December 20, 2015

Secret Santa Thingy Thing

So at work we did this secret Santa thing where we each pulled names from co-workers out of a hat.  For that person, we would create a drawing of something they liked.  I ended up drawing Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us.  I've never played the game, but I've heard nothing but good things about it.  Here's the drawing:

December 17, 2015

Colour Hyde

Forgot to upload this one.  This was an earlier version of the Hyde character that I was supposed to clean up.  Figured it would be fun to figure out its actual colours.  There’s a few minor changes in the design since this one, but overall it’s pretty similar.  Why is this text blue?

December 15, 2015

Hyde Does a Twirl

So now Hyde turns! It was a rather tricky one to rotate while keeping it simple, but this was my attempt.  Stephen made a few suggestions that I did before uploading these, so here is Hyde, Finnish folklore style.

December 11, 2015

Ember Process 1

I've been meaning to make these (upcoming) posts for a while now.  I have finally started compiling things together for uploading.  Here's the first of multiple posts in which I put together a whole bunch of (pre-) production work from my fourth year film project at Sheridan.

Let's start with the concept art and pitch package.  This is well over a year old now.  It was basically the thing I put together to pitch the idea to my mentor group.  It has some very early versions of Dart and Juffer's designs.  Originally Dart was a bit older and more serious than what he ended up being.

Here's a preliminary colour concept of the main environment.  Many people said it looked a little bit too ominous, so the final colours became a bit more saturated and leaned a bit more towards a warmer yellow/green hue.

Here's the finalized colour script of the whole film.  There's something really fun about throwing solid colours down with a hard round brush on one layer.  It makes you work with less detail and gets you to focus more on the overall colour scheme.

Previous Ember posts can be found here:

December 04, 2015

Stuff From the Online

I have plenty of stuff to upload, so here's sort of a big post.  These are all online course works.  For the first week we were asked to a design of an old wealthy entrepreneur whose name currently escapes me.  Anyway, here's the finished guy.

And here's some process work:

The main assignment has us design two characters based on the characters of Jekyll and Hyde in our own interpretation.  I was thinking of basing my characters in Alaska, but ended up doing some research on Finnish folklore, resulting in the characters set in 1880 Finland.  Jekyll is an eager cartographer, trekking through the forests to explore and draw his maps.  Hyde is a leprechaun-like gnome.  It looks innocent, but it is rather mischievous.  It strives to get people lost by luring them deeper and deeper into the forest while playing riddle games with them.  I did some research on Finnish names and came up with a Finnish name for Jekyll (Jyri Laaksonen), while the Hyde character already had a title from the folklore that I read (the Menninkäinen).  I don't know how to pronounce any of that!

For Jyri, I looked a lot at Lapland clothing and some other things he'd be wearing on his treks through the forest, such as snowshoes.  Anyway, I worked on doing different thumbnails first, while more refined sketches were due the next week.

There wasn't a lot of info on the Menninkäinen character, so I did lots of research on wildlife in Northern Finland.  They have a lot gray owls there, it seems, so that's what I ended up basing the Menninkäinen's facial design on.  I also wanted it covered with a snowy blanket with some natural materials on it.

Here are exercises of facial features and hands.  Most of these were drawn from photographs, whereas some I copied from some of my favourite artists.

That's all for now.  I'll see if I can scan in some sketchbook stuff soon.

November 18, 2015

I Have Compiled

I, for once, have compiled drawings from the last little while on separate pages.  Work is busy and I'm currently also doing an online course, so time do personal work is rather limited.  Still, here are some sketchbook drawings, some faces (also from the sketchbook), and some life drawings (yet again, originating from that exact same sketchbook).

October 31, 2015


Painting is hard!  Well, everything is hard really.  Felt like doing something a little different, so here's an eagle.

I like eagles :)

October 17, 2015


Spirou drawings from a while back.  Love the art style!

October 11, 2015


Had the sudden urge to draw a tiger.  So here's a tiger.

October 07, 2015

So I Drew Some Dogs



But these are from my physical sketchbook.  Nothing beats pencil and paper!

There's a giraffe in there as well.  Every now and then I like drawing those too.

October 05, 2015

More Dogs

This whole Inktober thing just isn't doing it for me.  I keep starting with other drawings.  I did, however start inking a giraffe, only to find out that my pen was not working well on the paper.


Anyway, I've been drawing so many dogs the last couple of months.  I don't really know why.  Here's a few more!

October 01, 2015

Yoda in Digital Ink

Yes, I'm doing Inktober! I'm not sure if digital ink counts though. Oh well, here's piece number one. To be fair, I didn't do this all today, but I finished cleaning it up just now, so there.

I did a bunch of thumbnails having Yoda do action-y stuff, but it just didn't feel like his character.  I ended up just going with a calm standing pose which felt a bit more natural.

-EDIT- okay, so digital inking "doesn't count".  Fair enough.  I'll do one tomorrow :)

September 20, 2015

The Mix

Some of the things I had piled up from the last week or so.

And some more raccoon drawings from real physical sketchbook pages!

September 16, 2015


Fan art!  I found Obi-Wan Kenobi's character to be well portrayed throughout the six Star Wars movies.  I couldn't resist doing a lightsaber pose for him, as there can never be enough of those.

September 11, 2015

I Like Stripes

I've been rather busy lately, but here are a bunch of raccoon drawings.

And I've officially watched all six Star Wars movies!  I'm prepared for December now.  Fan art to possibly follow :)

September 03, 2015


Technically not a compilation, as I drew them all on one page :)

September 01, 2015

More Compilations

Yes, I've compiled more stuff!  But here's a separate piece that I did a couple of weeks ago:

And some compiled random sketches from being out and about:

And then I realized I needed to study more expressions, so I did a whole bunch of expression studies.  I put them all on one page, so it's harder to see how off-model all of them are:

August 27, 2015


I'm not quite sure what this is, but I don't think it's a cat.

Clearly I don't know what to write.

August 22, 2015


For my wonderful grandmother who passed away yesterday.  She'll be missed by many.

August 14, 2015

Clean Stuff

Okay, two achievements in one post.  First, this is a single drawing: not a compilation.

Second, I cleaned up a drawing!  Twas a good experience.  And rather fun!

August 09, 2015

Hands and Sleeves

So I did a whole bunch more hand drawings over the last week.  And more fabric too!  So here's a giant compilation of exactly that: hands and fabric.  That's all the text I can come up with.

One day I'll post something that's not a compilation.

One day.

July 30, 2015


Yup, I'm going to throw a whole bunch of faces into this post today (again).  They are mainly drawings that I tried to do for Susan from the Pevensie kids.  Other than that, there's some Mr. Tumnus concepts in there.

I'm currently doing a decent amount of drapery studying as that was kind of necessary.  Adding folds is such a nice way of designing clothing, yet I always keeping my clothing straight and foldless.  Mainly because I'm not familiar with how to draw that.  High time to change that, so here's a drapery practice sketchbook page and some hands.

July 14, 2015

Back to Narnia

I’ve noticed a bunch of artist doing designs based on well-known stories, so I figured I’d give it a go as well.  Not surprisingly, I went with Narnia.  I had a lot of fun, so I’m definitely continuing with it!  I did a whole bunch of Edmund drawings.  Don’t know why, but he was fun character to start with.  Other than that, a few beginning designs on the other Pevensies, Professor Kirk and Mrs. Macready.

And of course, another page of doodles.