Coffee Shop - August 2018

We're in Calgary as of this month. It's only a week until school starts for both kiddo and myself, and I'm feeling pretty excited. This week I get to do fun stuff like registering Lyra with her school and picking up my student id and transit pass. I've managed to get out a few times in all the madness to work in my coffee shop book, but I may need to give it a new title. New locations include parks, libraries and Ikea - and I'm sure ACAD will also be a target in the near future.

In Orbit

We've started packing up the house for our move to Calgary. I managed to finished this drawing off just in time! I'm glad. It's probably the last panel I'll finish for some time.

Sketchbook Project 2019 Vol.1

Here are the first pages of my book for the 2019 Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project. I chose the theme 'Go-Between.' After my last book (all black and white and straight-up ink), I wanted to do something completely different, so here I am with paper cut-outs, markers, stitching, paint and vellum.

Tabletop Disconnect

I started this collage almost a year ago, when I was mapping out my 'Patrons' piece. There were a great many drawings of people leaning and sitting that I didn't want to waste, so they were given their own space. I've worked on it on and off, but just recently received the nudge I needed to hunker down and get it finished.

Coffee Shop Creeping - April/May 2018

Brooklyn Art Library Part III

Here's the last instalment of my story for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project.

Brooklyn Art Library Part II

Here's another instalment of my story for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project.

Coffee Shop Creeping - March 2018

It's been a big month: now that I've been accepted into ACAD, we're prepping to sell our house and move to Calgary. That means there's not a lot of time for art making. With that said, I'm still making a point of visiting my favourite coffee shop once a week. Once the house is finally on the market, maybe I'll find time to complete the few projects I've left hanging.

Coffee Shop Creeping - January 2018 Edition

Now I've that I've mostly switched back from using my sketchbook Moleskine to a plain notebook for coffee shop sketching, I'm being reminded pretty strongly of what a difference good paper makes. Ah, well - these are more about practice than developing finished work. 

Portrait Study

At last, I'm coming to the end of my portfolio building, and I'm looking to do a portrait of my daughter. Since I haven't made anything in the 'messy' mediums (since a 2B pencil hardly counts), I thought this might be the time to bring out the chalk pastels. I used to work with them often, but I've been a much more tidy artist in the last decade.

In fact, it's funny to reflect on my former preference for getting my hands dirty, and the evolution to my currently anal retentive self. I must become more practical as I age. Now I think about storage, framing, cat footprints, not to mention messing up my desk and risking smudges on other/future projects. Pastels and charcoal simply don't fall into those concerns nicely, so I avoid them.

This study was fun, nonetheless, and quite quick. I'm thinking of making a larger finished piece, but may make a change to washes instead. If I do, it would likely be out of cowardice, so I'm trying to talk myself into sticking with the pastels.

Brooklyn Art Library

This is the first year I'd heard about the Sketchbook Project. I got very excited about it and ordered my book right pronto. Unfortunately, I had a number of other projects on the go, and it took me awhile to get started. Here are the first several pages.