Douglas E. Graves, deg3D, artist extraordinair, and welcome to the blogroll

It was brought to my attention that somehow my buddy Deg was not in the blogroll anymore… Something mysterious happened and his listing was gone… (most likely it was old-man memory failure on my part and I didn’t load it correctly in the beginning). So in announcement of Deg entering the blogroll today we celebrate with a little history and some artwork by the master Douglas E. Graves, or better known to us as DEG!  Way back in March of ’09 the Eavesdropping blog started up and one of the first friends I met was a guy named Deg. Within a month we had become good friends and were working together on “myouterspace.com” In May we met in person at Wonderfest in Kentucky, which is now our annual get-n together place. If you have never seen Deg’s work, get ready to be blown away!!! He is one awesome talent and his fingers and imagination weave unbelievable tapestries of fantastic scenes and spacecraft galore!

Born and raised with his brother Greg in a small rural town in Illinois, Deg and his bro were poor farm children who had no cash and no toys to play with. With grand imaginations the two invented things to do like using heads of cabbage as a ball to play with, or laying in the fields and rolling out of the way (Indiana Jones style) as the ripper blades of the tractors would get dangerously close. Deg lost an eye in a BB-gun accident and Greg donated one of his so Deg could see again in 3D. They are close brothers and rarely ever part except when Deg goes home to be with his wife and yard-squirrels. Deg lost two fingers in Nam and with bionic replacements he can calculate, model, and tickle the ivorys of his keypad at 60MPH. Love and a secret passion for Country ‘n’ Western music landed him a duo with Patsy Kline at one of her last performances in Nashville. Deg also served as personal liaison and coffee-boy to Chuck Yeager when he was stationed in Dayton, Ohio.

Deg’s father hit oil one sunny afternoon in the early 70′s and with his fortune he bought his boy his first computer. It was a Radioshack TRS 80 with cassette memory, and from that day forward Deg’s future was set. One of his first jobs was to create the animated Col. Sanders for the new KFC commercials, as well as the lead designer of the Snuggle Bear from Snuggles fabric softener. Athletically inclined, Deg did a short stint at playing professional soccer, but a run-in with the world famous Pelé snapped his left leg backwards at the knee that resulted in amputation and leg replacement. Ever full of spirit, this event didn’t get Deg down and in the following winter, brothers Greg and Deg went hiking in the Rocky Mountains. The two left the trail and got lost in a blizzard and were considered dead after two weeks of intensive searching by state and local sheriff’s officers. The two emerged miraculously from the mountains in the spring and in good shape, both physically and mentally. When interviewed, the two told their story and shared that the secret to their survival was with great thanks from watching Nanook of the North as children.  They learned to make an igloo from ice and snow, and for food they had to resort to cannibalism so they would both eat off of Greg’s frozen haunch and thigh, but ever so sparingly. From there, with his parent’s fortune and the personal fame from the mountain adventure, the world was wide open, so Deg started working as a stock-boy at a local grocery store, while Greg got plastic surgery for his half-eaten leg.

A few years later Deg met his future wife at a lumberjack festival where his bride-to-be won the blue ribbon in the 50 yard axe toss. They were soon wed and now live quietly in the outskirts of Chicago. Deg’s 3D work really took off, enabling him to work from home while his wife brought in the $$$ working as a nurse and part-time at the lumber mill. Greg went on and created a restaurant chain called Steak ‘n’ Shake that is popular in the mid-states and is now branching out to Las Vegas. Today life is good for both men and the sun does set with whistling cowboy tunes each and everyday. On a personal note; Deg’s a family man, a patriot, a man of faith, and a good friend. It is with great honor to put Deg on the blogroll today, so everyone be sure to go and see his name and website address smack dab in the middle of the roll. Below are some fav pieces from the Degster, so have a look and enjoy!!!

the USS Probert

from TOS, the F-104 in the E shuttlebay

Deg's modified TOS Enterprise

and my all time fav piece in the world, the F-104 and the Enterprise


36 Responses to “Douglas E. Graves, deg3D, artist extraordinair, and welcome to the blogroll”

  1. 1 the bluesman
    December 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I have enjoyed Degs work for a while. I like his take on the original Enterprise…adding detail, but keeping it simple and not meddling with Jeferies design too much.

    Seeing Andrews sphinx in 3-D is a reall treat.

    Steak n shake..as a po’ white boy from Illinois I miss those steakburgers and thin fries. Every time I got to Kansas city, thats one of my main stops.

    • 2 johneaves
      December 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

      yeah he’s a genius!!!

