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A buncha handsome artists are collectively paying our respects to HP Lovecraft. Headed by horror fanatic and guru, Trevor Henderson. I’m REALLY looking forward to drawing something completely dark and perverse. Lately, I’ve been doing commissions that are very conservative some might say, so it’ll be a nice contrast. A nice, horrifying, bloody, perverted contrast …
A wonderful commission in progress. I am in love with this piece already. I wanna rub it on my chest. Buy it dinner. Sleep beside it at night … etc
For about 25 long years of my existence, I never used paint. Ever. Pure pencil – and rarely, I’d use ink. I felt that the aliveness, or energy of the raw pencil lines were the most important part of my drawings. In some cases, that is true; but ultimately it was my reluctant nature to travel into a new expressive style. Being a hardcore graphic novel fan can do that to you.
This is my first painting. This was the beginning. Now, when I say painting, I mean the first painting I’ve done that wasn’t a colour study or gradient project. This was the first painting I made where it was just me and some tubes of gouache. It was love at first sight. The way the paint took to the illustration board was like watching two soulmates make love for the first time and then; symbiosis. Ectosymbiosis to be exact. Then, just to test things out I traced the outer lines with blue and red ink from micron pens and the ink held and soon dried perfectly. I was sold. I haven’t stopped since. My second painting was actually that of Dr. Gonzo – which is on this blog somewhere. These paintings were created in 2005 or maybe 2006. I’ve re-painted Dr. Gonzo since then, but the background remains untouched. For this painting I was inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. I was actually trying to replicate the animation style as if youcould actually see the squid moving in your mind like that of Tetsuo’s transformation in the movie.
I love gouache. Imma marry it.
On October 14th I’ll be exhibiting some pieces for the Get Your Ass to Mars show at Function 13. This show was originally set for September, but … yeah. Stuff happens. There’s a bunch of new artists set up for the show, as well as familiar faces. I’ll post the details later. In poster form. For now; here’s a sneak peek brought to you by Nolan and myself. We collaborated on this a while ago and it turned out awesome.
11 x 17
Gouache and ink
I was asked to do a portrait of Ganesha, son of Parvati, but put my own spin on it. Ganesha’s large ears are to listen more, his big head is used to think about the bigger picture, his small eyes are for concentration, his broken tusk contrasting the full tusk symbolizes keeping the good and letting go of the bad, his trunk symbolizes high efficiency and adaptability. Ganesha has four arms as well, so represented that with the four hands.
It was a fun painting and it will be featured in the Get Your Ass to Mars show in September.
11×17 gouache and ink
I had an assignment in second year illustration at OCADU questioning the contents of my fridge. My answer was this abstract piece. Basically, samsara, and additives.
Gouache and ink