Friday, March 22, 2013

fairytale friday installment #9: hans my hedgehog

Here is installment 9 of my Fairy Tale series for FFWD. It's a less popular Grimm Fairy Tale entitled Hans My Hegehog. Definitely check it out, the Jim Henson version you can see in his short lived show "The Storyteller" is a great version (one of my favorite series when I was young). This was actually the very first one I made, after receiving an email about the possibility of doing a series I made this one up to pitch the idea of doing a series of Fairy Tale illustrations.

I had posted some of the inked drawings that I made for this one, a while back here.But take a look at more of my process below.

I don't know a lot of bag pipe songs besides this Tom Waits one, so your song of the day is Town With No Cheer, a few days late for St. Paddy's.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Mandy Stobo is painting something awesome on Stephen Ave.
I added this gnome of my own into the mix, see if you can find him.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ucalgary social activism conference

I do some volunteer work with OxFam, they're a great organization, and you can find out a bunch about them at their site here. Above is poster I made for their next event, take a look at the facebook event page here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

fairytale friday installment #8: alice in wonderland

This week's fairy tale for my FFWD series is Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite old Disney movies, though I have never seen the new Tim Burton one. Here is the finished piece.

Take a look at the process:

You can see all the installments of Fairy Tale Friday here.
Your song of the day is "Alice" by Tom Waits:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

cadavor dog gig poster

Here is the gig poster I made for Cadavor Dog. Go to Costello's on March 27 to check them out. More info at the facebook event page here.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

classic 30s

Gig poster for Classic 30s, Broken Therapy, and Silver Moss taking place on the 20th.
I used TV static for the texture.

Friday, March 8, 2013

fairy tale installment #7: beauty and the beast

This week is Beauty and the Beast, a friend suggested I do it, and as I like any excuse to draw monster it seemed like a good fit. Grab a copy of FFWD weekly to see it in print.

Check out the process below.

This was an idea I was starting to explore more, but eventually went more with my initial idea. This one did help me decide to incorporate the roses into the illustration.

You can see all the installments of Fairy Tale Friday here.
Here's your song of the day is the Wild Beasts remix of Jessie Ware's "Night Light":

Monday, March 4, 2013

kim jong un x dennis rodman

Apparently Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman are friends now?
That was the news I heard when I was hanging out with Mandy at the Ship and Anchor yesterday. She was painting her Bad Portraits, and got me to do one of the two new buddies.

Listen to another odd ball pairing below Danny Brown with Purity Ring.

Friday, March 1, 2013

fairytale friday installment 6: pied piper

Last week I hinted that it would be another music related fairy tale and here it is, the pied piper. The crowd quickly changes from rats to children to display the progression of the story and how the pied piper turns quickly onto the townspeople when they neglect to pay him. I carried the purple from the design elements representing the music through to the children to reflect the control it has over them. I am pretty happy with how the colors turned out in print so make sure to pick up a copy of FFWD to see it in person. As always you can take a look at the other fairy tale illustrations I have posted on my blog here.

Below are some process shots as well as the finished piece.

I got some questions about my process last week. I think I mentioned I use a brush in one of my posts and a couple people asked if I was referring to a Photoshop brush, I was referring to an actual brush for when I do my ink and brush work (likewise I was asked if when I say inking I mean digital inking, but it's old fashioned wet, analog ink in this case haha).

Your song of the day is The Platinum Pied Pipers' "On a Cloud"