    • 3 Jay
      December 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      I ate at Steak’n’Shake on Saturday. Pepperjack melt, cheese fries, a cuppa chili, a cherry Coke made with cherry syrup instead of the prefab corporate-approved stuff in a can … so good, so tasty, so fortifying against the ice and snow and cold and crush of holiday shoppers rushing home with their treasures. *sigh* I could go on …

      I’m sorry, we were talking about deg. Yeah, he’s great! Now about that pepperjack melt …

  2. 4 evil_genius_180
    December 9, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Deg’s a cool guy, you’ve gotta have him on your blogroll. (I have him on mine) I guess the rampant gnomes came in and wiped poor ol’ Deg out of your blogroll. They do that sometimes and it always suck when it happens to someone you like but, unfortunately, the gnomes just don’t let up, they’re relentless. 😉

    The only good thing about your missing blogroll entry is that we get to see some of Deg’s awesome work re-posted and a great write-up on a great guy.

    • 5 johneaves
      December 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

      every word of it is true by the way, and Thanks!!! rotten lil gnomes!

      • 6 evil_genius_180
        December 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

        Well, I didn’t figure you were lying, that’s not your style. It’s certainly a tale that makes my own life seem so drab by comparison.

        BTW, since I read that, I’ve been having a hankering for some Steak N Shake. I guess I’ll have to hit one later for a steakburger, fries and a shake. 😀

      • 7 deg
        December 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

        Mmmmmm… :9

        …thinkin’ me and the wifey will be havin’ some tonight as well. :9

        peace & bananas & Steak ‘n’ Shake | deg

  3. December 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

    deg’s .5 is everything Remastered should have been. I love it so much.

  4. 9 deg
    December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Yup, that ’bout sums it up, bud, ‘cept for the time we spent being raised by a troupe of chimpys deep in the heart o’ the Dark Continent. But that’s classified chimpy intel, so no surprise even you didn’t know ’bout that. Wait, maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that…

    Anywho, thanks for the add to your blogroll (you too, Chris), and for featuring some of me scribbles!

    And thanks, guys, for the nice words about me work, glad you enjoy it, that makes it all the more worthwhile to do! 🙂

    peace & bananas | deg

  5. December 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I remember when I first tool notice of Deg’s work and it was that amazing set of F-104 / Enterprise images. I was floored. I agree, in hindsight this is what TOS remastered could be. But then, the whole thing would have to been done!

    Great artist!

  6. 12 JNG
    December 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    He’s more machine than man!

  7. 14 Buckaroohawk
    December 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Glad to see you back on the blogroll, deg! One question though: How much for the film rights to your life story? It would make an incredible, awe-inspiring movie. A must see! An instant classic!

  8. December 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t find an RSS feed on Doug’s site, where is it?

  9. 19 Don
    December 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Ah, jeez how does deg fit his head through the door after this? Of course, it’s true – deg’s the man.

    • December 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Fit through the door? I can’t even make it across the room without falling over from cranial top-side imbalance now, Don. 🙂

      – rubs knot on head –

      Wait, that was always there.

      Thanks, bud, feeling’s mutual. 😉

  10. December 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    LOL, John your a nut!

    But Deg well he’s more of a fruitcake. 😉
    Love your latest pic Mate.

    • December 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Fruitcake, nut-bar, nutter, goof-ball; I get a lot o’ that. Must be from eatin’ too many bananas. 🙂

      Thanks, bud, glad you like it, matey. 🙂

  11. December 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    DEG is awesome!

    I didn’t realize he had bionic implants though…like a grownup D.A.R.Y.L.

  12. 25 Barrie Suddery
    December 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

    The man, the myth, the legend!

    I’ve been a fan of Deg’s since I first saw his name here on Eavesdropping. The man has serious talent. Hollywood, take note!

  13. 27 Matt Boardman
    December 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Whoa…wait…what?? Ok, so as if I didn’t already have a lot of respect for deg, I think that if possible, it’s like trippled.

    deg, you my friend, have lived an incredible life and I can see how these experiences have shaped you into the incredible person you are today. 🙂

  14. 29 Matt Boardman
    December 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Ha! But you can imagine if it was true, eh? We’d have to start calling you deg Bunyan, King of the Wild Midwest. ;D (63 Axe handles high, I hear! Please tell me you’ve seen that Disney cartoon!)

  15. 31 RAF-MX Rafael Dominguez
    December 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    A fan since ever of Master John Eaves and now a truly fan of Master DEG…wow what a place for inspiration…full of Trek knowledge and histories of live and facts , like the new about the Midway CV-41 and the Mighty E..

    Imagination and fun…the joy of life….

    Master Eaves and Master DEG two of a kind….

  16. 33 Terry
    December 14, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Funny thing is I found degs site first and that led me here. I love the 1701 with the 104, that was a wallpaper in my laptop for a long time.


  17. 35 DeanneM
    January 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Wow deg, I was remiss in not seeing this and posting a lot sooner!

    I’ve enjoyed your stuff for a long time on your site, as you know. Your 1701 is a fav of mine. 🙂

    Just thought I’d acknowledge your work officially. Beautiful works of art, you create, mhmm. 😀

    ::hands deg a banana::

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