Hoe to Mix the Perfect Mojito

 

Here’s a cool assignment. Design a self-contained unit that has everything you need to make a Mojito complete with a comic strip instructional on the lid.

Havana Mojito Box Final

Here’s the initial sketch…

 

HC Mojito Chest

 

 

 

 

The finished product…

Havana Instructional Eversion

. . . and the comic instructional.

 

 

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Sarah’s Miley

MileyMy niece, Sarah Kendrick‘s most excellent caricature of Miley Cirus.

 

Strike a CORD

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Just came through Walters Falls, Ontario where I stumbled upon the rare 1937 CORD. I recently completed the below book cover for Cormorant Books and recognized the car immediately. Richard Scarsbrooks’ Nothing Man and the Purple Zero will be released in the fall from Cormorants YA imprint, Dancing Cat Books. The car owners were rather nervous as two wayward cyclists were getting a little too close with their scratchy bikes.

Nothing Man Cover Art PREVIEW May 2 Revsion

Nothing Man CrestI worked with my fellow artist, Robert Tunstall to develop this adaptation of the CORD logo into and embroidered patch for the back cover of the book.

 

X-Men

My son and I have been reading the reprints of the old X-men. We started at the beginning with Kirby and are just into the John Byrne/Clarmont stuff. Lots of fun. Here’s my pencil sketch of the team (minus Banshee) post Sentinel attack.

Rock Paper Scissors Expansion

Rock Paper Scissors Expansion Low Res

Here it is. The official expansion set to the original Rock Paper Scissors as created by my 10 year old son and I on a long long train trip.

A wonderful Wiki story about a famous Rock Paper Scissors match…

When Takashi Hashiyama, CEO of a Japanese television equipment manufacturer, decided to auction off the collection of impressionist paintings owned by his corporation, including works by Cézanne, Picasso, and van Gogh, he contacted two leading auction houses, Christie’sInternational and Sotheby’s Holdings, seeking their proposals on how they would bring the collection to the market as well as how they would maximize the profits from the sale. Both firms made elaborate proposals, but neither was persuasive enough to get Hashiyama’s business. Unwilling to split up the collection into separate auctions, Hashiyama asked the firms to decide between themselves who would hold the auction, which included Cézanne’sLarge Trees Under the Jas de Bouffan, worth $12–16 million.

The houses were unable to reach a decision. Hashiyama told the two firms to play rock-paper-scissors to decide who would get the rights to the auction, explaining that “it probably looks strange to others, but I believe this is the best way to decide between two things which are equally good”.

The auction houses had a weekend to come up with a choice of move. Christie’s went to the 11-year-old twin daughters of the international director of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department Nicholas Maclean, who suggested “scissors” because “Everybody expects you to choose ‘rock’.” Sotheby’s said that they treated it as a game of chance and had no particular strategy for the game, but went with “paper”.

Christie’s won the match and sold the $20 million collection, with millions of dollars of commission for the auction house.

Hank Williams III. He’s a full on cow-punk who seems to be trying desperately to tear down the Hank Williams mythology.

 

I feel for the guy.

Wailing Wall

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get an invite to a crazy, live, Nuit Blanche drawing night. Ryan Cassidy brought together a wack of  talent in his new studio to create a 4′ x 16′ black and white smorgasbord jam. This all-night event was in tandem with the renown Guelph Jazz Festival. Of course, being illustrators, therefore, being used to all-nighters, we were able to densely fill the masonite board well before 2 am. Guelph musician, Taylor Moran was there to provide the apt soundtrack to the apocalyptic drawing fever. I was so delighted to meet up with my old friend, Marc Bell who was also drawing. I haven’t seen Marc for 21 years! My other talented collaborators included, genius Gillian Wilson, hotshot Michael Byers, renaissance man Greg Pepper, gentleman Rob Tustall, master of tone Scott Mooney and my old friend and pop master, Jay Stephens. Marc and I looked at each other at the finish and thought, ‘That’s a great warm up. Let’s take down the piece and go again”. Lots and lots of fun! Thanks Ryan.

Kingsbury Music

Here’s one for my talented friend and neighbour, Shannon Kingsbury. Shannon is now offering singing lessons and classes out of her studio and has just launched her website. Her cool record is called, Luminocity.

Congrats!

Crazy for Manga!

Here’s the cover to a new comic/Manga Strathmore sketch pad from my good friends at Staedtler. They’re going into a second run of the pad and adding my newly illustrated ‘How-To-Draw-Manga’ single page on the inside of the cover. It’ll be released in the fall so I’ll hold off on posting the interior page until then. What do I know about Manga?  Big props to Paul Gravett for his essential Manga primer, “Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics”. A fantastic inspiration as always.