Drawing more guitars all the time, in preparation for the upcoming calendar. In the meantime, here’s another shirt – a Fender Jazzmaster, from the 60s:
And of course you can buy it from my Redbubble store .
November 5, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , Christmas presents , clothes , commerce , creativity , fender , guitar , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , music , redbubble , rock 'n' roll , shirt , social media , t-shirt | Tags: art , electric , fender , guitar , howyadoin , jazzmaster , music , redbubble , rocknroll | Leave A Comment »
Continuing with the electric guitar theme:
And you can buy this and other shirts in my .
October 15, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , bret taylor , clothes , , , guitar , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , music , redbubble , rock 'n' roll , shirt , t-shirt , , wordpress | Tags: , art , electric , guitar , howyadoin , rocknroll , shirt , |
Just a quick note: we’re in the process of sorting details for the next show, entitled “Ka-Pow!: The Age of Heroes”. It’s a tribute to superheroes, which, when I was a little kid, were my main reason for learning to draw.
Here’s a little sneak preview:
July 8, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , color , colour , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metalflake , metallic , superhero | Tags: art , artshow , , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , |
You have seen my 604 skull shirts. They started life as a tattoo design until my buddy Scott suggested putting the art on shirts. Since then quite a few Vancouverites have bought one of these:
Then my brother and I were chatting one night and he suggested doing shirts for people in the Maritimes (AKA, where I was born and raised). Here they are:
You can find ‘em here in my .
July 1, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , advertising , , also , apparel , art biz , artblog , artwork , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt | Tags: art , howyadoin , redbubble , shirt , |
On Sunday, May 12th, I had the distinct pleasure of holding my sixth art show. This one broke new ground in terms of venue (the HiVE ), timing and structure. And if audience reactions are any indication, in terms of the art itself.
I mixed things up some this time around – metalflake paintings without the border treatment I usually employ, less square-format pieces than usual, size and shapes I don’t usually work in. Plus a more multi-layered approach to glazing and iridescents.
And the subject really seemed to strike a chord with people.
A few visual highlights:
Buttons courtesy of Annie Friesen and Dottie’s Buttons .
Some of the fine people who showed up.
The long-distance traveler award goes to Jaime, who came over from Vancouver Island for the show.
Team Sizzr represents.
Oops. Not Aaron.
In which I demonstrate a narwhal/unicorn swordfight.
All the support in the world.
Very serious discussion.
So I’m calling this another one for the victory column. I had an amazing day. Every time we put on another show, there’s less stress to deal with, and the process gets more streamlined.
A very special thank-you to:
Tess McCann , who put the pieces together.
John Watson , who documented the process.
Lyndsey MacEwen , who stepped up to bat.
Jaime Lee Purgavie , who believed.
Annie Friesen , who buttoned it all up.
Mike Watson , who drove the getaway car.
Lindsay Bayne , who wisely said “narwhal!”
Cindy McShane, Karina Halle, Kate MacDonald , and Lyndsey Locke , who bought the paintings.
Aaron Cruikshank, Eve Rickert, Margarete Hernandez , and Alan Cheung from the HiVE, who gave me the opportunity.
Heather Prost, Jess Couture, Meghan Kilner, Kyle Reid, Jenn Derksen, Steve Kinsey, Scott Graham, Ian McKinnon, Katie Moran, Jacquie Clarke, Cheryl Cheeks, Kitty Nichols , and Mike C. , who kept the faith.
Tom Odell and Lucy Schwartz , who provided the musical portion of the (very) exclusive afterparty.
Paul Keelan , who supplied my ticket.
Christy McNeil, Julia Gaetz , and Amanda West , who all made valiant efforts.
Jack Daniel , for service above and beyond the call of duty.
(Photos courtesy of John Watson and Imagemaker Photographic Studio .)
May 15, 2013 | Categories: aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , beautiful , booze , bourbon , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , , color , colour , commerce , commission , commissions , creative , creativity , draw , , , girls , glory , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , , metal flake , metalflake , paint , painter , painting , paintings | Tags: acrylic , art , , , dottiesbuttons , howyadoin , humpback , , manta , metalflake , narwhal , , ocean rain , octopus , painting , , seahorse , , , , , , whale | 1 Comment »
First off, thanks to everybody for their patience regarding the Ocean Rain show. We’ve tentatively settled on a date for the opening: Sunday, May 12, and we hope to make the official announcement any day now, once the last few details have been sorted.
