Friday, June 23, 2017

1386 - Mayorotechnics

If I were mayor, I'd pass legislation that would allow me to shoot off the annual Canada Day fireworks for my City.  Mayor Greg Moore, pictured above, hasn't done that yet.  


Monday, June 19, 2017

1385 - Gestures & Scale

A bit of planning from the old sketchbook:  I want to have a crouching hero character but I want his body proportions to be good.  So, I drew him standing in one colour and then used the measurements to figure out his proportions when crouching in the next colour.  The croucher's head is too big, but I decided to enlarge it so that it reads a little better. 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1384 - "BBQ'an"

I really enjoyed the Logan (2017) movie, enough to fashion myself into this tribute poster.  Well, mostly I did this because my barber was out of town on vacation for a month, and my hair and beard grew out long.  I am powerfully loyal to my barber (see JSVB Posts #343 by clicking here.), so I knew it was better for me to wait than find a replacement barber. With long scruffy hair,  I knew if I pranced around in my suit I could re-create the look of Logan.

The hands are a problem, though, since I don't have adamantium claws.  I do have barbecue utensils, though, so close enough.  The cruel irony is that the weather has been cold and gloomy for the past week, and something my wife and I ate has been upsetting our stomachs, so no BBQ.  Quel bummer.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1383 - Jeff Prances Camerawards

Today is the thirteenth of the month, which is traditionally Ungood Art Day on JSVB.  I show some of my works that just isn't all that great.  Most artists always strive to exhibit only their best work, but the ungood stuff is often the foundation for the final product.

Take the photos above, which are self-directed of me walking in a stiff and peculiar manner towards the camera. They aren't much to look at, but with a little love and attention, I can build them into something I figure people will like - see JSVB tomorrow. 

Sometimes, it's irritating for me to show clients me work in progress, since often the early stages are so ungood.  I remember one client whose wife told him to drop me because my stuff was looking really rank.  Truth be told, it did look bad, and I wasn't even certain I could pull the project together.  One thing I have learned, though, is that a piece won't seem complete until I get around ninety percent into the project.  It's almost always that last push that makes the whole thing sing... or not.  


Saturday, June 10, 2017

1382 - Happy (Fiftieth!) Birthday To Me (8)

Click above to embiggen.

(Cue John Barry Orchestra, James Bond Movie Theme Mode)

He has your figure on his mind
He knows that numbers never lie
The years tumble forward, a deadly sum
But he's prepared you for the world to come

He knows all the best odds to play
To draw you in his own special way
He lives under no one other's thumb
He'll have you ready for the world to come

Lovely woman, with your precious look
He will trace you in his artful book
You will live forever by his design
His very touch is a golden mine
With you near he is far from done
He will bring you to the world to come

The world to come!
The World To Come!

The Woooooooorld Tooo Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- (breathe, Shirley Bassey, breathe!) -oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!


Friday, June 9, 2017

1381 - Golden Numerals

My new favourite typeface of all time has to be Baskerville Italic, as shown above.  Recently, I participated in a psychological profile to find the typeface most suited to me, and Baskerville Italic was the result.  

Designed in the late 1700's by John Baskerville and manufactured into metal dies by John Handy,  this venerable typeface was regarded by Pierre Simon Forniere, the inventor of the point system for controlling font sizes, as "the best italic to be found in any English foundry". High praise indeed!

I used a bunch of Photoshop blending effects to make the number "50" look snazzy and golden. Shiny!  

Friday, June 2, 2017

1380 - Stanley Cup Birds 2017

Two new chicken-sized Stanley Cup jerseys for 2017: no self-respecting chicken would ever wear a Penguins jersey, though.  One of the chicken brothers has been temporarily replaced by a penguin.  I had to break a promise to myself that I would never ever make a chicken-style Pittsburgh jersey, since I really do not like the Penguins, least of all their captain Crosby.  The last couple of times the Penguins made it to the final, I found excuses not to make their jersey.  Hopefully, the Predators will find a way to win the Cup this year!  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

1379 - "The Girl With The Gerbera Daisy"

"This little fella will bring some colour into my life," thought the girl with the Gerbera daisy.  Purchashing the cute potted plant, she climbed into her rocket car and took off for the rings of Saturn, where she battled Kromm The Destroyer and saved the universe.

