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.
Emma holds a mug. I like drawing hands and faces, so why not have them closer together?
One of our best models at the drawings sessions for the Illustrator's Society in Victoria, B.C.
Sometimes it's not just the face that make the drawing, but the cloths that fit.
Erinn, a fantastic model, sits on a little podium.
This is a stream of consciousness drawing. Turned out okay.
An etching from my university fine art days.
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.
This pen and ink drawing is in a poetry book.
Sketch of girl in Mexico, from a photograph.
Did this doodle while working at my vendor's booth at the local Country Market.
I used to do cartoons!
A representative of the United Nations came so speak at Lakehead University years ago and I did this drawing of him.
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.
A fun drawing to do. I usually do a lot of crosshatching, but for this one I went for the smoothness, better to capture the light, I suppose, where crosshatching can be a little distracting. Or look like hair! As some have said.
This drawing, with a bit of watercolour, was done years ago in North Vancouver during a figure drawing session. Probably 15 - 20 minutes. Watercolour, subtly employed, can have wonderful affects. The challenge of working fast forced me to ditch excess thinking. And it's funny, because at first I thought, "Oh, this is terrible." Then the next day, with fresh eyes, or checking out the drawing in a mirror, I think, "Wow! How did I not see how good this is?" Never throw out your artwork immediately after a drawing session. Give them a few days and look at your work with fresh eyes.
This was inspired by driftwood and a bit of a fantasy landscape Idea.
A sketch of a friend.
I ran a figure drawing class in Victoria, B.C. for a couple years. It was a lot of fun and my drawing got better quickly.
Rapidograph Pens used to create this image with lots of crosshatching. Drawn from my head.
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.