Another Sketchy artist: Brian Butler

By | June 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Brian Butler Sleigh Bells drawing

A piece of a live drawing artist Brian Butler did at the Sleigh Bells show on April 30 at Grand Central.

As I mentioned last week, we are throwing a party on June 30 at Lester’s cafe in Wynwood to celebrate the launch of Sketchy Miami, a project with a simple and impossible mission: to create a portrait of every person in Miami. (To get all the details about the party, visit the Facebook event page.)

In addition to live music by Sam Friend and free pizza from Joey’s, we are also going to have a handful of amazing local artists on hand to sketch flash portraits. In last week’s post, we introduced you to the wonderful Annie Blazejack, who has already done three Sketchys.

Today I want to introduce two more artists who will be gracing the party with their uniquely awesome talents. First up is Brian Butler, whose work you can view in abundance at theupperhandart.com. Butler’s name first came to my attention after I saw the drawing he did of — and atthe Bruise Cruise kickoff party, a seemingly chaotic composition that captured the energy of that long night of great music as well as words or photos could have. Later I found out I’d been seeing Butler’s work on a nearly weekly basis in the form of flyers for many of the shows we’d covered on Beached. (Here’s a great one for a show we didn’t cover.)

For his rare talent for (and even rarer habit of) live sketching, I’m thrilled Butler we will be on hand at our Sketchy Party. Since he may be doing your portrait at Lester’s, we figured we’d give him a chance to introduce himself. Here goes.

Who are you?

BB: Brian Butler, professional mini golfer and cryptozoologist, intermediate bowler. 

What’s your Miami Connection?

BB: I moved to the beach from Boston last year. I’ve been making flyers for Sweat [Records], Discosoma, and Roofless [Records] for a while. Last December I helped Primary Flight take over Wynwood, then installed my Ice Cream People show at Kidrobot on South Beach.

How did you get into live sketching at shows?

BB: I have to draw. I don’t know if there’s a medical term for it, but like I get anxiety if I can’t be drawing. The concert drawings began as a way of documenting shows that I organized in Boston. Then the pen started coming out at other shows, and I haven’t really stopped. Occasionally I share the drawings with my pals at imposemagazine.com.


A sketch Butler did live at the Mary Anne Hobbs show at Vagabond on April 22.

Do you have a favorite portrait in the history of art?

BB: That’s a loaded question. I guess my favorite portrait ever in the history of art is Shepard Fairey’s original portrait of Andre The Giant for the “has a posse” stickers. Professional wrestling trumps art any day.

What is your favorite feature of the human face? Why?

BB: I like drawing extra little marks everywhere, to give them a lot character. It ends up making them look kinda grotesque.

You have done some really good show flyers.  What is your approach when creating art work for a flyer?

BB: The illustrations are usually an extension of the band’s genera or a play on a good band name. On that note, when are Jacuzzi Boys and Gorilla Pussy going to play together?

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I know, I know. I promised you two introductions. Our interview with Bakehouse Art Complex artist Carrie Sieh will post this afternoon.

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One Comment on “Another Sketchy artist: Brian Butler”

  1. 1 Jordan Melnick said at 8:03 am on June 20th, 2011:

    Just in, Butler’s Sketchy: http://sketchymiami.com/artist/brian-butler


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