Soccer Roy, The Amazing Story Behind the Story

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Erin and Gary Curneen gave birth to their first child, Roy, on December 3, 2014. He was born with a right diaphragmatic hernia. Three weeks later, on Christmas Eve, despite the hard work of the amazing doctors and physicians at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Roy passed away.

Erin and Gary’s gratitude for the CHLA staff as well as their desire to keep the memory of Roy alive prompted them to write a series of children’s books called “Soccer Roy”, using Roy and soccer as a way to teach valuable life lessons. All the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to CHLA. Erin and Gary commissioned me to illustrate this special book, and I’m honored that I could help their dream become a reality.

Gary, originally from Northern Ireland, is the head women’s soccer coach at California State University Bakersfield. He has written two well-received books on how to coach soccer. Soccer Roy has sold out on Amazon in the UK and reached number one in the children’s sports book category.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com to read to your kids and to help out the CHLA.

So many people have been touched by this amazing story, just see these great pictures.

© Joe Masiulis, used with permission

© Joe Masiulis, used with permission

© Benjamin Bostic, Used with permission

© Benjamin Bostic, Used with permission

The wonderful staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The wonderful staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

© Ryan Boyle, used with permission

© Ryan Boyle, used with permission

© Kate Curry, used with permission

© Kate Curry, used with permission

© Zareen Kobaisy, used with permission

© Zareen Kobaisy, used with permission

© Kelly Thomas, used with permission

© Kelly Thomas, used with permission

Article in the Ulster Herald.

Article in the Ulster Herald. Click on the image to read it.

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Infected!

Things are a bit different here at the Art of Garth. Some very nice people infected it and took down the servers that host it. Actually, not very nice at all come to think of it. Anyway, I’m in the process of fixing things. I guess I can look at the bright side and think of it as a much needed Spring cleaning! Please be patient, this is taking me a while because I’m also illustrating a children’s book with a tight deadline at the same time, so it might be a while before things are back up.

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Forgotten Monsters – Toh

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If there was a spray or an ointment made specifically to get rid of you, you’d understand why Toh has this permascowl. Yes, he smells nasty. But his redeeming virtue is that he works with what he’s got. Despite the smell, he’ll charm the socks off you. If you’d like to adopt him, it’s just $5 including shots. Contact me!

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Forgotten Monsters – Edmond

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Forgotten Monsters. Monsters who have long outlived their original purpose and usefulness. There are a lot of them and I’ve memorialized each one on a 1.25″ pin that you can adopt and make your very own. They’re small, and they don’t get in your way, perfect for your backpack, suspenders, or fanny pack. Each has their own personality and story, some that will just break your heart. Each is hand-drawn and watercolored and one of a kind. You can adopt them for only $5 each! You don’t have to go through any background checks and there’s very little paperwork in the adoption process. Just contact me!

• About Edmond •

Edmond the spirit, the ghost, the apparition, call him what you want, just don’t call him cute. Years of wear and tear have pockmarked his clean white cover, but he says it gives him character. And what a character he is. Keep him close to you with the pin back (conveniently provided.) He’s been known to wander. If you’d like to adopt him, it’s just $5 including shots. Contact me!

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I’ll draw for you!

I love being hired by publishers to illustrate for books and magazines. There’s nothing quite like seeing your art in print.

However, I equally love creating original art for friends and family! I’ve been commissioned to illustrate robots, caricatures, fan art, monsters, kids, pets… so many drawings.

Did you know that you can commission (hire) me to create something specifically for you? It’s true! My work makes great gifts for loved ones too (so I’ve heard.) Here are a couple of ideas for you if you’re thinking of having me do something for you:

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Pet Pins are 1.25 inch hand-drawn and painted pins of your pet (or kids, or anybody, or anything!) to show off to the world! They’re only $10 each. Just email me at artofgarth(at)gmail(dot)com with a picture or two of who (or what) you’d like on the pin! It’s that easy, and you’ll have an original piece of art for your own!

