Saturday, February 27, 2010

Captain Hook

James Hook

I posted about some small paintings I am working on. Here is the first of the original larger sketches the paintings are based on. I drew them in a beautiful James Jean sketchbook gifted to me by my good friend Adrian Shum. I picked up some mechanical pencils to go along with my sketchbook and it was the best decision I ever made. I mean the best decision other than marrying my wife. I don't know why I bother to write stuff like that, she doesn't even read my blog anyway. I guess cause she is just down-right awesome... more imaginary brownie points? That is not a rhetorical question, so leave your answers.

Back to Hook. This sketch turned out well as did all the others, I was on a roll that day. So the mechanical pencil I've been using is partially responsible for these images turning out. I have for years been carrying around a pencil sharpener and regular old pencils, I was a purist, no modern day doodads for yours truly. But the problem with pencil sharpeners is they dull and break your leads and regular pencils get smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and so on, you get my drift. Needless to say I made the switch and I have not looked back.

I will post the rest of the original sketches over the next week. I may even colour them digitally to complement my oil painted mini versions. You never know. I hope that all you who enjoy my blog regularly, or if you don't keep returning for some masochistic reason are well.

Have a great weekend. Best of luck to all Canadian athletes at the Vancouver Olympics.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Peter Pan Art Project

I am challenging myself to paint small. I have done some preliminary sketches of these characters from Peter Pan. I drew them up and them redrew them at a smaller size. Each of these drawings is about 2 inches by 2 inches and I intend to paint them in oil. They will all be contained inside of a single picture frame and the characters can be changed in and out for each other. Essentially it is a low tech computer desktop. Without the computer... what?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fritzy Spritzer

Fritzy Spritz1, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

Her Royal Heiress Of The Shoemaker Lineage Fritzy Spritzer - Hilary Klassen

Hilary only just joined the ranks of the scummiest scummers in all of The Great White North. But she has done a great job keeping up with the rest of the main players. I personally hope to see much more of her in future seasons of SoapScum Presents.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ballz Lichen

balllickin1, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

High Chancellor Ballz Lichen of Whatchamacal - Goeff Hughes

He plays the older brother of Baron Von Pabst, he has a George W. Bush twang and behavior to him. I enjoyed his performance and look forward to him continuing his guest roll at SoapScum Presents "The Crown Royals" This Monday at 8:00 P.M. at the Park Theatre. Tickets are only $5.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Doctor Charming Woodcock

Doctor 3, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

Scott Cranwill - Dr. Charming Woodcock, Physician to the Royal family and those who reside in the castle.

This Doctor knows where the penis is. He also knows all about the ladies flowery bits.

Check out Soap Scum and see what else he knows.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Baron Von Pabst

Von Pabst, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

Davide Montebruno - Wachamical Ambassador to the Court of Everknott, The Baron Von Pabst, Balz Gyula the Bald, Feldzeugmeister of the First Corps.

This is the Baron he is a mans man, mans man.

Watched another great installment of "The Crown Royals" last night. It was very entertaining. Please come and see next weeks episode as it caps of the Winnipeg Improv Festival.

Same Time and Place: Monday at The Park Theatre, 8:00 PM, tickets are $5.

Come Scum it up with SoapScum.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Millie G. Draft

Millie, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

Chantel Marostica – Millie G. Draft , Nursemaid to The royal Princess Lemon Verbena

She is the sassy maid who can run as fast as a horse... or course

Friday, February 5, 2010

Viscount - Shirley A. Blackbush

Viscount, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

Peter Nadolny - Admiral and ...1st Viscount - Shirley A. Blackbush, Full time protector of the crown, it's people and lands.

Yes he is every bit as dashing as he looks. Come and see Petre and the rest of the crew get down with some serious long form improvisation this Monday at the Park Theatre. Show starts at 8:00 tickets are only 5 dollars.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Princess Lemon Verbena

Princess LVB2, originally uploaded by James Gillespie.

This is a shot of Princess Lemon Verbena Royal. She is the heir to the throne in the Improv Soap Opera "The Crown Royals" put on by the theatre troupe Soap Scum Presents at the Park Theatre on South Osbourne. You can come and check out a new Episode this Monday at 8:00 PM tickets are only $5.

Lemon Verbena is played by my sister Yanin Gillespie who is very awesome. I mean that, like the pyramids awesome.