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Mr. Fox

Monday, June 17th, 2013

I recently participated in an art show featuring artists from the Toronto animation scene titled All Dahl’d Up.  The show was organized by Tammy Semen, and was displayed at the Gladstone Hotel here in Toronto.  The theme of the art show was Roald Dahl, so I did a fox…  you know… because of the Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Here it is:

 Mr Fox_Blair Kitchen

 And here’s a few process pictures for you ‘behind the scenes types’:

Mr Fox rough_Blair Kitchen

 (there’s some bonus Copy Cat roughs up there in the photo too!…  my desk is a mess!)

mr fox rough 2_Blair Ktichen

I used brush and ink and coloured it with gauche on illustration board.  I’m kind of hoping it doesn’t sell so I can put it in my living room…  I may even try some more paintings of this type, as it was kind of fun to do.

Artists in the show were:

Alysia Avey
Alexandra Kavalova
Andrew Wolf
Bill Speers
Blair Kitchen
Caroline Hung
Dharmali Patel
Hilary Leung
Ian Westoby
Jason Groh
Jason Thompson
Jim Bryson
Joey So
Kathryn Durst
Kyu-Bum Lee
Mike Csunyoscka
Mike Helmer
Nick Hehn
Nikolas Ilic
Noam Sussman
Perry Osuna
Sam Bradley
Sarah Mercey
Shawn Colbeck
Tara Donovan
Rachel Chalk
Rory Madge

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LIFE: An illustration

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The important part of the game is to keep on getting up.

My fancy Pelikan Pen

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A few months ago, I ordered myself a Pelikan fountain pen.  I had been wanting one for a while now, but couldn’t bring myself to spend the $100+ it would cost, but in one of those moments of thinking “my artwork stinks, and the tools that I am using MUST be the problem”, I broke down and ordered one.  It took me a while to find an ink that was black, yet wouldn’t clog the pen, until I settled with the rapidograph black ink.  With my other pens, I would dip them in Speedball Super Black ink, which I find a decent, black ink, but it’s just too thick for fountain pens.  (It worked for a while, but started to clog, and before using the pen I’d have to empty it out and refill it everytime, which stopped me from being productive at those times when I don’t have time to sit down and draw properly, but I happen to be passing by and see my unfinished comic page and decide to ink for 5 minutes just to get a few lines drawn, or get a small panel inked, which really ads up in the long run).   I know that Sergio Aragones uses Badger brand non-acrylic black ink for his Pelikan Pen, but I couldn’t even find that ink on the internet, or anywhere for that matter…….. does it still exist?

possum #5, rough page

I must say, I’m really happy that I picked up one of these pens, as the nib is more flexible than the Rotring art pens that I’ve been using, so you get a bit more of a thick and thin line out of it (and that’s something that I feel I need to work on a bit more with my artwork).  The fact that it’s (for the most part) maintenance free helps because I very rarely have a full day to sit down and draw comics, so it’s quick and easy to just pick it up and start inking (now that I’ve found a decent ink).

I’m still experimenting and looking for a good mix of weapons for my comic making adventures, and trying to figure out what tool works best for what part of the drawing.  I’ve experimented a bit with brush and ink (see the missile smoke/fire on the previous photo above) and I really like the possibilities with that, but I’m nowhere near confident enough with a brush to try inking characters and such, but it is something that I’m going to work on.  (man, there’s a lot to learn still…..)  What tools do you guys use?  What kind of paper/illustration board?  What’s your favorite ink, and why?  For myself, I’m still experimenting, but maybe that’s a career long task.

Influence Map

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I thought I’d take a stab at this, seeing as everyone else was doing it.

1.  Empire Strikes back –  There’s so many images from this movie that are forever burned into my brain, such as the AT-AT Walkers on Hoth, The carbonite chamber on Cloud City, Darth Vader inviting Han solo to dinner, and this one of Luke Skywalker with his sunken X Wing….. For some reason, that orange flight suit has always caught my attention.

2.  Cerebus (Dave Sim)–  300 issues, self published.  How can you not be influenced by that when you’re self publishing your own comic?

3.  Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson) – As a kid, I couldn’t get enough Calvin and Hobbes.  As an adult, I still can’t.

4.  Sergios Aragones’ Mad Marginals – I never had a lot of MAD comics as a kid, but the ones I had, I read them a lot!

5.  Looney Tunes (Chuck Jones) – The other directors were great (which is an understatement), but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to the Chuck Jones ones.

6.  Ronald Searle – I was introduced to Ronald Searle’s work by Chuck Gammage, while I was in college for animation.

7.  Tex Avery – Funny, funny, funny.

8.  Amazing Spider-Man – Looking at them now, I really, really admire Ditko’s work on Spider-Man (he did create him and all the cool villains after all), but as a kid I grew up in John Romita Jr’s era, which had a huge influence on me.  His father drew a good looking Spider-Man too.

9.  Groo the Wanderer (Sergio Aragones) – Again, Sergio Aragones had a huge impact on me as a kid, and Groo the Wanderer was one of the series that I had every issue of.

10.  Neal Adams’ Batman – This issue was in a box of comics my uncle left at our cottage for us to read (or maybe we hijacked the box at some point, unbeknownst to him), and a few drawings from it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it.  (Batman with lipstick and no shirt, ready to kick the crap out of Ra’s Al Guhl inparticularly).

11.  Don Martin – His drawings were just plain funny

12.  Archie – I never realized until just recently, how much the Archie comics I had as a kid influenced me.  It’s too bad that Archie comics suck nowadays.

13.  Robin Hood (Milt Kahl) – How can you be an animator and not drool over Milt Kahl drawings?

14.  Peanuts (Charles Schulz) – I like the early stuff the best.

15.  Tekkon Kinkreet – The movie blew me away when I saw it the first time.

16.  Maxfield Parrish (Mary Mary Quite Contrary) – I’ve just always loved this picture.  I’m still trying to find a print of it….. (I passed up on an opportunity to buy one once for a really good deal, and I’m still kicking myself for it, but at the time I was poor……. much like now).

You can download the template from ‘fox-orion’ over at Deviantart and make your own influence map.  (and post it in the comment section here too!)

Check out Mike’s over at his Ultraist Studios Blog Journal too.

Possum by Phish

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
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Comic Stenography

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I was browsing through old files on my computer, and came across these 7 pages of comic stenography I did a few years ago.  A group of Toronto comic artists were invited to draw a comic in real time, capturing an event involving 3 speakers speaking about a topic of their choice.  We were given free range, to cover the event however we would like, so this is my version of what took place at Fort York’s barracks on October 22nd, 2007.  The entire event lasted about two hours if I remember correctly, so we had to draw fast.  The bald guy in the comic below, is my brother, Mike, who also stenographied, stenographed, ….. stenographicated (?)……. you know what I mean…… 

Enjoy.

Working on a pitch

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Here’s a few quick sketches I did for a pitch that I’m working on with a good friend.  Hopefully it will involve a lot of quick and fun straight ahead animation in many, many different styles.  (and some live action, cut out animation, and whatever else we can think of doing).  It’s just an idea right now, but you never know…..

Sorry for the lack of info in this post, but I just wanted to put up a couple sketches for fun.  Maybe more will come………… maybe not.