Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Long-Winded Thank You...

Is my artwork something to rival a Disney Animator or the great Picasso?  

That's an easy "no".

Will my artwork ever grace the walls of a famous gallery in New York or Paris?  

Probably not.

Could a kid just out of College with a degree in Digital Arts do what I do in less than half the time and better?  

More than likely.

Will I ever make thousands of dollars off of my work? 

"This bottle cap not a winner, please play again."

The fact of the matter is that I don't care as much about those things as I do the fact that I enjoy creating the art I create...and that I enjoy the fact that someone out there enjoys what they see every once and a while.  I do this because it brings me joy.  I do this because I still find it amazing that someone who taught themselves only the basics of using Photoshop can take a blank screen and turn it into a two dimensional fantasy that can make someone smile.  I do this because taking a subject and creating a piece of artwork based on it helps me to be "closer" to that subject...on an almost intimate level and lets me connect with my favorite places, things, and time periods.

I do this because I become a better individual with every piece of art.  I do this because my journey to learn more techniques is ongoing.  I do this because I am still searching for "my style".  But more importantly, I do this because I love doing it.

I hope you like what you see when it comes out...and I hope you will continue to share your comments and criticsms when it does.  Your feedback helps me to become a better artist...and you've all been an integral part of my artistic journey.  I am very lucky to have friends who are so supportive and who are not afraid to give me a "pinch" to bring me back to reality when I need it.

To all of you, thank you.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Disney Fantasy Wallpaper on the Disney Parks Blog!

Aloha from the sun-drenched heart of Central Florida!

My second piece of artwork for the official Disney Parks Blog has gone live!  In this piece, we see the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, sailing into the sunset after a day of rest and relaxation at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

This piece of artwork was inspired by my own personal experiences aboard the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream.  Laying on the beach, the scent of vanilla and hibiscus in the air, warm breezes gliding across my face, the taste of a  nicely chilled tropical beverage...These were all memories which helped to mold the overall look and color scheme of the wallpaper.  

While I worked diligently on this project at my office in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, my friends Sarah, Mayra, and Dean were all sailing aboard the Disney Dream!  Occasionally, I would glance at the clock on my computer and think about where they were right then and what they were doing.  Sitting at my desk, I repeatedly listened to a recording of the original Adventureland Steel Drum Band (does anyone remember them?) while sipping a fruit punch (non-alcoholic since I was at the office) out of my Castaway Club bottle (hooray for returning cruise guest perks!).  I can honestly say that I was living vicariously through their cruise...and it definitely set the mood for me.

Artwork by Jason "Tiki" Tackett.  Artwork ©2012 Disney  

Special thanks for this piece go out to my friends James and Jonny Nelson.  This past November, I had the honor of attending their wedding aboard the Disney Dream.  As a special gift, I created a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork celebrating their magical moment.  The artwork included an Art Deco representation of the Disney Dream...a representation which I used as the basis for the ship featured in this piece with their blessing.

The style of this wallpaper is extremely similar to the style of the Aulani piece I did a few months ago.  The trees and hibiscus I used in this piece came directly from the Aulani piece.  The way I utilized gradients in this artwork is also very similar in both works.  Going forward, I think I will use "Disney Destination Classic Travel Postcard Style" to describe anything I do in this aesthetic.  What do you think?

Sail on over to the official Disney Parks Blog to download the wallpaper by clicking here!  Be sure to leave a comment on their Blog if you like the art.  I just ask that you  leave any compliments or criticisms directed at me personally here.