Monday, 8 December 2008

Richard Williams

I was talking to my good friend Chris recently, and he brought up this really interesting old Richard Williams (the man behind Roger Rabbit and The Thief and The Cobbler) feature that I thought was a brilliant example of the kind of dedication and adherence to quality that I admire in great artists. Watching it, reminds me of when I used to want to be an animator and that I have the utmost of respect and admiration for traditional animators and comic book artists. The sheer amount of work they produce and effort that goes into into their craft is inspiring.

There's a particular humbling moment at the end of part 2, into part 3, that kind of struck a chord with me. It's when Ken Harris sort of unwittingly brings Richard Williams back down to Earth and makes him think about his level of ability at that point in time. Really makes me wonder about what some of my inspirations would think about my stuff. A humbling thought indeed.

It's worth a watch if you have a moment to spare. The six parts can be found here.

Friday, 5 December 2008


Been thinking about a few long term projects the last month or so. I'll be posting here and there with projects in between. In the meantime I thought I'd get this one out of the way.

watercolour/gouache/pencil crayon/ps

Edit: This is the original orientation of the painting. Adi Granov mentioned that the above composition and cropping killed the mood and flow of the piece and now that I look at it he's right (I just started drawing and fleshing out the final without enough planning beforehand). While the cropping is still tight in a few places, the version below seems more energetic in terms of how the eye goes through the composition. Thanks to Adi for catching that.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

fuzzy brush..

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Mr. Solomon

Pretty interesting interview about the industry that is illustration by prominent artist rep, Richard Solomon, done over at It's a bit lengthy, but interesting enough.

Click here for a listen.

Friday, 24 October 2008

San Diego Trees

During my trip this past summer to the SDCC, I came across these amazing trees that looked like they were made of rolled up paper. Trees that I'll no doubt draw over and over again.

A torso gone too far.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

photo sketch

siren pencils

Thought i'd share something I've been picking away at steadily between jobs. it'll get done sometime soon! I hope.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

the unexpected.

Sooooo... my nightmare illustration sort of took a life of it's own when it came down to finishing it within a day. I'd say it's quite out of character for me. It felt pretty refreshing to be looser and not so anal about a piece. I'm really trying to step out of my comfort zones and it's a long and humbling process. I feel refreshed to not have to fret over every single piece of work and I'm enjoying the process much more.

This piece is for a show at the Uppercase Gallery in Calgary opening on the 18th just in time for Halloween!

edit: added the pre-PS version.

Saturday, 11 October 2008


The sweet folks at Artburp were kind enough to give me an interview a couple months back. A lot of the work showcased is a bit old, but I hope people enjoy it anyways.

You can check it out here at

Monday, 6 October 2008

horrid fruit.

Messy sketches for an upcoming illo based on nightmares. I can rarely remember my bad dreams and this is what came out instead.

Friday, 3 October 2008

I need practice drawing feet.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Been occupied with other things as of late. Few illustrations on the go that are lagging. Hope to change that soon.

In other news the latest Applied Arts Magazine is out featuring Canadian student award winners in photography, illustration and design. An older piece of mine is included. Its worth a look for some of the other work showcased if anyone has the chance.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


i enjoy the mundane sometimes.

Monday, 8 September 2008


Friday, 22 August 2008


i need to head back to figure drawing.

erratic & sloppy

Thursday, 14 August 2008


Saturday, 9 August 2008


Friday, 8 August 2008

knocking heads so to speak

Thursday, 7 August 2008

oh yeah

back to sketching as well. least something everyday. sketched from a flickr photo by griegophoto.

mish mash

Finished this a little awhile ago. Half-page illustration for the October 2008 issue of Avenue Magazine. The article is about wine blending and its many pleasant forms. This is the version that the creative director liked, but I had another thumb in mind that I should have pushed for more. Alas! My lesson is learned.

Other than that, It doesn't seem like I am pushing myself with this method of illustration, nor does it feel like it's mine (Too many James Jean artist affectations me thinks that need definite shedding). I'm making damn sure my next piece will feel more like me.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Siren Roughs

Edit: I think I'll take a 3rd stab at this piece when I get back from Calgary in a few days. I'm not quite happy with it yet.

Trying to juggle personal art and helping with home renovations is quite the task. Some process for a piece I hope to dive into after a brief trip to Calgary. The first attempt fell short and I think the second shot is more appealing.

1-excuse the rough scan.

2 - just need to extend the top a bit.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

tinker tinker

Did a real quick piece the night before for an apron theme fundraiser/auction for ACAD students called Art Attack a few weeks back.

Apparently not too many showed up so I don't know if my piece even was auctioned off at all, but oh well. I do hope the visual communication students there received a bit of support.

It's not apparent in the photo, but there was a sheen of metallic interference red over the painted portions to pop things out. Nothin' fancy here.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Mr. Gray

Woooh, it's been a doozy of a couple of months, with moving and all. New studio should be set up in a bout a week and a half before I get back from Seattle. I'll be mighty glad to be working on some new illustrations for myself after my little breather.

Till then, here's my first piece of published work so to speak.

Mr. Gray (originally done as a cover for The Picture of Dorian Gray)

I submitted this piece for a Canadian illustrators and photographers directory called 'Work/Life', published by the Uppercase Gallery out of Calgary, AB. The book showcases the day to day practices/ studios and features the work of many talents. I'm very thankful I had the opportunity to be apart of it all.

A preview of the book can be found here

If anyone lives in Calgary, the show runs from June to July, right downtown in the Art Central building at the Uppercase Gallery. I'm sad to miss it.

Great friends of mine and their great work are also featured in the book. Check 'em out.

Brennan Kelly

Connor Willumsen

Sunday, 11 May 2008

May & Graduation

Apologies for the lack of updates. Four years of school is over and my time in Calgary is drawing to a close. I should have some updates when I settle back down into Vancouver come June. Till then, bear with and eat more veggies!

Wednesday, 16 April 2008


Rare fan art of a game i used to love as a kid.

edit: ...and here i thought i was being all clever with the negative space. looks like Udon beat me to it.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Goju Ryu Karatedo

Went to my friend's Goju Ryu Karate class for a sketch documentation project. Some of the better sketches.

Thursday, 10 April 2008


Things from photos, life and what not.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008


My site's finally up! What a relief! It was a bit of a gong show to make, since I'm not the most html savvy person. Much thanks to my girlfriend and my disapproving web design instructor for having patience with me.

Take a peek here:

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Chi-town Guevara

This ate up an extraordinary amount of time for no good reason. Can anyone guess who this is at a glance? I sure hope someone can, otherwise this'll leave a real sour taste in my mouth.

Me thinks I should try and move forward from this colouring technique.

Saturday, 22 March 2008


Finally finished up the Samuel Steele image. Little bit of cheese and bacon a la canuck. Check a few entries back to see the thumbs.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008