This past summer, I took part in Winnipeg’s annual Anime convention Ai-Kon. I manage to snag a table by winning 2nd place in their mascot contest. While things didn’t quite work out as expected, I did manage to put together some pretty great pieces. And they are all ORIGINAL DESIGNS. Though many of them play off existing manga/anime tropes and character design.
You can get prints here, or download some wallpapers for your smartphone here.
This year, I found myself once again out in the wilderness on Art Drop Day. And once again, I made use of our families’ geocache to drop something off that a would-be traveller would one day find.
This year I had a bunch of extra art prints available so I thought what better way to get rid of a few of them?
So off to our geocache we went! I also wanted to drop off a few more treasures as last year a certain someone got carried away with wanting to bring home “Pirate Treasure”. The cache was getting a bit empty!
The cache was getting a bit empty. We originally put in polished stones. These are some new ones!
Here I am with my son Aiden, who is playing with a sticker found in the cache and has his hoody on backwards *SIGH*
A pretty accurate map of where to find our geocache. Courtesy of my 4 year old son. I think his mother helped with some of the words.
Want to know more about Art Drop Day? Look no further than here.
While going thru some old images on my computer’s hard-drive, I found a bunch of images I did for a drawing challenge I did for myself. I tried to do one good personal image a month for as long as I could. I managed it more or less for four years. These should be most of them. They have all been posted on the blog at one time or another. All were done using various programs (a few of them were traditional media work as well).
Click on the image for a larger version. Enjoy!
This summer, I found myself in desperate need of new business cards.
I wanted something a little different, and to showcase my illustration skills. I went with Moo.com as they offered some different sizes and printing options that I thought would fit the bill.
I went with a square size to better show of a sample illustration on one side, and would accommodate my growing list of social media platforms. With Moo.com’s “Printfinity” option I could do a different illustration for the back of each card. Was a cool branding exercise. Even though it did generate a LOT of files! There are 43 different backs. Each one needed to be specially cropped and sized to fit the square frame.
World Art Drop Day is fast approaching. Last year, I had 2 little ones running around and was limited to what I could do for it. It also totally slipped my mind that I never even had a chance to blog about it! No time like the present to fix that!
Last year, I was out of town. But I wanted to participate in World Art Drop Day, so I put together several sketch cards to drop in our geocache.
Two sketch cards done with whatever cabin craft materials I could find.
Into the geocache you go!
They were quick and easy to do (and as far as I know are still there) and it looks like I will be in much the same position this year. The good news is, I have quite a bit of stuff lying around from my foray into Anime Conventions to drop into a geocache or two. So follow me on Instagram and Twitter to find some clues as to where to find them should you happen to be in the Whiteshell on September 5th.
Sorry about the lousy photo. Some things I’ll be hiding on September 5th, 2017.
For more information about Art Drop Day, click here! It’s a lot of fun with a lot of participation from artists of all walks of life! Enjoy!
A few weekends ago, I finally got to both attend and table at my first convention! And while I had fun going (some of the cosplay was fantastic!), it was a sobering look at the return on investment that is selling stuff at a fan convention. Despite that, I did manage to sell a few things and scored a few commissions. I must admit, getting the commissions was a better feeling than selling the prints. And I did better financially from those as well!
I will have to do some thinking about when or if I shall do something like that again. The amount of work that went into it was tremendous and the time away from my family has a big cost as well.
Thankfully, the person I was sharing a corner with was an old pro and had some interesting tips and some insights about the particular convention I was at. So there is that. And I got to eat a sushi burrito from this place. Yummmmmmy!!!!!
See some pics of my meager booth below and some other pics of the convention courtesy of Ai-kon staff and volunteers.
A pic of my meager booth. While I went deliberately for a less cluttered booth, for both looks and budget constraints, it looks like a more “cluttered” approach may have been more worthwhile…
A view from above.
And here are a bunch of doodles I did when waiting in between sales:
Depending on when everyone gets to read this, it is a little less than one week before Ai-Kon 2017 (the local Winnipeg Anime Convention) will be held and where I will be tabling for the first time! Woo-hoooooo! Exciting stuff!
I’ll be located here if anyone can make it out.
More information about the con itself can be found here.
Time to dust off the this old blog and get back to some basics!
This past little while I’ve been busy with work, and chasing after two little ones. While I have still been pretty busy generating new content and expanding as an artist, I’ve had very little time to write up any articles and postings. I think it is high time to change that.
Over this past winter, I found out the local Anime convention Ai-Kon was holding what looks like an annual contest for the mascot. I had an idea for the contest and thought I would give it a try. Turned out the contest was ending soon, so I had very little time to actually put something together. A couple of very late nights and viola!
And it worked out better than the last time I tried my hand at this! I was the first runner up, thereby giving me a free half table for the convention this July.
That gives me a few months to put some things together. While I have always admired the work coming out of Japan, I am hardly an Anime and Manga enthusiast. I grew up watching Astroboy as a kid, and I remember really liking Battle of the Planets when I was really little. But I’ve only ever seen a handful of Robotech episodes (though I have read all of the novelizations) and I’ve only watched the North American version of Nausicaa of the Winds, so I have quite a lot of catching up to do.
My goal for the con is to get a least 10 original drawings as prints of various sizes (sorry, no fanart –I’m trying to steer clear from other people’s IP if I can) and try and see if I can pick up some commissions.
I will also be posting some teasers and previews on my Twitter and Instagram feeds so stay tuned!
Font design is a complex design issue, barely raised in my old design classes. Getting a minimum of 26 upper and lowercase letters to work together to form words along with punctuation, numbers, accents, and other foreign language characters – you get one daunting task.
Over the years, I have dabbled in font design. While I have never released anything, into the wild, these are a few designs I feel confident talking about on my blog.
Inspired by 80s era neon signs.
This was my first attempt at font design. Done way back in 1998, this was a make work project to teach me how to use Fontographer. While it looks crude today, it still can make nice words and short phrases. Perhaps one day I will update the worst offending glyphs. Mostly the “S”, ”E”, and “F”.
Inspired by the likes of the Tron and Terminator movie franchises. A very masculine and techno looking typeface.
An experiment in type design, Bit Map simply started out as Helvetica with an Illustrator effect applied to it. A year or so of painfully tweaking the results left me with this – a totaly different and unique looking display font.
Still a bit of a work in progress. A simple sans serif font inspired by the fun magnetic letters of my childhood. In fact, I have hopes of getting a version of this one laser cut in plastic shapes. Named after my son.
Loosely inspired by a really small and low resolution shot from Calvin Klien’s Eternity men’s cologne I found while Googling for something else (honest). Had to make up a lot of new letters.