And secondly, it’s Tuesday again, so it’s time for a new shirt:
For sale in my RedBubble store .
April 23, 2013 | Categories: animal , apparel , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , fish , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: aquatic , art , draw , howyadoin , illustrate , manta , manta ray , marine life , ocean rain , oceanrain , ray , t-shirt | Leave A Comment »
Sensing a lot of pro-narwhal sentiment lately, I decided to include one in the Ocean Rain show (more on this very soon, trust me). And of course, I figured it should be a shirt, too:
You can find it here in my RedBubble store .
April 16, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , animal , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , bret taylor , business , drawing , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , projects , promo , promotion , redbubble , sale , sales , shirt , social media , style , t-shirt , wordpress | Tags: aquatic , art , howyadoin , mammal , marine , narwhal , ocean rain , oceanrain , redbubble , tusk , white whale | Leave A Comment »
Another Tuesday, another t-shirt. The hardest thing about this week’s post is deciding which new shirt to release; I actually have a bit of a backlog at the moment.
This week’s apparel:
As always, this can be found in my RedBubble store .
April 9, 2013 | Categories: advertising , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , clothes , color , colour , commerce , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: aquatic , art , baleen , howyadoin , humpback , mammal , marine , ocean rain , redbubble , rorqual , whale | Leave A Comment »
Hey there. As you may have noticed, weekly t-shirt releases were on hiatus for awhile as we prepped for (and recovered from) Hot Pink .
But now we’re rebooting the t-shirt release program, starting with this octopus from the upcoming Ocean Rain show (more on this at a later date):
You can buy this lovely cephalopod right here in my Redbubble store .
March 26, 2013 | Categories: animal , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , beach , beautiful , blog , bret taylor , business , buy , buy buy buy , canada , clothes , commerce , creative , creativity , design , draw , drawing , green , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , legs , linework , onward , photoshop , picture , promo , promotion , redbubble , sale , sales , sea change , sea of love , sell , show , symbol , t-shirt , turquoise , ugly , wordpress | Tags: art , cephalopod , eight legs , howyadoin , octopus , tentacles | Leave A Comment »
Continuing with last week’s pin-up girl theme:
This and the shirts from round 24, of course, tie in with my upcoming Hot Pink art show.
And you can find this one here in my RedBubble store .
January 24, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , business , buy buy buy , girl , girls , heels , high heels , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , legs , redbubble , shirt , , show , t-shirt | Tags: , art , hotpink , howyadoin , pinupgirl , redbubble , shirt | Leave A Comment »
Without giving any secrets away, I have a new art show happening very soon. And as a teaser, I’m releasing these t-shirts:
You can purchase them .
January 17, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , girl , heels , hey ladies , high heels , hot pink , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , redbubble , shirt , show , stockings | Tags: art , , , howyadoin , , , , |
And… that’s another year almost put to bed. Truth be told, it’s one I’ll be glad to see the ass end of (I briefly considered titling this post “Kiss My Ass 2012″ ).
Definitely a BIG year for me, by any standard, and one of constant change. When we went to bed in the wee hours of January 1st, I had pretty concrete, definite ideas of where 2012 would go. For better or worse, though, very few of those ideas came to fruition.
It’s interesting to view it in comparison with the previous year. 2011 started badly, marked with illness and drama. But every month after that was better than the preceding one, culminating in December – which, despite certain difficulties, was easily the happiest month of my entire life.
Which only made January of 2012 even shittier in comparison, as everything bottomed out on me at once.
By the time that month was over, everything that had been good about December was gone.
And I was done.
Each of the next three months had some further catastrophic event to add to the trauma. But fortunately, lots of work was happening, and my creativity never waned. So I kept painting, kept working, and kept my head above water.
Since then it’s been up and down.
It’s only in the last month or so that things feel like they’re coming together again, and my bruised ego finally put in an appearance again. So let’s focus on that, shall we? Who had the most positive, supportive impact on my life in December?
