BlogFriday, October 31, 2014
Heart and Crown process
Click on these thumbnails to see the different stages I went through to make the ‘Heart and Crown’ painting (previous post, below, if you want to see the finished one):
Heart and Crown
Watercolor on Arches paper, 22 x 30 in. Please click on image twice to see a bigger, more detailed version.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Look for them at The Toronto International Film Festival!Thursday, August 28, 2014
Baby BoomersWednesday, August 27, 2014
Lunch BreakMonday, August 18, 2014
Poster inspired by the great ‘Husbands’. It’s a movie about talking dogs trying to break into Hollywood.Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This was drawn at 3am (I couldn’t sleep). It looks like a concept sketch for a 1970′s gatefold rock album.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Rotten Tomatoes – David DenbyMonday, July 14, 2014
Batman JokerThursday, July 3, 2014
Provi-SoirThursday, July 3, 2014
Tom SleepingTuesday, July 1, 2014
Night DrawingThursday, June 26, 2014
Water rocksFriday, June 6, 2014
HideTuesday, April 22, 2014
Can’t waitTuesday, April 8, 2014
These are the various covers I made for the cover to Spain & Morocco. The first one, at top, dates back to 2004. There is a whole B & W version of the book, done between 2002 and 2005, which was left behind and forgotten (probably for the best). In 2009, I found the whole book in a box, and as I was re-reading it, I thought I might as well put it online. I liked the final pages, but the early pages were pretty rough. So I started re-drawing pages here and there, then decided they needed some color, so I re-drew and re-wrote the whole book, this time in color.
The 2nd cover from the top is the one I used in the online version. It’s ok, but after 4 years of working on this book I wasn’t going to settle for that as the cover, which brings us to the 3rd cover. My approach to the 3rd cover was to fix the things I hated about the 2nd cover, notably that the characters were too small, and that we needed to see their expression better. However, I just created a whole new set of mistakes that bugged me. The composition was especially problematic because both the characters are at the same height. I also re-worked the painting after it was done, and in typical late-night painting mode, I started using gouache (mixed with watercolor) on the faces, which made them look like like black guys. I’d scan that disaster if I could actually find the painting!
So the final version, which is used on the book, was painted in a quick (for me) 4 hour spurt. I did it right after the 3rd version, so I was sharp on how to paint all the elements (cats, flowers, stairs, etc.), and I was happy with how it turned out. The characters are small once again, but I like it better. The cats are better, I think. Ok, that’s it.
The book is available for pre-order, for all you anxious types:
(…and yes, for some reason, the wrong cover was used on the Amazon previews, but that’s ok.)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Spider-Man Vs. RhinoMonday, September 16, 2013
McGill campusMonday, September 16, 2013
Sunflowers, messy gardenMonday, September 16, 2013
House on a HillMonday, July 8, 2013
Vince StripTuesday, July 17, 2012
House by Water sketchWednesday, March 14, 2012
Model on sofaTuesday, March 6, 2012
Fah-rogsThursday, October 13, 2011
More Tom sleepThursday, March 24, 2011
Comic strip about a fat girl, Pammy.