A while back after I illustrated an interactive Romeo & Juliet iBook, there was talk of doing Macbeth next. The project was put on hold, but not before I made a sample sketch. Can you tell I used Charles Manson as inspiration for Old MacB? It’s true.
MACBETH: Is this a dagger I see before me?
LADY MACBETH: No, it’s a crown, stupid. (aside) He’s blind as well as homicidally ambitious.
(pause for laughter)
Exuent Macbeth and lady Macbeth.
I have an illustration in the most recent issue of Shameless magazine!
As the tagline says, the article is about , “Why ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ is more of the same”. Karen Ko, a personal trainer and weightlifter, talks about her initial optimism for this new message and her eventual disappointment in discovering that “Strength” as advertised, is just another impossible ideal; one that continues to ignore queerness, women of colour, motherhood, older women, and trans-identified people.
I feel like Ko addresses a lot of the questions that don’t get included in conversations about women’s fitness and body image. But don’t take MY word for it. Check out the new issue of Shameless (subscribe online… there’s an app too!) – read the whole thing of course… but Karen Ko and I are on page 13.
Web comic king, writer extraordinaire, and all around fun guy Ryan North wrote a choosable-path adventure version of Hamlet that has been getting some sweet press (most profitable publishing kickstarter ever, Slate.com review, picture in Time magazine as photographed by my friend Doody) … and MORE IMPORTANTLY, I have an illustration in this book.
I have modified the illustration using the most popular photoshop filters to entice you to buy the book, to see the original unaltered majesty on page 634.
JUST JOSHIN’! Here’s the real deal:
To buy the book:
In Toronto: Go to the Beguiling. It is awesome there!
Anywhere Else: Nag your local comic store to get the book in. Or Amazon. As much as I dislike an e-reader (I dislike an e-reader SO MUCH), this is an optimal book for this format, with all of the choice-making and page-turning.
This is a logo I worked on a while ago for the bold and saucy Elizabeth Callahan of Lilly’s Lunches – she went in a different direction eventually (her current logo is wonderful, by the multi-faceted Steve Tam), but this was a great chance for me spend some quality time with Adobe Illustrator (we are totally BFFs now). The result was a diner-esque logo with a bit of pin-up sensibility.
Keen eyes may have noticed the logo also has the company name wrong (Lunch vs Lunches) – another give-away that this logo was from the company’s formative days. The business has evolved in other ways as well – Lilly is doing delicious pop-up lunches at Northwood (a favorite spot) that can be enjoyed there or taken across the street to Christie Pitts. Haven’t you always wanted a picnic?
I did some drawings in April for Normative - a really lovely design firm, full of lovely people, here in Toronto. These were made for a presentation their client will be using internally, so this may be their only parade around the block. Without getting into it, the drawings (and hopefully you can glean this from, you know, the drawings) are about making travel decisions, and enjoying cities from a less tourism-oriented perspective. While wearing a jaunty blazer/t-shirt combo.
You can see a few more images from the set of 15 on my portfolio site, as well as a few other updated, shinier nuggets from the past… and the FUTURE. It’s like my blog, with a blazer on. And if you want to hire me or have your friend from the New Yorker hire me, you can send them there too. It’s so easy!
Two charming friends recently got engaged in a full-on bar-raising romantic shenanigan involving a real white horse, balloons, a bullhorn, a giant “Marry Me?” banner and falling flower petals.
I made them a little cartoon-thing in the style of a game called CCBB (let’s say it stands for Cling Clang Bing Bang), which I didn’t invent but have proudly spread cross-provincially. In this game several stacks of paper are passed around a group who alternate writing and drawing to group-create, or “crowd-source” a little comic. I’ve spent many a long evening playing this with the couple so to honour their happy news I played one more CCBB round solo and made this commemorative comic for them. (Context: they both run/curate a taxidermy museum in their home).
Was it just me? I’ve never been good at sleeping (falling asleep, staying asleep, wanting to sleep) so sleepover parties often landed me alone in dark basements with an active imagination, a.k.a. The Nightmare Scenario.
This poster did bring up the mind-bending quandary: Which is it:
Last one ASLEEP at the sleepover party
Last one AWAKE at the sleepover party.
Answer: BOTH WORK. Weird, isn’t it.
Several years ago a few friends conceived a fantastic homemade board game called HURRICANE! Players are caught in the aftermath of - duh – a hurricane and must fight their way to the arena where they hope safety awaits. I illustrated the cards players pick that represent their findings on the path to the arena. Most of them are not pleasant and lead if not to despair, to madness! Enjoy:
(I edited out the NSFW cards, but should the game be made public, it will only be more incentive for you to purchase it.)
Waterlogged family album.
My camels! Too soggy to be traded in prison for protection.
Waterlogged corndogs. Waterlogged is an ongoing theme.
Finding a loved one! It’s not all bleakness here.
Buuuuuut sometimes there is spoiled meat…
…and human excrement.
And finally, this might be the favorite thing I’ve ever drawn, and I don’t especially love drawing animals.
I am preparing to send out postcard mailers and in my efforts I used my internet research skills to find other illustrators and glean wisdom from their advice. I thought I might post the links to their various blogs on the topic (with a screen shot of their posting), to inform others and for my own reference later.
Some of the most pertinent information I got from these posts was covered in both Trade Secrets and Jeff Szuc’s postings: that the US postal service will potentially reject and return postcards with graphics darker that 7% greyscale in the bottom right portion of the card where the address goes. That’s a big one, considering that if your cards are sent back, both your print and postage costs are up in flames. There are other printing details of that nature that they both mention.
I am sure there are many more great posts on this topic and if so, I’d love to hear about them. Happy mailing!