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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monster book nearly done!

"It's Just Your Imagination!" is drawing ever nearer to completion!

We found a few final touches to add when putting everything together, like this little fellow who goes at the end of the book! Soon it'll be on to the proof process to see how it looks on paper! I'm not looking forward to that part as much because something will have to be adjusted, but it's an unavoidable part of the process so I'm going to embrace it as best I can.

This has been a fantastic learning experience and I'm definately going to use what I've learned to make another book! Hopefully the process will be smoother the second time around ;)

That's all I got for now!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Late night sketching

Sketchies! I was up until 2 last night sketching for no particular reason. It was fantastic. I can't recall the last time that I was up that late drawing just because I felt like it. Oh sweet bliss!

I was inspired by this fellow who, oddly enough, I worked with for about a month but never met!

Most of the stuff is reference from the net, save for arrow head guy the two unrendered heads on the far right and Scoob and Shaggy, who were on the cover of a book on my desk the other day.

This week I have a few final illustrations to do for the Monster book before it can finally be called finished, so hopefully I can hunker down and "git 'er done" :D

That's it for now. If you're reading this and can spare a moment, please leave a comment!


P.S. I have to tool around with my scanner to figure out a way to get scanned drawings to look more like their analog counterparts...sorry for the crappy quality!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

That dentist fresh feeling!

Here's a piece that I did for my dentist a couple of months ago. A print is currently hanging on the children's art wall in his office (which is behind use in the picture) that I've always meant to create something for. It only took 2 decades! My dentist is super skilled and one heck of a nice guy and I hope that I managed to capture his essence in this piece :D

I haven't been doing much in the way of personal art recently largely due to having landed a full time art related job a couple of weeks ago. My new daily routine consists of stuffing my brain with lots of new knowledge during the day and letting it rest (I.E. vegging out) during the night. I have some projects that I want to try and get off of the ground and I'd also like to do some finished one-off pieces (or maybe a series) and make them available for purchase as prints. That's the rough plan at least!

It's super fantastic working with lots of other artists and it's inspiring me to want to be more active in art communities and get myself out to more people!

Until next time!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Demons in Hell

Did this yesterday for kicks. Wanted to do a monster/creature thing and this is what I ended up with. I like having my characters saying something but I don't often follow through with actual text, so I played around with the idea that it could be a comic book about demons in hell who complain about being in hell while doing their day job; torturing people! Maybe one day it will be a comic...

Enjoy :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gallery Piece

This is one of 3 pieces that are going to be entered into a gallery show called 'Square Foot' at the AWOL gallery here in Toronto. I basically jazzed up the 'Hip' image from the last update ;) The colours on this version probably won't be the same as the one for the show, but I like this one for now.

The other two pieces are the front and back cover to my children's book. The only real restriction is that your pieces have to be 12 x 12 inches, hence the 'square foot' show. I will post the back of the monster book cover once the book is competely finished!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Further offerings

First came the hip, then followed the nerd. My subconscience seeks balance in everything :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's Just Your Imagination!


Just over a month ago I mentioned that I was working on a book project and it's high time that I reveal it! It's called It's Just Your Imagination and is a book about monsters for children aged 3-5. I wrote and illustrated it and it's going to be printed next week :D

Initally there will be a limited print run of 100 copies and then depending on demand might see further printings. I'm going to see about potentially being able to have them available for purchase online, but they have to be printed first!

The image above is the front of the wrap around cover which will hopefully make you curious about where that monster's tounge ends up! There are 11 full page illustrations but for now this is the only taste you get!

I'll post more images from the book in a few weeks :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

It's been an interesting few months since my last post. I've been teaching motion capture for video games at Seneca college, working a full-time non-art job (which I'm no longer doing!) and working on a book project! On top of all of that, I'm working towards getting into some freelance illustraion work along with priming for a new 3D demo reel! This should be a busy summer with any luck!

I'm not quite ready to reveal anything about the book just yet, but it's very close to completion at this point. I'll post up artwork from it once it's done.

Other than that, I hope you like this quick punk piece I did this morning. Actually, I did the line work last night and coloured it this morning. Let me know what you think! The weird screaming guy was done a while ago for no real reason. Just think of what would happen if a spider laid eggs in your head! Eww!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sketching while I work

Here's a sampling of pages from a notepad that I've been sketching on over the past few weeks at work. It was a seasonal gig before I started a teaching job in January, and I was basically answering customer service calls for people who had defective or damaged toys. Exciting stuff. Even though it isn't an art related job at least I wasn't breaking my back like I was a few months ago.

The good thing about this job (compared to previous jobs) is that I was able to draw during and inbetween calls, which helped me to retain my sanity when very angry people called. I hope you get a kick out of these sketches :D

P.S. One of these pages is not like the other...I was drawing on this great paper that my girlfriend got from work that is just lovely for drawing on. I use it all the time when I'm at home in front of my computer (which hasn't been very often lately).