Coat of Arms

I was asked to design a family crest for a client that could be scaled up for a wall tapestry (so able to be vectorized) but also used as a tattoo for herself and her two siblings. I’m looking forward to seeing their tattoos and will add photos to this post when I receive them :).

Family Crest

Tiger Beetle Illustration & Bird-watching in the GTA Map

Well, one of my New Years resolutions this year was to update my blog at the very least once per month. I didn’t do so well on that front but instead of admitting that I failed that resolution and give up, I’d rather say that I just need to try harder :) It’s been tough balancing my 9 to 5 job, commute and extra curricular activities and lately my art has fallen by the wayside but I’m determined to change that!

Here is a published piece that I did back in October 2011:

Another published piece for the same client. This piece was a challenge for me and the amount of roughs proves it!

  

Roughs/WIP progression and a rather washed out photo of the final. Graphic design was done by the art director.

A little dragon I doodled forever ago. He’s supposed to be small, think Tinkerbell sized, and his main prey are fairies.

 That’s all for now but I plan on updating my blog in the next couple of days with a plethora of doodles I’ve been doing on my lunch breaks, and a couple of personal pieces.

First Published Work, Diploma & More

About a month ago my client sent me a copy of the magazine that I illustrated for, my first published work! I was really flattered they took the time to send me a copy as I’ve heard that practically no one does this anymore.

Here are the spots I did. They ended up not using the geese (my favorite) and replaced it with a frog. In the actual magazine the spots are only about a square inch and are scattered around a map with information on the animal. I couldn’t have asked for a better first job. Everyone was so great and easy to work with and I love drawing animals so it was perfect.

In other news, I finally got my degree (aka the most expensive piece of artwork I will ever own) in the mail. I have to admit it was kind of underwhelming, it almost looks like I could have printed it off at home from my printer. Oh well, live and learn.

My degree!

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on:

I’ve been itching to draw a Predator for ages. I am a huge fan of the franchise, I’ve read a lot of the comics, seen all the movies and I was first in line when Predators came out :) I started this as a silly doodle when I was working on my graduate show art but now I can give it some more attention.

I started this as a sketch that I did a lot of rendering on but I found it a bit bland so I spontaneously grabbed some leftover oil paint and splattered it on the image. Her face got a bit skewed but I like how the colours came out. In the sketch it was more evident that she’s wearing an eye patch and has a half shaved head. I think I might have to draw her again.

WIP

I’ve always wanted to do a pinup girl so here is one I’ve started. Right now she’s nude but I plan on giving her some sort of crazy outfit, possibly sci-fi themed. The second image is supposed to have a WoW-ish vibe to it.

 

Post Grad Show

Well my graduation show has come and gone and I’m just finishing up my last few assignments. And then I’m done school. It’s kind of a scary and sad feeling after 19 years of education, but I cannot begin to express how excited I am to finally start my career!

The 2011 Sheridan Illustration Grad Show was held last Thursday & Friday at the Burroughs building in Toronto. It showcased all 85 illustration grads in both the technical and interpretive streams, of which I am in the latter. Although it had a few hiccups (broken down elevator and we were on the 6th floor!) it went very smoothly and it was totally packed on opening night. I had a lot of fun and would like to thank all my friends, family, faculty and colleagues for making it a hugely successful night!

Here are the business cards I had printed for the grad show. I really like how they turned out and I think it was worth the extra money for the rounded corners.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a camera with me to the show so I have no pictures. I’m kicking myself because I feel like it was a major milestone of my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the pieces that I displayed for the grad show (click to enlarge):

These first three images were made for my Visual Narrative class and as stated in a previous post, are based off of the novel ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen. The last image was actually done for my thesis class. I got a little tired of drawing vikings believe it or not!

I also displayed slightly updated versions of my vampire image and my girl in the woods image which I have posted previously. I had another image of the Norse god Odin but I’m not happy with it yet and I’d like to work on it more before uploading it.

So with school finally finished I plan on doing a website revamp in the next few weeks and finally get my portfolio off of Carbonmade. I also plan on offering some of my images as prints so stay tuned!

Water for Elephants Project

A small update today. I have a semester long project for my visual narrative class and have chosen to illustrate scenes from the novel. To quickly summarize, it’s a fantastic fictional novel based around a veterinarian school dropout who joins the circus during the Great Depression.

This image contains spoilers!

 

Update 03/13/11 : The picture is now 550mb! I’m so happy I put 8gb of ram into this computer or it would be curled in the fetal position sobbing right now.

It’s a four page spread that is connected due to the circular nature of the book.  The first chapter is actually what happens at the end of the book. Therefore I have chosen to illustrate them as one piece, though they are intended to be published as two separate spreads.

Lot’s more to do on this one, stay tuned :)