Sunday, December 18, 2011

Only 17 But We Were Going To Be Stars

Sometime between the graphic design, the business, writing essays, and drawing comics, I managed to expand an older illustration from the summer. I also updated my website with more illustrations and soon I'll be putting this up there. Just haven't had a chance during the school semester. I was pleased with how this page turned out and miss just drawing single images from time to time. Will definitely be doing that more next semester.

Let The Old Control Go Home And Groom

I had graphic design this semester, sadly it will probably be the last time I take it in school. I'm not a designer, but I like to keep practice cause I'm interested in bringing a design sense to my illustrations and narrative work.

Our final assignment was to take a business and redesign their logo, business card and create a brochure. I picked a hair salon called AB Classic Design from Toronto.

Living In The Sprawl

It's been a while since I've posted. First time since getting the blog that I missed posting anything for a month. Things had gotten ridiculously busy near the end of the semester, and I've been working diligently on Traded Stars, so art has been going up somewhere, if not here.

This piece was a business assignment where we had to create a product, come up with a company name (White Night in this case) and create a business plan. I modified a lantern with scenes from the suburbs.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

You've Probably Gone Too Far

If a blog wasn't enough, you can follow me on twitter at;
Yay for social networking... Wait for a twitter update about this blog post about twitter updates. And because I don't feel right posting without a little something other than words strung together, here's a preview of tomorrow's comic page (to be posted Friday 12:01 AM)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

They Were Kids That I Once Knew

I've created a webcomic which you can check out at the above site. I've been working on the website and the comic almost nonstop the past month and a half; it's finished now, updates three times a week and as of this writing, I have 6 pages posted.
This is a little info illustration that will give you an idea about what the comic is about and who the characters are. This image can also be found on the 'New Readers' page of the website.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Saw A Sign In The Sky

A book cover assignment for Graphic Design. I have the final and the roughs underneath.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Don't Believe A Word That I Haven't Heard

Assignment two for narrative class.
Figure I could use the class as a chance to do small scale experiments with storytelling and drawing style. Just a time to have fun for me.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Voice That Cried On The Lonesome Tide

Designed a logo for myself. I had a rough version on my site for a while now, but I've had some adjustments made to it by Jill Dallas, and I must say, it looks leaps and bounds better than before.

You can see it in action here.

- Like the voice that cried
On the lonesome tide
Like the wave was
The only love it ever saw
Stork and Owl - TV On The Radio

Thursday, September 22, 2011

All The Voices Sound Just Like You

This was for an assignment in my Narrative Class. Had to create four panels that included either 'What's that supposed to mean?' or 'Are you alright?'
For my final I used characters from my thesis (the thesis project being the big project all fourth year illustrators at Sheridan work on for the year), and an assignment from another class I'm actually not in. Another professor told his students to work the theme of good and evil into one piece of their thesis, and if they couldn't do it, then it probably wasn't a very strong thesis to begin with. I thought it was worth trying out... So I got to kill two birds with one stone.

Also, I included my original rough/ thumbnail of the final and of my other two ideas below.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There's So Many Different Places To Call Home

Last post of my summer. Thought I'd share some choice snapshots of my road trip to the East Coast. Go here to see an amazing little music video Rachel Idzerda created of the adventure.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and are ready for the Fall.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Descended A Dusty Gravel Ridge

Was working on a comic for fun earlier this summer, decided to open it at a different point, so these pages have been moved elsewhere. Did I draw three pages of someone skipping rocks on an alien planet? yes. Does it make more sense in context? probably. But what you going to do really?

Barefoot in the shallow creek
I grabbed some stones from underneath
And waited for you to speak to me
Bixby Canyon Bridge - Death Cab for Cutie

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Washing Off My Name

In The Ocean Washing Off My Name From Your Throat
I've been taking August fairly easy, Illustration wise. This is a small piece from an upcoming project. I'll continue to update this month, just unsure with what yet. Winging the last month of my summer.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Why in the Night Sky are the Lights Hung?

This is an Echo of the Pacific Blues. Where that piece was about feeling lost in this world, this one is more about being found.

Monday, July 18, 2011

We Found Each Other in the Dark

This piece, to me, acts as the beginning and the end to the past series of images, just depending on how you like your story to end. I didn't put in a word in this one, but if I had, it would have been BREAK.

Added in the black and white of the house because I felt it was fairly strong on its own.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Children Grown on the Edge of the Ocean

Children grown on the edge of the ocean
Kept like jewelry, kept with devotion
- Fleet Foxes

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We Were Both Broken in Our Own Way

I don't generally like talking about the influences and the meaning behind art pieces - and I'm not about to go into much depth on a piece by piece bases - but I owe a lot of credit for the next series of illustrations to some pretty specific influences (other than the normal influences from life). So I felt it was acceptable this time to share a little information.

Ever since Arcade Fire's album The Suburbs came out I've had the desire to ground a series of artwork even more in regular life. The influence can be seen as early as the piece with people walking around Toronto on a winter night, and the one of people at a bar having some drinks. Now the real beginning to the next series of images is the girl in her room studying. That piece is really a prologue to these ones because that unnamed girl comes back for a couple of these new pieces.

So if it began with The Suburbs, this small series of illustrations really started taking shape when I heard Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues and later became fully formed when Death Cab's latest, Codes and Keys came out. While Arcade Fire brought on the desire for drawing the youth in real life, Fleet Foxes helped me break out of the Suburbs mentality, but Death Cab is what brought it all together, particularly these lyrics:

And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then it's time to go
And define your destination
There's so many different places to call home
Because when you find yourself the villain in the story you have written
It's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions are in need of redemptions
Would you agree?
If so please show me

I'll be posting a new image every Monday for the next four weeks at least to make sure I keep all this regular. Well I've already written more than I'm normally comfortable with, so enjoy and I appreciate you reading.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

You're Probably Too Busy With Your Work

I've been working at Rubicon Publishing for my internship. It's been keeping me busy - not too busy that I haven't been working on personal work, but I want a few more illustrations done before I update with my own stuff.
So I'm half done the internship now, and thought this was as good a time as any to share some of the things I've been working on. I saved all the 'money shots' from the comics and I have only put up pieces from here and there. As you'll see I've worked on a couple types of illustrations;

An establishing shot for a vampire comic I worked on.

Several panels from the aforementioned comic.

Another (uncoloured) comic page, this time from a comic about warring rats. Had a lot of fun with this comic.

These rat drawings are in no relation to the previous comic. These images were to be drawn as if a rat from a children's comic had tried to do little doodles on their adventure. Only 6 of these pieces will be used if I understood correctly.

A more scientific type drawing of a man in a neck brace, and by scientific, I mean 'how I'd do a loose scientific drawing.'