Let’s Go Blues!

Hey Hey and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog! Today, I wanted to talk about the St. Louis Blues. I know, I know. Everyone is tired of my posts about the Blues. While I have been posting quite a bit about the team, I can’t help it. I’m excited! I’ve been a Blues fan since the early-90s and them winning their first Stanley Cup is something I wasn’t sure I would ever see.

I started watching the Blues back in 1995. Brett Hull was in his prime, Al MacInnis was a new Blue and we were on the verge of trading for Wayne Gretzky. It was a great time to be a St. Louis Blues fan. A year before, my Mom bought NHL ’94 for the Super Nintendo. I’m not sure how I ended up getting the game as I had never watched hockey. My Mom was a very generous and giving person. She would get paid every two weeks and she would always take my family out to eat and then we would go shopping afterwards. She wasn’t a big spender, we would mostly get items we needed for the house and an occasional splurge. She was always willing to buy my brother and I something, as long as it wasn’t too expensive. So, I’m assuming that during one of our shopping trips, we spotted NHL ’94 in the discount bin. She wouldn’t have had an issue getting it for us.

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NHL ’94 – SNES Box Art – Courtesy of Moby Games

This is one of my favorite video games of all time. I’m assuming that I received this game in 1994. The game was released in October 1993 for the SNES, but as I mentioned, I’m sure we would have gotten this much later from the discount rack. This was my first intro to hockey. I’m from St. Louis so I played as the Blues. Right away, I fell in love with the game and the sport. It was quick paced and the simple idea of putting the puck into the net was easy to understand. Back then, local television station, KPLR 11 had broadcast rights to some Blues games. The television my brother and I used didn’t have cable. But I began watching games on KPLR during the 1995 season. We would later have cable installed on that television as well. That allowed me to watch many more games.

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KPLR LOGO – 1990 – 1998 – Recreated by Timid Lion

My first season saw the Blues make it to the Western Conference Semifinals against the (mid-90’s juggernaut) Detroit Red Wings team. As good as they were, the Blues made it to Game 7, double overtime. They were one goal away from going to the Western Conference Final when Steve Yzerman scored on Jon Casey. That goal ended the season and welcomed me to Blues hockey. It also brought about my disdain for the Red Wings. They aren’t as hated anymore as they have since moved to the Eastern Conference. We only play them twice per season. Admittedly, I would love to face the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final someday.

Fast forward 25 years and we are in the 2018-2019 season. I won’t recap the entire year for the Blues. Suffice to say, they were in last place in the league on January 3rd. They mounted an amazing comeback which culminated with them beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, lifting the Cup for the first time. It’s been amazing and I still don’t believe it. Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch so you aren’t really allowed to talk about winning the Cup, in fear of jinxing it. I’ve fallen into that trap before, although it doesn’t really matter. What will be, will be. However, now that they have won, I can finally produce a cartoon of myself hoisting the Cup. Oh Baby, how sweet it is. Let’s Go Blues!

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“The Wait Is Over” – ©2019

Caricatures of the Week #8

Hey Hey everybody and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog. What a whirlwind two months it has been. This is the busy time of year for caricature gigs and I am lucky enough to stay busy multiple days a month, drawing at weddings/after proms/etc.. It also happened to coincide with the St. Louis Blues historic Stanley Cup Playoffs run, which ended Wednesday with them winning the Stanley Cup for the first time!

Needless to say (as a huge Blues fan), it has been hard to stay productive during this run. My mind has been focused on Blues hockey. But, I did manage to keep up with all of my work. Here are a few of my favorite caricatures from the past week. These were all from Etsy purchases, which you can check out here. We are always open for commission and our caricatures start at just $10. Take a look at our amazing customers feedback! Send us a ROAR! We always ROAR! back 🙂 Enjoy the artwork!

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Hey Hey and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog! With June featuring Father’s Day, what better way to show dad how much you care than by gifting him a custom caricature. Even you’ve already gotten him a gift, get him another. Our affordable caricatures start at just $10! Grab one today, Dad will love it. They make perfect gifts for all occasions and you can save 10% by using the code DAD19 at checkout. Hurry, offer ends June 30th!

The Team of DOOM!

Hey Hey and welcome back! Well, game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final didn’t go the way Blues fans had hoped. Oh well, they are a better road team so let’s march into Boston and spoil their party like they have been spoiling ours. It should make for a fun game 7.

Here is a quick piece that I put together today. I’m a big wrestling fan, especially older wrestling. One of my favorite tag teams as a kid was Ron Simmons and Butch Reed. They were a team called Doom. They won the World Tag Team Championship a few times in 1989 and 1990. They originally wore masks. I used to do a lot more of these wrestling prints and then I took a break. Thanks for taking a look and Let’s Go Blues!

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“The Team of DOOM! – Timid Lion – ©2019

Caricatures of the Week #7

Hey Hey! Welcome back to the Timid Lion blog. It’s been a few week’s since the last post here. I’ve been busy with caricatures and Blues hockey. The Blues took a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Final last night and so Sunday could be a big day. I’m very excited. And nervous. One more Gloria universe! Just one more Gloria!

Anywho, here are a few of my favorite caricatures over the last week or two. March-June is the busy time of year for live caricature work. From after-prom parties to wedding receptions, we are all over the place. I haven’t been able to get down to Pieces but hopefully I can get back there next week, I enjoy working there. The Etsy sales have stayed strong, this year has been busier than any other. A few projects were quite large, including a series for Washington University that featured 15 color caricatures and a 24″x36″ poster. Whew. I am officially caught up now so if you are interesting in purchasing some artwork, now is the time to jump in! Enjoy a look at our favorite caricatures, until next time, so long everybody!

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Caricatures of the Week #6

Whew! What a week. The St. Louis Blues have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. I’m a huge hockey fan and I have to be honest, it has been hard to concentrate on anything other than this playoff run. I’ve listened to “Gloria” by Laura Branigan way more times than I care to think and I hope I get to listen to it 4 more times. Here are a few of my favorite caricatures from the past week. Grab your caricature here.

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