September 11, 2014 0

Pencil Drawings

By in black and white, pencil


The building is from a book called “Forgotten Architecture” and is a brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Would be interesting to see if it is still standing. Not a lot of fun to draw, however. Still, I want to do more architecture and machines.

Even though I drew it in brown pencil, it scanned dark, so I tweaked the colours. I’ll use straight lines next time, and better perspective, but I like the wiggly.



September 8, 2014 0

Further sketches from the last while

By in black and white, color, Coloured Pencils, heads, sketches, watercolor, watercolour


A page of pencil sketches. Something Harry Potter-y, and more people, drawn with watercolour pencils both activated and not.



September 8, 2014 0

Still Scrawling

By in color, Coloured Pencils, horses, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

I still draw a lot in my little books, but I haven’t been updating the blog every day like I used to. Maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age, or more choosy of what I put up. Here, I’m not being choosy, but this is a little of what I’ve been doing as of late.



August 26, 2014 0

Scenes from Life

By in color, montreal, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolour

Sketch of my bike I drew in my friend’s back yard over the weekend. Can you find the cat?


Sketch of some tables in a local park.


This is a boy bike riding in the empty wading pool at that same park:


August 26, 2014 0

Feathered T Rex sketches

By in color, Coloured Pencils, dinosaurs, sketches

I love dinosaurs. Always have. Still, I’m trying to keep up with current thought on what they looked like, and not just redraw old images that probably didn’t exist. I like the idea that even the carnivorous ones were probably not monsters, but animals out in the wild.

Also, during my summer I worked at the Calgary zoo, I spent some time looking at the raptors (that’s carnivorous birds: hawks, eagles and owls), and the cassowary. That one was an intimidating creature, and it’s fun to think of that beast while trying to re-think dinosaurs.


Unfortunately, I drew a horse head too close in the corner (these sketchbooks are getting cramped!) But there you are.


Will have to do more research, anyhow. These are also interesting to me as ways of messing with colour schemes, and underpainting, to make the pictures look more vivid and bright.

August 22, 2014 0

Eccentric Paintings of People and Pets

By in cats, color, dogs, paintings, parks, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

I’m not fond of the new way Flickr has of embedding one’s graphics. I just want you to be able to see the one image, not scroll along to a lot of others.

Generally, I’ve been embedding them into the website, which is probably a better solution, but I worry about all those graphics piling up and taking room. Still, a few posts earlier on have gone blank (the link somehow changed) and I’m not sure at all about my whole older blog on blogger. May try to get that one back, if I can “export” it. Websites are such a pain.

But I am updating my portfolio to show my web work, so there you go.

August 17, 2014 0

Digital Woman

By in color, digital, women


I thought the tear helped make the picture. Still not as fun for me as watercolour.

August 16, 2014 0

Watercolour Man

By in color, men, paintings, watercolor, watercolour


Just something I found on the computer; looked cool.

August 15, 2014 2

The 2014 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec Garlic Festival is Coming

By in black and white, color, Coloured Pencils, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women


This is my T-shirt design for the 2014 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec Garlic Festival. That event will happen next week, August 23, 2014. Finally saw the design in print last night at the get-together for volunteers. This happened at a pretty little place called the Coop du Grand Orme.

Snaps of things are below. The band is Caroline Racicot and co. Did some sketches while I was there. You can see them after the photos.





Caroline Racicot & band



This is the T-Shirt in action, on Daniel, the founder of the Garlic Fest. Next to him is Patti, who helps organise things, and roped me in.


Here I am receiving the plaudits of the crowd, for my fine work.

Caroline Racicot & band

The band inside.


The waterway, part of the Saint Laurence.

Caroline Racicot & band

My sketch of the band, with watercolour pencils.


Later scribble of the guitar player, in pen, without pencil to help!


Patti’s awesome helper, Naomie.

August 8, 2014 0

More Morning Painting

By in color, paintings, watercolor, watercolour

Actually, working on things I started earlier. Just trying things.



August 7, 2014 0

Morning Page

By in color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women


August 4, 2014 0

Impression of parc Médéric-Martin

By in montreal, paintings, parks, sketches, watercolor, watercolour


July 31, 2014 0

1940s Canadian Gas Ration Coupons

By in ruttan's place

Gas Ration Coupons 2

Something interesting I found, going through my files looking at old cartoons the other night. An envelope full of old gas ration coupons from my Great Grandpa’s business in Hardisty, Alberta. I don’t think I have the stickers that were supposed to go in the windshield, but all the other items, plus the old stamps, are amazing. I’ve linked to a photo set showing everything. Hope that’s good.

July 31, 2014 0

Fritz the Hobbit

By in black and white, comics, old comics

A twitter exchange with a University of Calgary alumnus reminded me of this comic I did way back in 1979, for the University of Calgary GAUNTLET. Unhappily, I couldn’t find the first episode in my files, so this is all I’ve got. The narrative is already a little shakey, because I think installments came out only occasionally, over a number of months. Also, I left some words out, plus there was some strange layout made by actually cutting up a page (*gasp!*) and spreading it over a page. Did Jack Kirby or Bill Watterston ever have to worry about this?

I’m amazed at all the space the editors of the Gauntlet gave me. One of these comics covers an entire broadsheet newspaper page! It would have been kind of a pain in the neck to scan, so I hope you can enlarge these snapshots.

The calligraphy was kind of cool. I made Sam a girl, which confused some people, but was more fun to draw.

Obviously it’s inspired by the “Fritz the Cat” comics of R. Crumb, but actually has more to do with the movie version of Lord of the Rings released by Ralph Bakshi around that time.

Lots of the humour was inspired by the movie “Animal House,” and I note some references to the situation in the MidEast, which doesn’t ever seem to change.

There are so many old cartoons in those files. Makes me feel downright prolific. Much more fun seeing it come out in a newspaper, rather than simply going up on the web.

Going through my files was like getting reacquainted with a person I knew, but hadn’t seen in a while. Many cartoons, some of them embarassingly crudely drawn, sometimes offensive, but on the whole they were funny. I may put up some more, if anyone cares.






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