Sunday, October 30, 2011

If I Was a Vampire

This week on CHOW it's vampires vs werewolves and your alter ego has to choose a side!

Not only would I totally be a vampire, but I used to LARP one and my last surviving character was a Malkavian.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Animal Sketches 2

More animals from the ol' sketchbook.

Red foxes have oddly long legs. I'm not sure I've ever noticed that before.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Animal Sketches

I'm finally getting off my butt in submitting my portfolio to magazines and publishers. Unfortunately, looking over what I've got I need a few more finished pieces, especially ones featuring animals.

To get in the right mental state I've been doing quick sketches from photos found on various sites.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Last time I posted a half-finished CHOW redesign, and this one is an old CHOW I never finished, Titania the Fairy Queen:

I think I'm going to be working on this one for a while, I'm in no rush to finish and I'd like to try for detail

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Harajuku Warrior Redux

I've been noodling around on some old CHOW entries. Here was one of my other designs for the Harajuku Warrior:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Speaking to Fishes

I was doing some rendering and lighting practice all last week:

I used this wonderful reference photo by Jaymasee.

I had some thoughts of making this into a full illustration (hence the fishies) but since this was all done on the same layer adding a background turned out to be too much of a pain. I'd already spent about 3 extra hours rendering drapery (I just love all those folds. LOVE THEM.) and I didn't want to spend another 6 on coral. Next time!

Anyway! That's why October updates have been slightly scarce. All I have is this and a bunch of unfinished doodles.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Futuristic Botanical Garden - Final

My final entry for Illustration of the Week 6. I expected to do really poorly against the other people (there were only 3 entries this week and one was clearly more professional) but at this point I seem to be in the lead, which is a nice change.

I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with the lighting but I've got James Gurney's book (Color and Light) coming in the mail next week and I'm really looking forward to putting it to good use. And I think I've definitely improved since I started entering in the CHOW competitions three years ago.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

University Farm

Well, I muffed up the perspective and proportions good, but I console myself with the fact that this isn't the worst thing I've ever painted.

And in my defense there was a huge trailer blocking the last third of the barn that wasn't nearly nice enough to paint.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

River Valley

Started this one weekend several weeks ago. Today the weather is finally bad outside to finish some paintings.

This fall has been particularly nice for both colours and weather. The Edmonton river valley, near McKinnon Ravine Park.