Saturday, November 19, 2011

Puttin' In Work

Ride Dirty ( 8x10inch, acrylic ink, india ink, pencil and watercolour, 2011)

Salutations! Here are some things I've been working on. The piece at the top I finished yesterday, and is just a practice piece to get my typographic, compositional, and rendering skills tighter. They need more work! I'm not happy with the piece as a whole but I like some of the elements. The second image down is just a black and white version cause I thought it looked cool (maybe better than the colour version? you be the judge). The next two images are some of the process from a collaborative logo design over the summer - I took care of the calligraphy while my man Colin worked on the digital side and the rest of the branding. Lastly we have a wildstyle design for my man Jamie aka DJ AA. Wildstyle isn't my specialty, and this piece definitely still has a couple kinks to work out, but overall I'm pretty happy with the final feel. Catch you on the flip!

Monday, November 7, 2011

One Click, Two Robots.

Yo! Check it out - two large robots! One is flexin' his laser and showing off his Edsel with his devil-bot robo-spy girlfriend. I painted him between yesterday and today to get my watercolour style tighter. Still needs work. The other is made of spraypaint, and is also flexin' his laser, chillin' solo on the legal wall here in Edmonton. Straight blastin'. No big. I freestyled him today cause I was heinously unprepared and had random paint and no letters sketched, but I had a hella good time kickin' it and painting with the homie Billiam, and am still rather happy with how the robot came out. Blizzaoow!! (that's the sound of a laser. I made it a lot while painting both of these.)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Many Mouths, One Voice

Many Mouths, One Voice (watercolour & india ink on paper, 2011)

Truth To Self (watercolour & india ink on paper, 2011)

Two in a day?!? Damn straight. Here are a couple more pages from the beginning of my sketchbook. The one at the top, 'Many Mouths, One Voice' is a commentary on corporate control of the media, and I'll leave it at that. The second image, which is the second barbershop scene from my sketchbook, is called 'Truth to Self', and isn't quite done in the photo - I recently inked his face and the hand with the clippers, which I think added some much needed contrast within the subjects. Both photos have had the colours slightly rebalanced digitally because the scanner seemed to have trouble picking up the contrast and full range of colour - the 'Truth to Self' image still isn't quite popping the way it does in real life, so I think I need to iron out a few more kinks in my digitizing process before I post any more from this sketchbook. On to the next one!

Train Harder

Train Harder (watercolour & india ink on paper, 2011)

(original sketch)

Ayo homies! Here's another page out of my recently completed watercolour sketchbook - the first page in fact. A couple of posts ago I mentioned how I was placing bits of advice and inspiration for myself throughout the work, and here the message is to train harder. The sketchbook was mostly meant to tone up my watercolour, pen-and-nib, and hand-rendered typography skills, but ended up being a great place to study composition as well. I'm fairly happy with the overall composition and execution of this particular piece but by the end of the sketchbook (I ended up doing 21 paintings and 3 unpainted drawings in 2 weeks) I was more confident with contrast and colour choices, although overall this was still one of my favourites. Check back for more soon, and tell me what you think of the new style!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Swim Good

Swim Good (8x10 watercolour & india ink)

Yo! How's things? Im back briefly with a little painting I did this morning, inspired by my 10,000th time listening to Frank Ocean's song Swim Good. I'm headed to the new Ihuman headquarters tonight to fancy up one of their walls, so I'll be back on the quick to post that... Word!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy October

Happy (belated) Octoberfest! Here's a happy Oktoberfest Octopus - feel free to use him for a happy Oktoberfest card next year! 4 beers at a time?!? No big deal.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Watercolour Sketchbook

Yo! Here are a few pages from a watercolour sketchbook I've been working on to practice the medium as well as to hone my hand-rendered typography skills. These pages are near the end, and throughout the book I've been placing bits of advice and inspiration to keep me going - for example the sketch at the top is a loose (and out of proportion) sketch of Gary Busey with one of his quotes from his guest appearances on Entourage - "Art is only research, it is not the final form." Classic. The second one is a bit reminding me not to be too hard on myself, and the third is just a sketch for a forthcoming piece - the barbershop has been a great place for advice in my community and I'm sure in many others. I've been busy, so many more to come!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peace Be With You!

(pen and nib on paper)

Original Pencil Sketch

Greetings! In the words of the buddha 'Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.' This sloth buddha is here to bring peace, tranquility, love, and to party at a chill pace with Natalie McNeely today on her bday. Natalie and John are friends of mine who happen to patrons as well, and probably own almost enough of my art to hold a solo show in BC! Thanks for all the support over the years, and peace be with you homies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Victory is Certain

Victory Is Certain (aerosol on wood, 2011)


What's good?! I'm back really quick with a positive message - if you want it go get it. I was in my hometown of Calgary over the weekend kickin it with my brother, who's also on his grind doing what he loves, hence the message. Shout out to my lil' sis who's killin' it doin' her damn thing too! Let's get it fam!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Gas Pump

(Make sure to click on the photo above to check out the full size!
All Photos: the lovely & talented Diana Duzbaeyeva)

