Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise: MarriageEvolved Edition



Several years ago, I painted Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise to express my optimism about the marriage equality movement. I believed we were on the cusp of great progress, and I chose to symbolize our inevitable victory with my own version of the Noah's Ark story. I painted a grand ark/cruise ship filled with happy gay and lesbian animal couples and a few human guests too (like Ellen DeGeneres/Portia de Rossi, and Elton John/David Furnish). There are even some drowning sinners (such as Ann Coulter, Larry Craig, Sally Kern, and Fred Phelps)!

Fast-forward to now. Indeed we have come a long way! Twelve states have legalized gay marriage, and important decisions about DOMA and Proposition 8 are being considered by the Supreme Court. Unfortunately I still live in a state where I am not allowed to get married, but Dennis and I have decided to do it anyway. We are excited to be a part of a special initiative by the group MarriageEvolved called C-Bus of Love. Along with 24 other LGBT couples (who also can't get married in their home states), we will be traveling by bus to Washington D.C. this June to get married on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In honor of this, I'm releasing a special new print -- Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise: MarriageEvolved Edition.





It's an update of my original painting with the addition of Joshua and Steve Snyder-Hill, the two founders of MarriageEvolved. Steve is the soldier who was booed during the Republican primaries last year after asking a question about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The incident caused great controversy for the candidates who did nothing to discourage the crowd from booing someone serving their country. I can't imagine the bravery it must have taken to out himself on international television while on active duty. Together, he and Joshua have championed the cause of marriage equality, even fighting DOMA on the national level to establish equality for LGBT military spouses, and they won't rest until everyone in this country who wants to get married will have the right to do so. I'm proud that they are our friends and thrilled to add them to the crew of Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise -- especially since they are the co-captains of our own upcoming wedding excursion!

Here's a close-up of the portrait I painted of Joshua & Steve.


And here's a full-image of the special-edition print.


100% of the profits from the sale of Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise: MarriageEvolved Edition will be donated to MarriageEvolved to help pay for the C-Bus of Love trip and future advocacy work of the organization. It's an important, worthwhile cause and I encourage everyone to show their support by purchasing a limited-edition print today. They are available in three different sizes in my online store HERE.

13" x 11" - $35
20" x 16" - $75
26" x 20" - $150

Visit the C-Bus of Love website to learn more about our upcoming road trip for equality. And check out our wedding bio while you're there!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ROYNATION Radio


I'm going to be a guest on tonight's episode of Roynation Radio.

We'll be talking about growing up gay, coming out, art, pin-up boys, marriage equality, and more. You can tune in at 9:00 (Eastern) online HERE, and even call in to chat with us at (619) 768-7224.

Talk with you tonight!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Shy

Shy, gay romance novel cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Sometimes when a city boy goes to the country, hilarity ensues. This illustration, the cover art for John Inman's novel Shy, gives the expression "down on the farm" a whole new meaning. Since this piece had all the elements of my Cheesecake Boys series - namely, a handsome pinup boy with his pants falling down - I thought it would make a great limited-edition print to add to my collection. So don't be shy...visit my online store here to purchase this down-home delight today!

Want to see how a novel cover is born? Here's a sneak peek at the process.

Behind the scenes pic, gay cover art, model, drawing, final image


If you'd like to read more about my work as a cover artist and see additional behind-the-scenes pics, check out my Cover Artist Spotlight on the site Joyfully Jay.

You'll likely be seeing more of my cover illustrations pop up soon as print offerings. I have been a busy boy this year creating covers for a slew of novels by Dreamspinner Press. I freelanced for them for several years, but ever since becoming their Associate Art Director last July, I've had the privilege of working with even more authors to help bring their novels to life.

I'll post a few more below. If you feel so inclined, leave me a comment and let me know which one I should release as my next limited-edition print.

Twice by Chance, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

The End Game, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Sweet Lyric, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

I Can See For Miles, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

The One Who Saves Me, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Love Less Complicated, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Loving Hector, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Honor C, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond

Paid Leave, gay romance novel with cover illustration by Paul Richmond