Monday, December 28, 2009

NW2G Pencils Part 1

Christmas is over, and the nun was busy. The Vampires didn't do so well over the holidays...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More ApeekA Zoo

New animals were added to the ApeekA Zoo app. You can find it in iTUNES.

Here's a few more designs that I did.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

NW2G Thumbs Part I

Here are some shots of the thumbnails I did for the first issue. I drew directly in the script that I wrote, and did them a lot smaller than I have in the past.

These will make no sense.


This is a design sketch for a vampire security team. I've decided on a slightly different approach now, so this thing is obsolete. Good thing, because his right hand really sucks.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

NW2G Development

A few sketches as I prepare to draw the Nun With 2 Guns story.

First up are some explorations of the characters she encounters in issue 1.

Now onto the Nun herself. I realised that her design wasn't as clear in my head as I thought.

Ignore the top left of the image below. It was inspired by Patricio Betteo, and has nothing to do with this...

My goal is to treat her nun clothing as close to a silhouette as possible. I'm more interested in just playing with the shape. Of course, this is what I say now. I could get into the story and chicken out.

Okay, I'm getting closer with this last group.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Nun With 2 Guns on the desk

The above pic is what my desk looked like last month. It's only SLIGHTLY less cluttered now.

This one is a shot of a Halloween House I designed for another app. It should be out soon. Just in time for Halloween... 2010? You can't tell from the photo, but the drawing is pretty giant. I think it ended up being 17" x 20". I can never draw that type of stuff small for some reason. It's a bunch of 8.5" x 11" pieces of paper taped together.

The following pics are some sketchbook shots.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Nun With 2 Guns

This was a thing that started over in the comments section of WJC's blog.

I hope to do another one when I get a spare minute or two. This was a quick doodle in my sketchbook. The spelling of PREY is intentional.

If you haven't seen Warwick Johnson Cadwell's work before, go


His work is AWESOME.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ApeekA Zoo

It's a sea of apps out there folks. They're all the rage. I recently worked on an app called ApeekA Zoo.

I didn't do any of the technological wizardry, but I did get to design and colour all of the characters and backgrounds. A selection of which, you can see here.

The app is for toddlers I guess aged 2-4, it's designed to teach them their animals. The plan is to update the app with new animals on a regular basis.

The App can be purchased from iTunes HERE

You can also see the apps in action at THIS youtube page.

So pick your little one up a fun little app, and if you like, leave some positive feedback on iTunes.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Jersey Gods #8!!!

A while ago I was lucky enough to be asked to do a pin up for Jersey Gods, an Image Comic by Glen Brunswick and Dan McDaid.

This is that pin up.

Go pick yourself up a copy. It's a fun read. Really fun.


More fun than you're having right now.

Especially if you're still reading this blog.

Why are you still here?

You should be half way to your local comic shop by now!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Save the TATAs

I recently did a poster for a breast cancer charity event associated with their END OF SUMMER SCORCHER concert.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Concept Art

This is a piece of concept art I did for a personal project. The initial idea is to make it into an animated TV show, but that most likely will never happen. Instead, I may repurpose the idea into a short film some day, if I'm feeling ambitious.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

B-DAY time again.

Here's a dump of a few recent birthday drawings...

This one (above) I did for my wife. I drew it in photoshop but then printed it out on this nice textured blue paper. I was happy with the final result so, I scanned the card for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Acrylic on Board

My latest painting. It has been months since I've had time to do a new painting. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going...

I think this is the first in a series.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Radio Banners

Here are a bunch of banners I did a while back for the 98KUPD website redesign.

All of the artwork for these banners is 100% digital. An approach I usually don't take, but for what was needed, I think worked best. They were all designed to have transparent BG's since there was a pre-existing BG for them to be placed over on the site. I threw some flat colour into the BG's on most of them for this post.

These first two were tests essentially so that I could dial into a style that they were looking for. In the end, I ended up using a different style for almost every banner. It was actually quite fun.

Here, I was attempting a kind of photocopied, high contrast look similar to the opening titles for the TV show CHUCK. It instead ended up being a little more tonal than I wanted. Doesn't matter, they didn't like it.

Feeling the portrait approach for the Morning Sickness was odd since I usually draw the morning show as very cartoony caricatures, I attempted a digital painterly approach similar to the awesome work of Kevin Dart. Only Holmberg got into this attempt because the test was shot down by everyone.

Unsure of where to go next, I moved on to some of the other DJ's.

Larry McFeelie loves Star Wars so, it was a no brainer to attempt a Drew Struzan look for his banner. I'm relatively happy with the outcome. I was concerned I wouldn't be able to capture that look using 100% digital, but I think I did a decent job of pulling it off.

The banners on the final website, are quite small and on some of the portraits I worked a lot bigger initially, like the McFeelie image so, here's the full version... I wish the hands were done better. Initially they were going to be cropped out of the banner entirely, but then the final dimensions were changed. Hopefully I won't make that mistake again, and make EVERYTHING as good as possible, just in case.

Next up was Fitz. For his banner I went with an image based on an artist that drew a Henry Rollins SPOKEN WORD shirt that I got at one of his shows. If I knew the artist's name, I would certainly credit his or her inspiration. I think I saw that they smartly changed the graphic on his shirt to 98KUPD for the actual banner.

The Shan-Man was just a quick painterly sketch. Just seemed to work for this one. Don't know why.

And then Bret Vesely; some refer to him as the overnight girl. My approach for him was Shepard Fairey. I looked at his Obama Portrait amongst other things. At this size you can't see that the tonal treatment is actually all lines, but it is. Most of these styles were quite a stretch from my normal cartoony style. I haven't had to do actual portraits or realistic drawings since art school.

Now it was back to THE MORNING SICKNESS. Even though they had said they wanted something different, I think I went too far from what they're used to. This time I went with the same style I used for the FITZ image. It was different enough from how I usually draw them, while still echoing what they've come to expect from me. It was approved. Success!!!

It's the small victories folks.