23 October 2014


Pigma 005 and 05 on Stonehenge

This week's entry for INKtober.  Done at cruising altitude to Toronto, photographed and uploaded on iPhone.  Blog version was scanned at home.  Here is the original photograph by Ronald Wittek that inspired the doodle:

10 October 2014

Wheeling Like a Chameleon

More ink doodles.  This time a chameleon came out of the pen nib... cycling.  It could happen.  Camouflage works in mysterious ways.  Pigma Micron 01, 05 on Stonehenge.

3 October 2014

Meet Gaston's Bird

I decided to try Inktober this year.  Not the full 31 day marathon, but the 5k pace of once a week.  Here is my first entry, which could fall under the Day 2 topic of "vintage" since Gaston's bird is extinct.  Using the same pen doodling style as I used in Metamorphosis.  Pigma pen on Stonehenge.

WiP - finished doodle and the original model in a book about prehistoric animals

21 September 2014

A Face in the Crowd

"Herman" pen and ink

At a recent SCBWI workshop, Lisa Cinar had our group draw faces.  We were given 10 minutes to fill a page.  I have done this exercise with her before, but it is always worth repeating.  Remember Sebastian?

This time, Lisa added a new spin.  We had to ask the character that we created questions like, "How are you?"  "Where are you?"  "What are you doing here?"

In the span of two hours I had a character named Herman, in the sewer, distraught, holding a fish, and looking for his friend, Gertie, the alligator.  It was a liberating exercise and I have the raw materials for a new story.

Herman Underground - charcoal

Here are some other favourite faces in my sketchbook, all in pen and ink:

1 September 2014


Put pen down onto paper and just start doodling.  Sometimes, the doodles morph into something interesting.  I am not sure if this creature looks more like a fox or a raccoon.

I am sure that this doodling was heavily influenced by graffiti art that we saw in Paris on Boulevard Raspail by Philippe Baudelocque.  Baudelocque takes his doodles to a whole other level though...

Check out more of Baudelocque's work here.

5 August 2014

After Paris

un raton laveur à paris

Back home and jet lag is but a bad memory.  This drawing was started on our last day in Paris and finished back home:  A Racoon in Paris.  Watercolour, ink, acetone transfer.

WiP - perspective sketch

A picture book influence
by Beatrice Alemagna

...and Beatrice Alemagna's influence,
the lion at Denfert-Rochereau

See Beatrice Alemagna's work here

18 July 2014

Drawing at High Speed

Pen, watercolour, wax, thread on Stonehenge

The above drawing for a wedding card was done while riding the TGV train from Lausanne to Paris.  This high-speed train is said to travel at speeds of up to 322 km/h (200 mph).  It was likely not going at top speed, but is a smooth enough ride to be able to pull out my on-the-go art supplies and do a bit of drawing.  The thread was added in the hotel room where a complimentary sewing kit was put to good use.  No scanner was available, so images are from my iPhone.

WiP - tray table down, supplies out

Then in Brittany, shopping for postcards, I came across this neat souvenir keychain...

I think it was intended to be a portable ashtray that flips open with a click of a latch... but look!  It also works well as a portable paintbrush holder.  On the go, fill with bottled drinking water or whatever you have on hand, and you can pull off a quick drawing.  The design on the lid is a spiral triskelion, a Celtic symbol, treated as a colloquial Breton emblem.