Tuesday, March 25, 2014


As some of you know, I spent most of last year working on a large project, which I'm happy to finally share more news about on my blog.  

My debut graphic novel, Shoplifter, will be published by Pantheon Books in September 2014.  It was a labour of love, as it took up all my time and effort for quite a while, and I'm grateful that it's on its way to publication this fall.

It's available now for pre-order through Amazon.com.

Here's a little more information on it from the press release by Pantheon Books:

"A brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.
Corinna Park used to have big plans. Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. After graduation, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency—just to pay off her student loans. Now she’s worked in the same office for five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. She longs for companionship (other than her cat),gets no satisfaction from her job, and feels numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. But whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment, she feels a little, what? A little more alive. Yet Corinna knows there must be something more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone of her generation: how to find it?

(With two-color illustrations throughout.)"

I'll share more information and some excerpts from the book in future posts, but for now I thought I'd share the cover.   

Now, since this is my sketchblog, below you can find the pencil sketch for the cover art for your perusal.  The final art was drawn in ink and watercolour, with a little bit of photoshop colour tweaking.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Golden Age Superman

I recently drew a variant cover for DC Comics, for Superman Unchained #6.  It was done as part of their Superman 75th anniversary series of variant covers.  They graciously let me have carte blanche to draw whatever I wanted, so I picked a suitably "golden age" scenario for Superman (I always liked him fighting giant robots).

This one was drawn in coloured inks with some colour tweaking and processing in photoshop. 

 Below, you can see some of the various drawings that lead to the final image, including various thumbnail homages I did of classic golden age Action Comics covers while trying to come up with ideas for this assignment.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

World's Finest

Here's a painting of Batman, Superman and Robin I made as a gift for a friend.  

The original was painted in ink and watercolour in a single tone, which I colourized into a couple of different shades in photoshop.

Monday, October 28, 2013

NBA Time!

A new NBA season tips off on Tuesday, which is like waiting for Christmas for hoops junkies like me.  Usually throughout the year, I watch a lot of games while doodling in my sketchbook during the timeouts and commercial breaks.  Below are a few of the many doodles and quick portraits of current and former NBA players I drew during last season.  Some of these were already shared on my twitter feed earlier this year, as I tend to post sketches like these throughout the season.

I'm sure I messed up the likenesses on all of them, but keep in mind that I drew these quickly and directly in ink without any preliminary underdrawing in pencil.  This is my usual method when I'm doodling in my sketchbook, as it helps keep things fast and loose and prevents me from fussing over "getting things just right".

All of these were drawn in ink and coloured markers on paper.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's been a while...

...since I posted anything on my poor, neglected blog.  There's a good reason for that -- I was busy this whole year working on my first graphic novel (more info on that later), so I had very little new art I could share.  Now that I've finished the book, however, I'll be slowly getting back into the swing of things and posting a bit more regularly here.

To start things off, I thought I'd share an image from a recent story I drew for the excellent Batman Black & White comic book.  The wonderful Chip Kidd and I collaborated on a fun 8-page story for the debut issue of the relaunched series and I was thrilled to be able to draw some of the world's most iconic superheroes.  Chip was extremely generous and wrote a great script for me to draw and it was delight to work with him.

This is my favourite page from the story and features Superman (obviously).  Though the book is printed in black and white (with grey), I actually painted it in my usual two-tone process and I thought I'd share it here in the red tone that I originally envisioned.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Portrait of Ursula K. Le Guin

This was a recent illustration I did for California Magazine, to accompany an interview with noted sci fi author, Ursula K. Le Guin.  I have to say I hadn't read any of her works prior to receiving this assignment, but after researching her, and reading the excellent interview, I was very intrigued and found her to be a fascinating person.  The research and the drawing were so much fun to do that this became easily my favourite illustration that I've done this year.

The final art was drawn in ink and composited digitally to make the image (the red and the black parts of the image were drawn separately and merged in photoshop).

Just for fun, I thought I'd post all the various research notes, concept thumbnails and rough sketches that I made in my sketchbook on the way to creating the final art.  They're shown below, with all the silly reminders to myself about approaching deadlines left unedited.  I hope you'll find them of interest.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Frightful Four!

These are 4 drawings I did recently for a fundraising auction for the Doug Wright Awards.  They asked a bunch of artists to contribute pieces on the theme of "super villains" so, after a bit of canvasing suggestions on twitter, I decided to draw the old Fantastic Four villains, the Frightful Four.  I always thought they were a fun group - especially Paste Pot Pete, or the Trapster as he was later known.  Any supervillain whose main weapon is a glue gun has gotta be fun, right?

I don't normally work in such a cartoony/animated style, but it was fun to stretch and try it out -- it was definitely an entertaining way to work.  These were drawn in coloured inks on bristol, and were each approximately 11" x 14" in size.

Monday, March 11, 2013


This was a small piece I did as a submission for the Calgary Comic Expo's artbook.  I don't know if they'll use it, but it was fun to paint anyway.  The theme of the book was "Weird Tales", so I tried to come up with a fantasy related piece.

This one was painted in gouache and ink on board, something I haven't done much of lately as I've been playing around with pens and coloured inks. I often post snapshots of rough sketches or thumbnails on my twitter feed and you can see an example for this piece below.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Jason Williams...