The girl with the daisy is a real individual, I saw her from a distance in a plant shop.   I have no idea what her story is, though, at least not past the moment where she posed with her flower.  You could probably guess that from my opening paragraph.  

She was attractive, but wore drab clothes.  The daisy was as stereotypical as a houseplant can be.  I was really excited by her composition and mein, which looked to me like a New Yorker cover or a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.  (At this point, I imagine my wife is a little bewildered: You look at other women and you're excited by their MEIN!?  I am certain, dear JSVB followers, that I will have to pay for this in the future somehow.)  Since I had no camera, I came home and drew what I remembered of the girl, whoever she was.

I am developing a personal mania for recording my remembrances.  I don't want to rely on photography, but on translating what I have in my head through my right hand and onto paper or digital media.  That seems really important right now.  It sure is hard work, though, and I wonder who would buy any of this stuff.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

1378 - Gerbera Girl Getting Colour

Some days, I get the impression that I might somehow know a little something about just what it is I do.  And look!  I drew the daisy!  

Friday, May 26, 2017

1377 - Gerbera Girl Treatment

Today, while shopping for houseplants (the first time I've ever used that phrase on JSVB, I'm not much of a botanist), I saw a pretty girl carrying around a potted Gerbera daisy.  The girl was attractive in a way that reminded me of Olivia de Havilland, and the plant she carried was the most stereotypical plant you could ever hope to see: a bright round orange face, a tall emerald green stalk with exactly three perpendicular leaves, and a humble terracotta pot.  

The composition looked exactly like a cover for The New Yorker.  I was too shy to ask the girl to pose for a camera, even if I was carrying a camera.  So, I will illustrate what I saw.  It took some work to wrangle this sketch to the point where I think it resembles the girl.  The daisy is omitted for now.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1376 - Hokey Religions & Ancient Weapons

So today is the "real" Star Wars Day: exactly forty years ago, Han, Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader all had their debut.  I was only ten years old at the time.  You can do the math about my age relative to the movie.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

1375 - Zones Of Shade In Ink

A combination of lack of meaningful work and a willingness to be distracted that goes beyond normal reason means that I haven't posted much to JSVB, and I certainly haven't been drawing anything exciting.

I decided to go back to art school basics.  Above is a drill to practice making grades of shade.  It's pretty easy to do this with the computer, harder to do it with paint, and kind of tricky with pen and ink.  

The exercise begins with defining the ends of the scale: pure black and pure white.  Then you discover the intermediate shades.  With a computer this is easy, since most colour scales range as defined bit elements numbered from 0 to 256.  If you want a particular value, you can arrive at it mathematically: 0 is white and 256 is black, so if you wanted something halfway in between, you'd enter a value of 128, which is 256 divided by two.  

Ansel Adams, the master of photography, used a zone system that works much like the computer bit range.  Black is 0 and white is Roman numeral X.  Adams' system has eleven values, so that the mid-range value V is in the center of the scale.  Adams would carefully measure his subjects with a light meter to make certain all eleven values were represented in his photograph.  Human and animal subjects tend to fidget when being metered so much, so Adams used this system best on his gorgeous landscapes.  In order to make the subject fit all eleven zones, he adjusted his camera exposure to try to account for as many as possible, similar to using the histogram function in a digital camera.  If there were zones missing, he would add them during development using dodge and burn techniques.  In this way, aligning the picture's value scale to the zones was both additive and subtractive depending on his method.

There is far more to the Adams Zone System than I will mention here.  Although there were eleven values to the range, only the middle seven were practical.  This aligns with what I have learned about painting, in that you can lay down a mid-range colour as your base value, and then either lighten it or darken it by three steps each.  

With paint, you can change the value by tinting it lighter with white or shade it darker by adding black.  That's the very basics, anyways.  It's also an additive and subtractive system, since you can always adjust a colour by using tint and shade.  

Ink is difficult to translate into zones since it's only additive, a one-way trip.  I suppose you could subtract from back ink by using white ink,  but since a pen is a linear tool, you are simply adding black or white lines depending on ink.  Once the ink is laid, you cannot subtract from it.  So, to create zones, you start with white and add a few lines until you get your next zone. You add more lines to the second zone and so forth until you get all the zones you need. 

