Making lines


This series of images is part of research project intended to provide students and instructors some ideas to put into their own visual “toolbox”. We are prototyping and developing more of these resources over at bythepen.ca which as of this posting is still only a fresh WP install with no content. I HAD put some content … Continue reading Making lines

Thinking (again) about the sequential art (comics) workshop


Its been a long minute that this post has sat in a draft form in my dashboard, 2 years in fact. There wasn’t even really much written here just the bunch of links below and some half baked intentions, but having recently gone back to scan all the pages of one specific sketchbook (for another upcoming … Continue reading Thinking (again) about the sequential art (comics) workshop

Currant status ツ


I wanted to have another round of propagating off of this “Mother of all Blackcurrants” this year. After experimenting with this, direct to pot technique in 2012, I know its an easy and effective way to make new plants. I outlined my process in a flickr album (see below) but essentially, I’m growing a branch through a … Continue reading Currant status ツ

Practicepracticepractice… aaand repeat.


I continue reflecting on my drawing practice and experimenting with ways I use the internet and computers to augment that practice. This morning it boiled down to… “what am I doing with the drawings I generate at Dr Sketchy? where are they going? what’s the point?!”  I have a desire to share them with others, and to use them … Continue reading Practicepracticepractice… aaand repeat.

Learning to see – A drawing activity


Below is a prototype for a drawing activity and presentation I have been experimenting with. It came about during an “instructional skills workshop” in which we are asked to prepare and deliver a 10 min. mini lesson. This activity is designed to get participants to see the world in a new way using a classic drawing technique … Continue reading Learning to see – A drawing activity

Moss vs. Brick.


Last week, I instagrammed a picture of moss that I walk past each day. I like this image and others did as well, so I thought I would share the original capture. One thing that strikes me with images of this kind is a permaculture expression I learned last summer, “Everything wants to become forest“. As humans … Continue reading Moss vs. Brick.

16 panel biography, a comic book assignment


It’s been almost two years since I participated in Scott McClouds’ comic book workshop, and there are lingering artefacts and ideas which I see and think about all the time. Above is a series of images from Scotts’ book Making Comics which he had printed on 8.5 X 11, and taped up over a window on our … Continue reading 16 panel biography, a comic book assignment

Myself in Four Icons


Before jumping into the youshow with my first crack at an ‘icon story’ assignment or, “Describe Yourself in Four Icons #ysdaily14“, I watched this video. Make a four icon collage of symbols or icons that describe you or your interests. Try to find ones that are graphically uniform in design – the ones above are from … Continue reading Myself in Four Icons

Drawings on the wall, and the internet.


  I’ve been thinking about my life drawing practice lately. I always keep an arrangement of my best works displayed on a ‘gallery wall’ at my place, a habit I find both enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing. I can often have the same ones posted for months, but when its time, I think nothing of replacing them with fresh pieces. I do … Continue reading Drawings on the wall, and the internet.

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