...is White Chocolate.  I always thought that was a funny nickname.  JWill was one of the most entertaining players during his career and got a few comparisons to Pistol Pete, which I suppose Ricky Rubio also gets nowadays.

I drew him here in his Sacramento Kings jersey, because that's how I'll always remember him - on the break, dropping elbow passes to Chris Webber.

Like the previous drawing, this one was drawn in ink and gouache on board, from reference.

Monday, March 04, 2013

That shot is going in...

...because it's Larry Bird.  This was drawn for fun in ink and gouache on board, from reference.  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scenes from the Apocalypse

These are some illustrations I drew last year for the University of Toronto Alumni magazine.  It was for a feature on various scenarios of the apocalypse and their odds of coming true.  Naturally, a subject like that allows me to stretch my imagination and have fun.  I especially enjoyed drawing the "Giant Robot Attack" scenario.  

The big image with couple at top was the interior opener illustration, while the large yellow background one below was for the cover.  And the fellow in the window was a spot illustration, depicting a possible pandemic.

All of these were drawn in ink and watercolour on paper, with some colour tweaking and processing in photoshop.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Muddy Waters

A quick portrait of McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, drawn as a present for a friend.

Upon seeing this, my friend asked, "Gee, are you going to make a book of blues musician drawings?"

To which I replied, "Oh hell no -- every cartoonist does that."

This was drawn in ink and marker with a bit of tweaking in photoshop.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Popular Science portraits

My apologies for the gap between posts on my blog -- I've been tied up for the entire winter finishing up a large graphic novel project as well as experiencing terrible computer problems!

Anyway, to rectify the lack of art here, I thought I'd share 3 illustrations I did for Popular Science's December 2012 issue.  These are colour portraits of a few of their "Inventors of the Year", along with their inventions.  

All 3 illustrations were drawn in software -- mostly in Sketchbook Pro (my go to app for drawing).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Occidental College Illustrations

A few months ago, I was asked by Occidental College in California to draw a few illustrations for a recruiting booklet.  The assignment was a fun challenge -- mixing location drawings along with some portraits of famous alumni.

Below are a few of the illustrations I did for this assignment.

This was a very wide wraparound cover for the booklet, featuring the college on the front with Los Angeles visible on the back.  I painted this in gouache and ink on paper - the only drawing I did "traditionally" for this project.

Another view of the campus, this time drawn digitally.  One downside of digital illustration is that drawing foliage takes twice as long as drawing it traditionally!

I drew 10 Alumni portraits, a few of which are shown below.  The fellow with the giant Monty Python hand in the shot is, of course, Terry Gilliam.  They were all drawn digitally.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Minutemen

Here's a recent cover illustration I painted for DC Comics' Before Watchmen project.  It's a variant cover for Minutemen issue #5.  I had fun playing around with the composition, trying to fit all 8 superheroes into a design.   My personal favourite of the heroes depicted here -- Mothman.  Gotta love a guy with antennae on his head.

This was painted in ink and watercolour , with some colour tweaking and adjustments in photoshop.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Batman take a bow

This was an illustration drawn for Grantland Quarterly, to accompany an article about the end of the Batman trilogy of films.  I enjoyed working a sports metaphor into this one.

This was drawn mostly in ink, with a few tweaks and redraws done in software.

Friday, November 02, 2012

My favourite play is the alley-oop!

Closing out our week of posting NBA portraits, we'll end with the big man, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks.  I always liked Ewing's teams of the 80's, even if they couldn't get past MJ and his Bulls.  He also had a pretty cool hightop fade in his day.

And for those who guessed it, yes, the common theme among all 4 portraits is....they all wore number 33.  Thanks for indulging my NBA obsession, folks.

This one was drawn and lettered entirely digitally.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I like slam dunks, take me to the hoop...

And day 3 of our 4 day NBA portraits series brings us to...Scottie Pippen, my favourite "point forward".  

Like the last one, this one was drawn in my tiny sketchbook, in ink and a cheap red marker for the tone.

One more portrait left to go for the week!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I like the way they dribble up and down the court...

Continuing on with my theme of posting NBA portraits this week, here's "the hick from French Lick" --  Larry Joe Bird.  

I always liked Larry's wispy moustache -- I'm glad I got a chance to draw it.  This one was done in brush and ink, in my very tiny sketchbook. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Basketball is my favourite sport...

If you're like me, when you read those words, you immediately hear Kurtis Blow in your head.  That's like my favourite basketball related song, ever. 

Anyway, the NBA season tips off tonight and to celebrate I'm going to post a drawing of an NBA legend every day for the rest of the week.  See if you can guess the connecting theme in all the week's portraits.

Starting us off today...Kareem Abdul Jabbar!  I'd still pick him over Shaq in a fantasy draft.     

This one was drawn entirely digitally, and I had a lot of fun trying to reproduce my pen and ink style and lettering in software.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Iron Man for the umpteenth time

Some people know I tend to doodle Iron Man a lot.  This one is a bit more elaborate than a doodle, and was painted in gouache on 13" x 17" paper.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Elvis and Muhammad Ali

I painted this double-page spread about a year ago, for a special book on Elvis featuring artwork from comic book illustrators.  I was excited to participate, and when they told me they'd like an illustration focusing on Elvis and Ali's friendship but in a "Batman and Robin action scene", I knew this would be extra fun to work on.  

The finished illustration was painted in gouache and ink, and you can see below the various roughs and thumbnail drawings I did while working up the concept.