Monday 23 November 2009
To Have and to Hold | Private Commission
The approach I took to this wedding invitation was inspired by the venue Jamie and Talia had chosen for their big day. The Eglinton Grand is an old theater in Toronto that's been converted into an event hall and restored to its original 1937 grandeur. We thought it would be fun to imitate the sensibilities of a romantic movie poster from the same period.
To Have and to Hold | Process & Detail | ink on watercolour paper 10 x 15"
At the outset I had intended the physical art to be rendered exclusively in ink wash, but after over-working Talia's hair I introduced white acrylic. Once I'd completed the black and white painting I brought it into Photoshop where I colourized the image. This is a technique I've found quite successful at capturing a Technicolor look while retaining the brushstrokes and textures of my painting. With the rendering already done in paint this method of colouring is pretty quick.
The typography on the posters of the 1930's is sometimes the most complex part, often using as many as six different typefaces in a short stack of text. For this I created some original hand lettering and modified existing fonts in other places. Some informational text has been omitted for web.
Tuesday 6 October 2009
Friday 5 June 2009
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Down to Earth | 44 Oz's @ The Barbershop Gallery
Conceived by the good folk's at Parishil Co-laborations, 44 Oz's is an exhibition that features the work of 44 artists, illustrators, cartoonist and designers interpreting the drunken hope of the newest world leader, U.S. President Barack Obama.
Down to Earth (alternate) | 44 Oz's @ The Barbershop Gallery
The exhibit opened on February 19th at The Barbershop Gallery (1718 Queen Street West) in Toronto, and will run until the end of the month. Please contact Parishil for gallery hours.
Wednesday 11 February 2009
The Robot Spy / The Lost World | Personal
The look I had in mind for these images required a significant departure from my usual methods. Both are carved block prints registered on heavy paper I had coloured with spray paint. They represent a couple of my favourite subjects (classic science fiction and prehistoric stuff) and hang on the walls in my studio. I had a lot of fun with these and I hope to expand on the series in the future.
Thursday 22 January 2009
Bear and Pig | Private Collection
Commissioned as a gift from a bride to her groom. Companionship is the theme here. An unlikely partnership of two very different creatures, in love, and planning a future together. Acrylic on illustration board. A limited quantity of signed archival prints are still available directly from me. For more prints and throw pillows featuring the Bear and Pig please visit Society6.
Rocket Science! | Scholastic Canada Ltd.
In the summer of 2008 I was contracted to produce a series of illustrations to accompany a short story entitled "Rocket Science!". What I have provided here is the opening image. The material is targeted for a grade 5-6 audience and should be available from Scholastic Canada Ltd. in early 2009.