Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Good, The Bath and The Ugly


I originally intended to render most of this in pencil but the scummy look works better using a brush. This forced me to paint the entire piece. The girl ended up looking a bit muddy and flat but otherwise, I'm happy with it. I guess it was meant tub be.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Weird Al Yankovic


I'm going to be honest here, I really didn't think out a concept for this image when I started drawing it. I just wanted to do an illustration of my favourite comedic musician, Weird Al. Once I drew Weird Al's head, the rest was just made up as I went along and this is what I ended up with. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Strummin'


The idea for this illustration was simple but I had a few difficulties executing it. The girl and her guitar went smoothly but I hadn't fully thought out what I wanted in the background until I had already finished drawing her. I drew a few ideas that I was never really happy with but then I came across some pictures of blues clubs/lounges. This is when I decided that I wanted a floating image of buildings with prominent signage on them. The smoke and the hot, summer sun were afterthoughts that helped to complete the image. 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Man on Fire


Compared to my last couple of pieces, this was a relatively quick one to finish. I was originally going to render the smoke in pencil but it didn't blend in with the inkwash I used for the flames at all. I ended up using india ink for the smoke instead. Though the concept and composition are fairly simple and straight forward, it was still a bit of a struggle to get everything how I wanted it. I'm happy with how it turned out.



Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Herd


Hello friends,
This post is a bit longer than my usual one so I hope you bear with me. 
As I was collecting reference for this illustration, I (perhaps, inevitably) came across some awful, awful images depicting the evils of poaching. I started thinking about a news story my wife told me about a few months ago in which a number of kidnapped baby elephants unfortunately died. I then proceeded to do some further reading and was left feeling sad and angry. It is heartbreaking and cruel what happens to these animals. 
So this is what I want to do. It's not much but anything helps. I have made 11"x17" prints of this piece available for purchase. They are $20 CAN and currently hovering around $16 USD. I will donate 100% of the money I make from online orders of this print between now and December 31, 2015 to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation also known as the IAPF (this excludes the shipping and handling fee of $10.50). You can buy the prints here 
If you aren't interested in the print but are still interested in donating or just finding out more, you can visit the IAPF site here 
I never recommend you blindly donate to an organization before reading up on them a little bit so please look into them for yourself first. There are also other organizations that you may feel better about so check them all out.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Gone Fishin'


I've wanted to draw a whale for quite awhile now but I just never had any ideas in my head that I liked. I knew I wanted to have the whale take up a huge amount of space on image (for obvious reasons) but that was all I was certain of. In the end, I concentrated on the colours and composition to convey my concept of opposing elements; warm vs cool, above vs. below, known vs. unknown, big vs. small etc. To further push this idea, I went with (varying hues of) blue and orange as the only two colours in the image; blue and orange, of course, being complementary colours on the colour wheel.