Saturday, July 12, 2014

CANADIAN PULP - Week 1: Bear Child

Final Image



Rough Pencils

Original thumbnail

Last week was the debut of CANADIAN PULP: my six week illustration series running in FFWD. Each week depicts a moment in Canadian history as seen through a pulp fiction lens. I always thought the Americans were really good at glorifying and exploiting their history for narrative sake, and I really think Canada also has a history rich with action, adventure and horror, making it the perfect subject for some pulpy illustrations. And if we learn a little bit about our nations history in the process, then super bonus!

Week 1 focuses on Jerry Potts, who I've referenced in my work before, in this Mountie comic for my fourth year illustration class. You can find out a bit about him here on Wikipedia.

Next week: horror!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fight Comics, Kick Starts!

Jason Mehmel's Fight Comics: Volume 2 was released last April at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and I was very excited to have a story featured within. Vol. 2 features work by other great local artists Ben Rankel, Jackson Gee, and G. Gerald Garcia. You can read the story online HERE.

Here are the pages sans text.

My goal with this story was basically to fill it with as many figures as possible, using various action techniques, each move should lead to the next. The added bit of fun was having the lead character dress himself as he fought, which complicated things exponentially, but made it a hell of a lot of fun.

I'm still hard at work on the Dash Bradbury pitch, but in the meantime, one of my collaborators, Jesse Young, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his anthology Here We Go! It's a great collection of comic tales with some fantastic art that stretches over several genres. Visit the site and show Jesse some love!

The next six weeks will be pretty exciting as I have an illustration series running in FFWD magazine. I will post images as they are released, along with a peek into the process. I've been wanting to draw for FFWD for so damn long, I just can't wait to show you what I've done up to for them. Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Springtime, the Only Pretty Ring Time

Well, I told myself that after school wrapped, I would increase my presence in the comic community and get back to doing some travelling. Happy to report that things are trucking right along and this has been a most busy spring indeed.

Here is the monster sized blog update to prove it!

The Emerald City Comicon took place at the end of March and I had the pleasure of attending, and taking in some of the sights and sounds of the gorgeous city of Seattle. I drove down with Jason Mehmel (looking straight up Street Thug in this photo from the docks) and Young Neil Lalonde. Jackson Gee and Chris Doucher (of Comic Book Therapy) made for some fun hotel roomies and I met a lot of cool folks.

Listening to the Silmarillion audio tapes as Jason and I drove home through the misty Rocky Mountains was another highlight. As well as the crazy cool store filled with mummies, Fiji mermaids and this lovely soothsayer.

...I wish I was big...

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo flew by a few weeks ago. I shared a table with my pals Justin Heggs and Jason Mehmel. I chatted to lots of great people as usual, sold some comics and sketches and spent some time drinking with great comic folk that I don't always get to see. The 4 day con definitely drained my energy, but the experience was so wonderful and upbuilding, I really can't wait till next year. This was my brand new banner in action:

And here are some of the sketches that I whipped up over the 4 day comic extravaganza:

Rocket Raccoon!

Supes and Chubby Batman!


A special request by Andrew Foley (an inside joke from a podcast) for Magneto with his weird helmet horns flipped down into a killer stache! 

Mike C. has been getting sketches from me for years now and I finally feel like my work is at a place where it's worth it. He always requests unique subjects that are out of my sphere of influence and it's always great to take a crack at new characters. Really enjoyed taking reference from the Pogo strip, clearly an influence on Jeff Smith's art style, and a beautiful example of brushwork.

Red Sonja, ready to kick some more ass.

Flash with a Queen injection!

Meow meow. (That hand took forever.)

Cap's shield.

The Black Cat, meow.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.

One of the best nights during the Expo was pizza and drinks at the Hop n Brew. In spite of a surprise swarm of drunken, farting bananas on a pub crawl led by the Cyanide and Happiness crew, we all had a great night.

So let's talk Free Comic Book Day! Chris Peterson and I did free sketches for folks at Alpha Comics and it was a great time, filled with joy and warm feelings, as you can see in the photo below:

Chris Doucher conducted a great interview with Chris and I moments before the store opened. You can listen to it right HERE.

I really love drawing for people, especially watching little kids' faces light up to get their very own drawings of Spiderman and Wonder Woman.

Here are a few more I did throughout the day:

Rocket Raccoon


The one and only Doop.

So yeah, things have been busy, and I've been loving every minute of it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Off the Map Put Me On the Map!

