like to see more!! :) Yep, no plans on slowing down. An Art/alt history book is next where I'll compile them all.
Can you paint one of LBJ and his general disregard for anything in his way? Driving a dumptruck through a group of people?
If he can piss on the Secret Service's show, I wouldn't put it past him assuming the dump truck is full of Congressional bills that he wants passed by dinner time. Hahaha.
Are you self taught? Where did you study? Do you recommend getting good at traditional art before digital or vice versa? Definitely a good idea to have a strong base of traditional art I recommend that. After you have the basics form,color,anatomy, etc then move into digital. I've been drawing all my life and went to art college for drawing but as far as digital goes that's all self taught.
Also, do you think I have what it takes to be an artist? Link to Everybody has what it takes to be an artist, as long as you continue to stay focused on improving and busting ass you'll do it. You have a good base but it takes a lot of work its not something that happens over night. Keep it up and you'll make it, and feel free to contact with if you ever need any crits or help I'd be glad to offer my assistance as much I can.
Thank you for your advice and wisdom, I appreciate it very much. No problem.
Your paintings are really good, do you ever do any unusual paintings surrounding horror movies? No horror movie paintings yet.
EDIT: Are these done through software or do you do do them the ol' fashion way? If software what do you use please? Most of these are done totally in photshop, but sometimes I draw with pencil then color it in PS. Below is a process shot of a chick I painted for work. Link to
That's fucking crazy, you're really talented. I'm a huge horror movie fan so if I had your talents I think that's the route I'd definitely take.. Do you take requests for this sort of stuff? I imagine you've got a lot on with this AMA n'all. I'm always up for crazy ideas and I do take commissions Im just uber busy at the moment so it would take some time. I appreciate the compliments as well :)
Have you ever considered expanding into other political heads? Such as British Prime ministers? Churchill riding a T-Rex would be pretty sweet. Or David Cameron being eaten by one... Churchill for sure. That guy was a badass.
How much would it cost for a 50 inch (I dont know the exact measurements, just really big) painting of your "Bill Clinton Lady Killer" painting? It is by far one of the greatest works of art I have ever seen and I would love to have a massive painting/poster of it on my wall. I'd have to talk with my print shop and see. I can say for sure it probably wont be cheap but it would be epic. Are you thinking just on photo gloss paper or canvas?
It depends on the price of both. But I'm leaning towards photo gloss paper. Alright shoot me a message on etsy for a custom order request and I can get the ball rolling and see what I can do for you sir.
Sharpwriter, you're freaking awesome. :D what's something that you'd like to draw involving our political overlords? I have a good idea for George W. Bush but I feel like the internet would take up their collective pitchforks against me if I in anyway way painted him.
Props man. I love this stuff. Do you have any plans for Jimmy Carter or Ulysses S. Grant? Yep, both of them. U.S. Grant was a badass.
You might want to go over to /Murica and do an AMA over there. I know they love your work. You may want to ask the mods first though. Will do.
But question time: What go you interested in drawing and art? There wasnt anything in particular that made me want to draw I just started when I was able to hold a crayon. TMNT definitely kept me going since I constantly was drawing them when I was little, my mom also was very supportive of my desire to draw and always made sure I had what I needed to get better. When I got older Greg Capullos illustrations in spawn were what started me on my detail kick, I loved drawing all the bits and pieces thats most people left out of their final drawings.
Any tips for an aspiring illustrator? Never be satisfied with what you create, always be trying to improve with your work.
Grow thick skin and start getting crits, if you're new they will be harsh but its the way to learn. I still have a lot of stuff I'm not good at painting but its the drive that keeps me going and keeps me improving.
What kind of illustration are you wanting to get in to?
Concept illustration, very similar to your work (from what i've seen). I've had a fairly large exposure to how the art world works ( I used to work with illustrators), so I'm used to the critiques they give out. Perfect, also be sure to check out Gnomon workshop they have many good videos that are super helpful.
Would you consider making some shirts? I'd buy them, I bet other people would too. I have a full line of shirts coming out for christmas 2014 through the mountain, the company that makes the 3 wolf moon shirt. They're gonna be awesome, I believe JFK is already on their online store.
How do you determine which president gets to fight/ride which animal? I do research and read up on who I'm gonna paint then decide from there. To be honest most of the times its random and whatever I think would be badass at that moment in time.
