- The Canadian Cinema Art Show-

I took part in another great group exhibition hosted by Hashtag gallery Ltd. right here in Toronto last month. The Canadian Cinema Art Show was curated by Jono Doiron (@jonodoiron) and was a great opportunity for both guests and participants to take a closer look at some of the amazing film coming from Canada.

My piece was based on Denis Villeneuve’s 2010 film β€œIncendies”

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- Fan Art -

- His Dark Materials [Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass] -

Philip Pullman takes us on a dangerous adventure following two children through the multiverse. For the last decade I have been reading and re-reading these dark and magical stories and I have only now completed the entire series for the first time and moved on to his next trilogy The Book of Dust.

Here are a few fan drawings I did back in 2016 - the last time I tried to power through the entire trilogy - while travelling through Eastern Europe.

top to bottom - Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the stray cat - Lyra and Iorek Byrnison - Serafina Pekkala and Kaisa - Lee Scorseby and Hester - Lady Salmakia and her dragonfly -

- FOODIES -

More from the latest exhibition from Light Grey Art Lab - about the things we eat.

 (sorta) Shepherd's Pie alongside A LOT of talented people. See everyone else - here -

(sorta) Shepherd's Pie alongside A LOT of talented people. See everyone else -here-

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- 2018 Gallery Shows -

I've had the pleasure of participating in three group exhibitions so far this year The first was put on by Hashtag Gallery (here) and co-curated by Jono Doiron (check him out here).

The next two are being put on Light Grey Art Lab (here), the second of which opens April 27th (so you're only getting a peek here).

Hashtag Gallery [Toronto, ON] :

 Artists were asked to submit one line-only drawing which was then passed on to another participant. Each individual interpreted their assigned drawing, completing the image in the medium of their choice and in their own, personal style.  My drawing "Archaeopteryx" went on to Brian Roppel ( here ) and I was lucky enough to work with the curator Jono Doiron on his drawing "Fetch" (from Jono's Instagram : "...inspired by blur frames in classically animated (hand drawn) cartoons. In cartoons, blur frames are nearly undetectable frames that last less than a second used to space separate drawings between a fast action...").

Artists were asked to submit one line-only drawing which was then passed on to another participant. Each individual interpreted their assigned drawing, completing the image in the medium of their choice and in their own, personal style.

My drawing "Archaeopteryx" went on to Brian Roppel (here) and I was lucky enough to work with the curator Jono Doiron on his drawing "Fetch" (from Jono's Instagram : "...inspired by blur frames in classically animated (hand drawn) cartoons. In cartoons, blur frames are nearly undetectable frames that last less than a second used to space separate drawings between a fast action...").

Light Grey Art Lab [Minneapolis, MN] :

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 "The Host With the Most" :   Inspired by (but not directly referencing) entomopathogenic fungi. There are many different types of this terrifying parasite, many of which (maybe all?) specialize in a specific type of insect host. Spores settle on the exterior of the host's body and eventually (given the right conditions) germinate and bore into the body cavity, taking over the insect in question.  The full process can result in paralysis or sometimes erratic, involuntary behavior, and untimately DEATH πŸ’€ Some species (like ants) recognize this bizarre behavior and attempt to immediately ostracise the individual. Workers (at their own risk) will carry the infected individual far away from the colony in order to protect the masses.  After death, (again, given the right conditions) some sort of formed fungus grows from the host corpse and the beautiful cycle starts over again πŸ„ [I need to thank Wikipedia and my boy, Sir David Attenborough for filling me in on this natural phenomenon]

"The Host With the Most" : 

Inspired by (but not directly referencing) entomopathogenic fungi. There are many different types of this terrifying parasite, many of which (maybe all?) specialize in a specific type of insect host. Spores settle on the exterior of the host's body and eventually (given the right conditions) germinate and bore into the body cavity, taking over the insect in question.

The full process can result in paralysis or sometimes erratic, involuntary behavior, and untimately DEATH πŸ’€ Some species (like ants) recognize this bizarre behavior and attempt to immediately ostracise the individual. Workers (at their own risk) will carry the infected individual far away from the colony in order to protect the masses.

After death, (again, given the right conditions) some sort of formed fungus grows from the host corpse and the beautiful cycle starts over again πŸ„ [I need to thank Wikipedia and my boy, Sir David Attenborough for filling me in on this natural phenomenon]

 Participating artists created an image of a specific dish that is near and dear to their hearts for the group exhibition opening later this month. In addition to prints that will be displayed in Light Grey's brick and mortar gallery space, each artist also designed a recipe card featuring their illustration on the front and everything you need to know to make these meals at home!  Once a year, Light Grey puts together a show with a collaborative project aspect where each artist receives their own collection of the works involved. My box of recipe cards is on its way and I can't wait to see what every one else has contributed!

Participating artists created an image of a specific dish that is near and dear to their hearts for the group exhibition opening later this month. In addition to prints that will be displayed in Light Grey's brick and mortar gallery space, each artist also designed a recipe card featuring their illustration on the front and everything you need to know to make these meals at home!

