Monday, July 31, 2006

Molly and Girl



As some of you already know, I illustrated a children's book several years ago with my friend, Heather Boone (Tales From Tamarack: The Puffin Cove Adventure). Now Heather is at it again, but this time the subject matter and style is totally different. Instead of Newfoundland's best-dressed woodland creatures, I will be drawing super-simplified "boy" and "girl" (who remain nameless in the story) and their pets, Molly the cat and Pepper the dog. These are some early attempts at the girl and Molly.

The story is about two children who imagine that their bedroom is outerspace and go on a winner-takes-all starship race against their pets (the winner takes the rights to sleep in the bunk beds, while the losers get the floor - guess who wins!). It is aimed at pretty young children, and the writting is a simply-worded poem. I want to make the illustrations simple and fun, with bright colours.

Of course, I found it way easier to produce simple versions of the girl and cat, while the boy and dog remain harder to pin down. Hmmm. Why is that?

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hart Maraton


Hey guys,
The art marathon at Eastern Edge is at the end of August; they want your participation forms by August 2nd. I think I'll be poking around up in the printshop again this year. Hope to see most of you around, making some art and junk.

ALSO: The deadline for the DON WRIGHT scholarship at St. Michael's Printshop is AUGUST 1st. That means you get to use the printshop facilities FREE for a whole YEAR!

And the new deadline for the RCA gallery submissions is SEPTEMBER 15th.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Hey! check my fresh new website!



Me and my friend Justin Mahoney (he remembers most of the html I've forgotten since micheal coyne taught it to me) have been colaborating for last couple of weeks on a website www.patrickcanning.ca (the image should link you to it hopefully). The site has just about every jpeg and mp3 I have in it. It just up today and its a little rough looking here and there, if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Still paintin'

I'm still going with the comic paintings; here's the latest. I think it's about 18" x 24", oil on some canvas-like mystery cloth. I start out by projecting my image:


(looking a bit paint-by-numbers-ish)
And then I go ahead and fill it in. This one's looking a bit too yellow here:

I still don't know if I want to be consistant and paint the entire panels including the borders (like the first two), or play around with composition, like with the one above, where I zoomed in a bit. Anyway, I'll be sure to post more as they're completed.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Celebs


Here are some celeb caricatures I drew last night.

These were inspired by the caricatures Ren and Stimpy creator John K sometimes posts on his blog: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/

Whoever can guess 'em all wins a Coke!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Make yer own adventure

Hey! Here's a website that helps you make your own point 'n' click adventure game, a la King's Quest, for free! I haven't tried it yet, but I hope some of you will have a go at it with me... Perhaps we can post them here (or somewhere) later to share!
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Studiolo

We finally have a new studio space, hooray! No excuses now. Here are a couple of geniuses at work.
And here's what I've been working on. Basically, enlarging and reproducing some of my comic panels as paintings. I'm enjoying it so far. Oil on canvas. Top one is 16"x24", bottom is 18"x30". I plan to work quite a bit larger with the next few.