Thursday, February 28, 2013

raptor roller derby of death

My newest piece for the comic expo, RAPTOR ROLLER DERBY OF DEATH!
I decided to make a roller derby inspired piece last week while hanging out with a friend who is on a roller derby team (who goes by the pseudonym Bar Brawl Walters).
I wanted to give it a comic book feel as well as make it a bit campy after being really inspired by various comics last year, especially the book King City which you should read. I also wanted it to be sort of a gladiator scenario.

Prints of this one coming soon!

Here's your post related song of the day:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

crystal elephant

Here is a look at one of the first pieces I have made for the upcoming Comic and Entertainment Expo.

I came up with the idea of giving an elephant crystal tusks, which I thought was pretty cool, and then it just evolved from there.

Here is your song of the day, not post related but my favorite of the year so far, James Blake's "Retrograde":

Friday, February 22, 2013

fairytale friday installment #5: little boy blue

Here is installment #5 of my ongoing series for FFWD Weekly, it's little boy blue. More of a Nursery Rhyme than a Fairy Tale perhaps, but I read the comic book Fables a couple years ago and Boy Blue was one of my favorite characters. It made me interested in what other things these fictional characters may get up to when the whole world wasn't reciting the story that has entered the general consciousness. When creating this piece I was thinking about what Little Boy Blue might be dreaming of while asleep on the job, so it has taken abit more of a surreal twist than the narrative of the nursery rhyme we are all used to hearing.

I also always like drawing music related subject matter, so this was a good excuse to do just that. Next week may be music related as well...

This one was a bit simpiler than past weeks (you can see them all here; just scroll through), so the process was pretty quick. Here are some process shots.

Here is your post related song of the day!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

John Lesbian Seagull x Seven Story Redhead gig poster

John Lesbian Seagull, Seven Story Redhead, and Seventeen will be playing at Costello's on March 13th! That's the day after my birthday so I'll probably be listening from the bar reevaluating my life! Above is the gig poster I made for the show.

Listen to John Lesbian Seagull below.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

the weir gig poster

Gig poster I did for The Weir, they will be performing at Costello's on March 6th, I saw them play during last Sled Island when they opened for Boris, and they killed. Chieftain will be opening. For more info you can take a look at the Facebook event page here.

You can listen to some of The Weir's songs below.

Monday, February 18, 2013

another bad

I painted my friend Mandy's friend "Jenny Trash" from a photo of hers...I don't know her.. is that weird?

This is a bad Bad it doesn't really look like a Bad Portrait to me...still dig it though.

Friday, February 15, 2013

fairytale friday installment #4: Three Billy Goats Gruff

Fairy Tale Friday has arrived! We are into Week 4 (to see all installments of the series take a look here). This week is Three Billy Goats Gruff, and here is the finished piece. I was really happy with how the troll turned out.

Take a look at my process shots below.

Your song of the day is Before the Bridge by Future Islands.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Year of the Snake

I painted a Bad Portrait with Mandy the other day, it happened to be Chinese New Year's Day so I drew up a snake for it!

If you missed my bad portrait power glove take a look here.

Your post related song of the day:

February sex column

Here's an illustration I did for BeatRoute's February issue, it was used for the sex column I have been illustrating since it's conception, Keepin' It Sleazy. Read February's column here. The illustration was also used for this other Valentines related column as well I guess, read it on the BeatRoute site here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 8, 2013

fairytale friday installment #3: pinocchio

Another Fairy Tale Friday has arrived! My ongoing series in FFWD Weekly is now in it's third week, and as you can see it is the story of Gepetto and his wooden boy, Pinocchio. Check out the first 2 installments here.

Pinocchio is the hardest word for me to spell, every time I seem to forget there's to "c"s or that there is one "n", it's a really tough name. I suppose that's how people feel when they try to remember that Jarett has only one R and two Ts.

Pinocchio is one of my favorite Disney films, the villain was pretty dynamic I always found, the donkey scene is super messed up (those donkey's don't turn back into boys at the end), and I love the Monstro the whale scene. Originally I was going to focus on Monstro, but as I researched the original story I discovered it was originally a shark and I wanted to keep away from being to heavily influenced by the Disney version. In my research I was also a bit surprised to see that the cricket was actually in the original story (although sans the name Jiminy), but Pinocchio ends up quickly killing him with a hammer he throws.

For this piece I created it with some different dimensions than how it was to be printed in FFWD, as I was happy with the concept I came up with, and thought that a tighter cropping would still translate really well.

Here is the finished piece, and some process shots:

Your post related song of the day is Buck 65's "Pants on Fire". This was the first song that got me into Buck 65 when I was in high school. Oddly enough, despite him being from Halifax, I didn't even hear about him in Canadian publication. I had found an Australian hip hop magazine at Chapters called Stealth (now long defunct, it was the only issue I ever saw), with De La Soul on the cover. In the magazine was a DVD that had some hip hop music video's and hip hop songs from around the world. Thinking about it now that's where I first heard about MF DOOM (Rhymes Like Dimes), and Sage Francis (Makeshift Patriot, so this must have been 2001). Got off topic there! Here is your song!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

savk gig poster

Here's the gig poster I made for SAvK's upcoming show at Costello's. Was really happy with how this one turned out!

I saw SAvK play the Palimino last Friday at their album fundraiser, and they put on a great show, so we can be sure to expect another awesome time on the 27th. Also performing are Windigo and Yearling, and of course my friend Cody will be playing some music between sets as well. For more info check out the Facebook event page here.

Watch SAvK's video for I Can't Wait below.

Monday, February 4, 2013

i love the power glove...

I've painted a few Bad Portraits with my friend, and prolific Bad Portraits artist, Mandy Stobo. I was pretty stoked on this one so I thought I'd share it here. If you haven't seen the movie The Wizard you can hear the quote here.
Good luck to Mandy who is doing her Bad Portraits thing alongside Much Music this week in Toronto!

Friday, February 1, 2013

fairytale friday instalment 2: little red riding hood

Following up last week's The Little Mermaid piece, here is the second instalment of the fairy tale series I am doing for FFWD. It is of course Little Red Riding Hood. You can see it in print if you grab an issue of FFWD this week.

And some process shots below:


And your song of the day is Big Bad Wolf, by The Heavy: