Inspiration from Viktor Deak

August 20, 2009

Anyone who’s as excited about the union between science and art as I am should certainly browse and appreciate the work of NY-based paleoartist, Viktor Deak.

Viktor Deak's Lucy

Viktor Deak's Lucy

I discovered his work after reading this blogpost, and was thoroughly impressed not only by his work, but also by the attention and publicity it has received. Now an internationally renowned paleoartist, Deak’s long list of collaborators includes many big names, institutions and companies.

For more info / content, click the following links:

interview w/ NY Times

Viktor Deak’s Portfolio

panorama of Deak’s studio


Dinosaur Reconstruction: Sketch

April 6, 2009

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I finally got around to some sketching that I’ve been meaning to tackle since I took reference photos at the ROM in 2008: dinosaur anatomy reconstruction, based on fossil evidence.

Dwelling on my pathological anatomy illustration experience during my time at the University of Guelph back in 2007 I decided to attempt a 2D anatomical reconstruction of a type of extinct raptor. Aided by  googled images of bird heads and musculature, anatomical textbook limb references, shots of various animal cadavers from the dissections @ Guelph and a few photos of my former pet iguana, I was able to produce a decent sketch of what could turn into a convincing, accurate series of renderings.

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Yes, I should have been spending this time working on my website layout, but no, that would not have been as entertaining. Although I like where this image is going, after considering the pose of the animal, I don’t think i’ll bother to render a final version of this raptor… however, with a better understanding of the anatomy, I might conceive a better composition later….


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.


one hundred per-cent

May 24, 2008

FINALLY, after its initial launch, the News portion of my website is now operational, meaning that the site itself is complete.

I have also included two previous 2006 posts from my former blog: a book review and a short video link.

Thank you for your continuing interest, and please visit again soon.