Jamie, William, Ananda, and Emiliana riding a whale!

I painted this for Ananda while she was visiting my parents – she loves her family!

watercolor whale

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Like A Boss

When I used to work as a cook at Steak n Egg during the night shift in DC, I would spend  my downtime practicing on the patio.  Just the other day, I found a no traffic area in the corridors of the building I work in now.

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There is nothing wrong with green hair!

I trained under the apprenticeship program at PR @ Partners for a year and a half, and now I am working at their Salon in Tysons Corner (VA) as a hair stylist. Here is a picture Jamie (my wife) after I gave her a cut and color.

fade with green highlights

fade with green highlights

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Mural Commission Progression 8×15′

This is a progression of a mural I recently finished (mostly, anyway).

This is my first serious mural, so the process was fairly new to me.

Other than the people, nothing in this is an exact copy of anything, and the whole painting (other than the people) is entirely fictional.   It was requested that I paint two Victorian style figures in the grass, so my brother and his partner were kind enough to pose for some reference shots.

I started with a rough sketch, had it approved, made my rectangle where the painting was going to be, and copied my sketch onto the wall.  I would say that centering and making a perfect 8×15′ rectangle was the hardest part of the entire thing.

As for paint, I went to Lowe’s and picked out the most saturated swatches I could find for blue, green, brown, yellow, and red.  I went with Valspar Interior Eggshell for all of the colors.  Using those paints as a base, I mixed over 50 different colors to work with.

I’m going to go back to finish it up (border, mostly) at some point, but right now it is pretty much done.

mural progression 1

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Body Art

After realizing that there are two posts (excessive imo) with shirtless pictures of me in a row, on top of feeling a little overzealous about the idea of updating my website more frequently, I thought I’d go ahead and follow up with some body paintings I did a little while ago.   (Which means shirtless pictures of other people instead!)

body art - black pattern


body art - trees

These were both painted with Kryolan Aquacolor body paints.  I recently learned how to use my airbrush/compressor that I purchased a while ago, and it is absolutely incredible.  Hopefully I will have something worthwhile to show of it soon.  It has a 6 year warranty so there will be plenty of time.

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Moore Internet Presence

After realizing that my website completely owns the search results when you Google my name, I decided that maybe I should stop doing such a fantastic job of neglecting it!

Right now I am working on an 8×15 foot mural, and gathering clients for a small business my brother Trevor and I have started.  (Does this make me an entrepreneur too??)

So here goes: www.moorepresence.com – chances are, you don’t need our services.  Either way, I think the website I designed is pretty spiffy.

I’ll throw some pictures of the mural up here when I’m done – should be less than a month.  (Yay!)

Anyway, I’d hate to leave an entire post here without an image (seriously, what’s a post without pictures?  Text…  Lame.) so here’s an image from a photo shoot we did for my wife and my last anniversary!  Still waiting on the ones that have both of us in them.

Jumping...  With a cloth!

Jumping... With a cloth!

Auf wiedersehen!

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Painting In Dupont

I’ve been working on a painting in Dupont Circle, (Washington, DC) on and off for the past year (weather permitting).  I’m hoping that I can finish the painting as early as possible within the next couple months.

Dupont is one of my favorite parts of DC, so I absolutely do not mind spending an entire day there every week.  After the sun goes down, the lamp posts with varied light spectrums scattered around under the trees creates a very unique atmosphere.  There’s generally a  nice, and for the most part friendly feel around Dupont.  Certainly not a dull place; Jamie and I once witnessed a homeless man bathing in the fountain while yelling, “Thanks for paying the water bill!”

photo by M.V. Jantzen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/)

photo by M.V. Jantzen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen/)

Fruits and Vegetables!

A few years back, when I lived in West Virginia, and had plenty of free time to let my mind and creativity wander (sometimes in really weird directions), I thought it would be hilarious to make a comic about fruits and vegetables.  I’ve noticed that after it became somewhat internet famous (I’m estimating around half a million or so views), that various other comics based on fruits and vegetables started popping up (on the intrawebs).  I have no idea if that was my doing or not, but sometimes I like to say it was!

Fruits and Vegetables

If you liked this, you should definitely check these out!




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Fever Reunion Progression

This is the progression of the painting Fever Reunion.  

The painting was based off a morning after an event called Fever Reunion at Paradox in Baltimore.  The event took place inside the warehouse in the background, and didn’t end until sunrise.  Fever was a regular party thrown in the 90’s at Paradox, and I believe this was the 15 year reunion.  One of the best crowds I’ve seen; there were good people all around.  

I particularly like the part where everything is finished except for Jamie.  The Washington City paper actually decided to put up that stage of the progression in one of their issues.  The thing is, I’m pretty sure I told them it wasn’t finished.  I guess they just liked it that way!  Granted, it was interesting, but I’m a fan of the final version.

I actually painted all of Jamie’s clothing and body with the smallest brush I could buy.  I think it was a number 1.  I can’t bring myself to use a big brush, even for the expanses of solid color.  In fact, every painting I do gets a little bigger, and it seems like my brushes keep getting smaller.  Hopefully the trend will stop eventually, otherwise I might be in trouble 20 years from now.

fever reunion progression 1

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click here to see the painting finished


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Ultimate MS Paint

Quite awhile back I spent a huge deal of time drawing this thing pretty much pixel by pixel.  Hooray for pop culture references!  Obviously I wasn’t planning on making any money from it.  Be warned, it’s  kind of long (10,000px).


(click post title if image does not show up!)

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