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.
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:
As 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!