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Friday, June 25, 2010


And to pick things up again, here are some drawings.

'Wrap your arms around the one you love'
Charles Bukowski-
Two Topless People

all pencil, and caligraphic nib pen

Had to photograph them since I don't have the same access to a flatbed scanner as I do during the school year, so they're a little fuzzy.

More to come.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

People of Interest

Pencil, ballpoint pen, india ink, and acrylic red ink

Holy Be-geesus!

I am a horribly inconsistent blogger. I'll work on it.

A lot has happened since my last post. Went to New York. The trip was...un-bloggable.

un - blogg - able
causing such excitement than one cannot fully explain it in a post; crazy

I've temporarily re-located to Toronto and started an internship at a design firm. Good times.
I will be resuming my usual posts of sketches and other drawings of interest shortly. Thanks for being patient, unless you have completely written me off.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Jack White Portrait

Just finished this portrait of Jack White.

I put the decorative type in as kind of a trial. Might try and work it into a Band poster and hand draw the type. Try to emulate some floral embroidery on the jacket.

Kinda like it though.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Couple Mockups

Here are a couple of mockups for some design work I did earlier in the year.
The first, a poster for an exhibit on the International Typographic Style (swiss style)
The second, a transit ad for the Cap U Theatre Company, Exit 22

Spoon Monster

Forgot about this illustration I did a while back for fun, or it might have been an assignment, can't remember. Anyways, Britt Daniels, Jim James, and M Ward

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Red in The Back

One of the basics of color theory is that cool-colors recede, while warm ones move towards the foreground. Sometimes I like to switch it up and use a really warm color in the background. The result can be really interesting, especially when it's only linework.

Christian Bale,

pen, pencil, ink


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ok All Caught Up

Top to Bottom:
Watercolor, Liam Gallagher
Melanie Laurent in Ray Bans
Anton Yelchin & Cat Power ( Chan Marshall)

Some More

Top to Bottom:
Louis Garrel
Guitarist from Bright Eyes & Monsters of Folk (forget his name)
John Wayne Gacy Lookalike
Illustration for Dubliners book jacket

I'm still here...

I've been neglecting my blog lately. Not by choice. School is wrapping up and this last week involves completing some major projects that I've been working on (all design).

I'll be back to making regular posts in no time.

here's a few older ones from a moleskin, and a first hand look at what two years of design school does to you.

Top to Bottom:
Douglas Coupland
Britt Daniel
Random people
Mischievous Boy
Ryan (sits 2 desks away)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cy, Rogue arm

My nephew being held by my mother at his 1st birthday party. I abandoned ship on this one, probably because it was late at night.

Young Proust

Found a really old reference of the infamous writer, Proust, as a young boy.

I decided to do the drawing on old book paper, (torn out of an old Tao teaching book) to give the illustration more authenticity.

He's wearing a great big scarf in the photo, which I added some digital color to.


I'm really digging the tension in this drawing, did it last night in my moleskin, darkened the background and added some ink wash.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Georgia Straight Cover

This was an assignment from earlier on in the term. The brief asked to illustrate a cover based on once of two articles; the first being in support of the Olympics and the second being against.

At the time, (the assignment took place pre Van 2010) I was compelled to illustrate the negative side to the Olympics. It just seemed to have more interesting visuals, plus we had just finished a similar assignment illustrating Olympic events and I was getting tired of drawing athletes.

The concept was to show a Vancouverite in a medieval stalk with holes lining up with the Olympic rings. Initially I had the figure contorted in such a way that his ankles also were in the stalk, but the body looked extremely– weird.

I thought the execution was OK, but this was early in the year and I hadn't much experience in Illustrator, so I guess I'll go easy on myself.

Chels and Cy

Sketch done with photo reference from my nephew's 1st Birthday celebration.

Happy Birthday Cy Guy!
Hi Chels!

Britt Daniel

Spoon. Wicked band.
Britt Daniel out of Moleskin
There's a small sketch of my father left uncolored in the bottom half.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Ok, so my previous illustration for the Hobbit was weak. Once it was finished I knew I'd be redoing it. I just needed a nudge. As a drawing, the foot was solid, but it was too anatomical looking and visually it was boring. I restarted this morning and created an illustration that I believe compliments the Cinderella piece and is quite nice visually.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sometimes Doodles Say a Lot

I'm not sure I'll use the word doodle again.
A quick caricature of the lead singer of Dinosaur Jr, J. Mascis, a band my older brother introduced to me many years ago. I'm still a big fan.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This is So Fun

Here's another piece taken out of my moleskin and colored digitally in illustrator. I think I used a reference of a BSC group member, but I can't remember. Not Kevin Drew, or Jason Collett. Can't remember.
I'm still unsure whether I prefer the original to the digital whenever I color something out of my sketchbook. I think it's kind of like buying an album from iTunes vs. a record shop. Tangible vs. intangible. Either way, I'm having a blast doing it.

Colin Farrel

again this is out of my moleskin, taken into illustrator for some digital love

Monday, April 12, 2010

Robin Tulley

Really busy day at school, thought I'd post this anyways, sketched it last night, late in ma' moleskin. Just graphite.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Exit 22 Theatre Posters

These aren't quite finished, but I thought I'd post them anyways.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sufjan Stevens

I had fun with this portrait of Sufjan Stevens. It was taken from the sketchbook into illustrator for some coloring. I may have gotten a little bit carried away with the transparencies, but I'm fairly happy with the end result.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Heath Ledger

This was taken from moleskin->illustrator->blog. enjoy!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Elliot Smith / Cy

Such a sad story. I'm definitely guilty of liking the hell out of his music. Every so often nothing beats a self indulgent pitty party, some elliott smith, and a coffee on a rainy day. And in juxtaposition, the coolest nephew ever! Cy Guy