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Scream If You Love Process!

Who doesn’t love drawing forceful human actions?! NO ONE, that’s who! Awhile back, the beautifully designed & extremely well written Oxford American gave me a call to illustrate a feature on Elena Passarello’s story “Harpy”. Anyhoo, the title Harpy got me all riled up & a huge pile of rough work ushered forth from ye olde pen!

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Erykah Badu Process

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough get a call from Vibe Magazine to work on a portrait of Erykah Badu whereI was happy to give a solid collection of options, ranging from ‘classic portrait’ (chosen for the final) to semi-cubist to imagery inside her silhouetted body.

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Gold! Alberta Magazine Awards

A little while ago I received the delightful news that my illustration Alberta Oil magazine won Gold in the Illustration category in the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards.

Interview with Magenta Manor

I recently had the fortune to be interviewed by the fine folks at MagentaManor.com, where I was allowed to prattle & expound on teaching, career evolution, the validity of awards & other possible foot-in-mouth worthy subjects!

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Strength Through Design!

Sometimes you just have to freak out a little when an art-director/designer makes your illustration look like it’s made of gold, which is what happened in this weekend’s Focus section in the Globe & Mail.

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AMA Nomination

I just happily learned that I’m a finalist in the the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards in 14 Showcase. Thanks to the kind folks at Alberta Oil magazine & their fantastic art-direction! Last year I managed to score ‘Best Illustration’ (2012) for another illustration for Alberta Oil — the Great Horse Race — shown below as well.

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Superheros!

Like many people, I grew up reading & drawing comics… It’d been ages since any of those characters were put to paper, so I thought I’d […]

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New Prints Are Up!

Slowly but surely more & more prints are making it up on my Etsy store. Head on over to the shop & have a look. Of course, if you’re interested in a piece that’s on my site but not the Etsy store, toss me an email & I’ll get it up in all haste.

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Short Animations

Here are a few animation sketches of both my colour & black & white work. The black & white scene is simply to show the layering possibilities, which under better hands could be far more complicated, paced well, & include colour or other moving elements — for example: a landing airplane in the background, depth-of-field focusing, etc.

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Best Illustration at the AMA!

Last night while enjoying an unseasonably warm evening & eating gelato I received an exciting — I’d won ‘Best Illustration’ for ‘Due Diligence’ at the Alberta Magazine Awards. The illustration was originally created for the fine people at Alberta Oil Magazine. Woot!

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Applied Arts Award!

I just got a spot of good news — a few of my favourite illustrations from this year will be in the 2012 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards. A series of 3 book reviews for the Globe & Mail with the ever great to work with David Woodside made the cut as did a fun illo of a horse race for Alberta Oil magazine with Andrew Forbes.

Icon, I Did!

As a break from updates & general busy work, I thought I’d toss together a possible cover, but using a book of fiction: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Bullfighting’. The drawing within was originally done for the Globe & Mail’s book review of the same novel. I like the almost 60/70s-style feel that this series has, & wanted to give it a go.

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Too Soon? Never.

Creating parodies often work to highlight the massive overstepping of power this Swine of the Times decided to exercise. Parody is, of course, “a literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule.” Ridicule is the key word here. These images are a chance by citizens who disagree with the over simplification & violence portrayed to get a jab in & create a modicum of social justice.

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What I'm Listening To

The Clash, Rock the Casbah

Ty Segall, Bullet Proof Nothing

The Handsome Furs, Repatriated

Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Violent Girls

Quirks & Quarks, Podcast

WNYC's RadioLab, Podcast

What I'm Reading

"Big Bang" by Simon Singh

"The Information" by James Glick

"Why Does E=MC2?" by Bryan Greene

Work I like

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