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 .
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 .
This week’s t-shirt just had to be another dinosaur, with the show announcement a couple days ago.
You can buy it right here .
With all the shark-week buzz going on lately, this one was a no-brainer:
And you can buy it here in my RedBubble store .
A brand new piece in the t-shirt store tonight. Special thanks to my agent Tess and my friend Lynn for their encouragement on this one. And to Cynthia for wanting to get together and draw last week.
Oh, and you can buy the shirt right here .
Yep, it’s true – Saturday marked the 900th day of my Thousand Days Project. Since January 1st, 2010, I’ve drawn/painted every single day, without fail. That seemed like an almost-ridiculous goal at one point, but the end is definitely in sight now.
I didn’t do anything special for Day 800, because I was well into Birthday Shenanigans Week. Day 700 was the 1st of December, and in addition to chipping away at the numerous paintings I was doing at the time, I drew a quick headshot of a beautiful blonde.
So with all that in mind, I figured that Day 900 needed something out of the ordinary - not a metalflake painting, not a dinosaur, not a sketchbook diary piece. But what?
Meanwhile, one particular illustration of mine has lain dormant for a long time – since September 15th of 2011, to be exact. This has been a long-gestating piece. I first started it in the fall of 2010, but it kept getting set aside in favour of other projects.
The first rough iteration of it looked something like this:
As time went by I slowly got closer to finishing it. In mid-September I did the blueline pencils:
This was scanned and imported into my Photoshop document, and the base illustration was set aside on my bar, waiting for me to do the final linework in ink. Anybody who’s had a drink at my place since then has seen it sitting there, though oddly enough, I don’t recall anybody ever asking about it.
I posted an in-progress picture online the night of the 15th, and walked off to a date with destiny. My whole world changed that night, and definitely without warning. Another story for my memoirs, I guess.
And I’ve seen that illustration almost daily since the fateful night, till it got to the point where it was just part of the furniture.
Until I was finally ready to finish it.
So without further ado (or cryptic remarks), here it is, the fruits of my labour of Day 900/1000:
So I bought a new sketchbook recently, and started carrying it everywhere. When I’m in a new place I try to find some small object to sketch – nothing major, just kind of a visual souvenir.
Last weekend I paid a visit to a city I haven’t visited in a couple years, Victoria, B.C. Just needed a weekend away from Vancouver, and see some new faces and decompress. While I was there I saw this wooden rhino and had to draw him:
And yesterday I went to a fun little Sunday-brunch outing at one of my favourite restaurants, Cosca. Lots of cool visual details in the place, so I had lots of options to choose from. In the end I drew this lamp that reminded me of the restaurant’s symbol (an artichoke):
And after that I spotted this chandelier:
I definitely need to do more of this. Stay tuned.
May 21, 2012
There is much news on the dinosaur front, my friends. Many more of them to draw – I went to the exhibit at Science World yesterday with friends, and I got tons of reference photos and ideas.
They had full-size, moving, interactive mockups of the dinosaurs, plus several fossil skeletons:
Finally back to the dino project tonight, with the alectrosaurus:
Really enjoying drawing the carnivorous beasties more than the others.
Hey there. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Been caught up in a couple of large paintings, and of course, being sick.
Fortunately I’m recovering, so here’s an apatosaurus for you folks:
In other dinosaur-related news, the T-Rex piece from a couple weeks ago is now available in my print store . And for today (Leap Day) only, everything in the store is 25% off. The code to use is LEAP25.
Okay, so things have delayed a little by personal matters the past few days. But without further ado, here is your latest dinosaur, the Stegoceras:
Not the most handsome creature in the Jurassic era, to be sure.
In our latest installment, the guest of honour is the Ankylosaurus:
Say it with me, now: “Compsognathus.”
I love these little beasts. Apparently they were about the size of a turkey.
Six dino illustrations down, twenty-three to go.
Another fun day in the studio – woke up early, puttered around the place for awhile, and finally buckled down to draw this Hadrosaur:
This has definitely been the most fun dinosaur to draw yet, although the T-Rex did come close.
Well, kids, the shotglasses are done. Seems like a million years have passed since I kicked the project off on January 1st, all full of piss and vinegar and ready to draw 366 glasses over the course of 2012.
Then again, I had no idea at the time what twists and turns my life would take in January. Guess I can’t fault myself for not being clairvoyant, though – I doubt that anybody else could’ve predicted the things that have happened to me any better.
So here I am almost a month and a half later, and the world as I know it is drastically different from the one I thought I was living in back in December. Some longterm plans hatched in happier times have been shelved, sadly. And the adjustment process hasn’t at all been easy.
On the plus side, here’s the last of the 31 shotglasses:
And I think the new idea of having a different theme every month will add some much-needed variety to the whole drawing-every-day thing. Dinosaurs for February are, as you’ve already seen, well underway. Other potential monthly topics include guitars, shoes, dogs & cats, dragons, and at least one other than I’m blanking on at the moment. I’m certainly open to suggestions from the floor.
Also on the brighter side, the work situation has taken a definite turn for the better, so at least that particular bit of stress and pressure has lessened considerably.
Onward and upward, right?
Lost in 2012.
And the shotglass project has almost drawn to close. Here’s the penultimate drawing:
Ink, Photoshop. One more left…
So after a herbivore (“veggie-saurus”) last night, I wanted to draw something a big more… ferocious. Enter the Allosaurus:
Nasty creature. Apparently he could jump, too.
Day three brings us the mighty Stegosaurus:
(Are Stegosauri mighty? I’m not even sure. I just know I’m lovin’ this project.)