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Jan 18th
03:22 pm
Cool story out of DeKalb  
DeKalb artist Justin McAllister was commissioned to make a work of art in his favorite medium, Sharpies, as a gift for Zac. The story of how this came to be started back during filming of the Bahrani pic. The Zac part is below, but please read more about McAllister and his style at midweeknews.com:
“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.

Mood: hungryhungry
9 9 comments Comment
Bee: Zac - EW - Lying on grass 1jeezbee on January 18th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
I thought giving the first drawing to a charity auction was a nice touch.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on January 18th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Zac looks good in the drawing and even better in person (in the picture).
Zac really like ninjas.
countessm3countessm3 on January 19th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Ninjas are from Japan; their style is Ninjitsu. Bruce Lee is Chinese; his original style (the style that made him) was Wing Chun Kung Fu. He studied under Yip Man in Hong Kong; Bruce Lee was a classmate of my Sifu's Sifu, Duncan Leung.

I LOVE that drawing of Bruce Lee, btw. The artist has really managed to capture the intensity and fluidity of Lee. I also dig the heavy stylized drawing of Zac, 3rd down. Something about it reminds me of the original "Teen Wolf".
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on January 19th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh. Then never mind.
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on January 22nd, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
your myspace tells me you're 42.
zac is practically half your age.
Verdandi: pophyperrrmouse on January 19th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
This is so totally awesome and that dude is such a bamf!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 19th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Can't even fathom rendering these kind of drawings out of SHARPIES. The reds (especially the magenta color) and blues he creates are beautiful!

I love fine point Sharpies. They're the only kind of writing utensil I get irked about having go missing/being taken.
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on January 20th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
Stellar rendition of Zac!? LOVE Bruce Lee, too
this guy rocks the sharpies!
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on January 22nd, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
holy fuck i can't believe those were drawn with sharpies

all that stippling i don't have the patience