Paintings

I go back and forth on painting. It always feels like a big to-do, but man, there is a satisfaction to both the progress and the culmination. I’m talking about real media painting specifically – digital has never been able to scratch that itch for me. For me, digital painting encourages a kind of precision that outranks my skill with the tools I have access to, and because of that, it’s a stressful process. Real media painting, even with something less forgiving than oils, inspires a kind of Bob Ross mentality. There are no mistakes – just happy little trees.

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to go through the cache of empty and half-finished canvasses in our upstairs storage. I finished this piece a couple months ago, though I had actually started on it sometime in 2012 or 2013. Then I forgot about it for a few years.

ants-100dpiI’m pretty happy with it. It was a huge pain to scan, though. It’s a 16″ x 20″ canvas and had to be scanned in chunks. I wound up using Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor, a sort of magical automatic stitching tool, to put it all together. It actually did a fantastic job – much better than my efforts in Photoshop.

I have another (smaller) painting that I’ve just finished in the last couple of days, though it’s a gift for a friend so I won’t post it until they’ve received it. I’m pretty excited to share it though! I think it turned out really well.

For the time being, here’s an older acrylic painting from 2007. I had forgotten about this until I dug it up on my other computer.

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THANKS A LOT Zine on Itch.io

Over a year has passed since I teamed up with eight other fantastic artists to put together THANKS A LOT, an homage to the weird and wonderful cult Canadian animated film Rock & Rule. A few contributors have sold print versions at conventions or in their own online storefronts over the past year, but a lot of potential online-only readers were left out in the cold. Well, no more! THANKS A LOT is finally available online, in PDF format, for the undeniably low price of zero dollars.

Download the zine from itch.io, and enjoy. We had a lot of fun putting it together!

Death (Skelemorphs)

Breaking the radio silence to bring you a new piece – this one appears in the new Chessmaster Guide, “Tarot A-Go-Go“! A comedic take on the tarot, written and curated by the always-hilarious Iris Jay, with illustrations from a long list of amazing artists (including myself).

The card I chose was Death. Now, in the tarot, Death actually means change… much like the change from being alive to being dead.

Get your digital copy of the zine on Gumroad for whatever price you would like to pay. The past Chessmaster Guides are still available there, too.

Happy 2016!

svjones-raccoonphotoI’ve been pretty frazzled throughout the holidays, and consequently haven’t been drawing too much. Here are a couple pieces I drew in my sketchbook while staying in Toronto over the New Year’s holiday.

Above, Sweatervest Jones and her friend Chet, taking photographic opportunities with the local wildlife. Below, a sinister Cheshire cat inspired by Jan Svankmajer’s Alice, which we saw in lovely 35mm at the TIFF Lightbox. I’d seen it before, but on real film stock, it’s stunning. There’s no Cheshire cat in it at all, though.

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Saturday Night Special 2015

This last weekend was the latest reunion with my friends from the Michigan Gargoyle, a campus humor magazine I worked on in school. I’m still in touch with some of them on a regular basis, but it’s always great to have an excuse to see them. And it’s always cool to see the alums we didn’t share campus time with — there are people who come to the reunions who were on staff in the ’50s and ’60s.

As part of the reunion, we always churn out a little mini-issue called the Saturday Night Special. It’s a fun exercise, but not always “successful” in the sense of being funny. We had a small group this year, and most of the older alums didn’t hang around for the work. But the people who stayed knew each other well and were comfortable throwing ideas back and forth. I think the results were actually pretty good.

A wonderful artist from the ’60s Gargoyle used to do the covers, but she passed away a few years back. So I did the cover for this one. I’m happy with how it turned out.

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