The theme is King, and this black and white linocut is one trump in a medieval tarot deck, a work in progress.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Friday, 20 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Monday, 9 June 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Friday, 9 May 2014
For the topic of Voyage I chose a cover image from Homer's "The Iliad and the Odyssey" published by Barnes and Noble. I designed this central image to integrate on a wrap around cover that included gold embossed border treatments and art. I loved the story of the trials of Odysseus, the ultimate hero's journey. This spot illustrates his encounter with the irresistible Sirens.
Be sure to check out the many creative expressions of this topic at Illustration Friday.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
This image seemed appropriate for the Illustration Friday topic of "Revenge." It is one of three illustrations depicting the fairy tale, The Swan Prince and was commissioned by Shubrook Brothers, UK.
My linocut art was influenced by the medieval tapestry, La Dame a La Licorne, The Lady and the Unicorn, residing in the Musee National du Moyen Age, The Cluny in Paris. I was fortunate to see it in person not long ago and was blown away by the the colour, design, detail and rich symbolism in each tapestry. The series of six panels are displayed in a dark round room to dramatic effect. The museum itself is a treasure trove of medieval painting and carving and is a must-see addition to any Paris itinerary.
Friday, 25 April 2014
For the Illustration Friday topic of "Vanity" I submit a personal piece. This image was created for my Dad after he had a triple bypass. He recovered nicely and lived for many more years. This is a linocut print with a scanned brown paper bag background that I coloured in Photoshop for a more vintage feeling.
Friday, 18 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
The Illustration Friday theme of this week is Zodiac. In 1999 illustrators were kept very busy depicting the apocalyptic predictions of a global digital collapse at the turn of the millennium. Whoa, that was 14 years ago! Yikes, time flies!
I was commissioned to illustrate Libra for the millennial astrology book, "How I Spent My Millennium Year," promoting Buntin Reid papers. Fortunately the four horsemen did not arrive and we turned to other topics for inspiration. My technique is linocut coloured in Photoshop.
Monday, 7 April 2014
For the Illustration Friday theme of survival, an image commissioned by the Washington Times. It illustrates a story about how First Nations people collaborated with African slaves in opposition to their colonial oppressors. This one is a hand-coloured linoleum print from my archives.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
My submission for "Sizzle" at Illustration Friday came from the picture book, "The North Wind and the Sun," published by Scholastic Canada. I love Aesop fables and it was great fun to create art for Marilyn Helmer's adaptation. Linoleum print coloured in Photoshop.
Monday, 24 March 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014
The Illustration Friday theme for this week is "Spark." My technique is linocut with colour applied in Photoshop, and this image appeared on banners and t-shirts promoting the Waterloo Busker Carnival. It is one of my favourite assignments of the year, and the 2014 art will be unveiled soon! If you are in the Waterloo vicinity at the end of August, wander down to King Street and catch one of the biggest busker carnivals in North America!
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
|Here is this week's submission to the Illustration Friday topic of "Disguise". |
This image depicts a satirical fairytale, "Skin Deep," published in Weekly Reader magazine. The heroine is a facially disfigured young woman with the magical power
to make people see her as beautiful.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Monday, 6 January 2014
Friday, 3 January 2014