Once a year, Light Grey puts together a show with a collaborative project aspect where each artist receives their own collection of the works involved. My box of recipe cards is on its way and I can't wait to see what every one else has contributed!

- Winter 2018 -

The last couple of months have consisted of hiding from the cold, planning an upcoming trip and working on a few new submissions that I can't post quite yet... Here's a little sneak peek!

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- Fan Art -

If you've been following my work for the past couple of years, you may have noticed a lot of fan art... Reimagining my favourite characters has been one of the best forms of motivation and inspiration for me. Fan art has greatly contributed to my artistic development, but more recently and more importantly, it's helped me remember why I love drawing so much and why I've been doing it my entire life. 

In the next year I intend to put more of a focus on original ideas, but I will continue to highlight some of may favourite fan art sources, personal work, and artists to follow, right here.

- PokΓ©mon -

Instagram has recently seen a rush of PokΓ©fans inventing their own regions and detailed PokΓ©dex entries. Alongside these ambitious creators are plenty of artists, illustrators, designers, and fans of all descriptions (myself included) reimagining classic creatures in their own style, here are a few of my favourite artists to follow:

ONE @macintyrerath / @mickeysmons / @rizoyoregion

- Winter Market Highlights -

Pixel & Bristle was a great time, as I knew it would be. Getting together with a group of such talented people is always an awesome, inspiring, and humbling experience. Here I am, next to my collaborative project The C Word (check it out) and the greeting card series' creator, John.

Check out Pixel & Bristle's Instagram account for a little glimpse at yesterdays market (here).

- What's In The Bag? -

- Pixel & Bristle : Winter Market - Tomorrow [ Saturday, November 25th ] - The Drake Underground - 10AM - 4:30PM -

Tomorrow will be your first opportunity to get a Fan Art Mystery Bag!!! But, what's inside?

Although the key word here is 'mystery', you are guaranteed to find:

  • ONE full-colour original drawing (5x7)
  • ONE black and white mini print (sizes vary)
  • ONE zine
  • ONE double-sided, full-colour postcard
  • ONE hand drawn sticker
  • ONE blank mini booklet
  • AND MORE!
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- Pixel & Bristle : Winter Market -

Come by The Drake Underground this Saturday from 10am - 4:30pm and cross some unique gifts off your shopping list.

- Fan Art Mystery Bags! -

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST : pick up your very own Fan Art Mystery Bag, each bag includes ONE full-colour, 5 x 7 original drawing, along with a pile of other fun work featuring a wide range of beloved characters.

Tune in to Instagram to see what other surprises you can expect to find!

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- Pixel & Bristle Vendors Announced -

- Located at The Drake Underground, Saturday, November 25th, 2017 from 10am to 4:30pm -

It's time for another Pixel & Bristle (check out past events here) Design Market! This winter edition is sure to provide all the trendy, hand-crafted, cute and sleek things you'll need for that aesthetically inclined person in your life (even if that means yourself).

I love being a part of this market (put on by type-based collective Ligatures YYZ) and can't wait to share some surprises I'll be bringing with me. Until then, here is the full list of vendors this year.

- October Drawing & Season of the Bad Guys Club 2 -

originally posted November 12th, 2017 ]

If you followed Craig Gleason's popular drawing challenge, you already know about the mind-blowing number of drawings produced by a diverse group of artists, both established and up and coming. I followed a lot of artists through the month, seeing other people's progress was a great source of motivation, and inspiration. Unfortunately I won't be mentioning every artist, but here are three of my top picks:

ONE @pencilbandit

- Season of the Bad Guys Club 2 -

- Drawing Challenge Complete! -

originally posted November 1st, 2017 ]

The end of October means the end of another Season of the Bad Guys Club. This year was the second month-long drawing challenge put out by the club's founder Craig Gleason (find him on Instagram - @craig.gleason) and it brought out a hoard of returning fans and a wave of new artists looking to join in the debauchery.

This year, rather than keeping everything in a sketchbook, I chose to produce larger, single page originals in the hopes of stepping up details, improving my non-digital rendering, increasing productivity habits, and further supporting the idea that not everything I start ends up in my ever-growing "in-the-works" folder...

Stay tuned for more information on prints and originals for sale.

- Season of the Bad Guys Club 2 -

originally posted October 16th, 2017 ]

- Halfway Through, Looking Back -

I participated in the first Season of the Bad Guys Club at a time when my drawing habits were really starting to gain some momentum. A lot has contributed to the steps I've made with drawing the past two years, but drawing challenges like this have provided invaluable opportunities for practice and personal development. For your viewing pleasure, my drawings from last year scanned from my sketchbook:

- Juggling Blogs -

originally posted October 3rd, 2017 ]

The past two years have been busy and full of changes. One thing, however, remains unchanged; my inability to commit to and regularly update a single blog platform.

One of the main reasons I use social media is to build platforms which compliment my website by getting a little more personal about my work and creating a timeline that is more regularly updated.

So what does this mean? Well, I'm sure I will continue to flip-flop all over the internet, throwing secondary content in every place I can think of, but for now, I will keep updating Tumblr with more of my drawing, illustration, and photos, and this page will feature more 'news' and writings about current events involving me.

Enjoy!