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Happy Holidaaays!

I have finally conceded that the world is out to prevent me from ever printing holiday cards, no matter how organized I try to be. So! Here it is! Have an awesome holiday, everyone - I know I'm very looking forward to shutting my brain off for awhile.


Al Hirschfeld..........The Line King

Had to post this - one of my heroes drawing at 99 years of age! It's pretty cute how he wants to finish the picture with his wife barking at him to stop, haha. So damn amazing.


trying to keep up - bloggin' after work

Man, good thing most of the snow has been rained off in Vancouver. Any longer and we would've looked like this:


waitin' for my turn to rent 2046

Making a quick post of this just in case I screw up the painting (and now that I've done so, I most likely will!). It'll probably be a month before I get to paint it. Wahboowhine. Will have to fix some linework on it too.


watercolour sketches

I was feeling pretty bummed out last week so I bought some over-priced tea. My favourite was this lychee green tea - it tastes like what springtime might taste like. You can buy the tea HERE! Here are first and second attempts on it:
I also bought Playboy: 50 Years: The Cartoons, which was on sale at Oscar's art books. There are some amaaaaaazing watercolour pieces in it and it set me off on a painting frenzy. Thus the boob:
My favourites from the book are Jack Cole (uh... that's definitely not one of the best paintings he's done) and Erich Sokol. I love the no-line watercolours where it looks as if these shapes were effortlessly thrown into place, and yet aren't muddy or even bleeding into each other! Anyone have any tips? There's hardly any info on watercolouring that isn't flowers or still life, or, say, painting every single hair on some wolf. I'd imagine it takes a lot of experimenting and getting to know your paper and water. Anyway, the book is soooo nice. Check it out if you can.

Here's some lady and her kid (actually she had two, but she was clutching this one) spotted during lunch yesterday. I think that face a kid makes when they're about to go postal on you is the most funny yet horrifying sight ever. Their faces scrunch up into this terrible little old person's.

These were all painted with turbid water. END!


tailors & hobos & skunks

Inspired by A Fine Balance.

The girl in the middle panhandles around Burrard & Granville Skytrain stations. Blows smoke into your face while you walk by....
This is a drawing of a little blue stuffed skunk I bought from Jocelan. I loff eet! Check out her store here and you can take a squishy friend home with you too.Oh yeah here is also another doodle of the sphynx from some time ago. I should stop drawing her with this hair as it doesn't really suit the story.



Sorry guys, not a heck of a lot going on, drawing-wise, lately. I seem to be doing better with scribbly comics. Speaking of which, here's a preview of my comic for Flight 4.... (click the pic). Still sitting on it for a little while to let all the typos and mistakes surface before I hand it in.

Also! The main comic in my mini:

If you'd like a dead tree copy they are available here.

Anyhoo, the Stumptown comics festival was fantastic, and Portland is definitely best in Autumn. Got to meet up with some old friends and some new ones - take a look at some photos heah!



SO. I finally grow the guts to watch this movie and..... it's not very scary. I don't know what I was expecting, really, but it was so hard to follow, plus I had quite a bit of trouble telling one skinny pretty Japanese lady from another (buh? I thought she just died? What?). Maybe the English version's scarier with the snazzy graphics and black, glazed eyes. The only movie that's managed to scare the bejeezus out of me recently is the original version of Dark Water. The no-sleeping-for-three-days-and-in- short-intervals-with-the -lights-on kind of scary. It works so well because you hardly ever see the ghost, just the tangible things it leaves behind. And ceiling stains are just plain eerie. Anyway.... long, black stringy hair is suddenly the new Scary Thing? Don't look at my drain. You'd die. *crooooooooooooak*

I'm using Bloglines and I still can't keep up with the hundred or so blogs I follow. Sigh.



*edit: I lied. THIS is going to be the cover. Try to imagnie it on hot pink cardstock. Didn't do that for online because it'd burn peoples' eyes out. The other one has been demoted to Table of Contents (and changed slightly).

Mini is done! Just need to arrange the pages now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canuckers! My family had ours last evening - I made these and those. They were pretty good, especially the root veggies.


more random

Blargh. Lost a lot of spontaneity lately, so I'm trying not to obsess so much over...something, and just get back to the fun fugly scribbly things I used to do. Anyway... more fishies!

This was done some time ago... wanted to draw a few things about the opera, still might do that....

This guy I saw on the way to work - he looked like he was about to step on someone's foot. Perhaps a child's. This is such a nice area.


still can't draw Flounder....

Thought I'd scribble a pic for the re-release of the film that got me into this whole mess!

Y'know, I think these two have nice colour design - they're so recognizable you're able to see them when they flash by, doesn't matter what shade her skin tone is at a given moment.



Click for minicomique:

, blogger is being a numbnut. I am going to make a minicomic collection for Stumptown perhaps hopefully maybe.... If I ever start the main comic in it!!


whole lotta random

Hey, sorry for the lack of posts. Here are a couple of sketches!
Didn't finish the wiener dogs....

Also! Those vampire prints Krista and I made ages ago are now available online! If you'd like a set, click the pic here: Oh! They are 6x6" prints. I forgot to mention on the page, but will update it when I get home.

Man, it took about six tries to get these pics up here (and from the looks of it, they uploaded four times.) Great waste of space! Way to be broken, Blogger.


