August 13, 2023 0

Jack R.’s Patreon

By in sketches

I haven’t been able to put this on the sidebar of my site. But I’ve created a Patreon Page. People can visit it, see cool stuff maybe you can’t see here, and make contributions and such-like. It’s what artists are doing these days.

You can also write me and ask for a commission. A watercolour of a photo you like, a family member, pet or scene. Here’s the link!

August 11, 2023 0

Skinny Nameless Punk

By in sketches

My comic strip I created with Richard Gagnon has flown the coop for the moment. I think I need to update my “comicpress” theme, and am afraid they want money from now on. Still, I’m working on it, and in the meanwhile, I did a little drawing of him to practice my digital drawing skills.

August 6, 2023 1


By in Blender 3D

Of course, they have some new kind of name, which I forget at the moment. (“Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”!)

These were made in Blender, which I am still fooling with, but seems to change a lot, so it’s hard to keep up with the new interfaces and all.

I like the finish on the one in the back, but have no idea how that happened.

August 5, 2023 0

Yelling People!

By in color, Coloured Pencils, heads, pencil, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

I have to update my blog, template and all, to add new, modern things.

I hope not a ton of pop-ups, etcetera. Still, this is a recent sketchbook page I actually worked on today!

I’m setting up a Patreon link, and also have a cool illustration thing I’m going to share soon!

Please stay tuned!

July 19, 2023 0

Newish Pages

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, brush pen, color, horses, men, pencil, sketches

Newish sketchbook pages.

You know, I used to put up a drawing every day, and felt unhappy if I didn’t.

But these days, while I’m still drawing a lot, I’m not blogging as much.

Social Media is strange. I loved Twitter, but they seem to be doing as much as they can to ruin it.

Instagram is supposed to be the place, but they want you to put in “reels,” and their format for graphics always cuts something important off.

Facebook … I’m not getting what they’re doing with it. My notifications seem to have disappeared.

But even though some things need updating, this is still my space. “Have a great day,” as others are wont to say. I’m still surviving, and have new, interesting things to share.

June 29, 2023 0

Old Me

By in Gouache, heads, men, self-promotion, sketches

Old old self-portrait. Mid 2000’s, I think.

June 21, 2023 0

QE Health

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, sketches

Sketches from the waiting room of the Queen Elizabeth Health Centre in Montreal. I was there to accompany a friend.

No one seems to mind me doing this. Cat and maus are imaginary….

June 16, 2023 0

Gene Luen Yang

By in black and white, cats, collaboration, comics, sketches

Back in the early 2000s, I got to do a workshop at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Book Festival with the great Gene Luen Yang. A movie adaptation of his graphic novel American Born Chinese is currently coming out.
The book the movie is based on is an amazing exploration of being young and having a Chinese background when you are living in North America. Certainly opened my eyes to a lot.
Here are a couple of drawings I created at the workshop. Not brilliant character design, but I was collaborating with the rest of the people at the table, and most of them weren’t artists.

He told me some interesting things. For instance, one of the hardest parts of drawing was getting your characters to stand up straight inside the panel. (computers can fix this, of course, but then you don’t have nice original art to sell).
His other point was to have one story happening on the page, but then implying a second story going on inside the characters’ heads.
But the coolest thing for me at the time, was hearing about Avatar: The Last Airbender. I picked the series up on DVD from the local video store, and it was a revelation to me.

May 10, 2023 0

Guest Cat and Random Bird

By in cats, color, Jack's House of Cats, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Things seen outside my friend’s back door window. Painted in watercolour in my cheap Dollarama sketchbook.

March 20, 2023 0

Random Sketchbook Page

By in heads, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Like, from about 2018 or 19? I used to put these up when I did them. But got out of the habit, what with Facebook and all taking over from personal blogs…..

March 8, 2023 0

Bad Paper Squirrel

By in sketches, watercolour

Now this critter was painted on incredibly lightweight paper (one of those make your own greeting card packs). She cockled up very badly, but I was able to flatten her.

Reminds me of a story about a job I worked at, colouring cels for an animated TV show that never made it to air….

March 8, 2023 0

Whoever this guy is…..

By in color, digital, Portraits, sketches

March 7, 2023 0

Watercolour Therapy

By in color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Got a ton of thick, good quality watercolour paper lately.

So, I’m just trying to paint, without worrying about ruining good paper. Not all of these are masterpieces, or will go on walls.

But they feel good to do.

Watching the paint dry, as Jill Thompson put it. I wonder what she’s doing, these days?

I sort of love backwash, which is supposed to be the worst sin in watercolour, anytime. But I think it’s cool and interesting.

January 24, 2023 0

Something Else

By in cats, sketches, watercolour