Friday, April 22, 2011

New house, paint and watercolour Crayons...


A recent image I completed today. The text is a verse from a song by Gavin Sutherland. There are four verses, I want to illustrate each one. This week I acquired some watercolour crayons which I had never used before, but saw them for a good price and thought I'd try them out. They were really easy and nice to use. They are on par with watercolour pencil crayons, except are chunkier so it is easier to complete bigger areas faster. They are not as smooth as marker washes, which is what I do a lot of. I might try combining some crayon with marker washes and see if it's a good combination. I think the colour was slightly washed out in my scanned image, I could stand to up the colour a little in Photoshop. It's nice to have the time today to sit at my desk and do some art. I've been very busy lately with a lot of things, but namely that I bought a house, and got Posession last week! Here are few comments inspired by this recent purchase:


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I Love Books

This is just a quick note to follow up with a previous blog post about Maira Kalman. I happened to find her book The Principles of Uncertainty on sale at chapters for only $7.99! I could hardly believe the price. I also picked up An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories which was also on sale for a steal of a deal at only $12.99. I only got it last night, so I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I'm happy that Chapters can feed my graphic novel addiction(though I prefer to think of it as my graphic novel education...). Here is a description about the book:
http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300111703

Sunday, April 10, 2011



A photograph I took was selected for Winnipeg’s first Timeraiser event! Timeraiser is an event that has people bid on art using volunteer hours instead of money. It first buys art from selected artists who apply, then the event is a little like a job fair, only with volunteer opportunities, and future volunteers put a silent bid on a piece of art, and the winner who bids the most volunteer hours gets to go home with that artwork. Timerasier events have occured accross the country for a number of years in most major Canadian Cities. This year's Winnipeg event is taking place at the West End Cultural Centre on May 6th.

Check out a video for it here:
http://timeraiser.ca/en/how_it_works

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Duet- Illustration Friday





Duet for Illustration Friday. I tried two versions. I'm on images number 193 and 194 for my year-long image a day project, with means that I'm actually a little more than halfway. All year I've been doing pretty good at not falling behind, but in recent weeks I have missed drawing for a bunch of days which leaves me almost three weeks worth of images behind. I'll have to push myself to catch up.
 
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