Thursday, July 30, 2015

it's not so easy

Drawn in about ten minutes with a big thick marker.

Birthday Card for K.

I was trying to come up with a birthday card without any historical significance. Patterns are fascinating, not the least for being much simpler taken apart than put together. I put this together by making a series of squares of three different sizes. Making them line up gave me a moments pause. When I took it apart I realised that the whole thing was just a single zig-zag mirror imaged on itself.

There are multiple colour versions, but this one today as it is a birthday card.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

2 men and their ciggies

It was Pride week here in London Ontario (yes, we're a little late), so here's an illustration for the occasion. I made the pencil sketch some time ago, but only recently got around to working it up in ink and colour.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ciao Corto

A drawing inspired by the redoubtable Corto Maltese, hero of the eponymous series by Hugo Pratt. I don't often do fandom-related pictures, but there are exceptions.

The drawing began in black ink, and was finished with photoshop.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Many critics and artists have observed that partial nudity is far more titillating or eroticized (or indecent, if that's your perspective) than full nakedness. This drawing does nothing to disprove the point.

It was drawn from life with a black micron pigma pen.

Friday, July 17, 2015

old cottages

A row of 19th century cottages on the street known only as The Avenue in the village of Compton, near Guildford, in England. I walked out with sketchbook and markers, and sat on the grass to draw.

About forty minutes in, an inhabitant of one of the cottages came out to offer me tea. It was very kind of them.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

two women

Drawn from life with a Copic brush marker at a Keyhole Session in Toronto, Ontario.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015


Antonia posed in the studio I shared with some other students in Florence. The windows faced south, and the hot Italian sun provided a nice raking light that threw her body into sharp relief. The painting took about an hour - you can see that I began with a pencil sketch.

The odd shape to the right is part of a plastic lawn chair.

Friday, July 10, 2015


A quick portrait of the historian Daniel, an expert on the religious culture of 6th century France (or Francia, as it was called at the time).

Monday, July 6, 2015

Working on a drawing

A look at a big and complicated drawing at the inking stage. With pictures like this, I usually draw  out the whole composition in pencil first, before setting pen to paper.

You can see the finished drawing here.

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