Friday, December 24, 2010

Mixed Nuts

Some sketchbook spreads:

Mix of life-drawing, friend-drawing, keyhole sessions, mugshots, and mystery meat.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lost Under the Mountain

Fantasy illustration:

I used to fill my jr. highschool sketchbooks with high fantasy. It feels incredibly nostalgic to return to the subject matter after such a long time.

Some process sketches (digital and graphite) as I was coming up with my idea:

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Ink drawing of a model from the Keyhole Sessions.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mr. Purrington

Steampunk cat.

This is part of a series I've been working on with a friend. It's a "they write/ I illustrate" sort of collaboration, and I'm tackling some short stories they're currently writing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday Life-drawing in Toronto

I attend open life-drawing at the Keyhole Sessions in Toronto on Tuesday evenings -- the best multi figure life-drawing I've experienced since art school.

Here is one of the many pages in my sketchbook that I've been filling up with content from the evenings there:

Two models from different nights, repeated drawings done in ballpoint pen.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Steampunk Wizard of Oz

Dorothy and the Tin Man.

Reworked an older IMC assignment.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Leaving Oz

Something I'm working on:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beauty and the Beast

Worked more on this one:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

at Play

Latest illustrations for play posters:

Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Thornton Wilder's Our Town

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Go Train Sketch

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Keyhole Sessions Drawing

I've been liking the 'drawing overlap' I get in between the pages of my sketchbook. I decided to try it out in a more refined drawing.

This is a mix from the lifedrawing at The Keyhole Sessions

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Keyhole Show

This is a photo taken on opening night at the Keyhole Sessions show (my seamonster painting surrounded by other work from keyhole artists/photographers.

I just got back from take-down and found out one of my pieces sold!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The return, a show, and news

I've returned from Amherst with another Illustration Master Class complete.

I spent mid-June here:

The entire workshop revolves around attempting a book-cover assignment under the guidance of illustrators and art directors. The student chooses which topic they want to do an illustration for, they draw up some refined concepts, and then the faculty helps to make it better and take the student through the painting stage to the end.

A lot of other things are covered like reference, obtaining models, more effective ways to work out compositions in a rough, etc.

There were several different assignments to choose from. I selected Beauty and the Beast.

My initial sketch before the workshop started:

My revised drawing:

some painting later....

Traditional final so far:


... Now that I'm back in Toronto it will be in this show, this Saturday at the Gladstone in Toronto (along with the brown paper drawing)

-- so come on out :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Illustration Master Class 2010

I'm currently at IMC 2010. It's a week long workshop where master fantasy and sci-fi illustrators guide us through a difficult book cover painting.
When we're not painting we are either in the lecture hall receiving some amazing advice, eating, or sometimes even sleeping.

The faculty:
Rebecca Guay
James Gurney
Greg Manchess
Donato Giancola
Julie Bell
Boris Vallejo
Dan DosSantos
Scott Fischer
Irene Gallo
Jeremy Jarvis


I went last year and it was incredible. This year is no different in that regard.

I'll post more later.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Brown Paper Drawing

I enjoyed using a drawing on toned paper when I completed the illustrations for the various Shakespeare plays. I decided to take a similar approach and work on something larger.

Thanks Faestock, for the reference.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Final illustration for Kitchener Waterloo Youth Theater's performance of Othello.

If you want to see what the rest of the final posters look like they're on and are displayed at various points during the video.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shakespeare Posters

Here are some illustrations I completed for Kitchener Waterloo Youth Theater. They are going to be used on the posters to advertise and promote the performances.

The Shakespeare plays performed were Othello, Hamlet, and the Merchant of Venice. I also designed wrap-around cover of their program

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So long, Oakville

One last Go Train sketch of what will hopefully bring an end to the two-hour commute era.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Drawing on TV

While working on a drawing at the Keyhole Sessions, I was briefly recorded sketching for the CP24 television show Sex Matters – hosted by Cynthia Loyst. You can still view the episode on their website:

Online Episodes

The drawing

…. And after I had worked my way to the other edge of the page.

-- Keyhole Sessions website:
The Keyhole Sessions

Edit: and some spreads from the week after

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas Holidays

Some drawings I did over Christmas.

While doing these I had flashbacks to six years ago when I originally set out on a quest to create a portfolio to get myself accepted to art school. The sketchbook was the first place I started.