Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Life Drawing @ the Ben Navee Gallery
& a life drawer


Friday, November 4, 2016

A Hallowe'en-themed costuming session á la Butts & Conté. The werewolf connection was a bit dubious but I thought the socks were a nice touch.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Life drawing @The Gladstone
ones, fives, ten

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I've been getting back into more regular life drawing again lately. Hadn't realized just how much I missed and enjoy it. Above are a few from a session at the Ben Navee gallery.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's almost the end of fly season here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I've recently returned from a little west coast trip. Starting in Vancouver and working my way down through Seattle, Portland, L.A. and San Jose, I visited family and friends along the coast. It was very good. Reconnected with old friends, made new ones, saw God behind-the-scenes in L.A., got a chance to marvel at His wonderful creation. Mountains and ocean and beauty amidst brokenness.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Uncle Antlers festival updates!

Some happy festival updates:

Very pleased to announce that Uncle Antlers will be screening at the International Children's film festival Filem'On in Brussels October 30 - November 6, the Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'Arte in Italy October 5 - 8, the Fimucinema Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife (Fimucité) festival in Spain September 23 - October 1 (this festival has its focus on the music scores of films - Sarah Davignon & Andrew Patten of The Most Loyal did an amazing job on the music for Uncle Antlers and I am thrilled that the festival will put an emphasis on their lovely work), as well as the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, October 28 - November 6.

Uncle Antlers also screened at the Facade Video Festival in Russia this past week, the Autumn Shorts Film Festival in Kentucky for which it received the nomination of Best In Show, and the Trenton International Film Festival back in June.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

featuring The Wigglies!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Toronto Sidewalk Offerings

It also had the number of a local rug cleaner.

Monday, July 18, 2016

(fun with markers!)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wedding Illustration

I had the privilege of witnessing one of my cousins get married at the end of April and did some wedding illustrations as a gift (beats giving gift cards any day). 

The roster includes (as follows): the married couple, both sets of parents, the bride's brother, her father's mother/my Oma, her birth mother's and mother's mothers, the bride and her birth mother (an earlier sketch from the bridal shower), and the wedding party's post-ceremony smoking pit (which elicited an "Oh, that's a big part of it!" comment from the groom). 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Uncle Antlers: character development and preliminary boarding

At some point in the early portion of the character and story development stage of Uncle Antlers, I played around with the idea of switching out one of the characters - the boy - with a separate character I had kicking around at the time, a girl. Myrtle. I had previously done a graduate film centering around a boy and his grandmother, and wanted to try something different this time, switch up the dynamics a bit. Myrtle also had a more distinct character and style that I thought would make an interesting contrast with the melancholy and sombre Uncle A. I think it worked quite beautifully.

early boarding, pre-Myrtle

the magnificent Myrtle

the two, together

an early concept that made it into one of the final scenes

I storyboarded the film several times, over the course of two or so years - picking it up and working on it, putting it down and letting it percolate, returning to it, reworking it and repeat. Within that time frame I also ran it by a few trusted people with fresh eyes for feedback, implemented suggestions,  and continued shaping it). By the end of 2013 the story was at a point of being finished; I worked towards the deadline of film grant applications. I must mention that I am very thankful to live in a country that has a number of grant programs available for artists to create their own projects outside of the commercial sphere.

A sample of the boards I compiled for grants:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Uncle Antlers' at Photophobia!

Hey folks! Uncle Antlers will be screening at this year's Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival in Hamilton, June 4th and 23rd, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. I'll be in attendance at the first screening - you can check out more info on their facebook page here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Uncle Antlers: origins & early sketches

Sometime shortly after graduating in 2010, this mental image popped in my head. I sketched it out. 
Two characters, walking in the rain; one being a child and the other an odd deer-head creature holding an umbrella.

From there came exploratory drawings; 
who the characters were, and what their relation to each other was.

How did they meet?

How did they interact? 
What were their personalities like?