June 30, 2020


The poor dead swallow was drawn from real life and is the first drawing using my 1970s Osmiroid fountain pen with copperplate nib. It's not quite the thing for water colour paper, sadly. I'm still on the search. But it is a nice drawing tool on the right paper.


Fountain pen and water colour. I like this one.

Carolina chickadee

It was one of my earliest attempts and I still like it more than a lot of the others. It's glued to a cradled panel, 6x6" I think.

More Water Colour Practice

The irises I painted today from real ones in my garden. Hard subject! Not a massive success but not bad for a first try. Mice with berries is a long time favorite theme of mine for whatever reason!

Learning Watercolour

It's haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard. Why am I torturing myself?!

All are small, many done in Etchr sketchbooks of various sizes.

The dry feel of the Kuretake Bimoji brush pen has set me on an endless journey in search of the perfect inking tools for water colour paper. Now I'm all obsessed with fountain pens! Just what a need, a new expensive collecting habit.

January 17, 2020

Them Cartoons!

Since I'm on the subject of shows I worked on, why not list 'em all here? This is my stupid blog that no one looks at, after all!

Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy

Studio B, 2006.
I was a "board pull artist", it was my second gig but my first "real" one, you could say. I totally designed and built those floaty things in this image. Tough work! Image result for ricky sprocket



Studio B, 2007
I suffered badly on this one because I was such a beginner and still very new to computers. I worked as an animator. It could have been a blast because it's a fun and simple show. If I ever get that time machine I will fly it there and redo all my scenes and not lean so hard on the guy sitting next to me!
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My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic

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Season 1 and 2
Studio B/DHX Media 2010-2012ish.
We never saw it coming...the massively huge freak show MLP would become. Bronies trying to sneak into the studio, me being led around with guards at a convention. Silly times! I'll never live it down,  it's my one claim to fame in the world.
This is where I started my long long long time as a layout artist. Much suffering happened here too, till I started to finally understand what the hell was going on with a cartoon production.


The Littlest Petshop

Studio B/DHX Media 2012-forever and ever

I feel like I worked on this forever and ever
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Dr. Dimensionpants 

This one was my favorite show to work on! It's very silly.
DHX 2014?


Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show

DHX 2015
This was a rad cartoon but man, I was in way over my head.

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I enjoyed this show a lot also. I like doing action, I think.
DHX 2015? Who knows...
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Transformers, RescueBots
DHX Media 2016? 
I thought this one would be hell because the robot designs do not lend themselves to Flash animation well at all. But I was mistaken! It was not so bad. I enjoyed dealing with the overly complex builds.


Chuck's Choice
There was some stress, but it was a funny show.
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That's a lot of pay cheques!

Chip and Potato

I worked as an animator and a builder for this show last year for DHX Media. It's cute and innocent! It was a gentle re-introduction to full Flash animation for me. The last time I worked as an animator was 2007 on Pucca. That's a while ago! Mostly I do layout/posing.

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I did some of these scenes:

January 16, 2020

Life Drawing Toronto!

I decided to start going out of my way to find life drawing classes, since I live so rurally. So in October 2019 I spent a day in big ol' TO and actually found a class I could attend. It took place at The 519 community centre on Church St.
I only had a small sketchbook and used an H pencil. I rather enjoyed it.
I hope I get to draw dudes again one day....

Sharp Shinned Hawk Sketch

This poor hawk hit a window a split second after catching a pine siskin at a bird feeder. I decided to draw it alive.
I really shouldn't take photos of my drawings at night, I know!

Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion is a fabulous resource for artists. Zillions of  high resolution photos of athletes and dancers. Created by Scott Eaton, the bested anatomy teacher around. Check it oot!

I am amassing mountains of sketches from this, here's some early ones. Most are timed five minute sketches:

December 14, 2019

Styraccosaurus Bust

Styraccosaurus Head sculpted in Chavant medium with inadequate reference.
My first attempt at surface texture. Much to learn yet!