Since creating zones with ink is laborious,renowned illustrator Alphonse Dunn encourages us to use just six a, b, c, d, e, and f values as I have above.  This eliminates the mid-range value (c₁, pictured as "cd"), but it has the benefit of making the process of shading easier.  

The first two values (a,b) can be condensed to make an even simpler value: black.  The next two values (c,d) can be condensed to make the mid-range grey.   The final two values (e,f) condense to make white.  Now we have a compact three-point scale which can be used to define the values of the portrait much more quickly than Adams' method.  Since all the shades have to be rendered by hand rather than through the process of photography, simplicity is golden.  You start with white and work your way up to black using first the three point scale and then by refining the shades using the six point scale.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

1374 - Chicken: Covenant

I am excited enough to see the new Alien: Covenant movie, just enough to snap this Ungood self-portrait, but not enough to put much effort into making the chestburster look less like one of my toy stuffed chickens.  

Welcome to Ungood Art Day, traditionally the thirteenth day of every month, where I post my stuff that ain't so good.   


Friday, May 5, 2017

1373 - May 5, 2017

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  May The Fifth Be With You... Always.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1372 - May 4, 2017

Happy Star Wars Day!  May The Fourth Be With You... Always.

Monday, May 1, 2017

1371 - Mayor TV Podium People

After bowing out with fatigue yesterday, today I rallied to finish my Facebook banner for the upcoming Mayor TV Election Special.  I feel I did a decent job of representing visually the three candidates, and I look forward to the show hosted by my friend Mayor Greg Moore!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

1370 - Iterative Podium People

I started working up this design that represents the three major candidates for my riding in the upcoming provincial election when I discovered that there's already a Facebook banner for this.  Well, mine will be better than that one, but it takes the wind out of my sails to have this other banner hanging around.  So, I am working at half speed.  I have lots of time, and I'll post my results on JSVB later. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

1369 - Blazing Fast Logo II

This is the second of two super-fast logo designs I created the other day.  It's really crummy, just clip-art and a little bit of play with typefaces.  But, I created it really, really quickly!  If it was for the City of Vancouver, I'd be eight thousand dollars richer by now (on account of that city paying for an official logo that was just a typeface with no other design).

Thursday, April 27, 2017

1368 - Blazing Fast Logo I

Yesterday, I needed to create a fake stationery letterhead super-pronto so I ginned up this beaut.  Is it good?  No.  Did I just cobble together a bunch of clip art?  Yes.  At least it was fast. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1367 - Grapes On Grapes

Art imitates life imitates sports imitates art again.  I snapped a photo of Don Cherry in Coach's Corner wearing the same outfit and holding the same pose as his Cold-FX bobblehead doll.  My wife, who is holding the doll, asks which one is the real bobblehead.  


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1366 - Bucket Of Losers

Here is a bucket of the teams that failed to make the NHL playoffs this year, in chocolate form.  The playoff-bound teams are featured in my chocolate hockey bracket, sort of like an advent calendar for sports fans.  I include this photo in an effort to pad my JSVB post count. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1365 - Chocolate Bracket

Canadian Tire, of all places (a home improvement and auto parts store), sold bags of Hershey's chocolates in the shape of hockey pucks, each chocolate labelled with an NHL hockey team.  So my wife and I bought all three bags since they were marked down to a dollar each: the chocolates' best-before date was last month. 

Then we made a chocolate hockey playoff bracket.  The winners advance and the losers get eaten, kind of like what the Aztecs used to do. 

I am hoping for Calgary, but I figure Washington versus Anaheim will be the final.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

1364 - Mr. Eyebrows

A marriage is a partnership.  When you have been married for a while, you and your partner will form a synergy of ideals:  two minds but one thought.  This doesn't occur all the time, naturally, but sometimes what will happen is that your partner will pull out of the universal ether something that you have been thinking about but have not yet formed the will to form the words.  

For instance: my wife says out of the blue "I wonder what Eugene Levy would look like without his eyebrows?"  

It turns out that there a number of fan websites where people use Photoshop to remove the eyebrows of the stars.   Even so, I figured I might as well flex my own digital redaction skills.

Eyebrows are a key visual identifier for facial recognition.  In character design, those at the top level all claim that the trick to achieving the best caricature is to a) render the crookedness of the smile, and b) get the eyebrows right.  Go and look at Shrek, for example.  Goofy big green ogre, but with Mike Myers' eyebrows and smile.   