The universe conspired to bring my voice to the masses last week, as a last minute cancellation led to an invitation to be on the radio! CJSW to be precise. (That's me on the left, staring forward into the boundless glory of the marvelous future.)

Roberto Duque was kind enough to invite me to join him, and Septembryo front man Michael Hill, onto the show Off the Map with K. We talked comics, this week's Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, movies and more! It was a ton of fun and we all hope to chat again soon. 

Mike was awesome enough to track down the program and post it online for posterity.

You can listen to the show RIGHT HERE! And be changed forever!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Banner Year

We are cooking now! Been working really hard this week, penciling this amazing little pitch with writers Tim Daniel and Jesse Young. I can't really show it off right now but I know Tim posted this little promo sketch on Facebook so it's open season!

Can't wait to show Dash to the world, but until that glorious moment, I've been taking part in various activities to keep creative and keep in touch with the local community. What better way to do that than the Alpha Comics Cover Challenge!?

Alpha Comics is an amazing local store here in Calgary run by Chris, a super stellar guy and a hell of a comics fan. He's been hosting these challenges at his store and it's been a lot of fun drawing next to all the amazing artists that call Calgary home. Here's the most recent one, judged by the amazing Mr. Scott Snyder! I snagged third place! Wahoo!

See the other entries HERE!

And here was the previous challenge for Wolverine. I actually snagged first place on this one, big thanks to the judge, the illustrious Ryan Stegman.

The other entries can be found by clicking THIS EXACT SPOT.

I'll also be be signing at Alpha Comics during Free Comic Day this May, alongside my sometimes-partner-in-crime Christopher Peterson. Details for the event can be found HERE.

And to wrap things up, with the annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo less than a week away, I decided to make that last big step into the realm of professional artist: MAKING A GIANT BANNER WITH MY NAME ON IT! I used an eye catching piece from fourth year illustration.

And here's the photo Natasha said I shouldn't use because it is unprofessional.

She might be right.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Back From Beyond!

I really can't believe it's been this long since I posted, but what better way to kick things off than BACK FROM BEYOND!?  This motion comic music video for Florida band MASSACRE was created by yours truly, featuring animation by my mega talented friend, Ryder McLean and directed by long-time collaborator Doug Cook.

This beast of a video has been waiting in the rafters for the release of the band's new album and I am thrilled to finally show it off to the world. Ryder and I both used our last semester at ACAD to work on this for Century Media and the band was quite pleased with the final result, which is so damn cool..

I wrote up the story and did the storyboards. Ryder did the amazing backgrounds based off of my super rough drawings. I then drew and coloured all of the figures and passed them off to Ryder to bring them to life. Doug was there the whole way giving feedback and eventually editing the final product.

Sorry about the long absence. I've been doing a lot of comic pitches which take lots of time to finish but don't tend to see the light of day until they've been rejected... or picked up! But rest assured, I will post right when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime,  I'll get right back to work and I'll do my best to update more regularly from now on!

Until then, here are a few pages of GO GETTERS, recently released by Monkeybrain Comics, coloured by myself. It's a super fun comic at an unbeatable price. Really fun to work on, and a great way to flex my muscles as a colourist!

Colours by me, pencils and inks by Christopher Peterson, written by Shawn Aldridge. You can get a full copy of the comic online right HERE!

Talk soon!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Get Abstract and Love It

Every once in a while I get a job that arrives out of the ether of the internet, as opposed to contacts I build through other contacts and conventions and such.  I recently created a book cover for a client who contacted me because his current book title matched with the title of a personal piece I did last year, Tabula Rasa, seen HERE.

While most of my work focuses on the figure, the client really wanted an abstract shape for the cover and I took on the challenge as an opportunity to experiment with various media and Photoshop techniques. These are some of the test designs:

Below is the final cover that the client selected.

The gig went so well that the client asked me to streamline his current logo as well. Below is the original logo that he had been using, my goal was to simplify this logo while keeping similar themes and the essence of what he wanted the logo to say about his company.

Below is the final logo, that we settled on.

And this is the logo without type as it would appear on the spine of the book.

Aaand because I can't do a post without showing off some form of distorted human figure, I have included the last two sketch covers I created for the Alpha Comics Artist Challenge. Alpha Comics is a great local comic store, Chris H. is the owner and is a super nice dude, and the contest itself always has talented, cool contributors.

This Walking Dead cover won me some markers!