March What?

April 3rd, 2014

Wow was my last post really at Valentine Time? I feel like March got away on me. I have made some progress on my Adulation comic, so that is good. But yeah, just stuff going on. Here are some drawings.

Here are some people of Commercial Drive. I sure do love hanging out at St. Augustine’s.

Here are some things I drew hanging out with my brother before he left town. The first one was me encouraging him to have a positive attitude, wake up every morning and think…

And here is a drawing I did of St. John’s from a photo I found here.

And here are some True Loves cherry blossoms because it is Blossom Time in Vancouver.

All is Love

February 15th, 2014

Oh hey look it is Valentine’s Day. Now would be a great time to remind you of what a perfect Valentine gift True Loves would be, right? Gretchen is much better than me at this, and has had True Loves as part of her Valentine’s display at Gretchen’s Here and Now Bakery.

I finished off one sketchbook, and jumped right into another. Let me share some drawings with you.

Here are some angels and devils. Once I thought to make the angels angry they were great fun!

Manien and I went for a great walk in a different neighbourhood and it inspired me to draw some more houses.

Somehow that led me to looking at Iceland in google street view, and drawing houses there.

And my traditional deformed looking self portrait as the last drawing of my sketchbook.

I wasn’t sure about how I felt about that drawing, so I tried doing another drawing of myself from a photo. Mostly I got fixated on the shadows on the wall.

And another house in Iceland, with colour.

I love this Moby video, even though it tends to make me cry.

As I dance up and down the hill lately it has made me think of this scene from Mauvais Sang.

Hourly Comic Day 2014

February 2nd, 2014

Hourly comic day!
















The book that I periodically quote from, Free to Learn, is quite interesting. It puts forth the notion that children learn through playing and that the way our schools are structures works directly against kids natural instinct to learn and figure things out. You can read an article that gives the gist of it here.

My comics from last year.
My comics from 2012.
My comics from 2011 are here.
You can read 2010 here. 2009 here. 2008 here. 2007 here. Wow, even way back to 2006 here.

Enhanced Movement Techniques

January 23rd, 2014

Back around the start of the year I was reading this article about how exercise is great as preventative medicine. The author is a real exercise nut and discusses how hard it is to motivate people to exercise. But a few times he used the word movement instead of exercise, and I thought “Now that I can get behind! That sounds so much better and more fun than exercise.”

A few times this year we have had spontaneous dance parties in my living room. Just Manien and me, and my brother too one time. Dancing away for hours. I love to dance. And I enjoyed it so much I thought I should really just dance more. For the joy of it, but also for the movement, since I spend so much time just sitting at a desk. I often dance around the kitchen while I’m making food.

Thinking about this stuff, I wondered how much extra movement you could incorporate into daily life without people noticing. Reaching for something on a shelf and you just throw in a bit more of a flourish. Stretch as you’re walking down the hall but it becomes a bit more of a gesture. Do some extra moves walking down the hill. Enhanced Movement Techniques.

Anyways, so these are the things I think about!

And then on Sunday I was looking for something to draw for a warmup and I thought of this video series Girl Walk / All Day. I just love the way Anne Marsen moves, the fun and joy and variety and goofiness. Very much in the spirit I dance!

So I started doing little straight to ink drawings of her, pausing the video every few seconds. Not worrying about getting it perfect, just trying to capture something of her moves. And it was so enjoyable, I just kept coming back to it. All these are just from this one chapter of the series. There are twelve.

A Brand New Folder

January 14th, 2014

That time of year when I make a new folder on the computer, called “2014″. The folder doesn’t have much in it yet, just a few drawings, see below. Retrofit comics are now available for digital purchase, so you can get Farm School there. On the other hand, Webcomicsnation is currently down, so there are a bunch of my comics that are not available right at this moment. I guess I had better get on a solution. But you know, when I am already finding it hard to get down to the business of comicking, the last thing I need are internet issues to distract me.

Here is the last drawing I datestamped 2013, drawn from a photo by Steven Brooks.

The first thing I datestamped 2014 was a comic strip for an upcoming Taddle Creek comic special. Here is the first panel.

Another drawing from a Steven Brooks photo.

A ramshackle cabin drawn from this website.

And a gorgeous farmhouse I drew from this photo. Some days drawing a nice fence can just turn your day around.

On New Years Day, this song came on my computer. I was all YES! This is my anthem for the year! But I have not quite risen to the occasion.

Midwinter Update

December 17th, 2013

I had a trip to Ontario a couple of weeks ago and managed to dance around bad weather. When I was there it was quite mild, while Vancouver was uncommonly cold. Then after I came back Ontario got cold again, piles of snow now, while I walk around here with just a hoodie or light jacket.

