A new napkin

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted actual napkin art, which is tragic given the name of this website.

I was in Chicago this weekend for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and was fortunate to meet several wonderful women. They were some great small business owners, brilliant, driven and super creative.

Heidi sent me these napkins. You should check out her instagram @heidimaetrix. She’s brilliant at cosplay.

I think this little guy is adorable. Don’t you just want to cheer him up?


Sometime over the course of the evening he grew a beard:


And got a little creepier?

Guinness Logic

Anyone who drinks Guinness regularly becomes a philosopher.  I’m not sure if it’s a result of sitting there, staring at the glass, waiting because it takes so long for the head to reduce or what, but it just happens.  Drink enough Guinness in a sitting and you have flashes of brilliance, as evidenced by Greg’s napkin below:


What is Art?

When I started pursuing a second degree at the local art college a couple of years ago I was introduced to the term “creatives”.  To be honest, it really rubbed me the wrong way, like it was a solution looking for a problem.  Were we too cool for “artist”?  Were only some people cool enough to be called artist?  Everyone else had to be a “creative”?

I went out for drinks the other night and sat at the bar with the coolest bartender.  When they’re really good, I could sit there for hours talking to them.  He was making me drinks that weren’t on the menu, then we were kind of inventing drinks together.  Is that art?  Is that being creative?  He was super passionate about his trade.  He’s educated himself, he experiments and he creates and he loves interacting with his audience.  And I believe art can be found in lots of places.  “Is it a science or an art?” pops up frequently in the engineering world.  What’s your take?

He made that butterfly to sit on the rim of the glass btw!

A REAL Napkin!

Napkin Pepper Shaker
Napkin Pepper Grinder


Lori Stewart has been a great friend for many, many years.  She’s sent supplies to my soldiers while deployed, has provided moral and emotional support when needed and has been a sounding board for many half-baked ideas.

She currently runs a project called Operation Warrior Watch which still provides support for soldiers and their families.

I really appreciate her taking the time to draw and send this in.

I love the hash work for shading in this
I love the hash work for shading in this

Self Portrait Triadic PortraitI sit next to this incredibly talented artist in class.  His name is Jeremy Jefferson and it’s so frustrating to see how he’s good at everything he tries.  Sketches.  Paints.  Collages.  Computer Graphics.  He does it all.  These are some drawings from a recent class project.  It’ll be neat to see what this guy does, but I”m sure it’s going to be great!  Check out his website.