Saturday, December 11, 2010
continuing on the theme of an earlier post:::
• feel the atmosphere • breathe the air •
• see the sights • but beware •
• of teeth that gnaw • and lips that curl •
• mouths that murmur • all's a knot •
• silently shouting • patiently prying •
• ears that listen • can hear a thought •
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This has been sitting in my sketchbook for a good while. Couldn't bring myself to finish the stippled background by hand so I completed it in Photoshop.
Mainly just wanted to draw a big bug, but was partially inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Situated in a post apocalyptic future, it's a story of mankind's struggle for survival against the ever spreading toxic forests and monstrously mutated insects. A great movie and an even better manga. As always, Miyazaki is the master!
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is known as a Lamassu, a celestial being from Mesopotamian mythology. In art, they were depicted as hybrids ~ winged bulls or lions with the head of a human male and considered househould protective spirits of the common Babylonian people. Babylonian history later portrays these bull-men as the protectors of kings and statues of them were often used as gatekeepers. Usually sculpted with five legs to show balance from all angles.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
A poster I made last year. Based on an article about the decimation of fish populations in the coastal waters of British Columbia due to an increase in the number of GIANT squid.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
This was initially a tattoo design for a friend, but I've added some color, texture and a couple nondescript characters to populate the piece. Definitely an exercise in patience with all the steps I had to draw. A tip of the hat to Escher as well.
Hoping to upload some photos of the tattoo once it's complete.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Came across some thought provoking and uplifting information last year on a site called the Wingmakers.
Particularly inspired by what James, the site's anonymous host referred to as the 'six heart virtues' and adapted them into the Flower of Life template. At it's core is a six petalled formation, ideally suited for the words Admiration, Compassion, Understanding, Valor, Humility and Forgiveness .
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Been playing around with some matte painting techniques lately to the tune of an ancient astronaut theme. The columns on display here are known as the Atlantes and represent warriors of the Toltec Empire ~ located in Tula, Mexico.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Recently joined a new blog called the Hybrid Collective, a collaborative effort alongside fellow illustrationists Joel Hustak, Andrew West, Andreas Schubert and Parker Campbell. First post is up and more is soon to unfold.
Here's a taste..
Monday, May 24, 2010
Those sneaky simians are smarter than they let on...
Hey folks, this is my first Threadless t-shirt submission. It went through the 7 day voting period, but unfortunately didn't make the cut :(
Might tweak it a bit for a resubmit, but in the meantime I'm working on a few others.
Also posted some additional photos on Flickr..
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
First prototype color copies. Compared with the black & white versions below, these have a much greater depth to them. Further still, once I incorporate 3D sculpural elements and holography. Until then, I'm left experimenting with color gradients and layering to evoke more vibrancy.
On the computer screen and especially with my larger prints I've noticed the interesting feature of faces popping up in certain regions of the vortex depending on my proximity to it.
In other words, the human mind has a great ability for spotting patterns, such that these crisscrossing shapes at various fades will often reveal recognizable facial features. Some look happy, some look sad, some look altogether alien:::
I find it fascinating to ponder that perhaps these patterns personify entities residing in a World of Words. A world that we all seem to tap into so freely and draw meaning from. A world with a foundation in Symbol and built by Prose.
This is a Land of Language that exists at the edge of print, between the spaces and lines. It's a realm riding the defining curve of conceptual understanding. It flows through the cultural matrix of sounds, recognized and accepted as speech.
At a certain distance from the image these "faces" will be perceived. Upon closer inspection, they lose their distinct forms and the eye sees only shapes. In the case of these two, the shapes are those of LOVE and UNITY.
Composed entirely of the words: (H)ealth (W)ealth (H)appiness. Mirrored and spun, this was quite fun :) I found it a very relaxing and a constantly surprising exercise to create this mandala. One of my first attempts with transparent gradients and am very pleased with the results. I purposefully molded the letters H W H to look similar to ripples and am currently exploring with motion graphics to further this concept.