It appears to have been a month since I posted anything here. So let’s start with a comic I drew on my way back from Ontario.

A Million Beautiful Things Before 8am p1

A Million Beautiful Things Before 8am p1

At some point I realized that I had enough drawings to do a couple more little collections of the tiny astonaut “explorer”, so I finished off the series I did with him and Mega-j, and then forged on to finish up the series of him in the forest.

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 06

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 07

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 08

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 09

When I was in Ontario I had a quiet moment and decided to check out Marc Maron’s comedy special on netflix, since I quite enjoy his WTF podcast and hadn’t actually heard any of his comedy. I was inspired to do this drawing of him.

Marc Maron

This is a drawing I did a while back, working towards a story I am planning to start next year.

mushroom_girl

And here is a song by a band I have been digging.

Some Drawings and things

November 21st, 2013

Okay, finally got pencilling on my next comic again. Yay! Let’s move this forward!

Remember to send in your entry for the True Loves 3 Final Panel Contest. Tell me what song you think they are dancing to at the end! Send me an email, a twitter, a message on Facebook with your entry. The winner will get an original drawing of True and Zander!

Here are a couple of short comics.

The Last Chestnut

November 10 2013 Walk

Here is a drawing of Hank Williams from this photo.

Hank Williams

I did another drawing of the tiny astronaut in the forest.

The Tiny Astronaut in the Forest 05

And look a Mega-j cover. I was putting on my Popeye tshirt and this popped into my head.

Megaj in the Spinach Solution

And here is a delightful new song from Moby that makes me very happy and might just be on this year’s birthday mix, which is titled A Celebration of Life and Living.

Wrap-up Party

November 20th, 2013

All right, True Loves 3 is all done online. Whew. You can buy the book in the store.

To celebrate the finale, I thought I would have a contest. Look at that final strip there, and tell me what song you think they are dancing to at the end! Send me an email, a twitter, a message on Facebook with your entry. Manien and I will look at the entries and see which one we think is best and make an announcement. The winner will get… an original drawing of True and Zander!

Also to celebrate, I scanned the original notes for True Loves, from 2000. Take a look and see what our original thoughts were, compare and contrast with the final product.

True Loves Original Notes 01

True Loves Original Notes 02

True Loves Original Notes 03

True Loves Original Notes 04

Post Halloween Blues

November 8th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up! Second last one. I have been thinking that I should really get the first True Loves back online. But that would mean I would have to recolour that, as my files got lost between Serializer collapsing and changing computers and so on. I think I may have them on a floppy somewhere.

Halloween took up a lot of my time last week. I decided to dress as an old time-y deep sea diver to go with the “under the sea” theme of my department at my dayjob. So I spent a fair bit of time paper mache-ing my helmet. I hadn’t done any paper mache in years, and the only flour I had on hand was self-rising which was maybe not the best, and I hung the large paper mache’d balloon which maybe put strain on it. Anyways, it was fun, and it came out brighter and cheerier than originally envisioned, but that fit with the cheery decorations at the office.

An unplanned for effect was how hard it was to hear and be heard with the helmet on, and I didn’t construct it very well to balance on my head. So I ended up not wearing it that much. Take note, Jason 2014! Anyways, between getting my costume ready and getting the department together at work, I was quite worn out. It takes energy to make these things take shape.

Here are some pictures of the production.

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

I enjoyed my purple jumpsuit and liked to bust out my secret simple costume: Challengers of the Unknown!

Halloween 2013

And finally I did another blue elf drawing. Here he is a bit more serious.

Die Blou Kabouter03

Brothers

October 25th, 2013

New True Loves 3 is up. Almost to the end now. As always, you should go buy things in the store. Go buy all of True Loves, why not?

On the weekend my older brother was in town, and my younger brother came over and we all hung around with Manien all weekend. We did lots of stuff, going to a movie, for walks, hikes, and drinks. Played Carcassonne. It was a great time.

On Sunday we all headed out to Deep Cove for the Bio/Graphic autobiographical comic art show. I was part of a panel discussion with Colin Upton and Sarah Leavitt. It was interesting to chat about the differences of our comic lives and approaches to drawing and so on. I should have gotten a photo of the panel! Then there was a reception afterwards. And then my posse and I went for a stroll. I am going to have draw some of those crazy steep houses of Deep Cove! Here are a couple of photos.

Seymour Art Gallery

Seymour Art Gallery Reception

Here is picture from a hike on the Lynn Headwater trails. It was ridiculously beautiful.

Lynn Headwater