Thursday, September 30, 2010

the Ice Cream Kingdom

A double page spread for the Ice Cream Kingdom

In the
Ice Cream Kingdom, although the details aren't finalized yet, 
Prince and Lionel will definitely go through a 'trial separation' of sorts. Prince's departure, depicted in a surreal moment, above, will torment his master's dreams. And Lionel, who didn't exactly get where
is by having a normal childhood, will learn that life can indeed be 
lonely at the top. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pen & Touch

Basic shapes & primary colours

I have finally gotten myself a pen & touch tablet which is going to dramatically change how I work. This was my first attempt at a sketch.
he whole process felt surprisingly natural.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

the Ice Cream Kingdom

Poster design for Lionel 2

Here's a comprehensive layout for a poster I'm doing for 
the Ice Cream Kingdom which is the sequel to my second 
kid's book, the Ice Cream King.  I'll be completing the final 
artwork for this new book over the winter.

Friday, September 24, 2010

the Nature Trial

Cover design for The Nature Trial

Here is a preliminary cover design for a story I've been
working on for a while. It was inspired by my dad's encounters
with a lodge of beavers in their natural habitat, during his creation
of a nature trail on his property in the Ottawa Valley.  In this fantasy
version of a true story, a very wise and ghostly Great Grey Owl
will preside over a midnight hearing; a Nature Trial, between a
frustrated woodsman and the animals of the forest, to determine
once and or all ~ who really owns the land.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Does Miss B really have to answer that question? Not in the
U.S.of A, she doesn't.  Among the freedoms guaranteed by the
fifth ammendment to the American constitution (including
protection from double jeopardy) is the right to refuse to answer
questions during a legal proceeding if the response could provide
self-incriminating evidence.  Betty Boop can 'plead the fifth'.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Maxfield sequence

After receiving another, particularly traumatizing message

(not yet posted), and just before the sign attack, Maxfield will
experience a brief period of good behavior, which I'll probably
lay out as a comic book sequence for a more efficient read.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Here is another rough production drawing for my ROXY animation
project. After becoming self aware, the wolfman will look out over the
roof tops of the city, focusing on the radio tower in the distance.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Who wouldn't be?... Each year, the U.S.federal government 
grants over 150,000 patents. Only about 3 percent ever become 
commercially viable products. And legal fees are estimated to 
begin at $2,500 - $3,000.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Maxfield's art class

In one of my previous kids books,  The Ice Cream King,
a classroom scene featured some recognizable 'young monarchs'
for readers to identify. I am now working on this Maxfield spread in
which I will try to incorporate a selection of 'famous artist kids' in
a similar way. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

ROXY.FM characters

Wolfman and DJ model sheet

 I find that model sheets like this one can really help develop
I think these guys need to interact more now, on
a humorous level.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Don't be alarmed! The (daily) odds of by being crushed by
a falling object are one in one hundred & thirty two million, two
hundred & seventy thousand, six hundred & fifty!  Just remain vigilant...  

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Maxfield Cover

Cover design for new kid's book

Here is my first rough cover sketch for the Maxfield book,
although I'm not 100% certain of the title yet.  I'll complete
this painting in watercolours or acrylics, about 18" X 24".

Friday, September 3, 2010

ROXY model sheets

I have just begun to draw model sheets for the two main
characters in the ROXY animation. Their facial expressions
and full figures will have to work convincingly together.  I will
post more sketches as I go.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Just kidding. Mountain goats are virtually fearless and very
majestic creatures who almost never fall or even slip. They are
perfectly comfortable in their natural environment.