Sunday, December 20, 2015

Illustration for VICE


I was asked by my friend Jesse Ruddock to make an illustration to accompany her piece for VICE about Toronto based author André Alexis and his recent Giller Prize win for the novel, 'Fifteen Dogs'.  Not having read the his book, nor the article and with very little notice, I came up with this:

First draft.
I was relatively pleased with what I would consider a rush job, but VICE suggested I make a few tweaks and the result was this:

Final illustration




















I personally like the dog on the head, but considering it was for VICE and all, I was happy to oblige!

You can read Jesse's piece here. 

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Screen Prints For Seth

I have been a fan of Seth's comics for years, so when he asked if I would screen print a few of his illustrations, I was beside myself with excitement...and sheer terror.  I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my own work, so the idea of printing for Mr. Gallant brought my anxiety levels to great new heights.

        
           'Soul Mates' 2015  - Seth
'Love Birds' 2015 - Seth





















The drawings he sent me were done in classic Seth form, beautifully simple and clean.  He wanted them printed in shades of grey, which I thought would be a relatively straight forward mixing process, but ended up to be a bit of a nightmare.


Who would have thought mixing greys would have been such a challenge?
Luckily the printing process went a little smoother.

Three of four layers printed.

The prints are currently showing at Renann Isaacs Gallery in Guelph, along with a lovely collection of his paintings.

Here's a frumpy photo of me in front of the prints at the opening.


Photo op fail

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guelph Night Market

Guelph Night Market happened back in October and was an incredible success! Thousands of people circulated through a small room in downtown Guelph sifting through vintage clothes, baked goods, original art, magical gemstones and much more! I was there with my screen prints and though I felt mildly claustrophobic, I couldn't have been happier with the turnout.  Many thanks to Theresa, Emily and many others for organising such a great event.  


It was packed to the brim all night!
Lots of hands in my patch pile!
I've heard whispers of another Night Market happening in February, but I'll keep you posted!

Graven Feather Letterpress Prints

Graven Feather is a lovely gallery & print studio in Toronto and they recently printed a limited edition series of letterpress prints showcasing the art of 7 artists and illustrators.  Below is the design I submitted for the series which is available for purchase through Graven Feather or my Etsy store.

Limited edition letterpress print 'Blue Garden' 2015

Below is another illustration I made for an event that Graven Feather took part in called Surface.  Again, the design was turned into a polymer plate and hand printed by Pam & Erin at Graven Feather. 

'Snake Face' letterpress print 2015


'Snake Face' letter press print detail

I also used the Snake Face illustration to screenprint on some tote bags which can be purchased here.


Survival Guide

I was lucky enough to be asked to design the cover and twelve spot illustrations for the University of Guelph's annual survival guide.  Can't go wrong with teal and orange!  






Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shirt design for Kreative Kontrol


Here's a t-shirt design I made for Vish Khanna's 'Kreative Kontrol' podcast.  I told him my concept and he sent me a list of random KK podcast related imagery which I then drew and superimposed onto his profile.  

Original design mock-up.  Sadly, Vish vetoed the cat.
The shirts will be given to patrons of his show who are pledging $10/month or more to keep his show running.  Vish has interviewed an impressive cast of artists and musicians, including: Shary Boyle, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Steve Albini, Mac Demarco, Tim Heidecker & Thurston Moore, to name a few.  If you are interested in funding KK, or just want to own one of these shirts, be sure to check out his patreon page.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Girls Rock Camp Guelph!


I designed a logo for Kazoo! & artist/musician Steph Yates, who are in the process of getting a girls rock camp started here in Guelph. They are in the running for the Oak Tree grant and need public nominations! If you would like to support this amazing project, please visit: http://live-oaktree-nominations.pantheon.io/kazoo-festival/

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hoop-la!

Necessary Arts of Guelph have organised a group show of 6" circular works featuring over 40 local artists.  Here are the paintings I made for the show (sorry folks, they're already sold!):

Acrylic on wood panel 
Acrylic on wood panel


Half of the panels hanging in Budd's window





Monday, April 27, 2015

Snake Charmer

'SNAKE CHARMER' 5x7" Screen Print 

'Snake Charmer' is a great dresser and is in full control of the situation.  Originally designed for a limited edition t-shirt subscription organised by Justin Gordon of Raft & Map, I have also made some 5"x7" two-layer screenprints of this design available in my shop

'SNAKE CHARMER'  Limited Edition T-shirt printed by Raft & Map

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pop Up Art!

First off, Kazoo Print Expo was a blast! Thanks to all those who made it out, despite their wicked hangovers!  Here are Gregory and I looking super awkward at my table:

Photo courtesy of artist extraordinaire, Alison Judd!
In other news, both Gregory and I have some work printed in a one-off art publication called, 'Pop-Up Art', curated by Jessica Avolio. It features all kinds of neat stuff by a bunch of Guelph makers including: Justin Gordon, White Rabbit Pennants, Era 66Monika Hauck,  to name a few. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can pick one up at the Guelph Arts Council or from Vocamus Press.

"Cold Stare" and "Cat & Skull"

Gregory's "Seinflash" 

Monday, February 23, 2015

OUTPOST VINTAGE


Outpost is a new and much welcomed addition to downtown Guelph retail.  Owned and operated by Carolyn Fielding, Outpost has only been open for a week and already there is lots of buzz around town about this great little shop!  Carolyn asked me to show some of my prints and paintings there and also hired me to design a poster for the grand opening party on March 7th.  I snagged some interior shots of the shop from Outpost's instagram page: 

Photo Courtesy of Outpost Vintage (Artwork: Cat & Skull screenprint and Overgrown screenprint)
Photo Courtesy of Outpost Vintage (Artwork: coaster paintings)
Photo Courtesy of Outpost Vintage (Artwork: 'Poke' collage)

Photo Courtesy of Outpost Vintage (Artwork: Cat & Skull painting)


Wine Sense


About a year ago, I made a few small illustrations for a book by local entrepreneur and wine buff, Bob Desautels.  Wine Sense, has finally been released and I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I was only responsible for the illustrations - the design & layout was out of my control and I really had no idea how the final product would look.  There will be a book launch on Wednesday Feb. 25th at the eBar in Guelph. 

Here are some of the ink paintings from my sketchbook:
Stacked Barrels
Grape Harvesting
White Wine Process
Amphorae

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creepy Kazoo! Poster


Here's a poster I made for an upcoming Kazoo! & Fortnight show in Guelph.  It will be an album release show for both Del Bel and Michael Feuerstack, so should be fun night!

Peeking through the blinds was originally an idea I had for a painting, but thought it would work nicely as a poster.  Here's my sketch for the design:



Check out this super cool Del Bel video, made by A Pocket History of Mars:



Here is another amazing Del Bel video made by Guelph based beauty, Steph Yates:




Sunday, February 08, 2015

Poster for Queen Of Craft 2015


Here is a poster I designed for the annual Queen of Craft event, hosted by Wellington Brewery.  This year there are four different sessions, each one covering different aspects of beer making & appreciation.  Sorry boys, this event is for ladies only!  

You can learn more about the event or purchase tickets here.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Welly One-Off - Winter Lager


Here's another label I made for Wellington Brewery's Welly One-Off series.  This time, it was for their Winter Lager.  Wellington Brewery is a big supporter of the Guelph arts community, not only through the One-Off series, but with their coaster project as well. You can check out my other One-Off label here.

Photo Courtesy of Wellington Brewery

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Roe