Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Drink and Draw Dec 2008

Here's a picture I drew with my left hand (I'm right handed) During last night's Drink and Draw gathering Michael Beyers put together at the Pennywhistle Pub in Guelph.

I drew this with a Bic pen (the kind you get at the store for $1.50 for a pack of 12) on some kind of decent bond paper, like printer paper, left over from a live caricature gig I did last year. I used to draw in Bic on bond all the time in high school... in the margins om my lecture notes. It's actually a really nice drawing tool because you can draw quite a range of light to dark with it.

Because of the glasses I thought this was looking a lot like Malcolm X... but I was drawing from my imagination and, upon photo research today discovered that the clothes do not make the man. My guy's face is quite different from the real Mr. X. So I just call this picture "Glasses Guy" now.

We had about 15 illustrators, cartoonists and artists show up. What was really cool about it is a) meeting and chilling out with a bunch of other illustrators and cartoonists and b) actually sitting down to draw whatever I feel like drawing! So many of us are so busy with drawing for clients and keeping up with life that we don't give ourselves the time to do the very thing that brought us into this career in the first place... which is having fun drawing stuff!

And that we did. We had a lot of laughs! You will likely find some hillarious cartoons from the event being posted someday soon on Michael's blog at If you haven't seen my illustration site yet, check out the comics section at There's some neat stuff on there... if I do say so myself.


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Kate Shutt, Orrin Evans, Musicians

I keep forgetting how great it is to draw from life. I spend so much time cartooning out of my head. I had the privilege of being present at the recording of Kate Shutt's new album (it's going to be an amazing album!). I brought my modbook and made these drawings of piano player Orrin Evans ( He was the only person I could see from the soundproof control booth. I wish I had made some drawings of Kate and the other musicians while I was there. Ran out of time and opportunity though. Maybe I'll be able to draw her another time. Here's her website:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hellboy Fan Art

What can I say. I love Hellboy. He's fun to draw... and I've been thinking She Hulk would be an excellent character to add into his world... 'cause she's big and hot.
These were both don on my new Modbook Mac tablet laptop using Artrage2.  No pencil touched paper for either of these.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Modbook sketches

I've bought myself a Modbook. I'm the first person to buy one in Canada. I love it. What's a Modbook? It's a modified Macbook, the first mac tablet computer. So put me in the history books! This thing covers a lot of firsts... It's also my first mac!

Anyway, the reason I bought it is so that I could draw just like I do in an actual paper sketchbook. It's actually easier to draw with it than on my big 18" Wacom Cintiq because I can take it around, sit in front of people and draw from life directly into it! Awesome! It's the computer of my dreams... almost. If it had one of those monitors that you could see in daylight like oin the $100 laptop that would be even more dreamy.

So here are a couple of drawings I did on it... actual drawings from live subjects! Not just photos or made up out of my head! Neat!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Dirty Grainy Spiderman

Here's another Marvel-our experiment in Corel Painter... messing around with pastels and chalks, and coloured "paper"... in this case the colour of aged newsprint. Again, based on a sketch I drew in blue pencil at the Comicon 1.5 years ago.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Hulk Fan art in Painter

Okay, here's more Incredible Hulk fan art from me. (If you go far enough back in this blog you'll find a crossover fan piece about Hulk vs. American Elf). I drew the pencil for this one a year and a half a go at the Paradise Comicon in Toronto. I've been playing around with Corel Painter over the las couple of days, trying to get a feel for it. Decided to paint up this sketch and see what happens. I gotta say, I sure like what painter can do. I like how the Hulk looks kinda translucent and luminous here... a happy accident with the nice smooth oil paint feature.

I wonder if Marvel would ever like to have me do a Hulk Cover!!!