Monday, March 24, 2014

For anyone who will be in Victoria on April 6th the second annual Camosun College Comics Conference will be held that Sunday, with public hours (free admission!) from noon to 5pm. If you're a fan of comic art, visual storytelling, or any other comic-related area be sure to stop by and check out the second years crop of student work from Camosun's Comics and Graphic Novels program.

   As well there will be an array of national comic book talent on hand to speak to the attendees, including scarily-talented author/illustrator Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame inductees Katherine Collins aka Arn Saba (Neil the Horse) and Deni Loubert (Renegade Press), Sam Logan (Sam & Fuzzy), and Simon Roy (Jan’s Atomic Heart).

I'll be a guest along with the cream of the lower-Island comic book artist/cartoonist/illustrator crop: Nelson Dewey, Gareth Gaudin, Janine Johnston, Glen Lovett, RenĂ©e Nault, and Ash Vickers. Plus lots more going on - hope to see you there! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hey... did you know that Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Tales Vol. 2 is in better book and comic books stores (and online, of course) now?! 

Thanks to my pal, Schuster award-winning comic book artist Ken Steacy, I co-pencilled, co-inked, and assisted in the coloring of 7 of the 8 comic book vignettes that make up the "Podracing Tales" section of this great new trade paperback!

As a Star Wars fan from way back in '77 it was fun to be able to work on these comics, alsong with the others we did together (published in Star Wars Omnibus: Wild Space Vol. 1) and nearly a dozen Star Wars children's books for various publishers that came out in late 1990s. 

If you or your kids are Star Wars fans be sure to check out these great compendiums of hard-to-find Star Wars comics!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year! To celebrate ringing in 2014 in a few days I'm debuting two new prints at my store! Since my Greek Gods series is so popular I'm adding two more to the fold, Hera and Hermes.

Both these new prints are based, like the others from this series, on a group of children's magazine illustrations I created. And don't forget the new low prices for ALL my prints - just $16 USD for the 8.5" x 11"s and $28 for the oversized prints (13" x 16" to 13" x 19"), plus shipping! High quality, heavy-weight textured papers and acid-free, archival inks.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Just in time for the holidays... great news from my online store... a brand new customizable print (in two sizes), credit cards and gift cards now accepted, and best of all: new lower prices on all prints! Check out my store for all the super details!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hey Joey!

Good news everyone! The new Joey Green book, illustrated by lil' ol me, is on the shelves of your favorite bookstore / online bookseller as we speak!

As a sneak peek here are a few of the 40+ illustrations that grace the pages of this groovy tome. Pick it up, why don't cha?!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diggin' Through the Vaults: Deleted Scenes

Sometimes when working on one of those illustratory-jobby-things I do to make a living I'll scribble up  some pencil sketches, or roughs, that don't end up being finished and make it to print. It might be that I've given the client more than one choice of roughs to choose from (I'm guilty of giving them TOO MUCH choice sometimes), or I've gone in a direction too far away from what the client had in mind.  Occasionally I'm not satisfied with a piece and want to do it over again. Whatever the reason I end up with a collection of unused sketches that I hang onto in an "Unused Illos" file. 

Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have another job that I can adapt the existing image for. More often than not they just sit in that file mocking me about all the time I spent creating them that I probably didn't get paid for... But my pain is YOUR gain - 'cause here's a Glen-A-Riffic Gallery of a few of those discarded doodles for your perusal!

Above is from a Know magazine puzzle page rough from a few years back. The magazine's editor suggested changing the stereotypical tottering old MALE scientist to a tottering old FEMALE scientist. It was the right choice, but here to make one last curtain call is the original version.

A number of years ago I worked on character designs and layouts for an online social media game (along the likes of Cityville) for a major fast food company. These are just one batch of the many variations the characters went through while I was working on the project. I used a couple of these characters as inspiration for two original art cards over at my online store.

Here's a playing card-inspired illustration for a client that ended up going in a very direction. 

The new Joey Green book comes out in a month (plug, plug, plug) that I just happened to illustrate. Here's a rough that wasn't working to convey the intent of the accompanying text - which sort of defeats the whole reason for an illustration! The second try nailed it.

Postcard mailout rough for a client I really liked. I felt I could better though. I was much happier with second, more broad and humorous version.

Here's an oldie from before the turn of the millennium (you can tell by the four, not five, fingers. What was I thinking!) - I tried three versions of this spot illustration trying to conveying clear vision and confidence. The next try was a 1700s explorer. Third attempt was the ticket with a self-assured airline pilot at the helm of a passenger jet.

Hope you enjoyed looking at my trash!