Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chloe Cooley Final

Chloe Cooley Illustration

So here is the final illustration. As I said, it was inked and coloured in Flash. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue in this style, or if next time I will physically ink the piece, and then colour it digitally. There is still too much disconnect from drawing into the computer with the tablet, and too much time designing and not enough time practicing with the tablet to get proficient.

So please remember september 12 is when this image inside of the magazine hits the newsstand. Please go out and pick up a copy and help support the promotion of Canadian history to Canada's youth.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chloe Cooley Sketch

Chloe Cooley rough

This is a rough for the Chloe Cooley illustration I did in issue #37 of Kayak: Loudmouths.
It was the case of a historic character that had no historic likeness available. I had fun even though the story is a bit dark. So here is one of the three sketches I did I scanned this one into the computer and did the final version on Flash. I'll see if I continue to use flash for illustration purposes. I may try something in photoshop next time, or maybe illustrator. I really should just choose one and master it but I can never seem to commit to one. I would love to try a Cintique as drawing using a Intuos tablet still has a bit of a mental disconnect for me.

I will post the final Chloe Cooley photo in a couple of days.

Stay golden pony boys and girls.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kayak Issue #37: Loudmouths


This issue is one of the reasons I have not posted so much lately. I have been wrapped up in the production of Issue 37 of Kayak: Canada's HIstory Magazine for Kids. I'm quite proud of this one it has many great articles/stories and illustrations concerning passionate Canadian activists who helped shape our country. The Issue has dropped in the mail today but will not hit newsstands until the 12th of September. So if you don't already have a subscription for your kids or yourself get one HERE!

This Issue Deals with a variety of outspoken Canadians (Tommy Douglas, Adelaide Hoodless, René Lévesque) we also have articles on Stompin' Tom" Connors, Stories about the Regin Riot and a comic about the beginnings of Greenpeace.

The artists in this issue are Scott Chantler, Mathieu Beaulieu, Thadeus Maximus, Keith Milne and the cover and comic art was done by Alex Diochon. I even got to contribute a bit to this issue, but I'll post about that at a later time. In the meantime feel free to check out the work of all these great artists.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beaker Sketches

Beaker Sketch 1

Beaker Sketch 2

These are the initial two sketches I did of Beaker, The first I thought was too much it would have been fun but I wanted the more classic nervous look he has whenever he stand beside Dr. Bunsen Honeydew during one of their insane experiments. Well that caps it off for the process. As I mentioned before no more secrecy, it leaves me with too little material to post until I'm done then I have to do blog post after blog post in a condensed span of time. Thanks for checking in I will post some more arts and crafts stuff soon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Beaker: Painting Process

So here is my painting process.

I primed a board and sketched the image onto it freehand from a sketch I had done prior. I will post my sketch variations in the next couple of days.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a shot of the sketch before I applied the blue wash. So then I applied a blue wash I'm not sure how much influence it actually had over the painting as the oils have a high level of opacity. I did it none the less.


I then started to knock in the background colours.


I then blocked in the main Beacker colours and then started to work in the various light to dark contrasts.


All of this was done in my basement and in my kitchen between the hours of 9PM and 12AM. As I mentioned previously I will post the original sketches soon. If anyone has any specific questions about my process please leave a comment. Constructive criticism is also welcome.

Thursday, August 11, 2011



Well, here he is.

About one and a half months late, but here he is.

As I have mentioned before some frinds requested a couple of months ago, that I do a painting of the Muppet Beaker following the creation of my Gonzo in a flight suit painting. I have documented the process and will post the progression in the next couple of days. This was a real blast to work on. I paid special attention to the eyes in this painting making sure the pupil's do not reflect light, but that the ping-pong ball eyes give enough sense of roundness. I think it was quite successful.

This is something I attempted with Gonzo and was also successful with, but with practice comes improvement, and I think the sense of depth and lighting are superior in this painting. Going back to the eyes of both Muppets, I made a point of not adding highlights to the pupils of the eyes as that denotes that there is a wet reflective surface. What I find interesting as with the actual puppets themselves, even though they have essentially dead eyes they still feel full of energy and life.

I've often found it strange that even though they are in fact puppets, that I never think of them as puppets. Beaker is Beaker and Gonzo is Gonzo (Real life characters to me.) I thought for a while that this phenomena was due to the fusion of puppeteering and television. The ability to always crop the puppeteers out of the scene, but just watch kids or even the adult actors interact with the Muppets live. You will notice the suspension of disbelief with all of them. Even directly confronted with the puppeteer controlling the Muppet.

Although there are many things I tried to do with this painting concerning lighting and painting techniques. I regret not doing a proper colour comp. This I think slowed me down considerably in my decision making process during the actual execution of this painting. What I am very happy about is the green background and the vignette. The green is as close as I could get to the actual colour of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and the vignette gives a dark and slightly ominous feeling, like the Dr. is about to unleash some horribly useful invention upon Beaker.

I can not folks who suggest I paint Beaker enough for their idea to do this painting. This painting proved to be a very rewarding and pleasurable experience. Thanks to the both of you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

I can now focus back on finishing my mini Peter Pan paintings and then get back on track with my Folk Fest series and other things.

Until next post,
Stay Golden Pony Boys and Girls

Monday, August 8, 2011

Beaker Update

OK, done, but I'll not show him to you until the people who requested that I him has seen the final piece in person. Hey, hey, hey! none of that. Practice you patience people. You'e acting as though I have posted nothing of artistic value on the blog for more than a month . . . yeah uhh, I'll get this up for guys as soon as possible.