Overview of My Creative Process

including what inspires and influences my work.

 
I enjoy learning how other creatives start an illustration, write a first draft or just make something. This is how I approach a project and work through specific problems.

I enjoy learning how other creatives start an illustration, write a first draft or just make something. This is how I approach a project and work through specific problems.

 

Gator Tree Island. 

A swampland treehouse surrounded by alligators and other dangerous creatures.


Little Owl’s first day at flight school. 

I was definitely channeling Bill Watterson when I painted this composition.


August submission for SCBWIdrawthis challenge. 

The prompt word is: Dress-Up. Never sit in a recliner at a dress-up party, you may never get up again.


Start of a new adventure or not…

An apple falls from a tree in a wild forest orchard

Here are some of the drawing and roughs that I combined into the spread for a future book. Still a work in progress.


Fictional version of myself in my art studio - From rough to finished piece

I roughed out several small thumbnails in a stretch book and scrap paper. This is then refined and transferred to watercolour paper using a light table/pad. Inking and watercolour paint to finish.

 

My studio wall with several projects in the work in process (wip) mode.


A simple fall leaf watercolour

I collected several fall leaves and took a few photographs of the trees in my neighbourhood. These were all comped into a line drawing and transferred to watercolour paper. I used a few tricks with cellophane and coarse salt to get the effect of sunlight glowing through blurry upper branches.


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - On the terrace of the Museum

After a wonderful day at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, my wife relaxes on the sun terrace of the Secret Garden at the Art Museum of Montreal. A view of Le Château Apartments in the distance and the Salle Bourgie - Entrée des artistes in the foreground. Perspective lines on the photograph to help me line up the terrace and the buildings. After several sketches and to get a correct enlargement of the image I cleaned up the drawing on tracing paper and transfer to watercolour paper. Watercolour with pen and ink. The final painting was a birthday gift for my wife in 2018.

Dimensions: 43 cm (17 in) x 35.5 cm (14 in)


Anna’s hummingbird - Line art and Watercolour

An Anna’s Hummingbird that we see in our backyard from spring to late fall in Vancouver BC. Another birthday gift for my wife in 2017.


The Big Lebowski (1998) - “Eight-year-olds, Dude.”

One of my favourite Coen Brothers movies. Ink line work with copic marker colouring.


Serenity (2005) - River Tam in her epic heroic stand against the Reavers

Two different versions of River Tam’s sword battle against the Reavers. One with loose watercolours and the other with loose copic markers. (Big fan of Firefly series)


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Compilation of the villains and dust storm in the background

Two versions of a compilation of four character elements done with pen, watercolours, copic markers and ink wash. One of these pieces was a gift to my VFX school. Think Tank Training Centre a wonderful school in North Vancouver. https://www.tttc.ca/


Painted studies of Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes”

Big fan of Bill Watterson and his iconic “Calvin and Hobbes” series.

I have been practicing his style of drawing and painting from many years. Along with Richard Thompson, Beatrix Potter, E.H. Shepard, Quentin Blake, Shel Silverstein, Ronald Searle, Sandra Boynton, Mercer Mayer, Richard Scarry, Michael Martchenko, Charles Santore, Matthew Groening, Raymond Briggs, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Charles Schultz, Ralph Steadman, Maurice Sendak, Jean Giraud, Berkley Breathed, Mary Blair, Thomas Kinkade Syd Mead, James Gurney, Tim Burton, Chris Riddell and Tomi Ungerer.

Here are some other artists that I follow: Shaun Tan, Dan Santat, Jon Klassen, Gavin Aung Than, Peter De Seve, Chris Mould, Jake Parker, Brian Lies, Edward Gorey, Aaron Becker, Michael de Adder, Matt Jones, J.R. Krause, Nick Galifianakis, Gabriel Evans, Mateusz Urbanowicz, Olivier Tallec, Oliver Jeffers, Pascal Campion, Simon Stalenhag, Stephanie Birdsong, Noah Klocek, Corinna Luyken, Beatrice Blue, Nathan Fowkes, Kiri Østergaard Leonard, Ryan Higgins, Beatrice Alemagna, Brendan Wenzel, Sophie Blackall, Scott Robertson, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Simon Tofield and Marie-Louise Gay.


“Winnie-the-Pooh” illustrations by E.H. Shepard

A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard were my first introduction to storytelling and illustrations. My scottish school teacher mother would read to me and I would try and draw the characters. I have never stopped studying the works of E.H. Shepard, Beatrix Potter and Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Pooh Bridge is a real bridge in Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield, East Sussex and was originally called Posingford Bridge. It dates back to at least 1907.

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known
— A.A. Milne

Several variations of E.H. Shepard’s drawings combined into a single composition.

My ink watercolour version of E.H Shepard’s Christopher Robin and friends leaning over the railings of Pooh Bridge watching the river slipping slowly by.


Now something much harder — Vincent Van Gogh

My reference was the “Sunflowers (F458), repetition of the 4th version (yellow background) January 1889”. On canvas as a gift to my wife on mother’s day. I would like to try “The Starry Night” or a large version of “Café Terrace at Night” someday.

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
— Vincent Van Gogh

My tiny gouache paintings.

Ref.: Café Terrace at Night (F467) & 1888 & Sunflowers (F458)- 1889

Vincent van Gogh figurine is from “Today is Art Day” online store.

My oil painting version of ref.: Sunflowers (F458) - 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh


Bob Ross and his painting

Who doesn’t like trying a little Bob Ross style painting. I painted this picture with gouache not oil or acrylic paint (easier to work with on a small tiny canvas). Where did his squirrel go?

I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.
— Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, Vol. 29

My ink line art and watercolour of the Mad Artist picture.

Mad Artist At Work (or Life Happens)

All these imagines are what was happening in my life at the time. Drawn over a few months and then I combined the loose sketches into one piece and then transfer to watercolour paper.