Saturday, August 28, 2010

train ride

Here is another drawing of some C-Train folk. Spent the most time on the younger woman on the left. My drawing of her proportions could use some work, or perhaps be further exaggerated. Getting better at observational life drawing while trying to add my own twist on it is an on going task for me.

It can be tricky when someone is shifting around. Can also make it difficult when they're sitting relatively close to not be obviously starring at them, as was the case with the girl who was sitting in the group of seats diagonal to my own. Although a closer subject can also allow you to see more detail to render on your page, so I suppose it is a trade off.....if only everyone on the C-Train was sleeping or reading. I like the very quick, more gestural drawings I made with the other two, each of those were completed in under a minute.

Your train related song after the jump

Friday, August 20, 2010

asleep on the train

Just some guy who fell asleep on the c-train this week who consequently fell victim to my sketchbook, his soul is now trapped within these opaque white pages.

note: the word scratched above his head was actually "bank" but I thought that was sort of a wack name to use, "sank" is much better :)

RAC remix a stand out track from The Shins' album "Wincing the Night Away" after the jump.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

nightmare decoy

This was made for a Sketchaholic contest. It was pretty rushed, and doesn't really work for me but I like the idea so I will probably try and revisit it later.

Your song of the day after the jump

Monday, August 9, 2010

&ersand 2 finished piece

untitled, mixed media on canvas, 14" X 21", 2010

photos taken by my dad
Alright here it is! After teasing you with last weeks post, here's the real deal. Me and Sam Williams collaborated on this piece for &ampersand 2, which was a great success! Over 200 people came out to check out all the collaborative pieces, so big ups to all that came out and supported us. A thanks as well to Vicki who coordinated the show, and Karma Police who was our DJ for the evening. It was a bunch of fun filled with great music, friends, artists, and tequila shots. Lots of great work and talent was on display for sure. Our work was hung right inside the entrance of the Untitled Art Society Gallery, making it a nice introduction to the show I thought.

When Sam and I first got brainstorming for our submission, I was drawing lots of bugs with pin up girls (more bug posts to come) and Sam was interested in portrait work, so this idea came together fairly easily. Sam created the girl, and I the insects. We tried to make it read as a woman wearing jewelery from further back and as you approached closer it became more apparent that it was a dead girl with bugs crawling on her. We were both happy with the end result, and I look forward to collaborating again in the future. What do you say Sam?

A couple more pics and your song after the jump...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


There is a Sketchaholic challenge this week set forth by Dice Tsutsumi. His description via Sketchaholic:
Dice was in charge of color scripts and lighting on Pixar's Toy Story 3! He also worked on "Ice Age", "Robots" and many more.
The topic Dice has picked for people
to draw is "your favorite childhood anime in your own style". I liked a lot of the artistic style seen in anime growing up, but was never able to find it on TV living in a household with only 5 basic channels. Despite a somewhat sheltered life when it comes to anime I am a really big Hayao Miyazaki fan. One of my favorite films of his is Princess Mononoke, which lead me to create my drawing below.

Make sure to check out this movie if you haven't already and let me know how you liked it, you don't need to be big on anime to be a fan of Miyazaki.

Your anime themed song after the jump.

Monday, August 2, 2010

brand new piece unveiled!!!!

Sam Williams and I have been collaborating for the past few weeks on our contribution to the second &ampersand show, at the Untitled Art Society Main Gallery (which previously held the Sans Comic Sans show). This show features art created by 2 or more collaborating artists. Last week we had it printed and this afternoon we got together to sign and number the special edition prints. What makes them so special you're wondering??? Well, they're printed on canvas and there's only 3 of the whole world. We are also planning to do a regular limited edition run as well on fine art paper at next years Calgary Comic Expo.

To see the piece in person come by the Untitled Art Society Main Gallery on Thursday or Friday from 12-4PM OR come on Saturday between 7 and 11PM for the reception. The reception will have a bar, music, and the artists in attendance. For now you can check out Sam presenting our framed piece below.

See an image of the piece framed and without Sam after the jump.