Saturday, December 19, 2009

Oh yeah! I've got this one too!

Had to design a shopping bag for Barney's in New York. (So this design would be printed out and folded up into a rectangle - you know, bag-shaped!) It was supposed to be about non-conformity, and America, and independence, and fashion! USA! USA! USA!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hey there! Here are a couple of projects from this semester that I realized I had not posted yet.

This one was my first project of the semester for Illustration. All I've got is this crummy dark photo of it which I think is why I didn't post it earlier, but I probably won't get around to scanning it for a while, so whatev. The project was to illustrate a "guilty pleasure." Mine was Really Big Hair!

And another Sequential Narrative project. This one had to be based on a myth, although I mostly made mine up.I'm in Alberta for a couple of weeks! Hope everybody is having a nice holiday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Laws of Power

For our third Illustration assignment, we each had to illustrate two of the laws, chosen at random, from Robert Greene's "48 Laws of Power."

Law 35: Master the Art of Timing
"Never seem to be in a hurry - hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet right, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition."Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
"The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception. When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of the Mirror Effect."


Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Story time!!

Okay so this is not art related and probably nobody except me cares anyway but whatever it's my blog.

SO! this is what happened to me on Saturday: I MET DAVID BYRNE. This is a Big Deal.

In case you are unfamiliar:

Okay so anyway the point is he is my favourite person ever and was the frontman for my favourite band ever and on Saturday he was speaking at the Toronto Festival of Authors about like, bicycling and city planning. So Jenna, and our two best friends Nick and Anthony and I got tickets and showed up like two hours early because we are all obsessive fans to an extent that verges on creepy personality cult. As a result, we got front row seats because everybody else attending the talk was middle aged and probably not as enthusiastic about things as they used to be. So for like an hour we were a mere TEN FEET from David Byrne (and the other people speaking on the panel, which included Jack Layton for some reason). THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH FOR US. But there is more.

Our friend Nick builds synthesizers out of trash: old electronics and toys and other junk that people throw out. They are actually pretty genius and they make obnoxious grating electronic noise music. He decided to build one and bring it to the talk so that on the incredibly remote chance that we might be able to meet David Byrne he could give it to him as a gift.

So at the end of the talk, when the speakers were getting up and walking off-stage, we were like "DAVID BYRNE" and because we're clearly awesome he was like "okay!" and totally came right over!! Nick gave him the synthesizer and he knelt down and let Nick show him how to work it, and he was totally interested and polite and knew all about the crazy shit going on in Nick's instrument which is totally beyond me. Anyway it was amazing and he was totally great and everybody else in the theatre crowded behind us and tried to get his attention but he was only into us!

Here we are giving him the synthesizer. Some nice lady was excited for us and took all of these pictures and sent them to us! Check out Jack Layton trying to get in on the action. He wants to be hip with the kids too. We've actually met him before and he totally recognized Nick.

I take credit for this awesome picture:
WE SHOOK HIS HAND. It was soft and warm! We told David Byrne that we liked Brian Eno too and asked him to say hi to Brian for us and he was like "k!"Here we are shortly afterward on the BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES. I'm not even kidding. I'm still all fluttery about it.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Our latest illustration assignment was to find a review of an album (or movie) which focused on a particular person's performance and then create an illustration to accompany that review. Mine was a review of Tom Waits' Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. (Link, if you're interested:

It was lots of fun! Mixed media: acrylic, a bit of oils, ballpoint pen .. some of the drawers are made with collaged bark and brown packing paper!

Tom Waits is cooler than anybody. His level of coolness verges on supernatural, in fact. I guess that is why he's really fun to draw.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Had to come up with a character design for a toy using Illustrator. Here he is! Despite the fact that I'm not really into digital art, I actually enjoyed this. I think he turned out pretty well!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My last two projects done for Sequential Narrative:

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Hey there cats and kittens. I finally scanned some stuff!!

Stay tuned for more! I've gotta go to bed now.

Friday, August 28, 2009

So I know I haven't updated in a million years. It's coming! Gotta get myself to a scanner.

In the meantime, have some rat photos!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another quick thing. Watercolour, acrylic, red ballpoint pen, and brown ink!

Friday, June 12, 2009

An experiment that turned out kind of nicely!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Went to life drawing last night!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I've been painting! Just a random sketchbook creature, for fun.

In progress:

Finished. The background actually has a bit more green to it.

I also made this with acrylic and tissue paper, and I think it's nice. But I haven't decided what to paint on it yet! D:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Eye Beetles

And now it's time for: more sketchbook pages! Yeah! Alright!

And I went to life drawing! Good times. I actually really miss not having it every week - it's so relaxing. I'm gonna go more often.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Life model from a couple weeks ago:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bearded Lady

Final media studio project. Subject matter and media were open, so here's another collage/painting of a bearded lady on a unicycle!
A quick thing I did for a Drawing and Painting assignment:

And a 3 hour life study from that same class that I'm pretty happy with!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Private Eye

A media studio assignment, which was to make a collage about crime scene investigation. I don't know why I haven't experimented more with collage previously ... it's great! Expect more.