Friday, 5 February 2016

#Jazz legend Hank Mobley

I was looking through some old works I had painted for a group exhibition I was part of in downtown Toronto during the yearly held International Jazz Festival. This took place around 10 years ago. I remember a lady walking in off the street and shouted out, "Great show, wrong city." Perhaps she was thinking about New York City as the idyllic venue. None of us made any sales that week, I think she may have been right. 

I did however get to present a painting to Toronto based jazz singer Molly Johnson. That was a major highlight and it made the paper.

 I thought I'd would share this series of paintings starting with Hank Mobley. This is an oil on canvas painting. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Another page from my upcoming #ebook

I've been working on this book on and off for about 6 months now. I've revised the story many times and also the art. 

The main change I recently made is the textural element of the brush. I like this better than my recent post showing another so called finished page. Of course, I will now be revising that page to remain consistent. Thank God that it is easy to do in Photoshop.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Value study for an upcoming children's #ebook

I've been developing these characters over the past little while and I'm excited about how they have come together and relate to each other through a story I have written. I am not an experienced writer but you have to start somewhere to get a feel for the writing process and why not try to self publish. 

So, now my goal is to finish illustrating the book and retail it as an ebook on Kindle and iBook. I'm doing a good amount of reading to prepare myself for this. I will post details about how it all went once I finish the book and publish it. 

I would love to hear from anyone who has already gone down this road and how it went for them?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Writing is scary business

Lately between work assignments as an illustrator I've been developing my first real attempt at my own children's book. It's centered around a group of woodland creatures who decide to put aside their burdensome work and enjoy the day together. 

It's a scary venture for me in so far as the writing side goes. I've read a number of books on writing for children and they have been helpful but I think I need genuine feedback from others who have already gone through the process. 

So if there is someone out there who is willing to critique my story or is part of a good writing group, please let me know.

Friday, 21 August 2015

April Fairy

I recently illustrated my daughter April as a fairy using Procreate on my iPad. It has taken me a while to get used to using this program but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I just need to spend more time on it. Pretty cool results so far for a $5 app.