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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
Dedicated to the people who know exactly what I mean:
And you can buy it right here in my .
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 .
Been thinking about pin-up girls a lot lately, possibly because my next show will be focused on that very theme. Or possibly because I’m fortunate enough to know a lot of beautiful women. Who could say?
At any rate, all this thinking reminded me of my book, Hey Ladies . And I realized that a lot of the pieces in that book would make great t-shirts. Case in point:
This is, of course, for sale in my RedBubble store .
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.)
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… ?
Playing catchup again, so this post will be a two-fer:
Further thoughts on the latest show/series concept: the title will be “Closing Time”, after the Leonard Cohen song of the same name. And when the show happens, people will have the option of buying the original paintings, or buying a book of the preliminary sketches.
Two more from the past few nights, then:
More info as it occurs to me, obviously.
Hey, I just released a new Hot Rods calendar in my RedBubble store .
Get ‘em while they’re hot.
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.
Uploaded two more t-shirt designs to my store yesterday:
Already sold two of the bee shirts. More designs to be added over the next few days. I will, of course, keep you posted.
Hi there. Welcome to a brand new month. Lots of news to report, so bear with me and I’ll get right to it.
First off, the Dawn Patrol triptych is done. Having the paintings photographed on the weekend for posterity’s sake, and then it’ll be time to ship them off to their new home in Calgary. Thanks, Regan.
Secondly, a handful of other commissions (including a book cover that I can’t talk about yet) are either done or nearing completion. So if you’re interested in having something done, now’s a very good time to ask. Drop me a line and we’ll talk.
Thirdly, a major milestone has been reached – art sales actually paid my rent this month. It’s a pretty great feeling, let me tell ya. Especially in an economy as bad as this one.
And fourthly, I’ve set myself up a . Just a Basic account at this point, so I’m quite limited in terms of what I can sell. Right now there’s a mousepad, an iPad case, and these three iPhone cases:
(More to come as I investigate further options, obviously.)
That’s a pretty good start for March, right?