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Sketchbook!

This past Autumn I launched a new illustration magazine! Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.

Cover: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, a streetscape in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Issue 1: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Summer in Italy is my first issue’s theme. My actual summer in Italy was over a decade ago, so this publication is a sort of nostalgic daydream Atlas of Italy.

Here I am in New York City, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

Here I am in New York, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

You can see more of the first issue here.

There are still a few copies of issue 1 left. Issue 2 will ship in the Spring of 2017. If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

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It’s the Markham Street Fair today!

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Drop by the Markham House: City Building Lab at 610 Markham Street, all day today, and take a sneak peek at what’s coming to the corner of Bloor and Bathurst! Pick up a copy of their illustrated (by me!) brochure and enjoy the music and free hot dogs at the street fair while you’re there! Check out my instagram for the after-party limited edition print give-away!

More information about the project can be found here.


Coney Cuisine Capital of the Great Northwest!


Whenever I visit my hometown, my first stop after the airport is either Coney Island, McKellar’s Confectionery or the aptly named Thunder Bay Restaurant. You see, there’s this thing Thunder Bay has about coney sauce. Anything you order can be served with a huge helping of gravy, and yes, they pour it all over the burger too, in fact, over everything on your plate. And the burgers and hotdogs always have the most delicious coney sauce, ever! Locals love to debate which place has the best. You can even buy it in jars at the local farmers markets.

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There’s nothing like it anywhere. Some of the confectioneries drawn on the map still have lunch counters and serve french fries in paper bags! The best!

Here’s a close-up of the part of town I lived in:

THUNDER BAY sliders colouring

I’ve only included places that are still in business. The places I frequented as a kid are long gone

Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers

Inside the McKellar Conf. Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers. Legendary!

Westfort essentials

Westfort essentials: Coney Island and The Salsbury Grill. What I remember most about Coney Island is their phone number – it was almost the same as my parents. We frequently received calls!

Merla Mae is another favourite!

Merla Mae is another favourite!

Thunder Bay’s cuisine is not limited to this coney stuff, either. I’ve done a lot of work based on the other local delicacy, the persian:

THUNDER BAY PERSIANS MAP

I have many more projects about my home town in the works!


The Mohawk Trail, Yankee Magazine

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There’s a nice double-page spread in the current issue of Yankee Magazine, with this postcard-like map I illustrated. Now, if I only knew how to drive – it’s not really that far from where I live, and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to explore this part of the U.S.

For an oddball source of inspiration, I must have watched Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry half-a-dozen times while I was working on this job! It was filmed in a part of New England that feels very much like the route depicted on this map.

The feature-length article has loads of great photos too!

Many thanks to Lori Pedrick’s wonderful art direction on this.


Summer Road Trips

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A nice little assignment from Reader’s Digest. This little fold-out map infographic accompanies a guide to road trips in the August issue of the magazine.


416 now at your local retailer

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Love the silver ink on the box. Click on the image for a closer view

Here’s another view of the illustrations I created for Amsterdam’s 416 beer, applied to the six-pack box. For more about this job see my original post.


Coming Soon to Your Local

Available at Amsterdam Brewpub on the Lake, and at their Leaside Store. In your local LCBO and Beer Store soon!!!!

Now available at the new Amsterdam Brewpub Store on Queen’s Quay, and at their Leaside Store. In your local LCBO and Beer Store soon!!!! For a closer view, click on the image

This was a dreamy job! A joy to work on, with hundreds of drawings to get from start to finish! How does a job like this come together?

Amsterdam Brewery is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this summer, and part of the hullabaloo is the relaunch of their (416) wheat beer. Named after the Toronto telephone area-code… this beer to honours the Toronto that only Torontonians know! The map and spot-illustration concept was provided by the creative director, Creeshla Hewitt (with whom it was a pleasure to work!).

I just dove right in:

Quite an extensive list of streets and neighborhoods were given to me

My first scribble. Quite an extensive list of streets and neighbourhoods had to be included – from the Junction to Leaside, and from High Park to the Beach. How to fit this all on a beer can?

Once I had the actual layout to play with, it became quite a puzzle to fit all the different parts of the city in the space available

Distances are exaggerated, but I don’t think anyone will use the beer can to navigate the city!

Once the street layout was established, it was time to do the hand-lettering

After the street layout was established, it was time for some hand-lettering! I am an avid o-filler…

I did hundreds of sketches like these and edited it down to about eighty-five

I did dozens of quick thumbnails like these for each illustration

Here's a look at some of the refined sketches... I had three colours to work with, but most of the red came out of these in the final rendition

Here’s a look at some of the refined sketches… I had three colours to work with, some came out of these in the final rendition and not all these drawings made it on the final design

That’s the water tower on Wallace; the Kensington Market cat and chair sculpture by Shirley Yanover (thank-you Shirley for letting me draw your sculpture, I owe you some beer); the Trinity Bellwoods dog bowl is represented by park buddies Milo and Fancy along with a white squirrel; and that’s the Canada Life building with a blinking green weather vane (green = good times ahead); a Glory Hole doughnut; a seagull from the Leslie Street Spit; The Gladstone Hotel; the Ned Hanlan statue now on Toronto Islands; The Goof restaurant in the Beach, across the street from the Fox Cinema; and the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse (it’s haunted!). I worked from reference photos I took from several city-wide excursions.

There are about 75 other images on the packaging, so that gives you plenty to talk about to the person you’re sitting next to at the bar!

4.16% Alcohol content. Amster’ Dam Good Beer!

4.16% Alcohol content. Amster’ Dam Good Beer!


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