Wow, you have some great work. Btw, we're you the mastermind behind this piece of patriotism? Link to That was not me but its awesome!
Why? Because its fun and awesome.
Some people think that the best art is photo-realistic. But I think that's just technique. I think art should show us more -- something that can't be photographed -- because it doesn't exist except in the mind of the artist. What, if anything, are you trying to say through your art? To be honest I don't have much to say I'm more an illustrator rather than a fine artist. My art is for the viewer to decide what they take away from it. I could make something up about having some political message to say and what not but that's just not me.
I know this is a bit late, but aside from the small minecraft axe, what are the things in Paul Revere Midnight Rider's light cycle trail, spoons? I've always wondered. Revere did a lot of things and one of the things he did was a silversmith (I learned that from pawnstars surprisingly) so I thought I'd put a little truth in that painting.
What softwares and tools do you use to draw? Is my bamboo enough. I use Photoshop and a bamboo is okay though I'd upgrade to the most basic Wacom intuos tablet. Those will have more pressure sensitivity and they are also larger.
Can you do James K. Polk on a killer whale(with laser eyes) fighting in the pacific? I've had a few requests for him now, lasers eyes are always a plus to any mammal he'd be riding. But hes on the list as well for drawing.
Can you do writers next? Hemingway, Firzgerald, Percy Shelley, Burroughs, HunterSThompson, Asimov, etc. Im gonna eventually spread out into historical figure writers are a great idea. Thank you.
Cool thanks. are you really a redditor or did you just make an account to do an ama? Redditor, been here for a while. I dunno what else to do with the internet now.
If I ever get a self portrait, I want it painted by you. Any chance you'll ever do something like that? Yeah. I do take commissions pm me when youre ready and we can talk.
No other part o the internet understands my sick sense of humor or love of debate haha. plus it really has EVERYTHING. Reddit is like the borg, resistance is futile.
How much to commission a piece? Seriously. PM me with what you'd like and we can discuss.
Were you the painter behind obama on a unicorn with stalin and dr. House? That wasn't me.
Are you planning on eventually doing a painting for every President? Also I came here from the Ron Paul AMA would love a Ron Paul painting! Its a lofty goal but its something I'd like do for sure that includes the RP piece.
I'll buy that for a dollar. Upvote for Robocop.
I think you should do Hillary next. Maybe with her fist in a yeti's face. She can have frost powers like sub zero and freeze him and punch him into a million pieces like what happened to the T1000.
Please paint a picture of George W. Bush in a Mechsuit shooting a flamethrower at the Loch Ness Monster. which in turn has lasers shooting from his eyes. Oh, and GWB MUST have a lightsaber in his other hand. This. This is an idea I can get behind.
Obligatory. HAHAHAHHAHA.
I don't want to sound queer or nothing but your paintings are bad ass. Seriously Unicorns kick ass.
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I feel as though Volition should be using you to make Saints Row IV art. I feel the same to, Maybe Saints Row 5?
You're awesome! I bought a print from your Etsy store about a year or two ago for my brother. It is proudly hanging on his wall next to copy of the Constitution (which was printed using period-authentic equipment) and our great grandfather's Civil War discharge papers. Awesome!
No question just wanted to say that i have very large not easily visible tattoos and whenever anyone asks me what they are i say abraham lincon fighting some bears. not sure if you drew that just thought i would share. Can you post a picture?
Yea i figured if i got bored of it i could change it to slash fighting bears at some point. Well if you ever do and need some art get ahold of me.
I'm a bit late, but just wanted to say: You're a badass. Its never too late, Im doing my best to respond to everyone. I appreciate the compliment sima'am.
Hey man... no question, just wanted to say I have your TR versus Bigfoot framed and on my wall. You're an immense talent. Thanks sir, and thank you for your support!
Thank you for being a constant source of joy for my boyfriend! He loves your stuff SO much. I'm pretty sure you are more of source for joy for him but thank you! :)
Thank you SO much for posting a link to your store, I've had Lincoln on the Grizzly as my desktop wallpaper at work for like the last 18 months! Will definitely be making some purchases come pay day :) Awesome thanks! Shoot me a message when you do order I'll through in some goodies.
Could you draw a picture of one of the founding fathers writing my username on the deceleration of independence. Haha I can do a sketch but I'm on my way to work right now I can do it in a few. Paging A Wild Sketch Appeared.
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