Friday, April 14, 2017

1363 - Mayor TV Easter

Easter is this weekend.  I made a cute banner for Mayor TV to celebrate the holiday.  I was torn between making something religious and something secular.

I ended up ripping off the Trix Rabbit, if only because super-genius ad man and designer Joe Harris passed away a couple of days ago.  You'll know Joe Harris' art style since among other things he created the original Trix Rabbit (and the immortal "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!" tagline) as well as the famous counter-culture superhero Underdog.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

1362 - "Destroy Planet"

Hello, and welcome to Ungood Art Day on JSVB.  Ungood Art Day is where I post some piece of my artwork that started out with Good intentions, but the final execution turned out to be Ungood. Every artist goes through phases where their art simply misses the mark, and on the thirteenth day of each month, I post mine on my blog. 

In this picture, which I am calling "Destroy Planet", the final outcome was what I wanted so this is one of those pieces where the theme ends up being the Ungood feature.  

Last month, for JSVB Post #I353 (click here to see it!) I was researching old-time computers.   There were many pictures of people dressed in lab coats tending to tabernacle-style banks of electronics the same way a priest or a rabbi would approach an altar.  One old photograph showed two Japanese technicians simply standing and watching what appears to be the main display board for a German-designed power plant out of the 1960's.  There are no furnishings or human comforts, just concrete and massive box-like computers.  The lighting looks artificial; there are no windows.  The lights appear to have been set close to the floor, casting eldritch shadows on the reinforced ceiling. 

In the negative space between the technicians and their computer, I sensed there needed to be something.  The past couple of weeks I've been getting less and less sleep and I have been in a foul mood.  So I saw Death in the empty space, and I decided to draw just that.   It's the least Ungood of the variant artworks I had planned for today, and I guess the least bleak as well.  Easter is around the corner, after all. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

1361 - Perspective Issues III

These are two exercises on how to formulate proper geometric perspective when you are presented with incomplete data.  You take what perspective you can from the plan and then fill in the missing details by using educated guesses.  It's been my experience that even beginner artists can estimate perspective to within ninety percent accuracy.  My trained eye normally achieves maybe up to ninety-five percent, but for true draftsmanship you need absolutely solid geometry, something that has eluded me ever since I started to draw.  So: exercises to gain proficiency.  Hockey players take drills, basketball player work on free throws, and artists fill sketchbooks.

Friday, April 7, 2017

1360 - Perspective Issues II

I'll grant you these perspective exercises are dull to look at, but they are fun to compile if you enjoy geometry.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1359 - Perspective Issues I

Good advice my wife has given me: try to put your problems into perspective.  When you are a visual artist, perspective is the problem.  So I had some time to wait for her while my wife attended an appointment, and I brought along my sketchbook to try my hand at solving how to properly render lines that converge on a point in the far distance using geometry.


Monday, April 3, 2017

1358 - Take The Clooney Challenge

Here is another April Fool's piece:

I am beginning to think that I am the only one who finds nearly impossible puzzles to be funny, but then seeing as I am the one who gets to draw them, I don't mind.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1357 - "Vote For Jeff"

April Fools come and April Fools go, but what endures is silly graphic design.  Apart from more pressing April Foolery, this year I decided to poke a little fun at my friend Mayor Greg Moore, who I have worked with on various projects for a few years now.  At least I know some of the things that bug him, so I put as many offenders I could into a pretend political flyer which I printed and delivered to his door just in time for election season.  It's a really gentle practical joke, but I had fun putting it together:
And below are the graphics files.  Note the egregious use of both Comic Sans and Papyrus typefaces.  Horrors!  


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1356 - Robot Nurse History Day

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Today is Robot Nurse History Day, when we celebrate mechanical and automated nurses throughout history.  Seriously, since there is a worldwide shortage of human nurses governments are turning to building robot nurses in an effort to manage workload.  

I've ripped off from too many sources to create this diagram to mention them all, so as compensation I won't use this space to complain about the Internet leeches who have ripped off JSVB.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1355 - George Clooney Drawing

We have a saying here at JSVB:  "If you're drawing George Clooney, it must be getting close to the fisrt day of April."

It's a crummy saying. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

1354 - Bare-Knuckle Nursebot Boxing

Today's JSVB Post fills a gap that has been missing in my blog for a long time: pictures of old-time bare-knuckle nursebot boxing.  

