Shameless plug: artist Drew Green

drew green

I have been on Tumblr for a couple of years now. At first it seemed odd and pointless, and not really intended for someone like fifty-plus-year-old me.



Then I discovered Tumblr members and communities that were friendly to people like me.



And there I discovered Drew Green.



He is an Atlanta-based artist and illustrator. He has a number of personal projects, and he makes money in the meantime by doing commissions.



Here’s how it works: you give him some likenesses – like a photo – and tell him what you’d like. (There’s a fee involved, but it’s surprisingly small, considering the work he’s doing for you.)



His style is cartoonish, but in the best and most professional sense – like the classic Warner Brothers or Disney illustrators. Here’s one of my favorite examples of his work – a gay couple and their son at Disneyworld:


gay couple disney


Isn’t that charming?



I kept seeing him post on Tumblr, and finally last spring I sent him a picture of Partner and me at the top level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris last October:



us in paris



He returned to me, almost immediately, a sketch based on the photo. It was shockingly good. I asked for one small change, which he gladly made. A few weeks later, I received this image:


Loren and Bill by Drew Green new


Both Partner and I are delighted with this. I love showing it to other people. My friend Troy said: “He really caught your sullen expression!” Another said: “I’ll be able to say I knew you before you became a cartoon character!”



Here’s some information on his work and his commissions. His rates are very reasonable, and he’s a very nice guy, and I love his work.



(I told you in the title this was a shameless plug.)


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

6 Responses to Shameless plug: artist Drew Green

  1. Love seeing Partner at last!

    Tumblr kinda freaked me out when someone who had underage looking porn mixed in with garden pics started following my garden photos there. I stopped posting. I am an old punk rocker and not a prude but I was shocked. What to do?

  2. starproms says:

    Hey, he’s really good isn’t he. Amazing how he captures the likenesses. How nice to see you together at last!

  3. steve says:

    Hi! That’s us! My families disney picture drew did for us! He does wonderful work ! We blew it up to a poster and now it’s framed in our basement 🙂

    • I think your Disneyland picture was one of the best Drew has done – I think it was the one that made me decide to have ours done. We use ours for everything: we have it at home and in our offices, and we use it online too. One of my workmates, admiring it, said, “I’m proud to say I knew you before you were a cartoon character.”

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