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 , |
A new guitar t-shirt for you this week:
Available here in the .
Where were you on this date in 2011? I was at the Tipper, putting on my first art show (you can read all about it ).
Anyway, I just realized a couple hours ago, so I figured I should blog to honour the occasion. ‘Cause really, it’s been a pretty tumultuous two years in my life and my art career.
At times – let’s be honest here – it’s felt like some sort of epic struggle against the forces of evil, but after twenty-four months and seven shows, I feel like I’m on the winning side now.
I went into that first show with barely a fucking clue what I was doing, but with a little help from my friends, it went off without a hitch anyway. And since then the shows just keep getting bigger and better.
So indulge me. Let me take a moment to single out these amazing people:
John Watson of imagemaker photographic studio , who was kind enough to provide a venue for four of the shows, who photographs all my paintings and documents the shows, and who’s generally a good friend and a swell guy.
Tess McCann , who worked as my agent for a year and taught me so much.
Colin , Cameron , and P.J. from the Tipper, where that first show happened.
Aaron , Margarete , Eve and Alan from the HiVE, the site of Ocean Rain .
James and Brian from EXP Restaurant, where we had the latest art extravaganza, Ka-Pow!
Annie Friesen of Dottie’s Buttons , who’s become sort of a strategic partner in all of this crazy business.
Alex Stewart , who joined forces with me for Hot Pink .
Lyndsey MacEwen , who helped save the day at Ocean Rain, and who’s been a genuine inspiration in my life.
And everybody who’s bought a painting, come to a show, shared a link online, dressed up in something special, bought or commissioned a painting, driven the getaway car, bought me a drink, sang me a song, or otherwise been an epic human being.
My hat is off to you.
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 »
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 »
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 had a pretty stellar year, artwise. Amazing things were accomplished within this narrow timeframe, and I received an absolutely stunning amount of support from people far and wide. People who bought my art, pimped it to their friends, inspired and encouraged me. Great people, in short.
So as a thank-you gesture, I’m having a studio open house at my place next Friday. There’ll be lots of art on display, refreshments of some sort, and I may work on a painting or do some sketching during the process.
Come by and say hello:
3:00-7:00PM, Friday, Dec. 28
503-1101 Pacific Street in Vancouver (buzzer 503)
Thank you, thank you.
December 21, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , studio , thank you , thanks | Tags: art , howyadoin , , , |
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 , , , , , |
Another Christmas-themed shirt this week, to tie in with our Metalflake Christmas art event:
And you can buy it right here in my RedBubble store .
December 13, 2012 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , bret taylor , christmas , Christmas presents , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , howyadoin , , , redbubble , , , shirt |
So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. 2012 has been, as I may have mentioned previously, not such a good year for me * . Pretty much the only positives in my life have been a handful of new friends I met (plus a small circle of “older”, tried-and-true ones), and the art. Many other things, personal and otherwise, have turned out to be mirages, or just carrots dangled in front of me for whatever reason.
A huge chunk of my time has been invested in trying to just understand what I’ve been through. Never mind undoing the damage, or actually trying to move forward .
But the year is almost over, so it’s time to cast off all this extraneous existential bullshit and focus on the positive. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some monumental influences on my art (two people in particular, and I’m sure they know who they are), and my art career. I’m miles ahead of where I was after my first show – which was only fourteen months ago, though I find that hard to believe at times. It’s weird and a bit disconcerting to look back at how I threw that show together mostly by myself, just making it up as I went along. Now I’ve done four shows, I’ve got an art book in the works, and I even have an now.
I just need to figure out where the next evolutionary jump is. Merchandise sales are growing, and so is the local buzz, but it seems as though we’ve taken social media (for example) about as far as we can as a promotional tool. I’d like to get into galleries, of course, but I’m not exactly sure how that happens in today’s fragmented art market.
Until we figure that out, though, I’m immensely thankful for all the support and encouragement I’ve gotten from a growing circle of amazing people. And I’m looking forward to applying all the things we’ve learned this year to the next show ** .
Speaking of which, I also want to focus heavily on artistic collaboration in my immediate future. The aforementioned show (with Alex Stewart ) is a crucial step in that direction, and hopefully just the first one. I’d like to combine efforts with other artists, photographers, possibly even writers or musicians. I’d also like to put together street teams to promote next year’s events, so if you’re interested, please let me know.
So thanks for reading, and onward and upward in 2013.
December 7, 2012
In fact it’s been kind of horrible, especially the first five months.
** Hot Pink , tentatively scheduled for early February.
December 7, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , onward , upward , | Tags: art , , , , howyadoin , , , , , |
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 |
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 , |
So it’s official now: the Christmas metalflake paintings are happening, and in a big way. I’ve been building the bases for the paintings and refining the designs over the past month.
Here you can see a few of the bases, nearly ready for the lineart that will turn them into Christmas paintings:
These are the prototypes to give you a solid idea of what the finished pieces will look like. First, the 6×6-inch paintings:
And here are the smaller, 3×4-inch paintings:
They’re coming together rather quickly now. These paintings are limited edition pieces, and we’ve already had a number of inquiries, so if you’re interested in one of these, you should probably act fast.
Here’s how it breaks down. There’ll be 16 of the 6×6-inch paintings: 5 red santas, 5 green trees, 3 blue snowflakes, and 3 blue snowmen. These will be $60 apiece (plus shipping if you’re outside the Vancouver area).
And there will be 10 of the 3×4-inch pieces: 4 blue snowflakes, 3 red santas, and 3 green trees. These are $30 each (again, plus shipping where applicable).
If you want to reserve one, please contact my agent at this address: [email protected]
I’ll also be releasing Christmas t-shirts on Thursday. And while we’re on the topic of our metalflake Christmas, I’ve still got room in my schedule if you’d like to commission a custom piece as a present for someone you love. The window of availability is narrowing rapidly, though, so if you want one in time for Christmas, please let us know ASAP.
Ho ho ho.
November 13, 2012 | Categories: acrylic , art , bret taylor , christmas , commission , commissions , howyadoin , metalflake , paint , painting | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , , , , howyadoin , metalflake , , painting , , , , , , |
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 , |