Sketchbook Tuesday: Girl with Blue Hair Demo

I teach an illustration class in the Continuing Education department at ACAD. Every semester I like to do a little demo to show my students how I work. It's not a very fancy demonstration, I just like them to see how I use the materials, like acrylic paint and coloured pencils, to make my images. That I pretty much just play with the paint until it ...

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Book Cover Process: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Last summer I was contacted by the good people at Pajama Press about illustrating a cover for the middle grade novel: Macy MacMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. It's the second book by Shari Green and is written entirely in verse. It already has one honour: it's a Junior Library Guild 2017 Selection, and it hasn't even been released yet. It comes out ...

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New Prints for Calgary Expo: Frank and his Bride

Once again, I'm going to have a table at the Calgary Expo, April 27th to the 30th. In preparation, I've been working on some new pieces to make into prints to sell at the event. I thought it would be fun to do a series of portraits of old school horror characters in my style. I was mostly inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein and her crazy hair, so ...

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Lazy Days of Summer

A few months back an old colleague from my advertising days, photographer Wes Raymond, contacted me about doing a time lapse. I've actually wanted to do one for a while so I was pretty happy that he asked. We decided that I'd do a sketch on a summer theme and he'd take photographs while I painted it. The painting took about 2 hours and Wes compr ...

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