Thursday, December 30, 2010

My cartoon Family Portrait by Subwaysurfer

From left to right, Wife Charlena, Me, Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling, Son, Gerard, daughter Janine, and oh yeah, my doggie,, Butchie!

Gift caricature for Tim

My sons college friend Tim, is visiting for New Years... I saw that chin...you know what happens next....

Business cartoon: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION by subway surfer


They always say that to make a great first impression on a potential employer, always greet them with a warm smile, and a firm handshake!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ANOTHER great Ipad Caricature from the VA Hospital by subwaysurfer


ANOTHER great face caricatured at the VA Hospital GIG! One Nurse remarked out loud, "HE LOOKS JUST LIKE A CUTE KOWALLAH BEAR!!!" I had to hold back laughter as I imagined him hanging on with four limps to a tree saying, "GOOD DAY MATE!"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Digital gift caricature sale an insane $ 15.00!!!

FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY 1' 2011 YOU CAN GET YOUR VERY OWN IPAD DRAWN DIGITAL CARICATURE FOR THE RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICE OF $15.00

HANG THEM ON YOUR WALL, USE THEM AS YOUR AVATAR FOR YOUR FACEBOOK PAGES, AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS!

ALL I NEED IS FOR YOU TO GIVE ME A JPEG PHOTO,AND THATS IT!
EMAIL ME FOR MORE DETAILS!

GET YOURS TODAY, THIS SALE WONT LAST LONG!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Caricature of two men at the VA Hospital


Drew these two men earlier this year at an event for the VA HHospital. Copied the pics colored them in art studio, and love the results.

Remember, you can have me draw your gift caricature, or at your party or special events!

Subway caricature BIG WIFE LITTLE HUSBAND by subwaysurfer


Hilarious pic I drew of a couple on a manhattan bound R train. The wife was an Amazon. Tall blond, and very top heavy. By contrast, the nubby was short, slight, and thin. I imagined him literally getting lost under neath her top shelf,playing hide and seek. Incredibly the husband alerted to what I drew, and wanted the pic. The wife.... Was not as....happy. This is my color rendition of the pic.

IF YOU LIKE THIS PICTURE WHY NOT GET YOUR OWN?
Yes, folks, this is a shameless call to action, but if you enjoy this kind of fun stuff then why NOT get in on the fun yourself? caricatures like this one make for great gifts if the couple has a sense of humour and you want to get something that is unique and personalized. I can tailor this to any situation. All you need to do is contact with with the details at
Make sure to send me good jpeg photos of each of you, a list of your hobbies , jobs, favorite sayings, etc. Dont worry, I can come up with something funny and personalized.
And oh yeah, the price will be affordable, I promise!

Gift Caricature of Raul Curbelo by subwaysurfer


As soon as I saw that overbite of Raul, I knew EXACTLY what flavor THIScaricature was gonna be! Drawn/ painted in art studio app, on the iPad, using the, you guessed it, the ifaraday stylus, and a lotta patience.



IF YOU LOVE THE LOOK OF THIS DIGITAL CARICATURE, WHY NOT GET YOUR VERY OWN? PRICES ARE VERY EFFORDABLE! JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AT CARTOONS4U2@AOL.COM FOR DETIALS!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ipad caricature THE DOORBUSTER JEANS COVER GIRL by Subwaysurfer


Seems I cant get away from the Door-buster Babe with the bodacious backside. I decided to color her in Art studio, and liked the results over the blk and wht. One of my favorite all time caricatures and based on a woman I saw walk by me while I was having a business meeting with a client earlier this year. I literally stopped my meeing, took out a pad and starting drawing her, much to my clients delight.

ipad caricature A Soldier by Subwaysurfer


this pic was drawn by hand and uploaded into the ipad Artstudio app where it was colored. Its a pic of a soldier that I drew for a party earlier this year for an event I drew at the VA Hospital this Summer, and its one of my faves. PRICELESS expression he had on his face. I could almost picture him doing endless marching drills, eating lousy chow in the mess hall and scratching sand fleas out in the field.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

ipad caricature a genuine SUPERMAN Lookalike By Subwaysurfer


I drew caricatures at a gig recently in Far Rockaway at the Knights Of Columbus. This particular guy sat down , whose face was so compelling, that I requested he pose longer so that I could have a picture for myself. I thought his loooooong chin was the most interesting part of him, but found out that as I was doing the caricature, he was actually a Superman
lookalike... wonder if he flew..

