NEW MEDICAL ILLUSTRATIONS online at ConteLawyers.ca

April 7, 2010

Through an innovative website project helmed by the creative minds at Pixelcarve Inc., some of my work is now included in the progressive background animation within the Services section of the beautiful Conte Lawyers Website.

Stop reading this and go check it out now. NOW!



A Canadian Hero Revived: Sir Isaac Brock

July 25, 2009

Earlier this year, A private client contacted me expressing interest in commissioning some fresh portraiture of the famous Canadian Major-General, Sir Isaac Brock (6 October 1769 – 13 October 1812).

Brock was the leader of the Upper Canada (Ontario) leg of the Canadian Army militia during the breakout of the War of 1812, responsible for mobilizing Canadian troops and defending Upper Canada against the United States, most memorably at Fort Mackinac and Detroit, as well as the Battle of Queenston Hieghts, where he was ultimately shot in the chest and killed.

After communicating and establishing a proposal & details, I am now proud to say that I am working on contributing to Canadian history by recreating visions of Sir Isaac Brock, based on the only two accurate likenesses of him known to exist. Although other artists have made other portraits of him, many of them are actually elaborations based upon the most common image of him: this painting of his bust in profile by an undetermined artist.Isaac Brock SR

Variations of this original image include the following pieces:

Isaac-brock-gr Picture 7Although each of these variations are obviously skillfully executed elaborations upon an original work, neither of them venture very far into detail about the likeness of the man himself outside of his profile. This is where I come in.

Working from minimal reference, my task, as an illustrator, is to recreate Brock’s likeness in a three-quarter-view perspective, in order to view his face as he might have actually looked in life.

To accomplish this task, I have utilized various methods to help me visualize Brock’s face. Based on my research, the adult painting of him was done circa 1809, making him around 40 — three years prior to his death at 43 — making it my primary infleunce to draw upon. I have experience working with cadavers and muscle anatomy (including dissection), as well as 3D studies and character concept art; As a result of this experience, when working with organic subject matter I have been conditioned to constantly consider tissue structures and placement, as well as  how these parts move and interact within their areas of movement and influence. The self-portrait below is a visual example of this experience.
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My first effort to visualize Brock involved drawing horizontal parallels from the original work, and translating them carefully into simplified linework and facial landmarks, as shown below…

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… From here, I worked on a head-on facial reconstruction (not posted here), and eventually produced this preliminary 3/4-view portrait sketch…

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Personally, I feel there is something a little off about the eyes (for now), and the uniform is partially inaccurate, but these and other improvements are to be remedied before the completion of the final image. For now, my working sample of the current sketch is featured below.

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Although I cannot post any images of the progress of the project beyond this point upon this blog (for copyright reasons), I have found this piece to be both interesting and challenging in its own respect, and look forward not only to completing it, but to also have it utilized as a commissioned illustration.


and a shiny new door

April 21, 2009

Here is an image of a shiny new door that I’ve been working on, as part of secret project art that I am creating for a potential client. Although I had hoped to render this in 3d, vector wasn’t so bad; the glass was certainly easier to play with, however it kind of looks like some kind of OSX icon.

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mmmm, smoke-tinted glass and candy-coated ebony finish…


Spring Promo Campaign 2009

March 31, 2009

This week marks the launch of my Spring Promo Campaign for 2009; yesterday was spent composing various compilations for representation and exposure across the continent. I had hoped to have my new website layout completed and functioning before April; unfortunately, it will now be pushed back, hopefully uploaded within the next week or two (depending on workload). In the meantime, here are some of the promo image compilations for your visual enjoyment. Click on any one of them to access categorically selected works from my portfolio website.

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yes, another show this month

June 4, 2008

I have just submitted an interpretive piece for another show/event later this month in Toronto!
For those interested, details are as follows:

Get Moist” – Summer Solstice Party with Rynecologist New Look and DVAS

Event Info
Host:
MOIST BEAVER magazine
Type:Music/Arts – Opening

Time and Place
Start Time:Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 8:00pm
End Time:Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 2:00am
Location:
Whippersnapper Gallery
Street:587A College Street (just west of bathurst)
City/Town:Toronto, ON

1. “Summer Solstice” Juried Art show – featuring over 20 awesome artists. The art show will begin at 8, so come early and get in Cheeeeap! Also come early for Free snacks!

2. Super Sweet Summer Dance Party @ 10:30 – Live music from New Look, then Dj sets by DVAS and Headlining for the night is Rynecologist throwing down a really fun and fresh set to keep you real moist all night!

3. Last but not least of course, Pick up your copy of Moist issue 02 “T-shirts Sneakers & Sunnies” featuring over 60 pages of superbly moist content, for only 5$

5$ before 10p.m., 10$ After 10p.m.

The “Get Moist – Summer Solstice Party” is going to be Packed/Fun/Fresh& certainly Moist, so don’t miss out on some awesome Toronto Fun to celebrate the Summer Solstice!

www.moistbeavermagazine.com
http://www.whippersnapper.ca/


next show

June 1, 2008

Yesterday I drove into Hamilton to visit my old Art Teacher, Ms. Silvia D’Agruma, to catch up on over five years of life and to drop off some technical/scientific/medical illustration pieces for an upcoming show at the Hamilton Artists Inc. Gallery. It is always refreshing to reunite with like-minded people from your past… something which I’ve been doing a lot of lately.
Below are the details, posted for your eager, beady little eyeseses.

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY JUNE 28TH,2008. AT 7PM. – 10PM.
LOCATION: HAMILTON ARTISTS INC. 161 JAMES ST. NORTH HAMILTON ON.
CLOSING RECEPTON: FRIDAY JULY 12, 2008.

Also, today I managed to read on the beach and earn my first real sunburn of 2008.
Pink never felt so damn goooooooood.