Illustration Fridays

Illustration Friday – Farm

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is farm, and it’s Victoria Day long weekend in Canada, the traditional time of year when people head north from the city and open their cottages and cabins, or drive up to a provincial park for camping and R & R. This topic made me think of home, and Ontario and the farm country north of Toronto, which I have driven through thousands of times on my way to and form the near north. I decided to take an old picture shot from a car window and use it as the basis of a photo illustration. There’s just something about the big blue sky and cumulus clouds, the red pickup truck and red barn, and the grass laying down flat in the foreground that I loved, and felt like a quintessential image of farm country.

Farm country, Ontario

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Illustration Friday – Jay-Z on Marcy Ave

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is transportation, which kind of threw me for a loop. I’ve been thinking about trains a lot for some reasons lately, as transportation and as a motif, so I decided to make a piece that’s a bit of a throwback, weaving together a profile of Jay-z, a young portrait, and his eponymous J and Z train lines in Brooklyn with where he grew up, a superimposed map of the Marcy Projects. Let me know what you think, contact me if you want a print.

Jay-Z, Marcy Ave, Brooklyn

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Illustration Fridays – Imaginary Friend – Trump and Kim

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is imaginary friend. I hope the image speaks for itself, it was a lot of fun to make. As always click on my contact page if you want to buy a print of any of my illustrations on this website.

Imaginary Friends
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Drop It Like It’s Hot – Happy Birthday Pascal Siakim ‘Spicy P’ animation

I’ve been experimenting with different animations and styles variations for the last little while. Also, been wanting to share some Pascal ‘Spicy P’ Siakim art for a minute. He’s exploded from an off the bench option into a lethal triple threat starter for the Raptors in his third year. The whole city loves it when Spicy P goes to the rim and shakes and bakes with his patented extra spicy spin move, and today is his 25th birthday!! Happy Birthday Spicy P Pascal Siakim! Toronto loves you man, thanks for the hard work.

Pascal “Spicy P” Siakim, drop it like it’s hot… Happy 25th Birthday!!!
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Illustration Friday – Dungeon

I was having a tough time figuring out what to illustrate for this week’s illustration friday, until I watched the new Game of Thrones trailer. Then I knew immediately. Tyrion in the dungeon. It was just a matter of deciding, which of the many scenes of him in a dungeon best suited. I’ve always been a huge fan of Peter Dinklage, he can be hilarious and infuriated, serious and snappy, even when he’s playing himself. The guy is an incredible actor, so I got really excited about heightening and exaggerating his already emotive and expressive face in this scene.

Tyrion in the dungeon
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Illustration Friday – Colossal – Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors

When I read this week’s theme for Illustration Friday, colossal, my mind started racing all over the place. I was thinking Godzilla, Jack and The Bean Stalk, James and The Giant Peach. All these classic, legendary characters and illustration ideas kept popping into my head. Then I started toying around with ideas about the city and the skyline, and it landed to me gift wrapped.

This whole season for my Toronto Raptors has been overshadowed by one question: will Kawhi Leonard stay or will he go in free agency? He is clearly the best player ever to suit up for the Raptors (not counting past his prime Hakeem). Vince had talent; Tracy had skills; Curry could shoot; Oakley was a bully and stalwart defender. He scared people away from the basket. Kawhi can do all of those things. No one knows what will happen this off season, but the man is a giant, a colossus casting his shadow over the city.

I, for one, am stoked for the playoff run because for the first time ever, I know as a Raptors fan that we’re going to have the best player on the court, in any game. period.

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Illustration Friday – Black and White

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is black and white, which if you’ve ever seen my artwork before you’ll know is waaaaaaaay outside of my wheelhouse. I love colours. I love playing with colour, painting with colour, mixing colours, blending colours and using lighting effects that make the colours in my illustrations pop and explode off the page. Colours are a mask in my work, they hide the details, or lack thereof, and when they’re used properly make a picture come to life. So, about black and white. I knew that I wanted to explore texture and patterns, and I immediately thought of Picasso and M.C. Escher. What I came up with is an homage to both, Picasso as the subject and Escher as the lender of theme and style.

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Picasso y Toros, an homage to M.C. Escher
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Angkor Wat by Bicycle – Infinite passages and paths

Angkor Wat is one of those magical, timeless places, a doorway into another era and yet ever present. I’ve never been that interested in guided tours, the controlled timing and static narrative doesn’t allow for discovery or surprises. I like to walk and stroll around ruins and archaeological sites at my own pace, but Angkor Wat is so big, it’s footprint literally that of an entire city. The solution: rent a bicycle. You could, also, hire an elephant or a tuk-tuk, if that’s your thing.

Like Palenque in Mexico, or Copan in Honduras, Angkor Wat is covered in the stories and narratives of the cultures past. Originally built by Hindus, then converted to Budhism centuries later, the temples are a palimpsest of ritual and spiritual meaning. Intricate stone carvings bevel and emboss the walls of every passageway and corridor. No surface is flat or unadorned. There are an infinite number of angles and routes to choose from, no two quite the same. Over the week I spent exploring the grounds, I biked well over a hundred kilometres, circling and spiralling between buildings and walls, over bridges and moats and through massive arched gates.

I’m a very tactile person, my sense of a place and its beauty necessarily involves touch. Museums and galleries often leave me cold and disappointed, everything forever out of reach, encased in glass, walled off from context. Being able to retrace my footsteps and bike route each morning, after having a coffee in Siem Reap and pedalling down the road, gave me a deeper sense of connection, of being able to feel how the inhabitants of the city connected with the place, and its spiritual connections to Vishnu and Budha.

The story of Angkor Wat as a tourist site, as a place visited and crowded and trampled by the commerce of European foreigners is, also, a very long one. In the 1860s, Frenchman Henri Mahout wrote of the lost city of Angkor Wat in his bestselling memoirs, inspiring everything from Indiana Jones to Tomb Raider. But even before that, in the 16th century Portguese explorer, António da Madelena, described the city as “of such extraordinary construction … that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, particularly since it is like no other building in the world. It has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive of.”

It is one of those endlessly lost places, even though it is flooded with tourists. As a foreign visitor, a tourist, I realize I am walking the footsteps of colonialists, and I realize that I am taking part in an economy that commidifies a holy site. But Angkor Wat is still the largest religious site in the world, and if you believe your interactions with the holy are based in your own faith and spirit, well, then it’s probably best to wake up at the crack of dawn, and to go alone down the road. There is no replacement, no substitute for watching the sun rise over the red flats of the Cambodian soil and the verdant green of the jungle, from the top of one of the many temples.

There is nothing quite like it, no way to describe it in words, to see the beauty and the stature of a culture trying to speak with their god through art and sculpture so powerful that it still speaks directly after a thousand years under the sun.

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Illustration Friday – Fashion

This week for illustration Fridays, I’m posting a piece that makes me smile. For those of you who know me, I’m a sneaker head, old school hip hop loving, stuck in the 90s thirtysomething. So making an illustration of hightop sneakers just does it for me. Also, on a sad note for the 90s, RIP Luke Perry. You took TV to a different place, a true trendsetter, heartthrob, and game changer. You’ll be missed. You were the James Dean of the 1990s. Peace.

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Illustration Fridays – Fairy Tale

One of my goals for 2019 is to share more of my artwork, and to try and be more active online, specifically, through sharing the illustrations I make. As a way of encouraging myself, I’m entering an image for illustration friday every week. It seems like a fun idea, and it’s simple, once a week there’s a prompt and you make an illustration. This week’s prompt was to make a fairy tale image, here’s mine.

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
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