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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 Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.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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Rabbits!

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Hello March!


New Work

At the beginning of 2014 I set a goal to revamp my entire portfolio. It was a very busy 12 months of drawing new food, patterns, typefaces… Excited to start sharing some of what I’ve been doing!

What I am most excited about is that I have returned to portrait work. It’s continuing to evolve and influence the rest of my work.

Playing around with colourful linework in this portrait of Gore Vidal

Playing around with colourful line work in this portrait of Gore Vidal

And here’s something new that came out of all the doodling I did in my notebook when I was traveling around the UK and Denmark last May:

    I started with a certain number of rules when I started with this new direction

I follow (and sometimes break) a few rules for this new look

I’ve also updated some of my older work and have a number of revamped maps (I love drawing maps):

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I love drawing maps and buildings too!

I’ll be updating my portfolio throughout the year. For more frequent updates and a look at my processes, follow me on Instagram!


Critters!

The original sign, on the left, is disappearing from Toronto parks.

The original sign, on the left, is disappearing from Toronto parks.

I love this old “Do Not Litter!” sign, once commonly seen around city parks in Toronto. I thought I’d have a go at redesigning it with my new style and incorporate my new, as of yet unnamed typeface. The squirrel in the new sign has obviously read the sign and isn’t making a mess.

 


Anita Ekberg

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Did this quick drawing today after learning of Anita Ekberg’s departure from this world. Oh, Anita! La Dolce Vita!!!

This is really another sneak-peek at what I’ve been busying myself with over the last twelve months. I’ve been drawing portraits in my spare time, and since January of last year, I think I’ve done nearly 100 of these. It’s been very challenging and a lot of fun! I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks.


Inspiration

Last weekend I went to the Art Crawl in Hamilton’s James Street North neighbourhood. Spent most of the day wandering around and exploring the industrial sectors of the city. Took some snapshots:

Weathered signage is a great source of inspiration and reference for hand-lettering

An abundance of rusty old signs were hanging on factories and fences. I love this stuff and often incorporate it into my work. Here’s a sample:

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The lettering in my latest giclée print came from photographs I took of rusty old signs. This is my interpretation of the emblematic “49 Miles Scenic Drive” sign one sees all over San Francisco, only I’ve changed “Miles” to “Smiles.” Get yours here.

If you like this sort of thing, there’s a really great book that the publishers and editors at Princeton Architectural Press sent me as a gift a few years back. Edward Fella’s Letters on America. Page after page of his Polaroids of signage and lettering, and samples throughout of what it inspired: his wonderful and decorative hand lettering.

For more information about Hamilton’s art crawl, go here.


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