2009
08.23

Postcard Mail Out

Postcard Mail Out


Received this invitation in your mail today?

I’m delighted that you did and decided to stop by since it’s wonderful to finally be able to share my work with you.

Thank you for taking the time to review my work. I would certainly welcome and appreciate any comments you have to offer!

2009
08.21

Each blank sheet of paper, canvas, template or whatever the choice of substrate may be, is the start of an exciting creative journey. Most of the time the finished idea/image is composed in my minds eye before I start…sitting there…brewing, sifting, filtering – waiting until I’m ready to tackle it. So really it’s just a matter of getting from point A to point B. Sounds easy, but sometimes there’s a disconnect between mind and motor skills!
I do not keep to a step by step process when I’m composing my illustrations. It’s more fluid, where I allow the content of what I’m trying to express and communicate dictate the execution and sequence of work. However, I can say that it’s usually a combination of traditional and digital media that’s used. More often than not, my finished illustrations involve sketches, colouring in Photoshop CS3 and overlaying real images on top of the colour layer…therefore becoming a seemless digital collage.
Here’s a series of snap shots during the making of “Fall’s End”:
Baby Bear does not understand the concept of hibernation. He doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, so he waits for the last leaf to fall before following Mama Bear into the den. It’s a suspension of time.

Scrunched up tracing paper that's scanned and adjusted for contrast & colour

Scrunched up tracing paper that's scanned and adjusted for contrast & colour

Twisted trace paper that's scanned - adjusted for contrast, colour and size.  This texture/shape will serve as the trees.

Twisted trace paper that's scanned - adjusted for contrast, colour and size. This texture/shape will serve as the trees.

The scrunched up trace paper is shaped and blocked with colour to create the cave.  The twists are copied, adjusted in size and placed.

The scrunched up trace paper is shaped and blocked with colour to create the cave. The twists are copied, adjusted in size and placed.

Pencil sketches of Mama bear and Baby bear added and placed in position.

Pencil sketches of Mama bear and Baby bear added and placed in position.

Colour added to bears, bright leaf added for focal point and narrative, top of image sculpted to mimich shape of cave.  Any final tweaks in colour and shading complete.

Colour added to bears, bright leaf added for focal point and narrative, top of image sculpted to mimich shape of cave. Any final tweaks in colour and shading complete.