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.
A drawing from a photo of a friend. I don't trace as it wrecks a good degree of individuality the artist has. I like to practice drawing once in a while to keep up to speed. And I draw a lot when sketching out ideas for projects. I might do an entire children book all in pencil.
Christine is a beautiful model in Victoria who looked supremely amazing in the simplest of clothes.
This very small sketch/doodle, enlarged, inspired a six foot tall painting. The background on the painting is incomplete. I'm back at this work in progress based on this small image from a sketchsheet. This painting will appear at my solo show in Thunder Bay in a couple years.
This is a combination of pen and ink, watercolour, pencil crayon, and marker.
This is essentially a large sketch in oil, using oil bar primarily. It's fun to do and the bar limits the ability to get details, forcing the user to be more expressive.
An image for an upcoming poetry book, using lots of crosshatching with Rapidograph pens.
My three nieces doodled all over the background of this canvas and I did the painting of Neve in the foreground. I'll get my other two nieces painted in the summer.
From a Victoria drawing session.
This is a section of a larger drawing to be used in a children's book - one day in the future.
A portrait of a friend.
Done for fun, this one ended up in a chapter book I'm working on.
Steve is a musician and head sound engineer for Microsoft in Seattle. I drew him after visiting, trying to capture a bit o the otherworldliness of his music.
Tim was a great model. He started shy and then became emboldened when the women in the class wanted him to return soon.
Instead of a sketchbook I draw - doodle - on a table top sized sheet of 100lb paper. This allows me to cross-pollinate visual ideas more easily.
Part of a huge doodle. Started as a doodle while I talked to a friend on the phone. She was one of those non-stop-don't-interupt-me talkers. I got hours of work done while on the phone. It ended up being purchased by our local public gallery for $4,000 bucks. Not bad! And I may use it in a future children's book.
From a figure drawing session in North Vancouver.
This is a section of a very large drawing. The entire drawing was a massive doodle that could be used in a children's book one day.
Chandra was a wonderful model who posed for me in North Vancouver years ago.
One of our best models at the drawings sessions for the Illustrator's Society in Victoria, B.C.
This is a drawing for a poetry book. Sometimes I do the drawing first and then write the poetry.
Chalk pastels on paper