Archive for June, 2015

June 25, 2015 0

Digital Painting of a Building

By in digital, montreal, sketches

I assure you, these are hard for me to do. Trying to retain a bit of the handmade charm of the drawing, while the machine wants everything straight and boring. Also, choosing colours is difficult in this medium. In watercolours there are only a few tints, which you get used to. Still, even though this […]

June 25, 2015 0

Review of The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, Vol II.

By in Book Reviews

I’ve read The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, Volume 2, Peter Robinson ed. Easy book to get through – reading story after story is like munching potato chips. I’ve now got the idea that a crime story is about conflict, but taken to the level that most of us rarely aspire to. We can hate […]

June 15, 2015 0

Peggy and Stan

By in heads, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

Did a picture of Stan, who is Peggy’s hairy friend on the “Mad Men” TV show, when I realised I had space on the paper, and should probably do Peggy too. She was much harder to draw, and I spent most of the morning on that. Oh well. I like this paper.

June 9, 2015 0

Something New

By in ballpoint pen, color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

In a bit of a mood. So, these people are appropriate. I still love drawing with the ballpoint pen, no matter how unarchival it may be.

June 5, 2015 0

Small Paintings

By in color, sketches, watercolour

I first thought of titling this post “Fairly Insane Paintings,” but am trying to be kinder to myself. These all measured seven and half-inches wide, and I think I’m going to do a lot more of them, but on better paper. They were fun to paint. I don’t know what possessed me to put a […]

June 5, 2015 0

Wedgewood Image

By in color, storyboards, watercolor, watercolour

I’m very pleased with this image from a current project for filmmaker Jonathan Balacz, WEDGEWOOD. Even though it just appears as an image on a screen inside an image. The two figures are on separate layers, and I hope will be animated to chase each other through the scene, like Punch and Judy puppets.

June 3, 2015 0

How not to Watercolour

By in color, heads, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Doing studies of faces today. Also watching Youtube videos detailing all the mistakes I’ve been making doing watercolour. It’s nice to know, but I still have fun doing things my way. Learned stuff, though, which is always good. [Link here!]

June 2, 2015 0


By in color, digital, paintings

This digital painting seems nicer with the “saturation” turned down. I’m still not happy with my digital work, as it doesn’t seem to come as easy, or look as natural, as the watercolour. Still, it’s an interesting challenge, and things always improve as you work on them. To make nice lines with the stylus, I […]

June 2, 2015 0


By in color, heads, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Painting characters the other day, while watching season one of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which is an often excellent cartoon series in terms of storytelling and characterisation. [Excerpt from Avatar: The Last Airbender] These faces aren’t from that series, but the line about the power plant was.