Friday, October 30, 2009

Squiggle Finger

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. Eric Carle eat your heart out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


IN THE VEIN OF FOUND ART let's look at the Cheerios box. I enjoy looking at commercial photography and trying to discern the subtext. TD Canada Trust is the best. They've got a whole slough of questionable images. Or how about the Rogers adverts that come in the mail filled with images that make television watching into this amazing group participatory love-in. This content affects human beings. Eye contact is everything.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quill Head

I MISS THE CROW QUILL. I spent 3 years of my youth drawing exclusively with a crow quill following Dave Sim's technique. I drew 5 issues of my black & white indie road movie comic, The Cheeseheads.

This photo was taken of Max MacDonald as a cheesehead circa 1993.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Hungry Ghost #2

HERE'S MY OWN HUNGRY GHOST image. I drew this up and pasted it to the inside of a file drawer. Whenever I'm turning into that vacuum flaky artist person I try to ponder the content of this hasty sketch.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Patty O'Toole

SOMETHING ABOUT THIS NOSE makes me think of the 1970's. Can't quite put my finger on it. I know I'm remembering something perhaps it's cute little Patty O'Toole that I was in love with in kindergarten.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Would You Like Cheese With That?

HERE'S ONE THAT'LL MAKE make you groan. Do you think Botticelli envisioned this future? I saw the original Birth of Venus in Italy along with a whole body of Botticelli paintings and I have to say I think he was an illustrator first, painter second. The white caps on the waters in the background of Venus are so representational. In a time where painters were rock stars and all working for the religious state it is interesting to see what has distilled the test of time.

Apologies for the lack of Blog specific creations. I must say the schedule is too full for that extra 1/2 hour a day these days.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Talk to the Hand

MY COLLEAGUE, DAVID CAESAR HAS just launched his great website. If you want to get blown away with some super-sureal-ism go to:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


AN OLDER PORTRAIT OF Hank Williams the third for EXCLAIM Magazine. Turns out Hank is interested in taking down the country royalty of the Williams name. His live show is 10 times as vile and whiskey fueled ad any ACDC/Whitesnake/Metallica/Judas Priest concert. One of his more memorable lyrics:

"I put the dick in dixie and the cxxt in country."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Absolute Denzel

FOR YEARS NOW I'VE WANTED TO CREATE a feature film that splices together all the performances of one actor into a single narrative. (I'm sure it will be done before too long in this age of deconstruction and the DJ). The idea is that you sequence his like emotional performances together. The effect would be an psycho-emotional strobe ala Herbie Hancock. Here's a series of Denzel Washington photos overlapped to contain Denzel's full range inside one figure. Great actor.

Also came across these incredible photoshop images of celebrities put together.





To see where these came from click HERE.

Friday, October 16, 2009


When I was 12, Shane Kenny held at drawing contest at the local comic book store. This was my submission for the reproduction category. One day I'll find my submission from the Marvel Try-Out Book and post it also.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Show and Title

BEEN HAVING FUN WITH hand lettering. Here's something that's on the drawing board at the moment. It's for a hard cover edition of a novel I illustrated for Daniel Wells at Biblioasis -- Terry Griggs', Thought You Were Dead.

Here are couple other covers for Cormorant Books. I love hand-drawn type!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


LISTENING TO DR. MARTIN Luther King this morning. I picked up a series of CBC Massey Lecture Series recordings from my local second hand book store, Macondo Books. Brilliant. Will listen closely as the days go by and share.

Ran the 5K 23 minutes and 26 seconds.

Monday, October 12, 2009


15 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH of Billy The Kid, William Robinson and Alex Petrie started one of the longest running foot races in North America. Today I'll be participating in the 5km Thanksgiving Day race in my hometown of Guelph, Ontario. They're calling for temperatures between 5 and 8 degrees. I'll let you know how it goes.

Here's a portrait of another runner. Daryl Hannah as Pris from Ridley Scott's masterpiece, Blade Runner. Incidentally, note the 1st person voice over in the vintage Blade Runner trailer. Not Harrison Ford.

