Current mood in 4 drawings

Current mood in four frames

Quick set of sketches to show my soul crumbling to dust (and hair). Here’s a handy GIF for effect:

Current mood in a GIF

The initial idea was started a bit differently, as per the drawings below, but ended up overworked to the point of embarrassing oblivion, so it will not be shown here (you’re welcome).

New Podcast: Drinks With Mom

Drinks With Mom Podcast

My mom and I started a podcast. Appropriately titled Drinks With Mom, we’re going to get together every so often and try a cocktail or other beverage and chat. The first episode, featuring Manhattans and some discussion about a speeding ticket she once found in my underwear drawer, is up now on all your favourite podcast providers. Click here to choose one and subscribe.

The logo above was mocked up using the stylus on my Galaxy Note 8 in the Sketchbook app, then redone on my Surface Pro in a mix of Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop. Fittingly, it was all done at a bar over a couple of cocktails, but we don’t have to tell my mom that.

New Dog Is Blue album, Dead and Gone

Dog Is Blue - Dead and Gone

It’s been a while, but our band Dog Is Blue is coming back with a new album, Dead and Gone, on Sept. 28th.

The cover art features a picture I’ve had in my wallet of Laura and I for about 12 years that has gone through the wash at least once.

Here’s a video for the title track that was far more difficult to shoot than I expected (and I almost set myself on fire several times):

Stan Rogers cover

This cover of Stan Rogers’ “The Idiot” was recorded while working on a soon-to-be-released Dog Is Blue album. It’s a classic Canadian folk song finished just in time for Canada Day.

As usual, the cover image is a digital illustration based on a detail from the original Northwest Passage album artwork from 1981.

Drawing the “Bearded Bandit”

A colleague at the Toronto Star asked me to do some illustrations for her story on infamous Toronto-area bank-robber, the “Bearded Bandit.” Fun fact: he robbed the bank I used as a kid.

The result was 3 quick illustrations based on court documents: some items police found in his possession, him getting into his truck and emerging dressed as an old man, and a few of his described disguises. They almost make a coherent single page:

And for fun, here’s a GIF:

High school art

Words can't do this image justice

It’s pretty obvious that my life peaked at 16 when I drew this shirtless, winged, motorcycle-riding, lightning-eyed man for my high school art class. At about 18×24″ and all pencil crayon, the original is a spectacle. If anyone has a van and an airbrush, let me know.