Southeastern Guide Dogs, Super Heroes on Parade
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Earlier in the year I had the honor of being chosen for a local project called Super Heroes on Parade, done through the charity Southeastern Guide Dogs. This project is a collaboration between artists and sponsors to paint, draw, sculpt or otherwise customize a massive doggie-hero statue. All the artists receive the same statue, cast molded by Scott Moore of Port Charlotte, FL, but are paired with different sponsors who have “naming” rights and ideas of their own to incorporate.

My sponsors were FISglobal and they got to name the sculpture “Roosevelt” in reference to their headquarters location. It was fun creating sketches for all the ideas in our brainstorm meeting. Concepts ranging from Cyborg Military Dog to corporate disguised Wonder Woman in a pant suit. To meet the unveiling deadline back in March I only had 30 days to work from green light, to concepts and then a finished product. The paint process took two weeks and was done with Golden brand acrylic paints, sealed with Krylon UV resistant top coat. You can see a video of the painting process here.

The painting features a wrap around seascape of local landmarks that embody the scope of FIS’ employee base and charity outreach. Icons of the bay area like the Skyway Bridge morphs into the skyline of St Pete, complete with waterside parks, Dali museum, Al Lang Field, and the historic Vinoy hotel. The patriotic colors are a tribute to our veterans including a USA striped cape, pedestal base and a custom pressed dog tag necklace with Roosevelt’s name, rank and the date of the unveiling.

Check out my blog or the Southeastern Guide Dog website for more about the work they do saving lives with real working dogs. “People’s Choice Voting” will continue online until September 29th. Three “Top Dogs” from each area of Sarasota, St. Pete and Tampa will be chosen at a ceremony on October 7th.

James Eric
St. Petersburg… USA
Tel: 1 404 444 5618

James is a St Pete, Florida based freelance Illustrator and sign painter. 2009 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA Illustration), his work has strong roots in tradi… Show more.

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James illustrative work is driven by his passion for the craft. Although James possesses countless illustrative abilities, I find that he has a real niche for what I would describe as an abstract, hyper-realism. I commissioned James to create a very stylized title for me to use within my Youtube web series comedy sketch, "Hoop Conspiracies: Boston". James was incredibly easy to work with and not only captured my envisioned concept, but greatly surpassed my expectations. James Hartzell is an excellent illustrator with an extremely wide range of diversity and I highly recommend his art.
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