Friday, July 27, 2012

Old Port Painting

Watercolor of the old port of Montreal. This is for sale (cheap!), along with other work, on Etsy:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

House Sketch from Thousand Islands

Went camping in the Thousand Islands in Ontario, painted this.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Master Poster

Poster I made for the upcoming P.T. Anderson movie 'The Master'. I know nothing about this movie except it's about a man starting his own religion after serving in WWII.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spain & Morocco t-shirt

Hello! You can vote for my t-shirt on Threadless! Voting is open for one week. And you have to be a member, which is more elaborate than electoral voting in many parts of the world, but hey, c'mon this is fashion we're talking about.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Page 47 of Spain & Morocco, step-by-step.

A) Scribbling, writing in the margins, trying out ideas, working out the dialogue.

B) Settling on something more concrete, picking out "anchor" panels; they will not change, while the remaining panels, "floaty" panels, could change a few more times.

C) Tightening the whole page up, making more changes as I see the overall layout. In this case, I got worried because of the floor tiles in the bird's eyes view (panels 1-3-5). They seemed jarring when placed close to each other, like they should somehow be connected, but were not (like some bad trompe l'oeil). I toned down the lines, which helped. Is your heart racing? Mine is.

D) Step D, inking. I love inking, but I have to force myself to take breaks. I can ink a page in one hour, but I force myself do housework every twenty minutes or so, or else it starts looking too rushed and sloppy... although some people might argue my work always looks like that.

E) More inking.

F) Inking finished. I now erase the pencil lines. This is always a bit of a downer because I feel the pages look better with that smooth gray sheen.

G) I start putting down the watercolor. "Code" color usually comes first, meaning I paint in the colors that don't change. For example, Dan's shirt, which he's been wearing for 20 pages or so, is Japonica Scarlett Red. Write that down, scholars.

H) Putting in the green.

I) Now I start putting in washes. I have to be careful not to put too much, or else the paper buckles. I work on simple Strathmore Bristol board, which isn't really meant for watercolor, but is perfect for inking. Also, it prevents me from getting carried away and putting ten washes of color on every panel.

J) Last step, blue washes. Finished? I guess. I'm tired of looking at the page at this point, so I put it away for a day or so while it dries. I do a few more touch-ups before scanning, and that's it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baby Sketches

Thomas, born January 23rd 2010. He likes to kick it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vintage Fellows

Brochure I drew at age 7, promoting forests. I asked my parents to make a photocopy of a picture of a forest, of which I cut out an area for the little man.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spain & Morocco

I've slowed down on the blog posts recently, partially due to my computer dying, but mostly because I've been working on serializing my brand new graphic novel 'Spain & Morocco'.
It's the story of two disgruntled guys traveling abroad, and the parade of follies that comes with such a journey.

You will get one page a week, for free of course... And I will keep posting on this blog, too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sketches for the jobless

In honor of May Day, worker's day, I am posting sketches about the pitfalls of searching for employment. And in this current ______ _______, we all know how difficult it can be to stay optimistic.

Tonight's winning lottery numbers: 13, 24, 30, 2, 10, 46.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sketches (model)

These were done at Dr. Sketchy in Montreal. Apparently, they have branches all around the world. Fun place to do live-model drawing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009