Thursday, December 9, 2010

School's done and it's pretty terrific. Here are my last two thesis images of the semester! Once again, my project is called Suburban Myths, which of course is a play on the idea of urban myths - modern day folk stories that offer a really warped and exaggerated perspective on the nature of humanity. My thesis offers a similarly mutated interpretation of the values and habits of people who inhabit suburbia.

For this first one, I wanted to do a sort of title illustration to tie everything together. It was a good opportunity to do a panned-out image of the suburban landscape. It was also a good opportunity to go bonkers painting billions of tiny tiny houses.

And here is an appropriately seasonal illustration about the unexpected consequences of having the best Christmas light display on the block. Happy Holidays. :D

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Brief Detour to CAT PLANET

I made this animation for a class! It was a fun thing to do.

A Brief Detour to CAT PLANET from Kaley McKean on Vimeo.

You should also go to my friend Joren's blog and watch his animation. I like it a lot.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

poor lil' guy

This guy happened while I was waiting for something else to dry. He's kinda special.

Friday, November 12, 2010


So I guess I'll post what I've been working on for my thesis project so far.

My thesis is called Suburban Myths. Suburbia is a pretty mundane, isolating environment that leads people to get mindlessly wrapped up in their own repetitive, short-sighted little worlds. It's a lifestyle that values normalcy and keeping up appearances. For my project I am doing a series of illustrations that reveal the strange, mutated underbelly of suburbia - all the weird things that are going on beneath the glossy, well-manicured surface! Here's the first four:

I'm not 100% satisfied with what I've got so far. I feel a bit unfocused and like I'm sort of still experimenting stylistically. But it's a start and there are things I like about each piece. I'd like to push things a bit more with the next ones, though.

If you have any critiques or suggestions I would like to hear them!

Monday, October 25, 2010

This art update is brought to you by 1996 and the movie "Jumanji"

Alexis posted some swell little kid art, and it prompted me to do the same, because I think it's so great to see. Everybody show me your little kid art! I think I did most of this around the ages of 7 or 8 - clearly at the height of my artistic career.

Maybe one day I'll post this whole book. Written in 3rd grade. It's laminated and everything!

Rare dog breeds I discovered during my explorer years:

From a series of Jumanji fan art illustrations I did:
My future dream home, complete with swan:

From a book of animal facts. I was pretty certain that I could make a career outta this:


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bump in the Night

These pieces will be up on the 2nd floor of OCAD until the 29th of October for a super spooky halloween-themed group show! Opening night is Friday the 15th - you should totally come see it!

Call Susan for a Good Time


7 Minutes in Heaven

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sketchbook dump and a brand new website!

A profoundly boring summer class has resulted in these:

At least something good came of that class!

In other news, I have a new website!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Infantile Spirit of De-Evolution

Look what I did!

It's for this art show.

Cool story: not long after this painting was finished I got to hang out with DEVO at the Marriott in Montreal until 2 o'clock in the morning! It's the best thing that has ever happened.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Here are the two pieces I did for the Milk Thistle show which is currently up and running at Function 13 gallery until the 16th!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birthday Hippo

A birthday hippo for my friend Kay! It was my first hippo experience and, well .. I liked it.

In other news, I'm all registered for classes and actually pretty excited for next year. Looks like a pretty good line-up! Even though I still don't have a clue what I'm doing for thesis. But I'm not the only one, right? RIGHT?

In other, other news, I'm doing a couple pieces for the upcoming Milk Thistle art show at Function 13 (156 Augusta Ave). Opening night is July 10th. So I guess you should stop by or whatever.

Friday, May 21, 2010

How many people live on my head?

A commission for Ariel Garten of Interaxon - thought-controlled computing! Neat-o.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our final Illustration project was to create an image based on a random "found" note, to be used in a hypothetical book being put out by

Original note (text had to be included in the illustration):Illustration!:

And that pretty much wraps up my semester! Actually, I think there are a few projects I still have to post, but I'll get around to that later. I'm taking a bus to Alberta tonight for a couple weeks! Catch you on the flip side, cool cats.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I'm pretty happy with this painting of a model I did in class a couple of weeks ago! It's nice to combine drawing and painting techniques.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Summer Chillz

Illustration for Hot Mess magazine, coming out this summer!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another in-class Media Studio assignment, completed in like half an hour.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Here are the four pieces I put together for the "White Cloud, Buttermilk Sky" show that's up and running now at Hotshot gallery until the 21st! SERIOUS thank-yous to the wonderful and talented Andrea Manica who did such a great job organizing it all. The opening was last night and it went marvelously, so more serious thank-yous to everybody who came out and said nice things! You rule.

Monday, February 15, 2010


For an assignment to create a DVD cover for the movie Idiocracy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

This guy was completed in about an hour and a half for an in-class Media Studio assignment. At the beginning of class we were given a phrase, and had to then create an illustration inspired by that phrase using a combination of traditional media and photoshop.

Our phrase was "My unpleasant family."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Solvestra: Solve Everything!


Back to school! The first project of the semester was to do an illustration that could be used as an advertisement for a new imaginary pharmaceutical product called "Solvestra." Solvestra is a pill that will temporarily solve any problem you might have! Amazing!

So here we are. This nice looking young man was out on a pleasant boat excursion when he was attacked by this really big crocodile. Fortunately, thanks to Solvestra, the monster's teeth have been turned into harmless bunnies. A little creepy maybe, poking out of the gums there, but harmless nonetheless.
And a detail. This would look a lot nicer if I scanned it, but we'll just have to make do with a photograph for now.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So, I was compelled to make people some dolls for Christmas. Yeah! I am by no means an expert at sewing beyond like .. occasional clothing repairs, but I think they came out pretty okay! Aaand fun to make so there will probably be more.

JENNA DOLL. Is the resemblance not striking.

And for Alexis! This one is not meant to look like her.