Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Ogre

I think I forgot to scan this one.  It's been sitting in my sketchbook.  I think I should do something with it... but I think it needs a different camera angle, something a little more challenging.

I often do scenes in the medium camera angle, and I think it comes from making comics, where the temptation is always there to be lazy and do a lot of close-ups so you can avoid drawing a complicated environment 500 times.  Now I just need to break out of my same-plane prison and then I'll be set.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pumpkin Cat

I've done a couple greeting card designs with these odd little cartoon cats.

I dunno.  Half the time I feel unproductive, and the other half of the time I'm working on things I can't show off here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Miss Pea WIP

Experimenting with colours.

It needs something.  More dynamism?  I don't know.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dove on Zucchini

Still working on some surreal-ish sketches.  These are fun.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rogue WIP

Working on a thoroughly disreputable rogue portrait, just for fun.  It seems like half the stuff I'm working on is not done and the other half is stuff I can't show off yet.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Journal - SUB

I have discovered the warmest room on campus, and it is the SUB quiet room.  Here's a view from one of its windows.

I'm kind of looking forward to spring, when I can draw things that aren't at the U of A.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


An illustration for the children's e-zine Spellbound:

The Spring 2013 theme is "Changelings and Doppelgangers" and you can find it on sale here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Journal - Student

Another student at the U.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Haturday - Valkyrie

Finally finished colouring this one up!  Phew!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cherry Slug Cone

Messing around with some surreal sketches that might turn into paintings or pencil crayon pieces someday.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fishing Inks

Summer... will it ever come?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Journal - Muttart Arid Pyramid

I do love the Arid Pyramid.  Cacti everywhere!  Here's some prickly pears and barrel cacti.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Journal - Japanese Maple

This was a Japanese maple in the Temperate Pyramid.  I loved the shape of the branches.  I dug up a fat Staedtler from the bottom of my bag, but I wonder if this wouldn't have looked better with the brush pen.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Journal - Muttart Feature Pyramid

I went on a sketch outing to the Muttart Conservatory.  Got there, paid the entry fee, sat down, realized I had taken all of my usual sketching pens out of my pencil case.  So I had to sketch with my brush pens and pencil crayons.

The Feature Pyramid, which changes its display every couple of months, had a lovely bulb and azalea display going.  It smelled gorgeous!  And it would have been so restful if everyone and their kids wasn't there.  Next time I go on Wednesday morning or something.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


I did this a while back.  I was experimenting with surrealism.  It's kind of weird that a lot more of my traditional work isn't surreal.  My sketchbook is often full of strange things put together in strange ways.  I can think of an awful lot of surreal stuff.  It doesn't necessarily need to be very realistic in rendering.  So why don't I do it more?  I don't know.

This one isn't quite done, which is why I hadn't posted it before.  It's acrylic on watercolour paper.  I think I quite like the bottom half.

I've had to put paintings aside for a bit while I work on children's illustration, but yesterday I started work again on a colorful abstract.  I might have to work on painting again on weekends.  It would be good to have some neat things to sell at Artwalk this year.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Journal - Humanities

It's really not much of a sketchcrawl if it only lasts a couple hours.  I was still feeling productive after lunch, so I went to Humanities to see what was there.  I like the banners.  I got a used book at the book sale, and discovered a hare sleeping near the bike racks.  It was a good Sketchcrawl.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Journal - Sculptures

I just couldn't get behind the HUB sketchcrawl.  I'm in HUB like... once a week anyway.  So I circled around some of the surrounding buildings looking at stuff I don't usually get to look at.  This was a sculpture display in the Fine Arts Building.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Journal - Planter

From this month's Sketchcrawl.  I was going to sketch the giant aloes they had in the pedway between HUB Mall and Rutherford Library, but they were removed.  Instead the planters were filled with ordinary tropical plants, but some of the planters had plaster heads in them.

See, this is why I support public art.  I don't want to live in a world without weird surprises.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013