Friday, January 23, 2015

The Owl

Just recently finished a bookmark design based on a poem.  I may still change a few things, I had originally had in mind an additional scene for the bottom but ran out of time so compromised.  I may update this yet, but for now...

And here is an excerpt of the poem by Taras Shevchenko that was given for the illustration (it's actually pretty long)  So most of my illustration is based on this small part, but I had intentions on referencing some later bits as well such as; there is a maiden waiting in a meadow, the son is taken away for war, the mother becomes an old woman lamenting the loss of her son waiting for his return and in the end SHE is the owl.

The Owl

In a green wooded valley
A mother bore a son;
She gave him eyes most beautiful,
Brows like a benison.
And all the saints the dame besought
That he with luck might live:
"May God's own Mother grant all grace
That mothers cannot give!"
His bath at dead of night she drew
With periwinkles prim;
Till midnight he was cradled soft,
Till dawn she sang to him...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Glorious Christmas Tree

Mom, we did it!  Let the kids decorate the Christmas tree.  Today marks the winter solstice, and the sky kind of makes me think of that.  The tree looks like the kind of mess that kids could be proud of.  Pen and ink, photoshop.



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Antigonus

Did some illustration work for Ghost FX a little while ago, for a documentary to be aired on the Discovery Channel.  It's having it's world premiere tonight in the US on the Science Channel so I can show you this now.  This is just some of the work I did, one of the main characters on which this documentary is based - behold Antigonus, the last king of Israel.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poppy of Remembrance

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI and the 75th of WWII.
Pen and ink with watercolour.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wear A Poppy!

I messed around with the poster I made last year.  Some different layout ideas.
(Photoshop)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Tree

Pen and ink (and spaghetti sauce - bottom left leaf), coloured in photoshop.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stand As One

Did this painting for the USOM Fall Exhibition at KUMF Gallery.  The show opened yesterday and runs until November 2nd.  Check out details here: http://kumfgallery.com
I displayed it with a box of ribbons, so people could take one and show their support for Ukraine.
Acrylic on canvas.
I like painting all around the canvas as you can see here...