Friday, May 30, 2008

Illustration Friday-Baby

This was used as a magazine illustration for a story about test tube babies. The idea was to show the child coming out of a test tube like a genie coming out of the lamp. (Not my idea, I just draw them.)

It is gouache on paper.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

This was a fairly important piece for me and it seems like it was done so long ago.

It was the late spring 1990 and I had been asked by Dan Diamond to provide a drawing to show how I would approach doing the portraits of the "Honoured Members" of the Hockey Hall of Fame. I think that I had a weekend to do it and was a big fan of Mark Messier, and he was/ is an instantly recognizable face, so I chose to draw him. I used a cover of the now defunct "Inside Hockey" magazine as reference.

I guess it was good enough for them because I got the job-only to be replaced 4 years later. But, hey, it was fun while it lasted.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Here is a drawing that I did yesterday of one of my students in my digital art class. They are hard at work, mostly, trying to get everything finished before the end of the semester, which is in less then 2 weeks.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I may be guilty of only highlighting the accomplishments of my eldest son James and sometimes have overlooked my "little man", Stuart.

Both of the boys are playing field lacrosse for the Toronto Beaches club. This past weekend they both played in their respective provincial qualifier tournament and BOTH of their teams advanced to play in the "provincial tournament" next weekend in Kitchener.

Stuart's team was unstoppable for much of their season and actually recorded back to back shutouts.

These are pictures from Saturday games that were taken by one of the other parents.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

King James!

The hockey tryout season is now over and my son James is now a King. He tried out for, and made, the Leaside Kings minor peewee A team.

He was excited enough about having made the team that he wore his new Kings hat to school for 3 days in a row. I had been impressed enough by speaking to all of the guys organizing the team that I felt pretty comfortable with James being involved with them for the upcoming season.

This is a picture of him from last season when he was a Colt. (What a disaster that season was!) This season WILL be better then last year.

Another drawing from my digital art class.

We are now in the homestretch until the end of the school year- let the panic begin!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Menus- This is one of a series of airline menus that I have that dates back to the late 60's. This one is from the old Pan American airlines.

It is interesting to see what was served during the flight-
Hors d'oeuvre
Filet Mignon
Grilled tomato, parisienne potatoes and peas
Pastry and/or coffee and tea.

The most interesting part is that wine, beer and cigarettes (yes , they used to allow smoking on airplanes) went for only .25 cents!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

This is an old piece and one that I had always thought was one of my better pieces.
I don't remember the name of the art director, something that I used to be able do with most of the illustration jobs that I did, and I don't really remember the name of the magazine but the story was about repetitve strain injuries in the workplace.
The art director pretty much gave me a free reign to do what I liked and I came up with this. It is close to 12 years old but I can still look at it and like it.