I am a writer and visual artist specializing in children's books and adult fiction. I show my visual art regularly and make my living as full time artist. Sketching and drawing are a crucial part of my job.
I specialize in book design, cartooning, illustration, painting, pencil drawing, phtography, publishing, storyboards, writing.
The second page of Steel Cloud has our heroes, Hardball and Riley with their band going on the road to perform. Little do they know they're going to have some trouble.
This is the sexiest page in an upcoming book I'm printing for Rogue Planet Books. It's a book of comics I did many years ago. I'm a bit embarrassed by some of it, but the drawings were great.
The background of this painting is created by these two girls. I had daughters of a friend paint a canvas and then I painted them into their painting. It could be a commentary on modern art, but it's ore just for fun and makes for a cool image.
Dr. Fiasterstra is a superhero character for my Ultragang Comic story. He has only one scene.
Pencil sketch for a cover for a book I'm working on.
Crosshatching was used to build up the shadows. It's probably my favourite drawing technique. Works best with pen and ink. This is the cover image for one of my children's picture books.
Acrylic on paper, this small work is one of a bunch for a children's picture book.
A watercolour illustration for the book, The Girl from the Moon. One day I'll finish the book.
River painted the background and I painted him into his picture.
I'm hoping to finish off this children's book this year. It's a lot of work. Too many illustrations - so many the printing cost will jump, so I might have to find a publisher for this one, rather than self-publish. This is acrylic on paper.
An oil portrait painting of fellow I knew in Victoria, B.C.
In the style of Lucien Freud, this little painting didn't take long, but was fun and an accurate representation of the model. Plus size models are often just as interesting as many of the thinner models we got in drawing sessions. Beauty exists for different people in different ways. Character is certainly a big aspect.
Done mostly with oil bar, this is more akin to a sketch than a painting. It's great when you can get loose with the process and end up with something that looks like a finished work.
This is the centre section of a cartoon I did back in my university days for the student newspaper. It was fun to do, but took a lot of time. I hope to put it into a collection of comics.
Playing with faces is fun and I can see where this might actually suggest some kind of meaning, although I can't yet put my finger on it.
A fun experiment. I wonder what this would like in full colour.
In my Blue Star sketchbook serious art has been interrupted by two cartoon characters I came up with years ago that I drew for my university student newspaper. They're back! Adolescent silliness returns with the adventures of Hardball and Riley. There's a bit of allegory at work in this story, so it's not as infantile as it first seems. They are certainly fun and my main characters are very easy to draw. I do sometimes spend too much time on the background.
Another little practice run - drawings from my head with no sketching beforehand. A bit risky, but results can astonish.
This is a little practice run with faces, all drawn from my head without sketching in pencil first.
I used to do cartoons!
An automatic drawing, everything is out of my head with only the briefest idea of a story line. I played around with shapes and lines and shading to see what affect would result. It was fun, but time consuming.