i blogged a little... in my pants

I haven't updated because I haven't drawn. I haven't even wanted to draw. With the courses I have this semester I'd way waaay rather read up on politics and literature than do any of the actual art work, but one of those magic moments came along recently. This magic moment cost $63, but it made me want to draw again... and I did. I think the only reason I'm in sci/tech is to learn how to draw awesome bugs and birds and rodents and trees to surround my true love - goblins. Except we don't even get to draw any of that shit anymore. Anyways, the magic came out of a Jean-Baptiste Monge faerie art book, and it was like BAM from the first image. It was like discovering Brian Froud all over again. I had a little artgasm, shelled out the $63 I definately can't afford, and went home to savour it. By the next day I had drawn. Today, I drew again. It's madness, I remember how to draw for fun! So here, I smooshed everything together:

Who knows, tomorrow I may even draw again. One thing's for sure, I'll be drawing this summer, at the UTM biolab. I'm super happy to say my co-op placement involves drawing bugs and bug parts and offers a whole biology department worth of study material. I suspect I will not wish to leave in the fall when class comes round again, but the shiny, ever elusive degree lays just beyond the bend.


birds + bees

the birds and the bees show was great fun! got to see tons of school chums i haven't seen for months and lots of great work. i hope lots of pieces get sold to help fund the grad show more but at least they have enough money for the book to get printed now.

here's the digi colour rough and the traditional final of my piece.

(i kinda like the colours in the rough better XD)

this was my first time doing a photocopy transfer onto wood. i got coached through it with the help of Vicki and Ilichna. i wasn't aware just how much i had to scrub the paper off for this process. it didn't peel off at all. after i burnished it and waited for it to cure it didn't really want to move. it was a good learning experience, and now i know not to do it on board! it really helped me keep my lineart though, which is why i wanted to try it. some lines had to get reinked after painting over the transfer but not alot. all in all i'd still say it was a success. i'd definately like to try this more in the future!

photos from the show and purchase information can be found at
the birds and the bees blog.


hyein pain

my friend Hyein had this striking photo of herself on her flickr that i just had to draw.


darkstalkers tribute

so Udon Entertainment held another Capcom art tribute contest, this time for Darkstalkers. last time i missed the deadline, hearing about the contest too late, this time i got an entry in on time but didn't make the cut. over 2000 entries from around the world! craziness. bet the book will be awesome though.

i picked qbee thinking she wouldn't be drawn as much as other characters *coughmorrigancoughfelicia* and tried to do something unique by doing a sci/tech illustration of her. she is a bee girl after all. i guess techies can influence interps too!