“I drew a picture of him, and I asked one of my friends who was a set assistant if he could get it to Zac, even if I could get a picture of him holding it,” McAllister recalled. Throughout the weeks of production in DeKalb County, McAllister’s friend held onto the 18-by-24-inch color drawing of Efron, but he could never find quite the right opportunity to present the drawing to the actor.
McAllister’s break came during the last days of production, when the son of one of the crew members was diagnosed with a serious illness and the movie’s producers decided to hold a fundraiser for the family. That was just the opportunity McAllister’s friend needed to present the Sharpie drawing to Efron.
“Zac signed the drawing I had done of him and they invited me to meet him, and then they donated the drawing to the fundraiser,” McAllister said. “They thanked me for that, and they said that maybe they would eventually want something else for Zac. That’s really how it started – I sat around biting my nails for two months waiting for them to call me.”
McAllister kept in touch with his contact from the production. Every time he completed a new Sharpie drawing, he would email a photograph of it to his contact in Hollywood. Finally, his contact wrote back asking if he could create a piece of art for Efron’s home. The drawing would be a gift to Efron from his assistants.
When the topic of a subject came up, McAllister once again hit the jackpot.
”This is where I really lucked out – they said that Zac Efron’s hero is Bruce Lee,” said McAllister, also a lifelong fan of the kung fu actor.
“This is going to be in his house, and anyone who sees it is a potential customer. On top of that, he’s going to be getting my best work because I’m drawing my own hero,” McAllister said.
Efron’s assistants negotiated a price for the 2-foot-by-4-foot artwork, but gave McAllister free rein to create the concept. McAllister decided on a horizontal image depicting the legendary martial arts fighter in two opposing fighting stances against a night cityscape.
I loooooove his colors.
Random facts: The Bruce Lee work took an estimated
120 hours and $50 worth of Sharpies to complete.