Friday, October 9, 2009

That Disneying Feeling

SO DISNEY BOUGHT MARVEL COMICS for 4 uncountable billion dollars. Does that mean we'll see Miley Sirus joining the X-Men? My spider senses are tingling with the post-modern, ouroborosian narrative possibilities at work here. Imagine the weighty Electra plot line you could weave with Billy Ray Sirus entering the marvel canon. There's plenty of Darth Vader dogma to mine here though somehow I can't imagine the accompanying amusement park experiential applications of the topic.

But forget H. Montana for a minute. I want Cher comics. Perhaps Disney could buy Cher, (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) and we could have a whole series of Diva adventures. They could opperate like that strange disco mutant from the 80's that could manipulate light. Dazzler I believe? The singing superheros would howl each other into submission. Mariah vs. Whitney special foil wrapped collectors edition.

But seriously. I do have an idea for a 6 page Cher comic. I'd love to go to Vegas, where she's booked for the next 6 months, and experience the legend and then report on it in comic form. It would be full of sentiment and metaphore. There must be a home for a piece like this out in the world.



Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Logical Fin

THIS CAME UP AT OUR local 'Drink & Draw' event this past Tuesday. Sean suggested that Sir Wilfred Laurier looked more like Leonard Cohen dressed as Spock.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Distress the Process

EVER FIND YOURSELF leaning on old habits? Do you keep playing the same repertoire over and over? (the stuff you're good at?). Try distressing the process. The brain needs to be exercised. Give it a challenge. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and you will be rewarded. (See Picasso below.) I challenge any readers to create a portrait using ketchup and mustard. Have fun and see what happens. Send me your results and I'll post them here. (please do not send originals - ha!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Call & Answer

MY WIFE AND I regularly watch Grey's Anatomy and I have to say the level of gruesome loss and pain in Shonda Rhimes' hit television series and (subsequent follow up sister program, Private Practice) is unprecedented. The emotional pornography on display is becoming too much to bear. But the network is well aware and quickly inserts contrasting advertizing that offers remedy to the suspended ache of a commercial break. I know this isn't a new concept but now, more than ever, advertising is the psyco-salve that answers all of Seattle Grace's tears.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mixed Marx

HERE'S ONE THAT ISN'T CUSTOM FOR the blog but is very recent. The piece accompanies an article in a newish issue of, The Briarpatch about armageddon. Just saw a preview for the new John Cusack everyman film, 2012. What a crazy time to be alive.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blinded by the Dark

BEWARE THE HUNGRY GHOST. My old friend Peter Georgelos tells me of a Buddhist image of the insatiable wandering mouth. It's something that seems more present than ever in our spiritless modern world. I've always found it so compelling that Kennedy chose space as the key to new human frontiers -- a vast black emptiness. I suspect all our answers reside inside of us.

Todays drawing is built from the new 'Cashmere' special edition toilet paper. Special edition to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Not to be a negative nelly but I've had it up to here with ribbons and the co-opting of the unarguable cause (Nick Craine! how can you possibly disagree with this!?). It seems that most charities exist to perpetuate their own existence. Take the magazine fundraiser at my kid's school. Once a year an army of children sign up their grand parents and neighbors for countless subscriptions to Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Macleans etc. in a veiled campaign to raise money for the school. Meanwhile a year down the road the magazine people begin their own campaign with their new database of names and addresses and systematically start selling renewals with no thought of the school children. Just another example of an aspect of our society that is self governing consumerism. 'Let's use the kids to achieve our bottom line'. I know I'm oversimplifying things and yes I'm all for sincere efforts to create awareness and find solutions and cures.

My request is this. Could we please stop co-opting causes to borrow their empathetic capital? Otherwise we are merely wiping our asses with good intentions and continuing to live in the void, our lives unexamined.

Incidentally, the company that creates this product (Kimberly-Clark) uses vast amounts of paper each year to meet consumer demand, and more than 2.5 million tons of this paper is composed of virgin tree fiber. The company is guilty of sourcing from endangered forests and emitting toxic substances such as mercury and dioxin that have devastating effects on the environment and human health. One Kimberly-Clark plant in Washington emitted 26 pounds of mercury into state waterways in the year 2000 alone.