Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Inspired by Yuko Shimizu's (one of my favourite artists!) article on using Google Maps for photo references (here's the article) I decided to give it a try.
I was able to find images of Arnprior, Ontario's Sears and No Frills, both of which figured into the life of this week's Macleans illustration.
It's nice to have another research tool at my fingertips!
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
There's something about water towers that really catch my eye. There's one by my house and it's always made an impression on me. Tallest thing around for quite a ways, weirdly cylindrical and smooth and featureless, except for the painted sides. Folks seem to not be able to resist painting those things and it's often with the town's name! Kinda adorable.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I think this one is off newsstands now, but my latest one. Sometimes I start directly digital with my tablet but for this one I did a pencil sketch. I'm not sure which way I prefer, but I get the feeling that starting by hand might give the whole thing more flow.
Some minor alterations between sketch and final but overall fairly close!
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I had fun making the Nintendo characters into characters from Japanese fairy tales such as:
Bowser/Oni (a demon),
Goomba (he's called "Kuribo" in Japanese because a developer kept telling Miyamoto that the character looked like a Kuri (chestnut), so I made him look even more like a chestnut),
Koopa/Kappa (Kappa is a demon with a weird haircut and water in the top of his head),
Mario is a woodsman, holding a Hammer Bros. hammer,
Mushroom retainers are fairly unchanged, same goes for the squid and the fish!
I also used something close to the same colour palette as Super Mario Bros.
Prints On Wood wrote an article about the show, read it here.
To see more artworks from the show, check out the Tumblr!
Monday, January 25, 2016
I'm excited to announce I'm part of CHOGRIN's latest art show, PIXELHEARTS! The show will be displayed at Gallery1988 West in LA. The theme is video game culture. Each artwork is printed on a 12x12" wood panel that's 3/4" thick and cut into a pixelated heart shape. A pretty fun and unique project!
The show's tumblr is here.
And here's a peek of a bit of my piece:
More to come!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The subject of this illustration was very safety-conscious so I gave the frame those soft foamy safety corners. Or they could be those Styrofoam corners that picture frames come with.
I'm always pleased to do these. My parents have a subscription to Macleans so it's a treat for them to get my art delivered right to their door!