Surprise Father’s Day drawing for a dad-to-be

James The Defender
Remember that time I used to draw a lot and post stuff here? In the spirit of getting off my ass, here’s a surprise Father’s Day drawing for a friend who will be a dad soon.

This was done in Manga Studio on my Surface Pro. There were some quirks with the pen calibration, but all in all it was a good experience and I got to have some fun with textures.

The recently announced Surface Pro 3 has me drooling over the slightly larger screen size and better battery life, but the price tag will probably keep me a way for a while and, if splurging on my original Surface Pro has taught me anything, it’s that buying expensive gear doesn’t make me draw more.

Hand-painted custom reverb guitar pedal

Custom painted reverb pedal

It’s been a while since I had time to do any extracurricular art projects, so this site has languished a bit. That said, I’ve been building a bunch of guitar pedals lately and tried my hand at giving the latest one a custom paint job. In this case, it’s the Rub-a-dub reverb circuit by 1776 Effects for my ever-touring pal Jenny Omnichord.

I started with a powder-coated enclosure from Mammoth Electronics, then went nuts with a bit of graffiti spray paint, and finally hand-painted the foreground (bird, etc.) using acrylic paint. The result is an awesome sounding reverb pedal with a bit more character than the usual pedal.

Here are the guts where you can see the Belton BDTR-2 reverb brick in all its glory:

Custom painted reverb pedal guts

Photoshop nonsense: Mark Carney as a rock star

Mark Carney/Rock Stars

After toiling away for weeks of no-lunches and late-nights building a massive story on last year’s Elliot Lake mall collapse for Maclean’s (they provided the content, I just hacked it all together) I needed a bit of downtime. Thankfully, while somedays my job consists of boring code and meetings, other times I get paid to photoshop Mark Carney’s face on the bodies of rock stars…

This was all done for a Canadian Business story by Don Sutton on Carney moving to the UK, but only the Bowie image above was used, as it was the only one that worked well when using CSS to transition Canada’s former banker-extraordinaire into the wonderfully garish and iconic Alladin Sane (Hover over the Carney image on that article to see the mighty morphing magic).

Of course, I had too much fun making these images to let them go unseen (especially the Winehouse one–not for the faint of heart), so here are the others:

David Bowie

Mark Carney/David Bowie

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Mark Carney/Rolling Stones

Jimi Hendrix (this one didn’t work so well in my opinion, as it could be any classic rock guitarist with a fro).

Mark Carney/Jimi Hendrix

Amy Winehouse (you can’t unsee this, so only scroll down if your nightmares are running low on material)

Mark Carney/Amy Winehouse