For the second year running, I’ve worked on the holiday decor at one of Toronto’s cultural institutions, the Drake Hotel. Despite a sometimes… rowdy weekend crowd, the Drake has consistently excellent programming from exhibitions to performances to nebulous happenings. Enough about the Drake! Where’s MY STUFF? Here it is Ego, so chill out: You can see my contribution in the mural of the skinny dipping polar bear jumpers, and the various snow covered trees, both 3D and 2D.
I also did a paint-by-number themed window for the lounge, which I will post photos of as soon as I have some good ones, but you can see all of this in person with a warm (or cold) drink in hand at the Drake Hotel right now and until Dec.30th (ish).
Thanks to the Drake’s Mia Nielsen (curator) and Rea McNamara (assistant curator) for generally being very awesome.
Posted in Illustration, Shows
Tagged Christmas, Holiday Decor, Holidays, Illustration, Mia Nielsen, Murals, Paint by Number, Polar Bear Run, Rea McNamara, Skinny Dipping, Sky Yard, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Winter Decor
Seeing my own artwork in print does not get old.
This summer I did another comic with the award-winning, magical author of SKIM and This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki. It’s a one-pager called Chicken Game and it’s in the Fall/winter 2014/15 edition of the Humber Literary Review. ON STANDS NOW!
Remember that messed up fad (in my school it was in Grade 8) where everyone in your school started choking each other to the point of passing out, just for fun? Aren’t kids great? Teachers would have to have “a talk” about how incredibly dangerous this is because somehow keywords like “choking” and “passing out” weren’t big enough clues. It seems like every kid everywhere had some version of this. This is what Chicken Game is about. There is some salty language, so be aware, read with care.
Nope. Not bored of seeing that yet.
There’s also an interview. With me! A little yakkety yack, a little blah blah blah.
Big props to amazing artist Adrienne Chalaturnyk, and librarian/hair queen Kathleen Scheaffer for their hand modelling. My hands are so tiny and mal-formed I am always in need of help in the hand drawing department.
I’m not going to comment further, but I made this drawing in response to the wonderful Dr. Nerdlove’s tweet:
… so i made this:
Which if you don’t know, is based on this:
I thought it was such a funny idea, but then got scared of some kind of retaliation… I am hoping I am low radar enough to not get noticed! Just what an artist craves! But it’s idiotic that I am afraid to post this, so I am doing it.
Keep your chins up, all you “SJW”s and “FemiNazis”.
Update: So far, the feed back is pretty much this:
Another piece I did for Normative! (click to enlarge) Technically there were about 9 different drawings, but this is a little combo platter I made for my portfolio site. Oh, did I not mention my portfolio site? Well, it exists. It exists BIG TIME. Have a click why don’t you. On it you will find many things you may have seen on here where they are inconveniently located several clicks away. On my portfolio site, you can take it all in at a glance by clicking the little grid icon. The internet makes difficult things (like looking at the internet) so easy. Enough about the internet! It gets all the attention! Pay attention instead to my character design above! Isn’t that woman’s cape stylish? She sure is using her smart phone to navigate a city! And that gentleman isn’t looking at lude photographs – he too is interested in the culture of a metropolitan area! Or in purchasing more striped sweaters. Technology wins again (the internet laughed)!
Posted in Graphic Design, Illustration, Yakkety Yak
Tagged capes, Character design, Computers, culture, Fashion, internet, Normative, online travel, smart phones, Toronto, travel
I did a sample piece for Normative, one of Toronto’s loveliest design agencies (firms? gangs? What’s the word here for a group of designers in a big office with a glass conference room that I once, without thinking, flipped the double bird through to two OCAD pals who were inside in a professional meeting. That’s the type of classy behaviour you can expect from Gillian Effing Gee). ANYWAY my sample piece (click to enlarge a bit):
It’s a bit rough, since it was (as mentioned) a sample. The client (who remains unspecified) didn’t use it, and I like parts of it, so here it lays. It’s meant to explain the use of a new computer, and if you can’t glean that perhaps we already know why it wasn’t chosen.
What’s better than a powerhouse gang of awesome girlfriends? I don’t know if anything is. Sync those cycles (bicycles or… other cycles) and ride out, girls. I did this illustration for a Simpsons themed art show (Fun Fact: it did not get in.) but I like it so much I want it to see the light of day.
I wrote a very vomit-inducing statement to accompany it, and no, you don’t get to see that. My hatred of sincere, existential, culturally nuanced, jargon-filled artist statements is perhaps what keeps me from achieving success. YES. THAT MUST BE IT.
I made a Heron. Check it out.
There may be more of these coming soon. Details to follow (I know, the suspense is just KILLING you).
No, no, not you! Jerkface A-hole is the name of my webcomic. It’s been running for a little while now, but so have I (running my arse off) and I realize I haven’t mentioned it here. The neglect ends now.
Jerkface is a teenager and jerkfaceahole.com is her comic diary, written/drawn in-class and coloured entirely with highlighters and whatever else is in her backpack. She lives with her aunt (The Aunt), a bouffant real estate agent with whom she has little in common. Here’s a little sample page:
The comic updates 3 times a week, Monday to Wednesday. You can like it on Facebook and get updates there, or on twitter @FirstClassAhole. (Can you believe that “@jerkfaceahole” was taken?! It’s as though the internet is getting used up or something. Incensed!)
It’s funny when the end date of a project that once seemed far away catches up with you. The release of the cartoon/comics/graphic novel issue of Descant magazine is one of those things. The issue contains a comic called Christie’s Smile that I worked on with Mariko Tamaki (whose comics SKIM and This One Summer with art hero Jillian Tamaki are magical and not to be missed). This is a panel from Christie’s Smile:
According to the back of the issue: “In “Christie’s Smile,” Mariko Tamaki and Gillian Goerz tap into teenaged impressions of beauty and the great lengths some will go to embody them.”
The issue is out now and it looks amazing, thanks to Trevor Abes and a host of other geniuses. The launch party was great (despite odd nature of reading comics aloud), and if you like high quality things in your life, I urge you to pick up a copy at your local retailer.
I’ve been doing some decor work for the Drake Hotel – Toronto’s landmark art hotel. Their Sky Yard is off the hook, yo. Seriously, it is.
Decor in this case, means collaborating with Drake curator/genius/queen Mia Nielsen on the upcoming event and brain-storming ideas. Mia settles on the best one, adds her experience and brilliance, orders stuff (does all the work) and then I come in and install it with some other people. In some cases the ideas involve me also making drawings. This past winter (you know, the one that never ended), I did some Looney-Tune-esque stuff to compliment Mia’s Mod Twin Peaks ski chalet vibe (as seen above and below).
I made a cartoon panorama, and then we cut cute sections out of them and put windows and doors on them (as if you are inside looking out at the cartoon landscape), and those sections were printed and mounted. Below are sections of the panorama, uncut… as it were.
I also made a repeating background tile – the kind that cycles behind any running cartoon character – that was printed in vinyl and run along the base of the space (you can see it in the very first picture):
Photos of the Sky Yard are compliments of the Drake Hotel Flickr.