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A Mo’- Success!

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This was the first year I decided to jump into the Movember ring and try to raise some money for men’s cancer. Tams and I have men in our life who have been affected by this… and let’s face it, we all know or love someone who has been touched by this. Let’s do what we can to support one another! Some amazing people donated, and we managed to raise almost $400 throughout my month of sketching! It was definitely an exercise in major time-management, but I was so thankful for the opportunity to stretch myself and try some different styles.

My beautiful wife made a contribution, and asked me to draw Santa for Day 30 – so below is a digital painting of what we came up with. We had also just watched the Christmas classic “One Magic Christmas” – so the ending scene had some influence on it as well.

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Below is the month in sketches! Thanks again everyone!

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Day 29 – My Dad

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My Dad is probably my most favourite man on the planet. While we may not agree on everything, he is the most generous, loving and funny man I know. I am so thankful he is my Dad! He had the best handlebar stache in the 70s, so I had to sketch it for Movember 🙂

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A whole mess of MO-sketches!

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Another catch-up post with a bunch more Movember sketches! Drawing to a close, but what a month it has been!

Day 23 – Commander Hadfield – the first Canadian to walk in space! That’s pretty sweet indeedy. Brush pen on moleskin.

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Day 24 – Brother-in-law request – Smokey and the Bandit! Brush pen on moleskin.

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Day 25 – Had to do Hook! I reffed the Dustin Hoffman version from the live action Disney film. Great movie! Brush pen on moleskin.

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Day 26 – A donor request – Frida Kahlo! She wore her stache proudly, gotta give her props! Brush pen on moleskin.

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Day 27 – A friend who donated asked if I could sketch their Bulldog, Lando, with a moustache. Here’s what I came up with! Digital sketch.

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Day 28 – Jim Henson! What an incredible man. I have and always will love the Muppets! Brush pen and markers on moleskin.

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Just two left to go! I know who they will be, I just need the time to do it…. 🙂

 

Groucho, hockey, Disney & Mr. Potato Head.

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Never know what cast of characters will be thrown together for the latest batch of Movember sketches!

Donate here! http://ca.movember.com/mospace/8179729

Day 19 – Canadian hockey legend Lanny McDonald. Digital sketch.

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Day 20 – Groucho Marx. Stache & comedy legend, obviously. Digital sketch.

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Day 21 – Walt Disney, the original Imagineer. Digital sketch. I gotta practice my painting of realistic people. Man, that’s the hardest. But this was great practice.
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Day 22 – Mr Potato Head! Plastic stache and all. Brush pen on moleskin. I was drawing it while we were speeding down the highway [through construction], so the lines are wibbly!

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Movember sketch-up catch-up!

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Alrighty, somehow I am managing to keep consistently one day behind… but given my schedule, that’s actually not bad!! Here we gooooooo!

Another reminder to pleeeeeze donate to this great cause – 11 DAYS TO GO!!

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Day 14 – Clark Gable in “Gone with the Wind”. Done in pencil.

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Day 15 – Request from a donor who is also a fellow Movember-Bro – he asked to be drawn wearing a smoking jacket, and drinking scotch. I live to abide. 🙂 Drawn with Prismacolour pencil crayons.

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Day 16 – Another donor request – Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman”. Claaaaaaaasic. Brush pen and pencil crayon.

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Day 17 – Couldn’t resist drawing another Muppet! Swedish Chef drawn in Copic markers.

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Day 18 – Dali has got to have the most recognizable art – and ‘stache! Done with brush pen and Prismacolour markers.

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It’s actually been really fun for me to push myself to try different styles in different mediums. They seem to look better in my head than the final product, but the life of an artist is an ever-evolving one. I must give myself grace and encouragement to keep going, one drawing at a time!

Okay let’s keep ‘er going and finish this marathon of drawings!! Hmm. Drawing for a cause. Wish I could do this more often.

Inktober comes to an end on Halloween.

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What a great month of stretching myself and my pride, and getting encouraged by friends and other artists to just keep making art! Saw some AMAZING art created by artists I know and admire, wow. And what an awesome way to rediscover the joys of ink and paper. I will surely miss you Inktober, but onto something new!

With some suggestions from friends, I thought I would end this in Halloween-ish style, with help from ET, Beetlejuice and Gizmo.

Halloween-inspired Inktober’s.

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Work has been really busy, and I can’t post the stuff I work on… so I am always trying to do a daily drawing of my own…. especially right now with Inktober!

One is a retro-inspired suggestion by my wife, and the other is a film-inspired sketch from “Hocus Pocus”. I got some commissions to work on too….. gotta get drawing!

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Inktober-ing a Pumpkin Patch: Part 2

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I decided to try a retro slant on these drawings…. my favourite style of illustration! But I have not done tons of these drawings myself, mostly out of intimidation. I am terrified to put up drawings and not be “good enough”. But I am learning…. learning so much.

Mostly… I am learning to extend the grace to myself that I try to extend to others. I am learning to have respect for the gift I do believe God has given me. And deciding to stop comparing myself to other artists and how much better they are than me… and just do art.

 

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It is making me very happy.  I hope it makes others happy too 🙂

This amazing quote from an artist I so respect hit the nail on the head this week. I will read this every morning!!

“I have failed many times in my life. But the secret is, as long as you learn from each mistake that is all that counts so you don’t repeat the mistake again and again. If YOU find yourself struggling as to what direction you wish to pursue in life, I can tell you this…. If you want to do art, you do art. Draw all the time and build up your skills. If you wish to improve your skills, learn from others, “mimicry is the prerequisite to creativity.” In order to find your ideas for creating, I have found the best way to do this is through your own observation as well. This is the most important. What do YOU see when you are at life drawing or at the coffee shop drawing people. Doing this will help you create new ideas. Do not concern yourself with what others are doing, When I say this, it is in reference to knowing that you are not them, learn from them but don’t compare, you will just drive yourself insane.
– Stephen Silver

Petsecure dog & cat poses

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Some of the latest dog and cat poses for one of my clients: Petsecure Pet Insurance.

Started with rough pencil sketches – end product is digital.