Here is a rare photograph of famous nurse Florence Nightingale, who faced off against a mechanical nurse circa 1850.  The bare knuckle match went a hundred and fifteen rounds staged at Los Angeles' famous Venice Beach.  Nightingale won by technicality after the fighting nursebot ran out of steam.  Literally.  

The robot is credited to Pete at Builder's Studio.  The original photo is from Evans Photography in LA

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1353 - "The Electric Altar"

I am working on some April Fool's tomfoolery.  As part of an upcoming project, I photo-bashed some public domain pictures to make a scene of doctors and nurses idolizing a giant computer.  Some of the source material was black and white and some of it was in colour, so I had to colourize all of the elements to make them blend.

This is nowhere near a photorealistic picture, but as I worked on it I was struck by how easily religious robes can be transformed into medical scrubs (the supplicants were taken from a picture from the biblical Old Testament where people were worshipping a golden calf deity), and how computer technicians dressed like doctors and nurses from back in the day when a single computer would take up an entire room.  Look it up for yourself: when men worked on the computers of the 1950's and 1960's, they wore suits, ties, dress shoes, and lab coats, and women would wear the same style of dresses nurses wore.  

Things are so much different now.  Or in the case of idolatry, maybe not. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1352 - Blessings Upon Us

There's a saying in the iconography business: "It's only a painting until it's been blessed."  So, my wife and I trundled off to early Sunday mass and I managed to stay awake.  These icons represent around half the class, from left to right Anne, Steve (fearless mentor), Me, and Sheena. The rest of the class and their icons couldn't make it which was a shame.  It was the only sunny day of the month!


Monday, March 20, 2017

1351 - Nativity 2 Complete

I know I forget to post my final results every time I finish an icon, and Nativity 2 falls into that pattern.  I did finish this some time ago, and this was the picture I took back in January.  

This icon is very much like the previous nativity icon I painted.  To see the other Nativity, you can click here to see JSVB Post #1195.  I used the same design, but some of the paintwork is a little more mature.  The inscription is in Greek this time.  Mostly, I chose Greek because the Cyrillic Russian and Ukrainian lettering took up too much room.  The writing translates to "The Genesis Of Christ"... Jesus' birth!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

1350 - Muppets' Danny Boy

My favourite of all Muppets sketches is Animal, Beaker, and The Swedish Chef singing "Danny Boy".  It's comedy genius on so many levels!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Monday, March 13, 2017

1349 - Five Bad Me's

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I had my wife take a series of terrible pictures of me, and these five were the worst or best of the bunch.  I require a decent one-shot picture for a mail-out I am working on but none of the artwork for the laying-out process is ready yet.  So, I decided I wanted a placeholder and made these pictures for that purpose.  

That and today is Ungood Art Day, traditionally the thirteenth of every month here on JSVB.  These are pretty crummy pictures.  I intentionally made them worse by subjecting them to a few nasty Photoshop filters to make them look like a bad print job.  I have my reasons.

EDIT: My wife tells me that if I ever go missing, these will be the photos she gives to the police and the news media to help them find me. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

1348 - "Look, Sir, Squirrels!"

Well, it's funny because it's silly.  Click the pic to embiggen.

Star Wars likenesses are the intellectual property of Disney. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

1347 - Japanese(ish) Building II

My iteration of the Asian building I've been working on.  Thanks to recombining pre-built rendered elements as if they were LEGO blocks, I can make quite a large, ornate structure.  


Friday, March 3, 2017

1346 - "The Drunken Data"

My wife tells me that today is "Lieutenant Commander Data Appreciation Day".  The reason for this is a conceit built into the Star Trek: Next Generation episode "Cause And Effect".  In the episode, the number three saves the Enterprise from repeated destruction while being caught in a treacherous time loop.  Mr. Data uses 3's to reason out a non-lethal exit from the trap.  And... today is the third day of the third month, so more threes.  You put threes and Data together and you get Data Appreciation Day.  It only gets worse on May the Fourth, you know. 

