Thursday, May 16, 2013

Marathoners

Thought folks might get a kick out of this one I came up with the other day...


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thanks TCAF

Well that was awesome....My second year at TCAF and it was a doooooosey!

The x-ray portraits took off and I was drawing them all weekend, it was an idea I came up with to entertain myself and keep me giggling through the show so I was happy to find out it tickled other folks too. The idea came to me as I have been drawing a series of illustrations based on the Grim Reaper recently..... I will be posting them up here as soon as they are ready.


Clamhead Kid, my 'choose your own adventure comic', was another big success for me this year as well and I couldn't be happier about it.



I made a whack of new friends last year and this year was just as good. It is amazing to see how much good stuff is going on out in the world and real inspiring.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Doing my thing at TCAF 2013

Drawing X-ray portraits of folks this year to commemorate the launch of my new line of death drawings (will post here soon).Who knew this X-ray goggle technology really works! and I get to hang out with the powerful Michael Cho (the elbow on my left in the photo), great dude.

I am here again all day today at TCAF 2013 with my studiomates in the R.A.I.D. room.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Drawing in the wilds of Ontario

I am really looking forward to a course I am teaching this summer........check er out if you like camping, canoeing and drawing!

http://sameboatadventures.wordpress.com/paddles-paper-pencils-and-paint/



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Breakfast with Buddha


Went to Rose and Sons on Dupont, man the food was good and this little cheery guy mellowed me right out...couldn't help but doodle.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

BIll Burr meets the Hobbit

An nod to Bill Burr, a great comedian, and what I hope will be a great movie.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Guy

marker doodle of some dude.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Senior's

 A few photos to honour my last meal at Senior's.











Thanks to Eddy and Kathy Marlet, Costa and Mary Marlet, Joe, Ravi and Sami. First class folks that made the best place around what it was.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Last Supper

Going for my last steak dinner tomorrow at my favourite place on the planet....it closes this Saturday after 50 years of business. It hasn't changed since it opened, just good old fashioned food....I figure I earned it after a few loooong days at the studio.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Best breakfast of it's kind in the city gone......After 51 years!




SENIOR'S Steakhouse is closing.

This place has been my breakfast spot for almost 15 years. There are no lemon and thyme sweet potato curly fries or chipotle salsa breakfast burritos or wheatgrass smoothies to go. Now don't get me wrong, I love smoothies. I love hemp seeds, organic raw coconut oil and raw cacao and I blend them up with blueberries and protein powder in my vitamix almost every day for breakfast.

But when I want a great breakfast like I used to have growing up at some local spot on those Saturday mornings and my Dad was dragging me off to some job site for a weekend of sweeping up and cleaning out debris left behind by the real construction guys, that quiet moment of eggs over easy, bacon extra crispy, the tiny glass of orange juice from concentrate and white buttered toast with strawberry jam was a special haven. A moment that for some reason I recorded in amazingly lucid detail somewhere in the recesses of my brain, a blip in the time of my youth in contrast to all the endless hours in math class or geography all of which are a blur of nothingness to me now, a blip that I still retreat into for comfort as I remember the smell of the home fries browning, the coffee I wasn't allowed to drink brewing and the rhythmic feel of the scalloped edge of a paper placemat that doubles as the menu curling up from the cool melamine table top. It spoke to me in some way, a way that I still have not decoded or sucked all the magic out of as the perspective of my adult years can tend to do to childhood memories.

It is, to me , simply the best place in the city for solid food like I had growing up and it seems as if nothing has been touched in this place since the 60's. The folks working here are great, the food is no frills and the price reflects that. They aren't "old school" cool because of the trendiness of nostalgia or some fabricated restaurant makeover. It is completely the opposite, this place just is what it is and kept on doing that for over half a century.

It will be sad for me to see it go and I am forever grateful to this place and those that kept it what it was.

It closes on June 23rd so don't miss a chance to eat here before it is gone forever and recedes into the past like Brother's or Sam the record man and countless other Toronto institutions.

Senior's Steakhouse and Restaurant
1397 Yonge St. (at Pleasant Blvd.) 
416-924-8366

My next post will be from the upstairs dining nook as I take in my last steak dinner at this fine place.

I hope when I see that final tunnel and move towards the light at the end of it this is what I'll see looking back from the other side.

Same as it ever was

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Life Drawing

Here is a link to a short selection of conte on newsprint life drawings, one of my favourite things to do...ever. I am compiling as many as I can these days for an upcoming artshow in the fall of the new year.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30338815@N03/sets/72157608243264928/show/

Homemade Banjos

Since I am a musician and in a few bands you can probably see the connection between the earlier work using a handmade approach to gourds and vessels and how it led me to start making my own instruments with the same material. Here are two of my latest pieces. The first one pictured here is one complete gourd and I have just cut away the side to stretch the skin. You tune this one by sliding the strings up and down the shaft. The larger one is still in progress and needs more shaping on the neck which is carved and shaped all by hand.























Compound Ceramic Forms

These forms are like a pot in a pot in a pot. They are not assmebled after firing but actually the compound forms are all thrown at the same time. So for each piece I start pulling up the wall of the innermost form first until it is like a finished pot. Then I pull up the next wall and close it around the first one being really careful not to touch the first wall and rip the piece in two as it spins around on the wheel. Really fun to make and as you can see I usually prefer an unglazed finish to allow the feeling of the original clay to come through instead of a polished, glassy look.


















Ceramics

I work in ceramics and now use the throwing wheel for just about all of it. These forms were thrown with the closed ends at the top while being careful to maintain a consistent wall thickness. I then cut them off the wheel at the bottom and carved out the holes you see when the clay was half dried and easier to hold without collapsing the forms.
















Vessels and a Comic

Here are a few shots of some drinking vessels and a basket that I made by hand as part of an art project where exploration of the now almost forgotten low tech world of living off the land was seducing me. These items were collected from the landscape and crafted into functional tools, even the cord on the gourd I wove out of corn husk.





Here is a short comic project I drew/inked/wrote in the small slivers of spare time that I could pull out of the finger of my life.....It ended up being published in an anthology. Click on them for a closer look if you want.


Monday, December 19, 2011

t-shirts

Here are t-shirts I designed and illustrated for 2 bands. The first one is a great bluegrass band www.foggyhogtownboys.com and is the new band logo and the second shirt was an image pulled from the CD booklet for www.chriscoole.com . This CD booklet had an image to represent each song instead of a full description, I thought it was a cool idea when Chris pitched it to me and I had a great time working on it. I also included a few of the other booklet images here.