Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Another drawing of a student toiling away.

I intended to do a contour drawing and when ever the person would move I would then just start drawing that new position. I think that it gives it a sort of time lapse feel.

Friday, March 24, 2006

My first post to Illustration Friday.

I call this monster "Ambivalence... The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings at the same time."

I sort of cheaped out on this one as how it was something that I had already done.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I think that this will become the next promo that I do.

It started out several years ago with a guy riding a computer; "Taming Technology". I liked the image and after a night of helping my 8 year old with his math homework I came up with the idea of "Taming Numbers".

For me it was a stylistic stretch with respect to the edge. I was inspired by the work that Carl Wiens had been doing with this rough edge look and I wanted to incorporate some of that in this image. I chose an old photo and scanned it and then converted the outline shape to a vector image using Streamline and used it as a mask.

I quite liked the colours. As someone told me, "The colours make me sweat."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I finished this one not so long ago and I wanted to put it up here.

It started out as just playing with a pencil crayon on a piece of crappy newsprint and then it turned into a lion singing.


I had to include this one.

The Leaside Flames, Novice B team, is now in the semi finals of the North York Hockey League play-offs. They are scheduled to play the Willowdale Blackhawks in a best 2 of 3 series that will start sometime this week. Although we defeated them both times we played them during the season, this is the play-offs and anything can happen.

This picture is from the trophy presentation after we won the Leaside Tournament, defeating a very good North Toronto team 2-0 in the final.

My son James is second from the right, in the front row.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My "day job" is teaching and I teach in art in a special art program at a high school here in Toronto. I often draw my students, to use them (the drawings, that is) as examples for something in class, but also because I like to do it. I have become quite fond of a simple graphite stick on crappy newsprint. I like the newsprint because there is no committment of having to do a great drawing because you spent all that money on some gorgeous Italian, hand made, 100% rag, archival paper.

You just draw and if you screw up you throw it away. (I mean, recycle.)

These are some recent drawings that I have done.

The top one was a student of mine, who was working away quietly (for a change) and I drew him without him knowing.

The second one is from having to do an "on call", basically baby sit another teachers class. It was a computer class and most of the kids were too busy playing onl line games to be aware that I was drawing them.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Here it is my first post on "My Blog"...how terribly pretentious.

Here is an oldie, but in my opinion, still a goody.