(I cut a stencil for the Gas Pump logo, but it took me forever to paint the Wiserhood crest with a couple tiny brushes! I used a metallic powder finish to make the bling serious)

Yo! I just got the photos back from the Gas Pump mural I did earlier this summer. This wall was one of the longest I've painted so far - 36 feet across - and included a lot of small detail, including hand painted logos, which took a ton of time. The mural was commissioned by The Gas Pump, a bar/nightclub up here in Edmonton that wanted to update its image as new owners were taking over and the whole place was being given a makeover. My good friend Diana Duzbaeyeva and I were hired to create a new logo (which you can see at the top of the second photo), menu, business cards, flyers, and a mural along with photography. We co-designed all of the print media, which ended up coming out really well, and I took care of the mural while Di took photos. The bright colours blasting out of the DJ booth (which is actually straight in real life, but the lens of the camera skewed it for the photo, which is actually a composite of 3 photos since the mural is so long) and out from behind the bar represent the life of the party, provided in this case by music and great drinks. Everyone was thankfully ecstatic over the end results, which made all those hours before the bar opened in the mornings spent with my face 8 inches from that wall totally worth it. If you're in the area (it's on 101st ave and 114th st) stop by, have a drink, and check it out!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hand Painted Dresser

Ayo, turn it up!


Whattup! Check out a couple photos of a project I just finished - remember Domino's mural from a few posts back? He had some cowboy-themed furniture in his room (above) that wasn't making the cut. No worries. I hand painted his drawers with speakers, sliders, and volume and effects knobs so that it would go along with the other fly stuff in his room. NBD. Awesomest bedroom ever. 'Nuff said.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kaleido Festival 2011

What it do? Today I have the photos from the Kaleido festival on 118th ave which was put on partially by the Nina Haggerty, which is an art gallery and community center here in Edmonton. I was part of a collaborative event - 4 artists including myself created 4 ink paintings in the 'Exquisite Corpse' method. Basically, each artist painted 1 horizontal slice of one board every hour, without being able to see what the artist before them painted other than about an inch, and at the end we had 4 paintings that each of us had done 1/4 of. It was fun, and the results (3/4 of which are above) ended up being pretty interesting! I am somehow missing photos of one of the pieces, but if I can wrangle some I'll update this post, because it ended up being a funny painting. I was painting pretty slowly and kept chatting with people who were wondering what was going on, so I didn't get as much filled in on the sections as I would have wanted, and I know at least one of the other artists felt the same way, but the time limit also kept you from thinking about what you were going to paint too much, which we found led to some cool improvisations...

(detail shot)

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(detail shot)

So the Kaleido festival this year went super well, there was actually some really dope live music, tons of street stages everywhere with people swinging things wildly or preforming weird hoop dances, lots of local artisans with food and carvings and soap for sale, and a lot of artwork displayed or created live, including a pretty intense decorate-a-lightpole contest that I was in to much awe of to take pictures. Also there were these dudes (above) who walked around on the side of the building and took notes on everything. Pretty suspicious, actually.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

No Guts No Glory

No guts, no glory! I'm here with a quick update and a couple detail shots of some work I did on the open wall up here in Edmonton yesterday. The piece was meant to turn out gory (hence the text 'Cannibal System' and (not pictured) 'Sick of Bablyon') but somehow ended up looking like skulls eating florescent spaghetti. That's actually way better anyways. I've got a busy couple weeks ahead of me - school just started again and I'm in the middle of designing three more new murals, as well as getting ready to paint at the Kaleido festival on Saturday. The Kaleido event should be dope, 3 other artists and I have been provided with supplies and honorariums and will be collaborating on four canvases in the 'Exquisite Corpse' method, which basically entails each artist painting one section of each canvas - the other artists are talented and have been painting for a while, so I'm excited to see the results. I'll be back with photos!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

No Photoshop Required! YWCA Camp.

(Photo credit: Leah Erickson)
Whaaat!! Trippy photo right? It came out of the camera like this, no photoshop required!

The finished piece.

What's percolatin?? Here are some photos of a piece I painted yesterday at the YoWoChAs camp in Fallis, Alberta. I've had a great summer so far, and as part of giving back I donated some time to create a mural for the kid's camp. They wanted something painted on the netting in their archery range to liven it up a little, as well as to inform and remind people that the camp is YWCA sponsored. It took quite a bit of paint because the netting really soaked it up, but in the end with enough coats the colours really started to pop, and my lovely and talented girlfriend Leah took some crazy looking photos of the sun shining through the netting. Terry and the other fine folks at the camp, who were in the middle of leadership training, were mega hospitable, and say the kids will be super pumped when they show up for camp next week. Yeah!! On to the next one!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Domino's Room

Bienvenue! Here are a few shots of my nearly finished latest mural - it's for a cool 7 year old whose nickname is 'Domino' - check it out! I'll be back soonish with photos of the furniture I'm custom painting for his room, it's gonna be so ill!! Thanks for stopping by!