Kelly O’Neill Featured on the Today Show!



It’s not every day you get a call from an NBC producer, asking you to create a special piece of artwork to use on the Today Show.  When you do, you say “YES.”  Oh, you need an extensive drawing planned, completed, recorded on HD video, and delivered within 28 hours? “I’ll make it happen.”

And make it happen, we did! “We” refers to Ryan Osborn (@Rozzy and @TodayShow onTwitter), the tireless producer who had the vision for this project after he saw my speed drawing of Ellen Degeneres on YouTube, and my amazing husband, who came home from work early and stayed home the following day to make sure it got done. Nate is the video expert of this outfit. I’m just in charge of the things that involve pencils and paint. All in all, we spent the better part of the given 28 hours on this project, and rolled into bed at 5:00 am this morning, just 3 hours before the clip aired.

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So what that I’ve had 10 hours of sleep in the last 50?

Hearing Matt Lauer call me a “great artist” on national television, and watching Meredith Vieira and Al Roker admire the completed piece printed on a huge poster in Rockefeller Plaza was more than worth it.

To see more of my speed drawing videos, visit my YouTube channel.

To see my portraits, fine art, and graphic design work, visit TheArtistOfLife.com.

I am available for custom portrait commissions, logos and branding, and of course, high profile custom projects for major television networks. ;)

The completed drawing, 18×24:

NBC Toyota Concert Series Lineup drawing by Kelly O'NeillAs you can see, the lineup for the concert series is amazing, and includes Sting, The Script, American Idol, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, James Taylor & Carole King, Maxwell, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Train, Kesha, Keith Urban, and Katy Perry.

It will be tempting to take Ryan up on his offer to get Nate and I tickets to some of these events!

21 comments on “Kelly O’Neill Featured on the Today Show!

  1. Oh my gosh, you are the BOMB, girl! SO stinking proud of you!!!! =) =)

    Hugs,
    Mel

  2. Cassondra Denny on said:

    I was watching this morning as it aired and I recorded it! It looks great! You and Nate did an awesome job. Congratulations again! Now get some rest for yourself and that little one inside you!

  3. I knew you were going to be on this morning but wasn’t sure when. So when I just happened to be watching and your speed drawing came on, I was blown away. Not only was it cool to see the exposure, you did an awesome job! I like Al Roker’s idea, they should make posters of that and put them up around Rockefeller Plaza. :) Great work, Kelly and Nate!

  4. Amanda on said:

    Why don’t you have posters printed? I’d love to have one…LOVE

  5. What a great job on everybody’s part. I hope they call you back often.

  6. Great job on everybody’s part. I hope they call you back often.

  7. Kristen Bailey on said:

    You are SO dang talented! Sheesh!!! Good job guys!

  8. Rebecca on said:

    Awesome awesome awesome! I’m proud to be your friend and ex-roommate. ;)

  9. Laurel on said:

    Congratulations, Kelly! This is wonderful.

  10. I just want to go on the record and say that I knew you before Matt, Meredith and Al. And I’ve eaten your crazy chip pizza. Take that, Matt Lauer.

  11. Riley on said:

    You are completely amazing!!!!!!!! Way to go!

  12. Joann Tallman on said:

    wonderful – awesome – great – and any other words to describe what the LORD has given you – terrific – love it – and love you – congratulations.

  13. That is absolutely incredible….SO COOL! Congrats Kelly!!!

  14. Very nice Kelly! Been liking the speed-drawing videos in the past. But wow, on the Today Show!

    Very cool.

  15. Very cool Kelly! Been liking the speed-drawing videos in the past. But wow, on the Today Show!

    Very very cool.

  16. Fantastic

    Really nice way to showcase that piece, it would have been extremely boring without this time-lapse drawing, congrats to you for getting a delivering the gig and congrats to the producing for thinking this would be a great idea, becasue it was!!!

    Here’s to hopefully many more for ya…

  17. Fantastic

    Really nice way to showcase that piece, it would have been extremely boring without this time-lapse drawing, congrats to you for getting a delivering the gig and congrats to the producing for thinking this would be a great idea, becasue it was!!!

    Here’s to hopefully many more for ya…

  18. Susan Glover on said:

    Wow!!! That is so amazing! Congrats! And by the way I LOVE your work!!

  19. Kelly, killer job and fun hearing them talk you up! Congrats!

  20. Kelly, killer job and so fun hearing them talk you up! Congrats!

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