I began illustrating and writing the Achtoon Baby cartoons for @U2 back in December 2002, when the site’s staff selected me to be @U2’s cartoonist following a talent search. I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into! What began as a once-a-month single panel cartoon about U2 quickly evolved into multi-page watercolor epics about the band. My cat even got involved. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun, and I received an incredible amount of praise whenever I posted a new cartoon. After seven years, I decided that I could no longer devote untold hours to painting the same four men over and over again and was left with a file cabinet full of little U2 paintings. I’m happy to sell them to anyone who wants them now!
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Bono: Straw Hat 1
8" x 8"
Lots of tricky things are going on here, but the glasses and stubble were the most taxing. He even has two colors of stubble, which I painted using a drybrush technique over pre-painted skin. Every time I had to deal with things like this, I always muttered, "Shave, B. Why can't you just shave?"
6.5" x 7"
It's my Li'l U2 tribute to the beloved Charlie Brown Chrismas cartoon. Fun bright colors and ink details. It's kind of alarming how easy it was to turn Bono into Charlie Brown.
6.5 x 4.75"
Zoo-era Bono smirking, smoking, and enjoying his plush life in the south of France (probably). I had a good time painting the playfully loose vegetation and purple flowers in the background. You know, maybe this painting would work better in your rec-room than your office, unless rampant jealousy isn't a problem for you.