Archive for February, 2010

Fun With Paintings of Paintings

The big thesis-type project that I’ve been working on for a year and a half now, “I Am Artist,” along with a lot of other things, is about my life as a painter. So a lot of it (83 paintings finished so far) has been about painting, so naturally there have been a few paintings of paintings. So here’s a fun one to introduce the project, you know, hype it up.

So this portrait I was working on was off and on of my easel (yes, it is in fact an old ladder) for about 13 months… I developed a bit of a love hate relationship with it, so I felt it necessary to document it’s horrible, looming presence.

This may have been painted with a tiny amount of hate.

This may have been painted with a tiny amount of hate.

But I finally managed to finish the thing just before Christmas. The painting of the painting I did in October. Here’s a photo of it finished on the easel JUST for fun…

Easel with portrait

And for the most fun we could possibly have here, here’s the portrait itself…

...Alright fine, I don't hate it anymore.

...Alright fine, I don't hate it anymore.

This project has about a dozen equally important driving forces behind it, and it would take an awfully long time to get into them all, so I’ll leave it at this for now, but there’s more to come before it’s scheduled completion in September 2010.

Corey Canvas Update

There has just been an update on the Corey Canvas main site. Feel free to give it the ol’ BROWSE.

People, Plants and Animals, and Everything Else have all been added to.

More to come as soon as it’s photographed!


Ok! So! On Wednesday this week Jessica and I went drawering at this awesome reptile zoo, Reptilia. Go on, click the link!

Did you click? Cause their website actually makes it look pretty crappy, but maaaaan, it’s really cool. Ripe, just plain ripe for drawing. It’s not a very big place, but it’s packed full of reptiles and what have you. The zookeepers there are pretty cool, too. You can really tell they care about the animals. In fact, the one guy had baby pictures of some of the caimans on his iphone AND he showed us a pretty cool scar he got from one of them. Great place. Here’s a page from my sketchbook…

Double Page Darlings

There’s always something cool going on, too… like feedings and getting to touch an anaconda and junk. Does this just sound like an ad for the place? I DO have a point you know… Ahem, so THIS time, there was a turtle that had just gotten gored by a caiman (interestingly NOT the same one that tried to kill that dude I mentioned). Blood everywhere, seriously. They figure the turtle started it. The bad news is that one of his arms will have to be amputated, but the GOOD news is that he’ll be just fine. “They’re tough as nails.” Yes, that is a direct quote.

Anyhow, back to art and whatnot, here’s another drawing I did…

Albino Gator

Is that a Pokemon? Oohhhhhhhhh...

AN ALBINO ALLIGATOR. He was definitely not there last time… Do you see what I mean? Really cool.

Oh and on an unrelated note, today is my birthday. Yesssss.

As an old friend of mine used to say… “I’m twenty-four!”

The Captain of the Demeter


Oh goodness, here we have the third of my Dracula illustrations. Perhaps I should mention again how fantastic this book really is… It’s fantastic.

Right now I’m reading another story by Bram Stoker, “The Jewel of the Seven Stars.” Oh man, when he gets going, that man can really spin a yarn, if you know what I mean…

The Word is Watercolour

Most of the time I paint with acrylic paint. That’s fine and well and good and whatnot… but in a attempt to be an all around better artist, I’m always trying to keep up my skill with other media. So I found myself watercolouring the other day and did this still life…

Citrus Study

Oh yeah, I patted myself on the back, “nice job, Corey. I love you and stuff…” But then it occurred to me that I was painting citrus fruit. You know, the kind with the nice textured skin. So obviously I realized that I completely glossed over that part, which to me, would be the most important part in painting any kind of citrus.

So to redeem myself, I tried again.

Orange Study in Watercolour

I think I did a much better job the second time. But overall it was a nice reminder that I have a looooong way to go towards MASTERING watercolour.