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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The band inside.
The waterway, part of the Saint Laurence.
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.
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.
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.