Here’s some footage of my recent commission! This is one was beyond important to finish because it had a 3 week deadline, which is tomorrow night btw. I managed to get 4 great sunny days in that 3 week time frame to pull this off. There was tons of anxiety and stress with how the weather has been in South Jersey, but I’m proud to say that it’s all finished and ready to go! Huge shoutout to @boardwalkhall for again putting faith in me to make this happen and for your constant support!
Passion, persistence, and perseverance are what drives my engine! Peace everybody!
Hello everyone!🌦 It’s a rainy cloudy day here in Orange County. Staying warm by drinking large amounts of coffee, lol☕️😌✨For #tbt I wanted to share this custom commission illustration that I created earlier this year.✨I get a lot of requests for custom commissions. They are truly my most favorite of projects! I wanted to share this particular commissioned piece because it really touched my heart.🖤 I received a message from, @erin_scissorhands , asking me to create a custom portrait of her friend @luxelle & her adorable cat named Boris (after Boris Karloff...how freakin adorable is that?!)😍, for her upcoming birthday🌹 it was a total surprise! So incredibly sweet! I’m so honored that I got to create such a special piece for her! @erin_scissorhands Thank you again for commissioning me to create this piece!✨ @luxelle you are amazing girl! & I’m so happy that you had a great Birthday!🤗🌹 #artbylauryn#laurynillustration#customcommission#customart#artcommission#art#artistsoninstagram#artist#artwork#illustration#ink#inkwork#illustratorsoninstagram#instaart#instaartistic#blackcat#floral
On the subject of converted floor toms… it seemed a good time to post a couple of photos of my Bop Tart cocktail drum set.
It was a couple of years back. Mark Haynes had been building lovely personalised Bop Tart kits for a while and they proved very popular. Bop Tarts featured smaller bass drums and were either cheap drum sets with the floor tom conveyed to a portable bass drum or a kit built from quality parade and tenor drums. I wanted something a bit different – a cocktail drum set to use with the jump blues band I was playing with at the time, The Deuces. I had always fancied a cocktail kit but those on sale commercially were either too expensive or had a tiny snare drum or, more likely, both! I wanted a full size snare drum and had seen a set up produced by Peace that would fit the bill if only it wasn’t so prohibitively expensive.
Enter Bop Tart. One afternoon I visited The Haynes at his workshop and we brainstormed some ideas for my own Bop Tart cocktail kit. I wanted a full size snare drum mounted centrally above the sixteen inch floor tom which would become the kit’s bass drum. After a quick search we managed to lay hands on a cheap Sonor kit which would be the basis for the kit. Then Mark got to work making a custom iso mount using two Rims mounts which would act as a cradle for the snare drum.
In no time at all the kit was finished with my Tama Iron Cobra converted to strike the underside of the floor tom. I used it for four months with the group before I decided that particular group dynamic wasn’t for me. It was a lovely kit to play; I spent some time experimenting with mounting cymbals and a cowbell in different places. I also swapped the ear-splitting Sonor snare drum out for my Ludwig Rocker to experiment with the sound of the kit. Not used it for a while but its always ready!