The roll call, in no particular order:
My family, Cynthia Griffiths, Jocelyn Aspa, Greg Lexiphanic, Brendan Moran, Lori Kittelberg, Pardeep, Ceci Graber, Terry Burns, Louise Perrin, Allison Vincent, Donna-Jay Crowe, Donna Jaggard & Dan Udey, Christine Warner, Lindsay Bayne, Alex Stewart, Dan Parker, Candice Roach, Bryce Pugh, Jewel Staite, Mike Watson, John Watson, George Smeltzer, Amanda West, Jaime Lee Purgavie, Rochele Potter, Andrea Waters, Geoff Seymour, Jennifer Juniper, Lyndsey MacEwen, Cathy Browne, Cindy McShane, Mila Pasco, Felice Lam, Chantal Michaud, Geoff Gauthier, Bon Bahar, Annie Friesen, Lynn McIlwee, Tawna Taylor, Jenn Ashton, Lisa Jarvis, Jackie Teel, Kevin Meyers, Jonny Warkentin, August Wiled, Nicola Proctor, and Victoria Pattison Denault.
I thank you one and all.
Disclaimer: if I missed you, you have my sincerest apologies. And I’ll keep editing names in as they occur to me.
December 30, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , thank you , thanks , that's all she wrote , | Tags: , art , , howyadoin , , , |
Yes, we took a week off from T-Shirt Thursday last week. We were in dire need of rest.
(Okay, we just forgot, actually. Also, we were drinking. Don’t judge us.)
Anyway, this week we’re back on track with a shirt for everybody who loves Twitter and Instagram hashtags:
And you can buy it right here, in our .
Also, we’ll be back with more next week, and we’ll stop referring to ourselves in the royal we.
December 27, 2012 | Categories: apparel , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , redbubble , shirt , t-rex | Tags: art , bret taylor , , howyadoin , , redbubble , shirt , , |
I’ve mentioned this before, but I picked up a nice little sketchbook from Zequenz back in the spring, and I take it with me whenever possible. I like documenting simple, cool little things when I’m visiting friends, or in a restaurant, etc. It’s become a visual diary to mark little events (and big ones too, I guess). Very nice smooth-finish paper in it, and the book will fold flat when you open it, which is nice for both drawing and scanning.
It also keeps me drawing on a regular basis, which is crucial. I’ve found over the past couple months that it’s really helped crystallize my drawing style. This actually caught me by surprise, because I’ve never really tried to find a specific style.
And yet, it seems to be happening, and it feels damn good.
Not long ago we were barbecuing at a friend’s place, and I saw a wooden giraffe that I just had to draw:
I definitely want to pursue more art along these lines.
And then just last week I was hanging with some other friends, watching Misfits on Netflix and pigging out on Wendy’s. At some point I looked around for something to draw, and saw an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet. These are pretty ornate pieces of design work, so there were some minor challenges to drawing one.
But I like how this turned out, and it was probably only 10-15 minutes’ work:
More to come in the future.
December 16, 2012 | Categories: animal , art , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , blog , bret taylor , friends , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , linework , , paper , picture , process , sketch , sketchbook , vancouver , wordpress | Tags: art , , draw , , howyadoin , illustrate , , , , , |
With Christmas almost upon us and the Metalflake Christmas event underway, it just seemed right to release Christmas-penguin shirts this week:
You can find them here with .
Any thoughts on a name for the little guy?
December 6, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , bret taylor , christmas , clothes , creative , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: , art , christmas , , howyadoin , metalflake , , redbubble , , shirt |
Dedicated to the people who know exactly what I mean:
And you can buy it right here in my .
November 29, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , booze , bourbon , , , , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: , art , , , , , howyadoin , , redbubble , , , shirt , |
In keeping with the spirit of the season, here’s a new Santa shirt for you (or y’know, you could always give it to somebody else as a present, too):
And as always, it’s in my .
November 15, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , draw , drawing , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , picture , , redbubble , sale , sales , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: art , christmas , howyadoin , , redbubble , , , , , shirt , |
Unless you’re a newcomer to this site, you probably know that I recently completed a thousand consecutive days of art. Every one of those days, from January 1/2010 – October 1/2012, I drew and/or painted, without fail.
One thousand days.
As time went on, the numbers actually began to mean less and less to me. Because it was really about the journey, of course. About what I learned, where I went, how I changed.
The past few years have been challenging, to say the least. Apart from the financial hardships of the recession and its aftermath, one thing I’ve been struggling with is the lack of structure in my life (I’m a freelancer, by the way). So the added benefits to this extended art experiment are just that – structure, purpose, direction.
For a long time people were asking me what I planned to do on the final day. I considered several options, because I wanted to do something momentous. But in the end these options fell through, so I decided that the best course of action would be…
… Business as Usual.
