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A little Life Drawing?

Well now, keeping with this month’s theme of posting the boatload of stuff I did LAST month while I was in Montreal, here’s some more!

There were a heck of a lot of life drawing sessions throughout the city. And believe it or not, they weren’t all burlesque-themed. So here’s some more of my drawings…

This model was really cool. Se actually told Jessica and I about another session she was doing at a private studio, which is where these skectches are from!

This model was really cool. She actually told Jessica and I about another session she was doing at a private studio, which is where these skectches are from!

This was at a studio that had a small wine and cheese buffet. Seriously. More on this later...

This was at a studio that had a small wine and cheese buffet. Seriously. More on this later...

Marker 1st Synesthesie

Marker 2

Frankenstein

What? Another book cover? Ooooh, you bet there is. This is another one I did in January… Come on! Take a look!

It's actually a miniature version of a painting I started waaaay back when I read this, I think in 2008.

It's actually a miniature version of a painting I started waaaay back when I read this, I think in 2008. I've never finished the painting, but the print is better anyway.

Another seriously awesome book. Also another story that’s been shamelessly bastardized over the years. Read the unabridged, original version. It will blow your mind.

20, 000 Leagues Under The Sea

Sorry to keep going ON AND ON about Montreal… BUT I’m gonna keep going on about it. It was an exciting month for me, ok? Anyhow, I read 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea over the course of the month aaaaaaand…

I made a new book cover!

I still don't think I have the colours quite right. I've done about a dozen colour variations, haha so I closed my eyes and picked this one.

I still don't think I have the colours quite right. I've done about a dozen colour variations, haha so I closed my eyes and picked this one.

Very interesting book… It was quite good, but quite, well, odd… in a lot of ways. It brings up something I wonder about a lot while reading:

When there’s something like racism, nationalism, or general jerkery coming from the characters, is it the author really getting into the character’s head OR is it the author projecting their own personal opinions and biases onto the character?

To be honest I wonder this most often about Kipling. But I’m actually looking into the history of British rule in India to solve that one.

Anyway, it definitely makes me want to read more Jules Verne. And either way, 20, 000 Leagues is one HELL of a turn-of-the-century sci-fi adventure. Hope you like the cover…

Bersicker

While I was in Montreal I managed to get a few block prints done… INCLUDING A NEW DRACULA ILLUSTRATION!

Bersicker

Dracula? With a wolf? This requires research, I says to myself. SOMEHOW though, there was plenty to be had. We just so happened to be living with a wolf. Ok, half wolf, half husky. But that’s about as close as you can get.

Snake puppy!

Snake puppy!

AND there was a wolf at the Redpath museum. A male, I think. Nala, the wolf we lived with, is a girl-pup.

Wolf Graphite

Wolf Marker

There’s no use in drawing something seven times you say? You might think so, but I when I drew out that lino print, I threw down that wolf without even KNOWING it. Yeah.

Lino Portrait!

I mentioned it was my birthday the other day, and it’s kiiiiind of a tradition for me to do a self-portrait on my birthday (and about three dozen other times a year, but hey, tradition is tradition). Anyhow, I did a lino print this year! Check it out!

Just for fun I added a couple of bug specimens I have hanging around. Feels like Spring, don't you think?

Just for fun I added a couple of bug specimens I have hanging around. Feels like Spring, don't you think?

It was really unplanned, too. I just kinda sat in front of the mirror and carved away (literally! HA!). And I did even less planning for the background colour. I like it! I’m gonna try more of these!