Sunday, January 30, 2011

the Great Gatsby sketchbook

The Great Gatsby sketchbook
Here are two more drawings for the Gatsby sketchbook.
I have been doing these sketches in no particular order however they'll be arranged chronologically in the final album. 

the Great Gatsby sketchbook

The Great Gatsby sketchbook
My pet project, the Great Gatsby sketchbook continues to evolve. Reading Fitzgerald's novel again and executing these drawings has definitely prompted me to explore more classic American literature.

the Great Gatsby sketchbook

The Great Gatsby sketchbook
Here are two more drawings in progress for the 'Gatsby sketchbook'.  I'll be compiling an album of these on Facebook soon.

the Great Gatsby sketchbook

The Great Gatsby sketchbook
The majority of the drama in the novel takes place between Gatsby's estate on Long Island Sound and the Plaza Hotel in New York city.
I will be posting an album with a much larger selection of drawings soon.

the Great Gatsby sketchbook

The Great Gatsby sketchbook

Inspired by the ongoing movie news, I have recently reread the classic novel
by F. Scott Fitzgerald and started a few drawings while listening to an audio version (sketching while listening to any kind of radio drama can be a wonderful experience).  I have cropped the frames to both wide screen and cinematic proportions. I will continue to post as I proceed.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Police caricature

Sergeant. 'Gibby'

A distinguished Police Sergeant of 53 Division in Toronto was the subject of this colour caricature presented to him recently at a live event in his honor. ~This original artwork was actually photographed on the kitchen table with a Samsung Omnia cell phone camera. ~ I usually work up a progression of rough sketches with my client until we're satisfied with the content and composition; then pencil, ink and paint on 140 lb. cold press (Arches or Bockingford) watercolor paper. Here is another example from my main site.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

the Cliffside Hearth

the Cliffside Hearth

The Cliffside Hearth is a Toronto bakery specializing in handmade naturally leavened breads.  We are developing some print and 'outdoor' for their new retail location. I will post again as this design evolves.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YouTube Channel

I have begun posting a few slide shows and some animation on a youtube channel:    I will be adding more content soon.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Canada Post design submission

I have submitted an image to the Canada Post Mental Health Stamp Design Competition. Canada Post has made mental health issues and awareness it's cause of choice since 2008.  For the first time in its history, Canada Post has asked Canadians to submit and vote on a design that will become a Canadian postage stamp. My entry is entitled 'Transition'. I hope you'll have a look and perhaps vote:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Grenville Pinto

Grenville Pinto

Grenville Pinto is an extraordinarily talented Toronto musician and performance artist.  He plays violin professionally for special events and live concerts and although classically trained, excels  in many musical genres including pop, R&B and even rock.  This whimsical portrait was commissioned by Grenville for an upcoming project. It was created in Photoshop with the Bamboo Pen & Touch.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

wooden block man

Wooden Block Man
This is an editorial sample that was inspired by a very strange dream.  It was drawn with pencil, black ballpoint pens and watercolors. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Led Zeppelin sketch

Led Zeppelin

It Might Get Loud, Them Crooked Vultures and the Band of Joy the former members of Led Zeppelin maintained quite the 'presence' in 2010 (apparently, John Bonham used to wear the Clockwork Orange attire as a political statement during his tax exile days).  ~ This is a very rough initial sketch for a poster I'm working on.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

'matte' background

 composite 'matte painting'
A background 'matte-painting' for a short film in production. This was composed of eleven picture files. The foreground 'live action' will be filmed with actors on a green screen set. I'll be doing more of these.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

wholesale long distance

the Wholesale Long Distance Co,
Another treatment for the Wholesale Long Distance Co. brand.  We produced a few variations on the design, several of which are on my main site.

Monday, January 3, 2011


'spidey' caricature
Believe it or not, I did not pressure my client into this Marvel theme for her boyfriend's caricature...  this was her actual request.