Monday, July 31, 2006

Behind the Scenes of a Bells & Whistles - 1

While drawing the the last installment of Bells & Whistles: A Hilarious Wit!, I documented my process, scanning the comic as I worked on it (hey, it was a slow day and the scanner was right there, ok?). So if you've ever wondered about how that famous simian duo make the transition from paper to screen, wonder no longer! Alternatively, if you're bored at work and surfing the internet, rest assured that at least there'll be an update every day for the next week.

Let's start with the original sketch in its entirety. It's pretty basic at this point. A rough sketch that sets the panels up, early dialogue, all done on scrap paper. When I set about drawing the comic properly, it'll be in my sketchbook.

Here's a detail. A quick gestural drawing, just to establish how the aristocrat greets Barbisol. I don't need much detail here because the aristocrat always seems to say hello the same way.

As you can see, I'd originally planned to have Barbisol sing himself a little tune while waiting to see the new hat. And yes, I did consider having him sing "With a Little Bit o' Luck" from My Fair Lady.

Barbisol's expression took a little bit of work. He was supposed to be resigned (as I noted in my sketch), as if he expected as much from the aristocrat. In the end, I decided to go with him covering his face in both disbelief and resignation. I don't know if it communicates all that, but it's a stronger pose for the character.

More tomorrow!

Thursday, July 27, 2006


This is actually part of that project I mentioned a while ago. It's also the first time a penguin and a monkey have been seen together! It seems to be a good-natured meeting, but you never can tell with penguins.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On Lending

While making PDFs today for that brochure I'm working on, I finally finished up that cartoon I mentioned a month ago.

Here's some trivia for you: this comic is based on an actual conversation I had with my girlfriend, and I have Matt to thank for coining the brilliant final word in the strip.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

World Rhythms...

You might have to read the title and then the image for that to be funny. Anyway I'm knee-deep in a brochure for a client who has a well-deserved reputation for being demanding and so, in the same vein as Tuesday's post, the above is a snippet from today's work.

I'm also in the final stages of completing all the ink drawings for that personal project I mentioned back in April. I'd meant to post updates with regularity, but I happen to have this thing during the day called "work". Bollox.

Oh, and this will turn into a hilarious comic for your amusement. Really, I could just scan that page I photographed and clean it up in Photoshop. Hmm....

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Now with More Headache-Inducing Power!

Was busy working away on this one, and thought it was too nauseous not to share. Gah.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Scrawl - More "Listen"

Scrawl got updated today with more images for the Listen work that's all over Edmonton. Even better though, is that the comments for that piece reflect that Scrawl is connecting with both artists and viewers, which has always been my original intent. Now, if only I could devote 15-20 hours a week on graffiti...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Design = Art

More recent work. The Canadian Opera Company recently celebrated the grand opening of their new opera house, the first of its kind in Canada. As a means of congratulation, we presented them with a fine art print, which I had the opportunity to create.

It's presented here as it looked, framed and matted. It's for the most part abstract, but there's just the hint of the COC logo in the left hand side.