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.
Gee, I’ve really been quiet on the blogging front, it’s been a busy year! Come see some of what’s kept me busy at the Queen West Art Crawl in Trinity Bellwoods, I’m in booth L-29!
I’m doing the art for this year’s City of Craft show, coming up in December. They’ve just launched their call for vendors for anyone interested in participating in the show.
Stay tuned for more City of Craft Chipmunks!
Gee, I haven’t been on here in a while! I’ve had a really busy year! Will try to make some time for blogging. In the meantime, if you are in Toronto, come check out this show! Pretty nice to be sitting alongside such an interesting group of vendors! Hope to see you there!
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.
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:
I’ve only included places that are still in business. The places I frequented as a kid are long gone
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: 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!
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:
I have many more projects about my home town in the works!
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 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 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):
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!