Tuesday, December 28, 2010

drawings from the coffee shop today.

a beautiful woman who was sitting in front of me:

coffeeshop lady

i tried to draw this other woman who i see at the cafe every now and then but she saw me. she is always perfectly dressed and looks like she walked out of a vintage fashion catalog. me and my friend both agree that she has eyes like jennifer tilly.

hipster dudes with hats. so many beards, so little time!

coffee shop guy-with-hat

bearded guy

and this one, which is not from the cafe:

sports shirt

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

various sketchbook things

various: one or two klimt head studies, a guy i drew on the bus, other noodlings.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

i'm a sketchbook behind in scanning! so here is some stuff.. i think from early december:

the nerdier savvier of you will recognize klimt's awesome designs in here. sometimes when i look at his figures i see him more as a character designer than anything else:

lady heads

inking practice

this guy means business

sometimes i like to see if i can do something completely different. this is inspired by my friend jen phelan who is a really sweet illustrator (and who also needs to post her recent paintings hint, hint)


final pencils for part of a drawing i'm working on..

is it just me or does the guy look like jeffrey goldblum?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the value of misremembering

There is an interesting idea on cbc's Spark today, the interviewee talks about the idea that we have that being able to record everything about ourselves - our conversations, our ideas, our stories - so that we remember them accurately is really, really important. She says that we haven't considered what kind of value there might be in the ways our memories work naturally, what if there's value in the way we misremember things? What does it mean to forget things? What does it mean to remember them?

The first thing I thought about was folklore and legends and how a lot of cultural stories seem to be broken telephone type elaborations on something that may have actually happened years and years ago. What would happen to these kind of stories if we could remember everything exactly as it happened?

The full episode is available online at Spark's cbc page.

Friday, December 10, 2010


i have made a cupcake. i can't really bake, so im compensating. further experiments combining digital and analog techniques.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

walking corpse syndrome

This piece is part of a series entitled Stranger than Fiction, I've used retro and pulp fiction style imagery to explore contemporary neurological case studies revealing that actual science is even stranger than science fiction.

This piece is about Cotard Delusion or "walking corpse syndrome", a neuropsychiatric disorder where the sufferer imagines they are dead, or that their body or organs are putrefying.

curse of the weredog

and curse of the weredog! arrooo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


an experiment

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

your old pal schiele

schiele group

riffs on some schiele, a drawing master i always crawl back to. sometimes i think i would marry him if i had a time machine. or a shovel.

when i feel like drawing is getting a little same-old sometimes i grab a different pen and its like OHMAHGAW DRAWING IS EXCITING AGAIN.

Monday, November 22, 2010

colourstudy 5

colour/light study based on a still from memoires of a geisha.. you know.. the part.. with the lighting..i'm starting to think that even colour study is basically light study. everything seems to boil down to light + form.

i've been reading a lot of canadian fiction lately, for some reason award winning canadian books always seem to be about soldiers during world war one or rural areas during the great depression. And they always end in a vaguely depressing and unresolved ways. Or maybe I'm just in the "canadians fought in wars and farmed stuff during the 30's and were sad" fiction section again.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

this is a concept sketch for a thesis piece which may or may not get approved.


throughout this entire round of sketches i've had that Werewolves of London song by Warren Zevon stuck in my head, mostly just the part that goes:

little old lady got mutilated late last night
Werewolves of London again.
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!

my math teacher in high school used to play this song all the time in class and sing along, so really i have my high school math teacher's voice singing Werewolves of London by Warren Zavon stuck in my head. what's weirder is that i think he was a cop before he decided to teach highschool math.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


looking at some peruvian artifacts and statues. beautiful stylization going on there.

Friday, November 12, 2010

the saga continues! dun dunnn




Thursday, November 11, 2010

for your viewing pleasure!





i like the looseness that's happening. i'm really having fun drawing expressions lately.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


another face
inking practice 2

ladies, ladies, please.

robert crumb wrote that black is a really important part of (what he considers) a successful ink drawing. i'm trying to work more black into my drawings.

also i really love using a brush that is one or two sizes bigger than is comfortable.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

inking practice

and some inking practice to round out the day!

there is some old conan in here. my friend let me borrow a huge conan anthology. i can't read it - the female characters just suck so much. but i like to look at the drawings!

still painting! ref'd from a 70s mugshot.

red and green together make some great neutral greys

Saturday, November 6, 2010


colour study 3

instead of doing homework im playing with paint

Friday, November 5, 2010


colour study loosely referenced from a Dracula still - i felt compelled to try and get that red colour in her hair! colour is so interesting, there are a gillion puzzles to solve. tonight i'm painting with T Bone and Muddy Waters.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ink drawings

just practicing. my new inking goal is: more black.

the drapery on the woman on the far right is based on a beautiful krigstein drawing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

assorted drawings from my sketchbook including an afternoon with can opener and handbags: what people put in them

phantom limb

the phantom limb: a digital rendering experiment

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

practice practice practice

here are some loose studies i did last night based on drawings by Kirby and Krigstein. man those guys can draw. i'm trying to practice different ways of drawing/inking.

these are mostly kirby:


and these are all krigstein. i especially like the one on the bottom left, the figure is krigstein's, but i took it into my own place with the inking. i feel like im finally starting to get something distinctive going with my brush work. slowly but surely ;p

krigstein studies

Saturday, October 23, 2010

i'm sort of on posting haitus while i work on thesis.

in the meantime i found this grade 3 masterpiece this morning - check out that epic mustache.


also i really liked the crow.

Monday, October 18, 2010

autumn embroidery

a lil autumn tribute

Sunday, October 17, 2010


a charcoal portrait

Friday, October 8, 2010

hair raising

undead cyclist

i just finished these two for an upcoming halloween group show.

friday night drawing party for one - hellz yeah!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Defenestration: the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.

Friday, September 24, 2010


my best self portrait evar! this sums up my feelings towards the previous week.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

my nephew is only 3 but i hope resources like Guy's Read will be around when he's a little older. we love reading - and we have excellent taste in illustration!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

b day party

drawings from my nephew's 3rd birthday party this afternoon!

i also played cats, firefighters, freeze-tag and was a foot eating tickle monster. yeah, i party hard. i did not get a loot bag though :C

Friday, September 17, 2010

a drawing of a drawer during life drawing


and more sketches while in transit:


Monday, September 13, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


a drawing of my friend Rosey! she is a writer and an artist, her newest bookie is Basajuan.
some drawings from my sketchbook - i was sitting behind jenn and andrew so i drew them for pretty much the entire class.