I drew for the facts and arguments essay of the Globe and Mail for about once a month for three years. In that time I produced a mass of illustrations. The best ones have risen to the top here.
I worked with an array of art directors, styles and tones for the varied articles that came at me.
Dan Mangan is a wonderful Canadian musician that I have had the repeated pleasure of working with through the years. He holds the record for the most Song of the Year awards from the CBC here in Canada.
I have done some tour poster work for him and in 2014 he asked to use one of my drawings Dreamhouse as the cover of his album Club Meds. For the album I also produced several large line illustrations of fantasy houses on islands which have been used on singles, in the LP fold, and on promotional material.
In 2016 I was nominated for a Juno for the illustrations and art direction of Club Meds.
Boats (http://yeahboats.bandcamp.com) is a long time collaborator . In fact I have auditioned to be their guitar player twice. Here is a collection of posters, T - shirt work I have done for them over the years.
The Walrus has been called Canada's best magazine. I've had the pleasure of drawing for them a few times with the oversight of my friend and colleague Meredith Holigroski (whom I lovingly refer to as "Megadeth").
The images were all responses to very specific articles. Most were based off of my previous personal work or based off my excellent drawing skills.
Jaron Freeman Fox and The Opposite of Everything
One of my favourite clients. Jaron approached me about a doing a tour poster for him in 2013. His fiddle based jazz fusion freak out walks the line between safety and chaos. The concept I built for him was a scene interrupted, the serene image of birds carrying a violin interrupted by the predatory owl. Cute, dramatic, and dangerous.
In a way I cannot believe this work is in my portfolio. Years ago I was approached by some DJs in Winnipeg to produce some posters for a series of parties they were calling "Jams". They had envisioned that the posters and marketing be basketball themed, modelled after the popular game NBA Jams.
Years later the concept has ballooned into an ongoing series of posters involving a surreal alternate universe inhabited by these basketball stars. The real success is that the posters are hugely popular on their own with a huge awareness on the streets of Winnipeg.
For me it's a great example of taking a concept, nurturing it for years and building it until it really walks on its own. For me it's been where I try out new styles and techniques within the "discipline" of the basketball player concept. It's also given me regular workouts on my typography and hand typo.
Cheering for the Bad Guy
Cheering for the bad guy is (or was as far as I can tell) a small country punk outfit in Winnipeg. They, like others of my favourite clients, really let me go hog wild on their image. I served as their art director, designer and illustrator for years.
These are the best works I made for them, including the packaging for just a fantastic LP they produced call Next Year Country. They wanted something that read "insane bar fight". We finally settled on a man made entirely of fire socking James Dean in the face.
Lie down and Die
Poster for a short film that was accepted to TIFF. The film was about a man whose entire family had died in gruesome and humorous ways.
The Dominion News
The Dominion is a very small independant news magazine based out of Montreal. They asked me to produce a cover for their feature on the disturbing international response to the Haitian earthquake, one that focussed on rebuilding the cheap textile labour force over housing.
Overnight I produced this cover and I'd have to say it's probably one of the best things I've done. I feel the figure, the pose, the composition all engage with the injustice and difficulties this character faces. There's a subtle The Stonebreakers reference in the back there for you art history nerds.
Every once in awhile I'll cold call a band or a band will cold call me and look for shirts: the flotsam of music culture. Once in awhile, for their modest budgets, I'll produce an outstanding illustration. Here's a collection of some of those.
One of my first big illustration commissions. It also got me nominated for a National Magazine award for best illustrator in 2011. The feature was about a paddler, unprepared for the hardiness of the journey, who traversed the Rideau locks to enter Ottawa by Canoe.