After all, I had a show to prepare for. Paintings to finish, logistics to be sorted out, all sorts of promotional work to do. Putting on an art show is no small task.
So when I got up that morning, I did a quick little sketch, just in case:
That way if the sun exploded or we got invaded by zombies, at least I could still say I reached the 1000th day.
(Fortunately they didn’t. But hey, you never know.)
After that it was back to the metalflake dinosaur paintings. Since my T-Rex sketch from back in February was the central image in my upcoming show, I decided that finishing one of those pieces would be my best bet. And that just seemed fitting – it tied in with the show, with my calendar, and any number of other peripheral art ventures. Plus it was inspired in the first place by the person who’s made the biggest mark in my life during the Project – my Agent and former Muse.
So there you have it. One thousand days. I painted and drew a lot, I learned a lot, I sweated and bled, and I’m still standing.
Oh, and one more thing: I’m already working an art book based on the experience. Watch this space for further details.
October 29, 2012 | Categories: , accomplishment , art , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , blog , blonde , book , bret taylor , calendar , carnivore , creative , creativity , dinosaur , draw , drawing , , , , , , finished , glory , goal , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , inspiration , labour of love , learning , metal flake , metalflake , muse , , , painter , painting , paintings , picture , process , show , sketchbook , , , t-rex , , thank you , thanks , that's all she wrote , tyrannosaurus rex , vancouver , work , | Tags: art , , , bret taylor , dinosaur , draw , howyadoin , illustrate , , , , painting , , t-rex , |
Brothers and sisters, these are strange and portentous times. An entire string of anniversaries, both artistic and (much) more personal, is sweeping by as we speak. And while I’m generally not one to dwell on the past, looking back can definitely be instructive.
Not that I’d want to live there. But F. Scott said it well:
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
On Friday afternoon I realized it was the anniversary of the day I hung the artwork for my first solo show. What a difference a year makes. Going into that first show I barely had a clue what I was doing – just flying by the seat of my pants, really. Since then there’ve been some monumental gains, and a catastrophic loss or two. But we soldier on, don’t we?
And Sunday (Oct. 7th) was the anniversary of the itself. This might be a good time to have a quick look at these as well, though they’re more of a sidebar or a footnote to today’s musings. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here.
An unbelievable event for me; I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, before or since. The things people did for me, the way they helped out, was overwhelming. Even the little things, like the fact that there was a fresh drink in my hand practically before I even finished the previous one (my Lovely Assistant had some serious ninja skills). I felt like the king of the world.
I remember, at one point, looking around and seeing these people who’d never met before, talking and laughing and drinking, and realizing that it was my art had brought them together. That was incredibly moving.
After the show, a couple very important people came back to my place for more cocktails and the Most Inappropriate High-Five of All Time. The following day was a photo shoot for one of my friend Karina’s books. Sometimes I look back at photos from that weekend and I wonder what happened to that guy. He certainly had no idea of what life had in store for him over the coming months. So many things went wrong, it felt like I was living in a country song.
Not that it was all doom and gloom, of course. Some pretty goddamn incredible things happened to me, too. I’ve hit my stride as an artist. I’ve got a clear vision of where I want to go from here, and what I want to do. My heart was touched by people too numerous to mention – people who were there for me at the darkest times, people who made me feel like a rockstar, people who reached out, people who absolutely embraced my art.
I put on two more shows, created 40 new paintings (and 15 more are nearing completion) and countless drawings, published a calendar, was hit by a truck, had my heart broken, found support from unexpected corners, worked my ass off, completed a thousand consecutive days of art, made cool new friends from all over the world, reconnected with old ones, lost a couple people who were very important to me, burned a bridge or two, shed a little blood and no small amount of tears, succeeded, failed, lost 25 pounds, got new tattoos, learned a lot about muses…
… but most of all? I survived .
Now I’m mere days away from my biggest show yet . Plus it’s Thanksgiving. If you can join us on the 13th, we’d love to have you. And if you’ve moved me over the past year, if you’ve touched me, if you’ve inspired me, if you’ve shared my victories – then I thank you. You’re the reason I do this.
October 8, 2012 | Categories: , , art show , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , , bret taylor , , , creative , , kudos , labour of love , , , , lovely assistant , memories , metal flake , metalflake , , muse , , , onward , paint , painting , paintings , , tattoo , thank you , thanks , , upward , validation , , | Tags: art , , , dinosaur , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , , painting , , , , | 3 Comments »