18 April, 2014

Natural - Illustration Friday - Fox in a nest - Watercolor and ink illustration

Little fox asleep in his nest - Watercolor and ink 8x8" - And you can even bring him home right here.

Quick ink sketches of Elephants - Trying to create movement and mood

Ink sketches of elephants  - 5x7". Trying to create some movement and mood using brushstrokes and washes. Elephants have such a variety of shapes, volumes, wrinkles, lines and shadows. 

Sketching in mixed media - Elephants and collage

5x7" mixed media collage elephant drawings - I'm trying out some new sketching techniques that include collage and other materials. I'm enjoying using ink and am very inspired by the work of Barron Storey.

15 April, 2014

Elephant Works - Mixed Media Artwork

These two jumbos are mixed media paintings using acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil and ink. They measure 18x24" on paper. I've uploaded some detail shots below. I super enjoyed doing these, and am 
also enjoying all the research I'm doing on elephants and the troubles they are facing from ivory hunters. Hopefully I can complete a series on these beautiful beasts and help show how amazing they are.

06 April, 2014

Sri Lankan Elephant - Don't kill one - Mixed media painting

Sri Lankan Elephant - 18x24" mixed media - Graphite, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic. 

Did you know the Sri Lankan elephant is protected by the government and killing one carries the death penalty? This is an endangered species. 

29 March, 2014

Polar Bear Drawing - Mixed media in the Arctic

Drawing of polar bear on ice - mixed media - charcoal, graphite, watercolor and acrylic. 
Prints available through Blue Canvas here - 

I've added some detail shots below :) Had a great time doing the fur, charcoal really lends itself to that. 

26 March, 2014

Cheetah and the Dark - no 1 and no 2

Finished the set of two charcoal and acrylic mixed media paintings/drawings featuring two cheetahs. 

22 March, 2014

Owl Sketches - Silent Night Birds

Not gonna lie, I'm in love with owls. Not only are they gorgeous, but their silent flight and general calm demeanor make them seem so mysterious and confident.

I've posted a lot more of my owl sketches and drawings up on my tumblr (If you don't follow it yet, check it out here).

I'm prepping to do some more studies and hopefully some full on paintings of these owls. The Spotted Owl is my personal favorite, followed by the Barn Owl. The sketches are mostly in pencil and ink, and some experimentation with paper and ink splatters.

Illustration Friday - Red Moon and the Bride

Ink and watercolor piece - Big red moon, silhouetted ravens, and the bride. Well, spooky bride. I like the mood of this whole piece.

17 March, 2014

Royal BC Museum - Weekend of Sketching!! - Sketchbook Pencil Drawings

This weekend a friend from Vancouver came over and we hit the museum for hours of drawing and sketching! Great museum, (Royal BC Museum) lots of totem poles, native masks and art, as well as animals and skeletons to draw.

01 March, 2014

Cheetah and the Dark - Charcoal and acrylic

Cheetah and the Dark - illustrating dark matter and it's effect on speed : 
using charcoal and acrylic on paper.

18 February, 2014

Beautiful Tools - Very Useful Things

Just had to snap a few of these well organized tools drawers. 
Useful things always make me want to build things!

15 February, 2014

A Windy Fountain - Capital City Parliament

Yesterday was a beautiful day so I walked around downtown and ended up on the Parliament Building Grounds. Victoria, as the capital city of BC, has a beautiful Parliament Building, including this really cool fountain! The wind was blowing and the water was blowing with it, which made for beautiful photos. Also loving the turquoise tiles on the fountain. Did a few sketches of the buildings, and the statues on the roofs. 


Back in the Day - Decked out in Pink - Sugar Hearts and Pink Tights

All the kids dressed up for Valentines Day! Remember when all it took for excitement was some powdered sugar hearts and a pink shirt? These girls are all decked out for the holiday, and enjoying the mild weather. They were all super excited about the valentines day cards they gave out in class! Apparently now a days a card isn't enough, and they all come with candy and stick on tattoos attached. Lucky kids! 

Twisted - Illustration Friday

Twisted hair! This is an ink drawing, with pens and wash. 
You can see some detail images below. Took a while to study hair and how it moves. It's like it's alive!