Wednesday, June 20, 2007

2 down, 2 to go

Here is a process view of my on going project that was originally concieved as a birthday card for my wife.

It is intended to be a a 4 panel piece. I still have not worked out what is going to happen with the other 2 panels yet. I have several ideas.

I am having a lot of fun with it. So much that I am thinking that I want to get back in the illustration game and see if I can get some work. The extra money would be nice but I do enjoy doing the work.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

This isn't art related, or even family related, but I thought I had to post this.

I just found out recently that a former student of mine had fulfilled his dream of playing college hockey on a scholarship in the US.

This is Harry (Harrison) Taylor. I had him in my Gr 1o illustration class back in 2002-2003. He took the class more because he thought that it might be interesting rather then he wanted to pursue art as a possible career. He was playing a high level of hockey and was always interested in talking about hockey in general, which I was always more then interested in doing as well. He always said that his dream was to play NCAA hockey as opposed to going the OHL route.

A really nice guy, good student. I was really glad for him when I found out that he was playing for Dartmouth College. Harry disproves the adage that nice guys finish last

He promised me that when he made the NHL that he autograph his hockey card for me!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Illustration Friday; SUIT

Here is my offering for this weeks IF.

He is wearing a suit, although he is not wearing a tie.

The BIG boy.

Here is a picture of my eldest son, James who will be 10 in November, who has just started playing lacrosse this spring. He seems to quite enjoying it and his coach said that James is the most improved player on the team.

I like it because it is an hour of running around. I am not a big fan of kids sitting around watching TV. It makes for hectic living for the parents but both my wife and I think that it is more then worth it.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Back in the days...

This is a piece that I spent a phenominal amount of time working on. This is from back in the days when I wanted to be a painter and worked quite hard at learning as much as I could from some of the great painters in the past.

This piece was by the French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. He had an excpetional abiltity to paint flesh.

My version of it was quite big. The years have not been particularly kind to it as it is showing a lot of cracking already. This, I think, is from me using too much cobalt drier when I was painting it.

My favorite part of the whole thing is the purple drapery wrapped around the woman.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Birthday Card

Here is a piece that I am currently working on. It’s a new thing for me, this faux-retro look and I am quite enjoying it.

This is one panel of what is going to be a four-panel birthday card for my wife. Her birthday is June 24th so I still have some time before it is “due”