So today’s an extra-special Tuesday; I’m releasing not one, but two new shirts. And I’ve got previews of the new guitar calendar that I’m currently working on.
First the shirts:
And here’s the calendar preview:
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 .
Okay, now that the Metal Flake Remix show is out of the way, it’s time for…
… more dinosaurs. Spinosaurus :
(Another one I first saw in the Extreme Dinosaurs exhibit.)
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.
Coming down the home stretch with the shotglass project, how. Two more finished tonight:
… and just two to go. (Don’t worry, Millie. One of ‘em will be your moose shotglass.)
Ink and Photoshop again.
While we’re all here, I’m open to suggestions re: themes for the remaining months of the year. Obviously I’m drawing dinosaurs in February, but after that… ?
So today was a day of big decisions. The biggest one being, there’s no way I could last a whole year drawing shotglasses without losing my mind.
Therefore, the plan is draw a month’s worth of shotglasses and then switch topics. So what’ll I be drawing once the 31 shotglasses are done, you may ask? Well, this latest glass contains a hint:
Playing catchup again, so this post will be a two-fer:
For tonight’s entertainment, I proudly present with:
Ink, watercolour, coloured pencil.
I had what we call a “bizness meeting” with my friend Karina Halle today. Which generally means Jack Daniels, food, some talk about art, music, and of course her Experiment in Terror series of horror novels. The third book ( Dead Sky Morning )came out recently, and that was the start of my involvement in the project – I drew the map that appears in the opening pages.
Just for fun I whipped up a full-colour version, too:
If you’re not familiar with D’Arcy Island (and I wasn’t), it was the site of a leper colony for Chinese-Canadians from 1891-1924. A pretty grim real-life story, but worth looking up. The book uses the site and its sordid history as its setting. I’m still reading it, but so far it’s really creeped me out several times. Which is a pretty rare quality in a horror novel these days, my friends.
Anyhow, Karina has 5 more books projected in the series, and has enlisted my creative abilities to help with the process. In addition to the map, I’ve designed a logo:
(Part of the premise of the books is that the two lead characters make a web-TV show about their paranormal exploits, so the logo for the book series doubles as the one for the fictitious show.)
The next project was more involved: a definitive portrait of these characters. It started with this basic sketch:
We made a ton of changes to this, but the basics still made it all the way through the design process. Once we nailed down the basic looks of Perry and Dex in the pencil stage, it was time to do inkwash renderings of them:
I also had a slew of ideas for background treatments for this picture. In the end we used three separate concepts, including one where I made a collage of pages ripped out of the first book, Darkhouse (kind of a weird and surreal experience to take a friend’s book and literally tear it to pieces).
Without further ado, here are the three different versions of the illustration, which Karina will be using to promote the books:
So that, is essence, is the beginning – for me at least. We’ve got a ton of ideas for future illustrations (I’d like to incorporate some photography and sculpture to accompany the more traditional illustration), and I’ll be helping out in any way I can when the trailer for Dead Sky Morning is being shot. We’re even trying to arrange a trip to D’Arcy Island, which hopefully isn’t anywhere near as haunted as it is in the book.
Cheers, then. A toast to creativity, collaboration and chills down your spine.
Kind of a catchall entry this time around – no specific theme, just a few updates and tidbits.
First off, two more of the car pieces are finished. A 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Coupe:
And a hodgepodge vintage racer that I just refer to as “Lucky Seven”:
It occurred to me recently that matching art styles with vintage cars would be an interesting exercise. It immediately got me thinking about drawing some drag racers from the late-60s psychedelic era in their full mind-blowing day-glo glory. Hell, that could almost be a book in itself. So far I’m leaning towards some type of Mopar funnycar at night, foot-long flames shooting out of the zoomies. Or maybe a lace-painted Corvette with a rocket engine.
Next on the blog agenda is this 54 Chevy:
I’m seeing this one in my head as being inked with a brush, and then coloured with watercolour paint splashed all over the place. As I’ve indicated before, inking is a real chore for me, so obviously I need to do a lot more of it.
In other news, I just shipped a commissioned piece that I’ve been cleverly referring to as Top Secret Painting. Once the lucky recipient gets it and I know everything’s cool, I’ll show the whole piece. In the meantime, here’re a couple of macro detail shots:
The skulls are just a minor background accent; unless the light hits them just right, they’re practically invisible. But I think they really make the piece.
This glossy green bit is a more significant part of the painting. I used a faux- encaustic technique to add depth, and as is often the case, it resulted in something I couldn’t begin to capture with a camera.
This last shot is of a green pearl paint I mixed for this piece – a mix of Tri-Art Liquid Mirror and phthalo green, with a subtle touch of interference green.
Finally, I wanted to mention that I may be participating in a group art blog with some artist friends of mine. Things are still very much up in the air right now, but I think it’s an idea with some promise. More info to come once things get finalized.
And now I think we’re up to date. What are the rest of you people up to these days?
Lots of automotive art coming from me these days. I’m havin’ so much fun it’s ridiculous – I keep flashing back to the cars I used to draw in junior highschool (except now I’ve got 30 more years’ experience under my belt, of course). And I’ve got many, many ideas to choose from, but you can never have too many.
Anything you folks would like to see?
Well, I think the next book’s off to a fine start. The last few days have been extremely productive:
All I did today was be creative. It’s a pretty good feeling. (All of these are just the preliminary stages, of course. Stay tuned to see where I go with them from here.)
You heard it here first, folks. The last picture in my book is officially underway:
Still have to ink the linework and tweak some details, but this one’s progressing pretty rapidly.