Sixteen years ago this morning, I boarded a plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Several hours later I landed at YVR to start a whole new chapter of my life. That night I went out drinking with friends to Luvafair , and I’ve never looked back.
In the years since I’ve built a career and an amazing circle of friends here in Vancouver. I’ve seen things I never would’ve believed when I still lived back East. And this city has become the home I guess I was always looking for. The past few years have been rough, I’m not gonna lie. But would I trade away the bad if it meant losing all the good I’ve experienced here?
Not in a million fucking years. This city made me the man I am today, and I am eternally grateful for that. This is where I was born to be.
I love you, Vancouver.
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 , , , , , |
New month, new t-shirt design:
As always, it’s available right here in my .
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.
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Shockingly, yet another daily-picture project has gone off the rails in a major way. Theoretically, the dinosaurs should’ve been done almost a month ago, but no dice. Work and life have gotten in the way, as they often do.
At any rate, I’m finally making use of the photo reference I shot at Science World last weekend. This particular beastie is from the same family as the triceratops, protoceratops and kosmoceratops. Can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called, but hopefully some kindly and knowledgeable dinosaur dork can fill me in:
Just a quick drive-by post. Preparations for the show are coming along nicely, and people are starting to talk.
This , for instance, just went live today.
All my thanks to the lovely Ms. Lindsay B.
So here we are with another installment of “what I’m working on lately.” Been working my ass off the past couple weeks (ah, the life of a freelancer), but the art is still happening. Don’t think I could stop now if I tried, to be honest.
What’s also been occupying my time, of course, is the Game. Or hockey, as you non-Canadians might know it. The Canucks have been having quite an action-packed time of it, so in honour of their recent success, I’ve done this piece:
That’s gonna be printed on metallic paper, 24×20 inches. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
I’ve also got a handful of new pieces underway – three that’ll use the acrylic transfer method, and three more metalflake paintings. Trying to use a lot more bold, over-the-top colour these days:
In other news, Sunday will be day 500 of the 1000 Days Project. Still dunno what I’m gonna do that day, but obviously it needs to be something big. Possibly a pinup girl – haven’t drawn any cheesecake in a looong time.
Oh, and I should be starting on a brand-new commission any day now. Key words: shaggin’ wagon.