Dim sum!

Argh, haven't been inspired to draw anything lately, so there's a lot of people-watching. Here's a bunch of doodles of my relatives rejecting some dim sum carts as they came around. With the way they reacted to some of them you'd think they were being offered poo or something. And I totally ganked some Asian-drawing style bits from Peter Sohn after his piece in Afterworks 2. It's a brilliant story and I haven't seen Asians not drawn super gimpy in a long time.

My aunt - the diva, as always.

Uncle Gene likes his Hawaiian shirts. Stop eating so much fat, Uncle Gene! You'll die.

This is supposed to be my dad but of course it looks nothing like him. Being a dim sum cart pusher, man - no respect.
Here's something I remember from the second grade - I had a good friend who was amazing at drawing, and she pretty much inspired me to go at it regularly. We were always figuring out stuff together, and the day I started drawing coloured pupils and highlights - wow... what a discovery that was - she made a point of calling them "deluxe eyes." Unfortunately I don't think she draws anymore, but she was really, really good.


friday topless swordfighting!!!!!!~!!!!!!111

And the aftermath, if you dare. Don't click if you're my mom.

Here are some alias sketchbook doodles... don't like the colouring tools on it, but I'm sure it'll get loads better in due time.


Skydoll & Fireworks crowd

I still can't believe Heavy Metal printed this entire thing.

It was impossible to get on the buses after the fireworks. She got quite a haul. No one offered her a seat. =(

This got gross REAL fast.


back to skvetching

Some old guy on the skytrain - he was so stooped over! Poor guy must be staring at his lap everytime he walks.

Done while listening to Brenda Lee with that curdling sad voice of hers.

More sphynx sketches for a comic I wanna do. Too squishy in the one with her and the guy - she needs to look less like her chin got yanked out from underneath her (was drawing EVERYONE like that for awhile). My scanner is unwell and has been scanning things in strange lines more and more.

Y'know how dogs (or cats) splay themselves out on your kitchen tiles when it's too hot? That's always cracked me up.


Eurotrip Part Two

Heeeeey. Sorry this took so long! Here's part two.... There was a significant increase in downtime as the sun in Italy tried to burn my brain out.

Went to see "The Da Vinci Code" with Bannister and Derek. It was raining pretty hard that evening so we were smooshed together under my magic umbrella while everyone else blew smoke in our faces. They let us in about ten minutes before the movie started, and then there were about 40 minutes of ads. Chyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa............. The code puzzle is pretty dumb. You just hold it up to a light and see through the thing. Bannister figured that one out!

Unhappy-looking people on the metro. I think it was the constant smell of urine and how people would slam their metal spring-seats up. It's really, really unpleasant being on the receiving end of a spring-chair slam. Parisians do a lot of nail-biting.

Card for Dylan, while waiting (very stoked) to see Marie Antoinette.

Very bored doodle page, and the fox that gave the card below...

Last day in Paris *sniff* Went to this really fun restaurant. Didn't have frog, but had foie gras. And escargot. Mmmmmmmmmmm........... FINALLY some good food in Paris - you can't get anything half-way decent for the 10-20euro range. Either get expensive fast food or go higher. So expensive fast food or groceries it usually was.

Drew this after viewing the Nimes Arena (the one that is most fully in-tact... it's only about half the height of the Roman one, though). Just plain silly, the long train ride and sun made me loopy.

Ok, from here on out what is spelt "Guigno" should be "Giugno" - June in Italian. I can't spell under any circumstances.

VENICE. *hearts all over the place* I love the Carnivale mask stores... they're such a blast of eye candy the first time you see them. Can't take a bad picture here. The gondola guys are all in stripes and straw hats... it's a tourist trap come true! Most gondola rowers didn't sing but they each had a unique warning that they sang or called out in repetition when turning tight corners. The water taxis just blasted. God, it's amazingly beautiful in Venice. Here, have an AVI. Wait! Have two.

Fruit mask - we didn't find one that wasn't made in China. Hurrr.

Sounds from my cousin's place, where we were staying. There was a party going on every night so you really couldn't sleep.

Alleyway in Verona.

Ok, there was this utterly amazing carving at the entrance to a park in Bologna... it was a woman with a hippocampus and an octopus. Later on I saw a fountain of Neptune's and the four winds were on there, pinching their breasts where four streams of water spurted forth. (there were other fountains where water had amusing sources but I can't remember them all now)

Had the most expensive gelato in the world in Firenze. Really caught off-guard on that one, grrrn........ Do not go to Perseo's gelato!!!!

My feet were pretty hurtin' by this point in time.

A church near the Roman forum at right, and my griping about the Vatican museum at left.

This is why I did not enjoy the Vatican.

Angels of Death everywhere, and some guards were being very rude to a couple of teenage girls wearing skull pendants. I don't think they were there with bad intentions, they just wanted to enter the prayer area. The guards were being annoying.

Here's a gladiator!

And here's a real modern-day one. The end!! That's it! I'm tired, so apologies for long-windedness and cranky. Off to work!

And for those who are curious, here's the stuff I hauled around:

I mostly used the watercolours because the gouache kept smudging and was not as washable. I also had a flat wash brush and white gel pen but they seem to have run off at the moment.