I drew this digital caricature in the iPad using the Art Studio app and using my trusty iFaraday Stylus.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DIGITAL CARICATURE LIKE THIS, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME FOR DETAILS

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

EVER NOTICE HOW SOME PEOPLE "SING" THE WORD, "SORRY" TO YOU?

Elgin Bolling EVER NOTICE HOW SOME PEOPLE"SING" THE WORD, "SORRY" TO YOU? IT SOUNDS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, "SORREEEEEEEEEE!" ( really stretching out the ". E" vowel...

Elgin Bolling I recall one time in Barnes and Noble book store, I was literally blindsided by this petite little blond who literally plowed right into me knocked my books on the floor, head butted me in the nose, causing my glasses to go into my eye, scratching my cornea! As I held my eye in pain and shock, there she was, singing..."SORREEEEEEEEEEEE!!"
30 minutes ago · 


Elgin Bolling I had to go to the hospital the next day and was bandaged up for a week


Elgin Bolling ‎"sorry" is one of the first words we learn as children...er..maybe not , it's probably the SECOND word, "NO!" is actually the first word we learn..but I digress...

Our parents teach us to say this " magic " word, " sorry", as the proper thing to say( because you must say SOMETHING) when we've done something wrong, especially in relation to someone else.

"say you're sorry, dear," mom instructs, to which the child drones, " soreeeeeee"

The child soon learns the power of the word, " sorry" , with repeated use. "sorry" means, DO OVER,DELETE,RESET,THIS NEVER HAPPENED!

I understand why we teach kids to say this, having raised two children. We don't want them to become more of the self serving, selfish, cold hearted brats that their base nature drives them to. The problem though is that they say it so much it becomes a social reflex, almost like a hiccup, that carries over into adulthood.

You just crashed my car!
Sorreeee

You drained all the money out of our account!
Sorreee

I'm fired??? You're firing me?

Sorreee

And when they're really sorry they add another verse to the song

I'm SOOOOOOOOOO. Sorrreeee!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ipad caricature Business man on the train by subwaysurfer


whoever he was he sure was happy.......

GET YOUR OWN DIGITAL IPAD CARICATURE DRAWN BY EMAILING ME AT cartoons4u2@aol.com

ipad caricature of scary Black Man on subway with a mohawk


He was big, very dark, Black to almost the color of blue... REALLY. He wore a large Mohawk, and had this look on his face like he hadnt gone to the bathroom in a month and really needed some release. It was downright dangerous drawing him! LOL!!! I kept repeating to my self, DONT MAKE EYE CONTACT< DONT MAKE EYE CONTACT.... Theres some people who you just should NOT look at on the subway... this guy was one of em.... but... I looked anyways....heh.


GET YOUR OWN DIGITAL IPAD CARICATURE BY EMAILING ME AT cartoons4u2@aol.com

MORE SUBWAY CARICATURES COMING I PROMISE



In my humble attempt to put up diverse and interesting content, I have admittedly been neglecting what has kept you loyal viewers captivated for years on this site, namely, the way I hilariously depict people on the train. Sorry about that! Rest assured that I AM still drawing, just slow about sharing and uploading! Pics are definitely on their way! Listen to this podcast as I explain

Thursday, December 09, 2010

PRETTY GIRL ON THE C TRAIN LOCAL by Subwaysurfer


Saw this reallllly pretty girl on the C local train, and couldn't help making her look more interesting! LOL! It's always a challenge to do extreme caricature on the so called pretty face, because there is sometimes not a lot to grab onto , since the features are so pleasingly balanced. After a few minutes of looking, I did notice how ridiculously curly and long the hair was, how her lips jutted out ever so slightly, and how she had that "dull" expression. I really should have shown it o her just to get her reaction but might have risked her tearing it up!

