Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunnyside Art Show 2010

Suzanne, myself and Amy a fine photographer in the booth next to ours joined in for the final pose on the final day. Sunburned, tired and ready to go home.

Suzanne and I matting our art work the night before the first night of the show.

My Tent finally set up on Friday afternoon.

Martha gave me and my art a lift on the first day and helped me set up. Thanks a ton, Martha!!

It's finally over. What seemed like a life time away came and went in a flash. A very rewarding experience. I met a lot of great artists. Learned how to talk about my art with the public and got sunburned.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Micro sketchbook compilation.

There's an artist I greatly admire. His name's Wil Freeborn and he's gotten into the habit of compiling all his spreads when he's finished with his moleskine. I thought that was a great idea so I adapted it to this my current "micros sketchbook". All the drawing shown in this compilation will be shown at the show.

sketchbook 05/25/10

The last two pages from my 6x9in. sketchbook (the micro sketchbook). Onto microsketchbook number 2. Hopefully I'll be able to complete 20-25 more drawings before Friday. I foresee little sleep in my near future.


Not that I believe in this stuff, but this certainly was a timely omen for my art show.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

sketchbook 05/22/10

More people at Starbucks and another micro drawing... Need about 40 good ones for much to do.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

sketchbook 05/20/10

The view of the CN Tower from The Grange Park.

sketchbook 05/19/10

A beautiful day spent sketching at the Distillery District.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

sketchbook 05/15/10

Is it really surf and turf if the surf part also inhabits the land?

A few hours at the ROM drawing. I was fortunate that someone else had that same thought!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

sketchbook 05/13/10

Another "micro" drawing for the Sunnyside Art show. I'm getting kinda nervous about the quantity of micro or lack of micro drawings I have Time to turn up the output!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Naco Cafe and Gallery revisited

So a few days ago I noticed Naco Cafe redecorated their interior, namely moving their bar to accommodate a few more tables. Reason enough to sketch it again, no? Looking at it now, I think I preferred the first attempt at this space. It's unfortunate that the back of the chair in the foreground rides directly up the man's back and learn.


Blondies is a cafe during the day and club during the night. It's quite evident what it was with the disco ball and strippers pole in the back. I particularly liked the antler chandeliers.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Tom, a Starbucks customer who patiently sat for me before I started my shift.

Another potential micro drawing slated to be on sale.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

All Things Tea

I did this drawing a few days ago and just finished colouring a few minutes ago. I had fun doing it and found out that the green tea I ordered should be steeped for two minutes in 170ºC water. Well I did just that and it tasted like… green tea. The gentleman in this image was on the first day of his job. The three hours I was there he acquitted himself well with the customers coming in. Good job!

I also continued using the minion pro typeface. Had a hell of a time eyeballing all those letters and I found that it was ok that each letter that was repeated didn't have to be identical to the previously drawn it some character.

sketchbook 05/07/10

A few relative quickies at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Also trying to incorporate more hand lettering into these smaller ones. The font is an eyeballed version of Minion Pro.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Belljar Café

This is another little cafe off the beaten track. It's just east of the trendy Roncesvalle neighbourhood in the west end of the city and it's a relatively new cafe. It has a 1950's feel to it, even though I didn't capture it in this image, it screams of chilling out.

Apparently the name was gotten from Sylvia Plath's novel and instead of having the negative connotation applied to this cafe, the owner wanted this a place to be an incubator of ideas. Works for me.

Monday, May 03, 2010

sketchbook 05/03/10

I found out a few days ago that I was accepted to show and sell my art at the Sunnyside Art Show at the end of this month. I'm excited and nervous all at once! I know I don't have enough "finished" pieces yet so I've been going to coffee house almost on a daily basis to get some more of those studies down on paper. However, to give a bit more price point variety to the art hungry crowds (I hope) I've gone to a smaller scale and in pen. This is the first in a series of smaller, black and white "sketchbook" type pages up for sale as well.

I'll be cramming imagery and type onto one page and hopefully it'll strike a cord with people enough they'll want to buy one. The page measures 6x9 inches and when I display it, I think I'll take the spiral bind off and show each page with the holes. The pricing of this type of page eludes me. Any suggestions from people in the blogosphere who have exhibited in a similar venue would be appreciated.

Another Starbucks process spread.