Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life Drawing at Dr. Sketchy Vancouver

Here's a couple sketches I did Sunday night at Dr. Sketchy Vancouver.

For anyone not familiar with Dr. Sketchy, it's life drawing mixed with burlesque dancers, acrobats, or costumed performers. It runs twice a month in Vancouver, and is definitely worth checking out. Artists and non-artists are all welcome!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Commander Kruge - Oil Painting Portrait

Here's a painting I recently finished of Commander Kruge from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It's for the gallery Hot Art Wet City's upcoming show Revenge of the Art Show. All artwork in the show is inspired by movies that came out 30 years ago. If you're in Vancouver, BC, come check it out! The opening reception is on June 13th from 7:00 pm, and the show runs from June 13th to June 28th.

The portrait is a 6" x 8" oil painting on wood panel.

The finished painting

The underpainting

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Distillery District Sketches V - Trinity Street

Here's another sketch from the Distillery District of Toronto, Canada. If you're ever visiting the city, it's a neighbourhood worth checking out.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

8 x 8 Oil Painting

Here's an oil painting I recently did for "The Checkerboard Project" at the Sante Fe Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario. The inspiration comes from a doorway I took a photograph of in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande while I was in France last year.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moleskine Sketches - St Cirq Lapopie, France

Here's a couple sketches of St Cirq Lapopie, a beautiful French village I had a chance to visit a few months ago. I'd love to go back there some day. It's definitely an inspiring place to wander around.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Not-so-Monthly Maps II

Well, I think my idea of having a monthly post about maps was well intentioned, but isn't something I'm going to be able to continue, at least on a consistent monthly basis. I've discovered that I've been spending way too much time working on maps, and I've completely neglected to do other art. I love making maps, but right now I don't have the time needed for them and my other existing art projects.

That being said, here are a few maps from a little while ago. They're all a bit different from each other stylistically, and I'm not entirely sure what I think about them yet. I was trying to experiment a bit with how I draw in order to figure out what I like and what I think works for me.

The first map was entirely an excuse to try drawing trees in a different way than I normally approach them. I think I like the effect but I won't know for sure until I explore that route a little more in some bigger maps. 

The only thing about the second map that's different than the way I usually draw dungeon maps is the trees just outside the cave. I think I need to come up with some better trees :P 

The purpose of the third map was to come up with a way of drawing waterfalls. I like the way that one worked out.

The last map was really fun to make, but I'm not sure how successful it is in conveying that it's a multi tiered city. I haven't figured out a good way of showing elevations in maps that are so small and so dense. It's also a bit hard to see some of the tunnels, and to make out what's going on without having to stare at the image for a bit. I'm sure drawing bigger would definitely help with some of that.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monthly Maps I

I've decided that since I like drawing maps so much, I'm going to try to do a monthly post about some of my maps. 

Here's a couple maps of some coastal areas that I drew not too long ago. They are both drawn in a moleskin sketchbook using micron pens sizes 005 and 01. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Goldfish Painting

Lately I've been experimenting a bit with watercolor and oil painting. I've been doing a few small quick pieces, mostly to try out different materials or techniques. Here's one of them, a watercolor painting of a goldfish.

Painting in progress, plus the art supplies I used. 

Goldfish done!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Distillery District Sketches IV - Sketch Dump

Here are some more sketches that I've been doing in the Distillery District of Toronto, Canada. The area used to be an old whisky distillery, and at one point it was the largest in the world. It is one of Canada's few pedestrian only historical districts, and according to wikipedia it "is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America." If you ever find yourself in Toronto, this is definitely an area that you should check out.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Distillery District Sketches II - Trinity Street

Here's another sketch of some buildings on Trinity Street that I did this morning. There's a lot of beautiful architecture on this street.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Distillery District Sketches I - Trinity Street

Here's a sketch I did the other day of some buildings on Trinity Street in the Distillery District in Toronto. If you're ever in Toronto, it's a cool part of the city that is definitely worth visiting.