Sunday, November 29, 2009


Hello everyone!
I thought it might be an interesting excercise to record my process, so here goes...
You'll have to forgive my inadequate prose, I am by no means a good writer, but I hope you can all get something out of this regardless.

So I started with a rough idea of what I wanted to do. Some bird women. Sweet. After many a long session of thumbnailing I came up with this little ditty. More than anything I just wanted to paint some hot broads and experiment with creating patterns, so rather than include the figure of Odesseus tied to a mast, writhing in sexual frustration, I chose to keep the focus on the women and have the boat as a tiny background element.
I started with a color comp in photoshop. Just as a personal preference, I like to keep mine fairly tight to make sure the painting process goes as smooth as possible.
This helps me get a rough idea of the values and lighting before I commit to anything on paper.

After I've gessoed the paper and sprayed the drawing with some fixative, I do an acrylic wash of Phthalo blue and burnt umber.

Blocked in darks with a mixture of carmine red, brown, and black. Maybe a little bit of yellow too. I forget.

Starting to block in the feather shapes.


Starting on the background figures...

So the feathers are pretty well done at this point and the background is blocked in. Time to start on the flesh tones!

Laid the shadows in first using a mixture of carmine red, brown and black mixed generously with walnut oil. Midtones was a zinc white mixed with cadmium yellow and for the specular hilights I used the same color as the sky.

The final painting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chris Walter

A cover for the BC edition of Beatroute Magazine. Its a portrait of Chris Walter, a punk author from Vancouver. It was a super fun assignment, and gave me an excuse to experiment with inks and photoshop some more.
Thanks again to Glenn Alderson for giving me the opportunity to create something I otherwise wouldn't have.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Some sketchbook exploration for a new painting I'm working on.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that I have some original work and prints up for purchase!

Friday, November 6, 2009


A recent promotional peice!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Erl King

Finished painting!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Erl King

Here's a sketch and color comp for a work in progress. It's an illustration for a story about a forest king who turns young women into birds.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Beach sketches

Some life drawings from a recent-ish trip to cuba. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


My first go at oils! A painting based off of "The bloody Chamber," a modern re-telling of the bluebeard tale, by Angela Carter. Her whole anthology is the best thing i've read in a long time. I plan to do two more images based off of her wonderfully written, bizarre stories.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beatroute Illo

Illustration for a local music magazine about the new Three Inches of Blood album "Here comes thy doom."
Fuckin' metal, man.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

CD cover

Apologies to the 3 people who actually follow this blog. I've come down with a mad case of the lazies. Buuut...I've got some projects on the go, so expect some more updates soon (ish!).
I'll kick it off with something I've been working on for the past little while. A CD cover for a local rapper. I would have liked to have painted this one traditionally, but time constraints made me turn to photoshop.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Boring Things

I need to get back into painting....
In the meantime, here's some color studies and life drawings! I've noticed a definite trend of red/blue color schemes in my work, and a friend recommended I do some quick film studies to work out of it. The top ones are from Tarsem Sigh's "The Cell" and the bottom are from Luc Besson's "Leon". I'd recommend using a large brush and working quickly, spending no more than an hour per panel. Mine are totally over-rendered :(

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Young Bride

A painting based off of my favourite song of all time.

Friday, February 20, 2009


My submission for this year's Calgary Comic Expo art book. My friend Kim Smith and I got a table will be selling prints and other misc.goodies! Come say hi!