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Doodle Cards are small hand-drawn and painted pieces of art (4 inches by 6 inches) that are affordable and full of character. There’s a bit more room on these, and they’re illustrated on high quality paper suitable for framing. I’ll draw anything in my illustration style (kid-friendly, that’s my style) and mail it to you. Doodle Cards start at $20 (depending on how much you want to cram into that little space) with free shipping to the U.S.. Same way to order as the Pet Pins: Just email me at artofgarth(at)gmail(dot)com with a picture or two of who (or what) you’d like me to draw, any details on their personality, name, and if you have a specific deadline. It’s that easy, and you’ll have an original piece of art show off at your desk! Won’t your coworkers be jealous.

Hey, I’m open to other options too! If you think of something else you’d like me illustrate for you, just email me! I’m fast and fun to work with!

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Lunch Bag Daddy Doodles Article on Deseret News

They did a nice little write-up about my Lunch Bag Daddy Doodles on Deseret News!

Thanks for not embarrassing me Sarah Petersen.

You can read it HERE.

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Michael’s Superheroes

My first book! Karlen Luthy, a BYU nursing professor and a graduate student, Carley Hewett Meyers, co-wrote a story about a boy’s reluctant quest to becoming a superhero by getting his immunizations. They commissioned me to illustrate this really cute story. You can buy it HERE, and it’s only $10!

Here are a few sneak peeks.

I LOVE seeing my work in print. Can you smell the ink and paper? mmmmm...

I LOVE seeing my work in print. Can you smell the ink and paper? mmmmm…

Young Michael thinks this day is going to be awesome. That's before he remembers...

Young Michael thinks this day is going to be awesome. That’s before he remembers today’s the day for his shots.

Super duds.

Super duds.

The real superheroes.

The real superheroes.

This is what you'd see at a germ convention.

This is what you’d see at a germ convention.

Hey, even germs need love.

Hey, even germs need love.

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The Friend

I’ve had the privilege to illustrate several stories and a cover for the Friend magazine, published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Unfortunately, I didn’t post them when they were published, but you can see some of them here!

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Rough sketches for a Summer activity guide.

Rough sketches for a Summer activity guide.

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LDS Church Young Women’s Medallion

I was honored to be commissioned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to illustrate the Young Woman’s Medallion a while ago. The medallion is awarded to young women who fulfill certain faith-building requirements and reminds them that they are daughters of God. My illustrations are used instead of photography and printed on many of the Church’s publications.

Here are the new and old versions of the medallion that I illustrated.

The new version of the Young Women's Medallion.

The new version of the Young Women’s Medallion.

The older version of the Young Women's Medallion.

The older version of the Young Women’s Medallion.

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KSL Deals Gingerbread Man 12 Deals of Christmas Campaign

Holiday advertising campaigns are tough. Your ads have to stand out in the sea of other ads, and that was my challenge. My forte is adorable character design, and I’ve dabbled in sculpture, so I thought I’d pitch an idea that played to my strengths: gingerbread men representing various Christmas deals. It was approved! But then I knew I had my work cut out for me.

I sculpted each gingerbread man with Sculpey, and used a load of miniature props (thank you Kat Powers, our creative coordinator, for your help. This wouldn’t look half as good, and it wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did without you!), and hired Chad Hurst, a very talented photographer to capture it all. I then designed all the various ads.

You can see the behind-the-scenes video HERE if you’d like.

Ahhh. A gingerbread man dipped in delicious hot cocoa.

Ahhh. A gingerbread man dipped in delicious hot cocoa.

Who woulda thought hairspray and salt crystals could make something look so good.

Who woulda thought hairspray and salt crystals could make something look so good.

This billboard warmed the hearts of every cold commuter on I-15.

This billboard warmed the hearts of every cold commuter on I-15.

An email featuring a gingerbread man trying to run away.

An email featuring a gingerbread man trying to run away.

The cutest full-page newspaper print ad you'll ever see.

The cutest full-page newspaper print ad you’ll ever see.

A fun little site-skinned ad.

A fun little site-skinned ad.

Behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes.

Half of the family.

Half of the family.

And the other half of the family.

And the other half of the family.

The very talented Chad Hurst, photographer.

The very talented Chad Hurst, photographer.

See more in my PORTFOLIO.

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