THIS IS ACTUALLY AN OLD POST, BUT REALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE CARICATURES. IT MARKS THE FIRST TIME I REALLY STARTED TAKING CHANCES WITH EXTREME EXAGGERATION AFTER A LOT OF STUDYING. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS, ENJOY.


IF YOU ARE INTO EXTREME CARICATURE PORTRAITS LIKE THIS ONE, FEEL FREE TO COMMISSION ME TO GET ONE OF YOUR OWN! Prices are very affordable.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

HOW TO GET EYEBALLS TO YOUR FACEBOOK PAGES



Here ia a great technique that can get people to instantly look at your posts on facebook, but be careful, you can also tick people off if you are not careful

HOW TO DRAW CARICATURES ON THE SUBWAY PODCAST Part five

HOW TO DRAW CARICATURES ON THE SUBWAY PODCAST Part four

HOW TO DRAW CARICATURES ON THE SUBWAY PODCAST Part three

HOW TO DRAW CARICATURES ON THE SUBWAY PODCAST Part two

HOW TO DRAW CARICATURES ON THE SUBWAY PODCAST Part One

INTERVIEW with Creator of iFaraday Capacitive Stylus .Rustle Laidman

BECAUSE WE ARE DEDICATED TO NOT JUST BLOWING OUR OWN HORN AND SHOWING OFF OUR OWN CARICATURE WORK, WE ARE PRESENTING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD FAMOUS I FARADAY STYLUS, RUSTLE LAIDMAN.


INTERVIEW : Elgin 'Subwaysurfer' Bolling interviews Rustle Laidman, inventor of the iFaraday Capacitive Stylus.


Oh. Hello, Elgin. First let me say what a handsome and charming fellow you are. Well, enough about you, let's get right to my interview. Shall we?

HOW LONG HAS THE IFARADAY BEEN AROUND?

The iFaraday website was started Aug 2, 2010, which is 4 months ago

THE NAME IFARADAY IS KIND OF UNUSUAL. HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT CHOOSING IT?

Well, like all my ideas, they come to me like a flash from above. But if I were to break it down, I would do so thusly...

The 'Farad', unit of 'capacitance' is named in honor of Michael Faraday, a preeminent scientist in the field of electricity. These new multi-touch devices -  iPhone, iPads, etc use capacitance as the basis for their touch screens. Naturally I had to have an "i" as the first letter, et voilĂ !

For many digital artists, myself included, the iFaraday is the stylus of choice. What is the reason for its phenomenal success?

I will tell you the very auspicious beginning of the iFaraday. I sent a stylus to my wife's knitting friend and blogger, Anne Hansen. Within a few days I had several dozen orders. Next I randomly chose to contact two iPhone artists - David Hockney, and Angie Jordan. Needless to say Hockney never wrote back (I don't blame him in the slightest) Angie Jordan was incredibly receptive. It was disarming really, because here is this talented artist corresponding with me and the next thing I know she includes my product in one of her videos. Now the orders, really started coming in. Recently, I'm searching the internet for words about myself (as I am wont to do) when I find a  glowing review by Elgin the Subway Surfer. But you knew that already didn't you Elgin? I am definitely off to a good start. I've had to shut down the website several times to catch up on orders.

DID YOU ENVISION THE PRODUCT WOULD BECOME AS IN DEMAND AS IT IS, TODAY?

Well yes and no. I made it for my wife with no intention of selling it. But I found that there was more than meets the eye to such a deceptively simple product. It took me several iterations before before my wife would even use it. By watching her I learned where improvements were needed. I won't bore you with details, but suffice it to say that by the time I was finished I knew this stylus was superior to anything I had seen.

I READ THAT YOUR WIFE WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE CREATION OF THE IFARADAY STYLUS. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT?