The picture is my tribute to The Drunken Data.  It's something I wish I had a photograph of, but I know I captured the essence of Drunken Data in my sketch.  This was the second night of the San Francisco Star Trek Convention, and I was still reeling from an event earlier in the day where I attempted to seduce actress Terry Farrell and not only failed horribly but was shot down by her in front of a shocked audience.  And that, dear JSVB readers, is a long, miserable story right there.  So I needed a nightcap, and I dragged my wife and her brother to the hotel lounge where thankfully the bartender had no concept of how to portion drinks.  I ordered a nice whiskey, and she poured me a triple or maybe it was a quadruple.  Whatever it was, I could only drink half and I kept the other half in my hotel room to drink the next day.  

At the bar was The Drunken Data.  He was a true likeness of Brent Spiner in an authentic Star Trek uniform and skin paint, only that he was maybe twenty or twenty-five years old.  Still, he was one of those people who very strongly resemble the characters as you see them on TV.  And he was skunk-drunk.  He laughed loudly and heartily at everything which in itself was pretty funny, considering Data.  And he was unable to hold himself upright, although he could stand on his feet.  He leaned to the left thirty degrees off true, though.

I bet he wondered by the hotel was tilted that night.  I did not envy him his hangover the next day.   

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1345 - Japanese(ish) Building

Using repeatable elements, I pieced together this Japanese-style building.  It got a little too ornate, so I might edit out some of the filigree.  

I have here a mash-up of Japanese and Korean architecture.  Both styles employ some very intricate interlocking woodwork to create the roof structure, with curved tiles to drain rainfall with efficiency.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1344 - Japanese Doors

I built these Japanese-style doors out of repeatable elements.  These days, I'm feeling dragged-out, so it's been slow going on the creativity front.  Must be the lack of availability of chocolate-flavoured vitamins.

Monday, February 20, 2017

1343- Vitamin Bottle Tontine

True weird Jeff-based fact: every bottle of pills, I consider as a tontine.  A tontine is a sort of annuity or lottery that you win by being the last among your peers to leave the mortal world.  So too for vitamin pills.  

This happy little guy is the Hawkeye of vitamins, the last of his people.  Despite the label proclaiming "NEW!", Bayer has stopped making Chocolate Brownie Chewybites Vitamins years ago.  This pill was consumed on its expiry date.  I believe you could still purchase a bottle of these vitamins on Amazon for a hundred bucks, but the pills will no longer have any health benefits.  

Chocolate Brownie Chewybites were seriously delicious and getting my daily dose was also a daily highlight.  Shelf this concept under the rubric of health products that were so good they couldn't be good for you, much like the great-tasting cinnamon-burst toothpaste gel of a few years ago that foamed up like blood and made brushing your teeth seem like a visit to a tuberculosis ward.  Check out way back to JSVB Post #483 to see that, by please clicking here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1342 - Snowbird

People are asking, "How much snow did you get in Vancouver?".  This is a photo of the plastic decorative goose in our back yard.  It looks like the ghost of a dodo bird now.  The weatherman says Vancouver to date has received more snow this winter than Edmonton or Calgary.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

1341 - Valentine's Stork Banner

2017 is a banner year, in that I seem to be making a number of banners.  Seeing as it's Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share a heart-themed banner featuring my stork character.  Baby is now Cupid.   Any other day of the year, it's generally not a great idea to supply an infant with an archery set. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

1340 - Fab Fish

Today is Ungood Art Day on JSVB.  This last month, I coloured within the lines for my work, creating few if any entertaining or illuminating clunkers towards Ungood Art.  Most art blogs try to feature the best work the artist has to offer.  With Ungood Art, I try to show some of the stuff that I make that will never end up in a showcase.

So, I painted the "Colour By Number" in kids' section of the newspaper.  When I apply paint to my religious icons, I protect the table with newspaper.  Being thrifty, I re-use the same paper over and over.  I have been looking at this fish for maybe five years now, and I finally got around to colouring it in, following the directions precisely. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

1339 - Pink Shirt Mayor TV Banner

Pink Shirt Day is coming soon. It's a day for raising awareness against bullying behaviour.  I have no doubt that addressing behaviour issues and violence requires more than just wearing pink on February 22nd, but an awareness campaign like this is still a good thing.

I took the original blue Mayor TV banner and dressed it up in hot pink.  I also made a few cosmetic changes to the Mayor himself.  Mayor Moore is a champion of the pink-shirt anti-bullying cause and tireless in his efforts to make our city a better and friendlier place to live.