Friday, December 24, 2010

(256) Wind Mobility Mural.

This mural work kept me busy for a few days.
This was a team effort, led by William Lazos,
who has done some amazing work.
This was the building after two days of work.

Conditions was less than ideal, low temperatures
thickened paints and brushes, duct tape into shreds,
and adhesives not to stick. Heat guns came in handy.

Paint would start as a liquid, then the consistency of
yogurt, then tooth paste,then glue, then hard ice cream.

We got it done in five days. It warmed up enough
on the very last day. I would do it again, but
maybe wait for warmer weather.

This was the last bit of detail we finished off.
Elana Busan and I got it down to the wire,
with enough time for clean up. Additional
help was provided by fellow Calgary
Artist Dale Bott.

The painting will be up until Spring, another one
will follow...could be a surprise?

Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

(255) Sketches.

 Sketches done while half watching a movie with my Wife,
sometimes I need a little bit of distraction while drawing.
Letting the shapes fall into place organically, spontaneously.

Just having fun.

 Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

(254) North Pole.

Originally done with a fine point pen,
converted to an even vector line.
The image comes out much cleaner,
but more mechanical.

I might colour this one...
what do you think?


Friday, December 10, 2010

(253) Alphabet: A

This was something I'd been thinking about a while back,
and giving it another round of experimentation.
Twenty five more to think about.

Thanks for visiting.


Thursday, December 09, 2010

(252) Sketchbook Dec 9th, 2010

A few sketchbook pages here.
I'm working on a pitch, experimenting with a few
characters and concepts. I like to get the characters
down on paper as it develops.

The images also feed the story ideas.

Always keeping busy.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

(251) Strawberry Head Colouring Book.

The colouring book has a very limited printing.
I am still looking for better paper to print on,
but keep the cost down.It measures 11" X 17"
spiral bound, including ten pages.

The boys have a snack and colour.

This was at the Children's Book Fair & Conference.

This is the last set up at Braeside Craft Show.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(249) Tentacle Cat.

I haven't posted from my sketchbook in a while...
here's one coloured in Photoshop.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(247) Bubble Head.

I've had this little project on the back burner,
too long,time to finish it off.
A couple more to go to compete the set.

This is a "free floating" drawing,
no preconceived ideas, just drawing what
comes to mind and letting the line flow and play.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

(246) Power Up! Party Time!

We are celebrating our sons birthdays today!
They are SUPER boys!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

(244) Roller and Stencil.

I used the paper cut out, from one of the stars, as
a stencil, applying tempera paint with a roller
on white card stock,

I painted ten to make two sets of stars.

Check out the finished product at Paperworks.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

(243)Show Set Up: Design and Construction.

I have a few shows to do, late into this year.
I decided to work a little bit on the presentation,
starting with a few sketches.

My budget is limited, so I took full advantage of the dollar stores.
The biggest piece are two coat hangers for the basic
upright structure. They are collapsible which is a plus.

I bought a couple of aluminum flag poles after Canada Day,
they are the horizontal sections of the display.
Three pieces of lumber covered in black hockey tape,
to hold the frame together, along with screws and wire.

I bought a collapsible wheeled carrying case
and a hang up fabric sweater storage.
Cardboard in between the storage sections
gave it more support, giving me individual cells
to have product and hardware in.
I covered  the cardboard with a vinyl table cloth,
with staples, tape and twist tie.

A black shower curtain, layered with a starred
table cover  provided a backdrop.

A few sticks of bamboo, twine, paperclips and a few more
do-dads make up the display. (This particular one
was a very narrow table.)

I used the sweater storage as a base for my drawings, sitting on the floor.

Everything in this display fits into the wheeled carrying case.
I keep trying to reduce the amount of hardware
I bring with me, the more I can compact my set-up, the better.

Practical problem solving is always fun for me.

Thanks for visiting.


Monday, November 01, 2010

(242) 2010 Halloween: Tank and Rocket.

Compacted stage.

Twist tie assembly

Assembled base.


Another happy Driver.

A little awkward on the stairs. Lights were added to light their way.

We only did a few houses, but it was plenty of candy for the year.

It took about three days to assemble both vehicles,
but I'm always tempted to add on new parts
and keep improving.

Thanks for visiting.


(241) Halloween 2010: Rocket

Testing out the lights.

Lights are plastic food containers

The covering on the ship is a combination
of packing paper and a plastic table cover.
The plastic was almost transparent, so the paper
gave it a white finish.

Lots of tape and glue was also used
to assemble both constructs.

Added black lines with Sharpies marker.

Compacted stage.

Assembled with twist ties.

A happy Boy!