First, I must explain that my wife has a knack for technology. Here are a few examples, going way back...
Wife: Let's get a Macintosh.  Me: What's wrong with the Amiga?
Wife: Let's sell on eBay         Me: What's wrong with the pawn shop?
Wife: I'm getting an iPhone   Me: What's wrong with the Palm Pilot?
So you see Elgin, my wife is the forward thinker in the family. (If only I had listened when she told me to buy stock.)
She bought that iPhone, despite my protests and she spends countless hours playing 'Bejewelled'. So, I set about to make a stylus for her. I didn't own an iPhone; I had to borrow hers in the beginning for testing, but she stopped letting me use it.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU. DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET?

When you say 'ENTREPRENEURIAL' the first thing that comes to mind is one of those 'As Seen On TV' gadgets. No, I don't think like that. I make things for for myself, as the need arises, and by the time I'm finished, I've usually learned something valuable that I can pass along. (I'm a slow learner but a good teacher.) During the process, I invariably hit some obstacle that makes my original idea extremely difficult, and I want to give up, but that's exactly what keeps me going. And that's what separates me from the pack. I have several products, and they all have this commonality - they took a lot of painstaking effort. I'm good at that.

WERE YOU ALWAYS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO TINKERED WITH THINGS, TRYING TO BUILD A BETTER MOUSETRAP, TO USE AN OLD CLICHE?

Yes. I'm a tinkerer. Starting with my dad's Twistoflex(TM) watch. The commercial on TV showed somebody twisting this amazing watchband, exactly how I did, before it broke. I left it in his shoe, so he would step on it and think he broke it.  How's that for creativity?!
Tinkering on the iFaraday stylus involved experimenting with materials. You probably would not believe the number of materials I tested. Did you know that some of the most exotic materials can be found in a toy store? Exotic materials tend to show up first as playtoys.

ARE YOU PLANNING ON EXPANDING/ DIVERSIFYING YOUR PRODUCT LINE? I THINK ITS FINE AS IS, BUT WHATS IN STORE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE IFARADAY?

Yes, in fact. By the time you read this, there should be some new developments on the iFaraday.com website.

HOW HAS THE INTERNET IMPACTED YOUR BUSINESS? COULD YOU HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR CURRENT LEVEL OF SUCCESS WITHOUT IT?

Once upon a time I was a computer programmer, and one of my first offerings  pre-dates the internet. In those days, one would distribute 'Shareware' on diskettes, which would circulate, somehow, and if you were lucky people sent you money in the mail, as a thank you. I still have the check I received from Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple)  A check for $5 for my program, 'Rosarium', which you've never heard of.
I've always had an abundance of ideas. The only problem was marketing them. But with the advent of the internet, this problem has been solved. It's really so easy if you have something decent to offer. I don't know what I would do without the internet. Work a regular job, I guess. Maybe I would invent the internet!!

WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM FOR SELF-ERS?

Be yourself.

What More NEEDS to be said?? Make sure you BUY this great product folks. It's affordable priced, and will MORE than pay for itself, I guarantee it! 


The Subwaysurfer uses the IFaraday exclusively  to create his digital gift caricature work. if you would like a digital caricature of yourself,or your love ones,etc. drop me a line, and lets talk ! prices are reasonable, and you wont regret it!

cartoons4u2@aol.com

Monday, December 06, 2010

CARICATURES BY ELGIN!: ONE OF NEW YORK CITY'S BEST CARICATURE ENTERTAINERS Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

CARICATURES BY ELGIN!: ONE OF NEW YORK CITY'S BEST CARICATURE ENTERTAINERS Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

Im the ORIGINAL SUBWAYSURFER Accept No Imitations



There are a few folk out there who are trying to reinvent themselves and feel that they're going to try their hand at SUBWAYSURFING or doing live drawing on the train and acting like THEY "came up with this" Im not saying that artists have not always drawn on the train and in public places, but among my circle of influence as a caricature artist, I was the first . Some people are trying to use a back door approach to make a name for themselves realizing now that on the net you need to do SOMETHING to make yourself stand out. Subway drawing and sketching has ALWAYS been my thing, by niche, Go find your own niche, or at least ACKNOWLEDGE that you are following MY LEAD. Thats what this podcast is about .