Sunday, July 20, 2008


Today I am procrastinating, which means I've been looking at a number of things I previously had no interest in for some time. One thing I came upon is a project I did last year wherein I "creatively vandalized" all 199 pages of Canadian Living. (Click on the pictures to see quite big.)
I did the whole thing in various types of markers and whiteouts, which made it pretty sloppy to begin with and even sloppier over time - pages have stuck together, stuff smudged.

I kind of considered it more like a test of endurance and sort of a loosening-up than anything else. Since then I forgot like 90% of what was in here, but some of it is really quite unexpectedly funny!

Some of it is more like a pretty apt representation of how one might feel after any involvement with Canadian Living for this length of time.

I did a similar project more recently where I painted yeti heads onto the face cards of a deck of playing cards and then gave them to my classmates.

Over a new leaf

I'm trying to get into drawing more places and spaces, as it's something I normally avoid pretty much entirely. Here's one.

In other news, the sketchbook in which I draw most everything (except the Special Days and small book entries) is now full. I'm considering trying a different kind - any recommendations?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Come clean

I'm always trying to get a look in other people's sketchbooks. It's customary to say something kind of self-effacing when you hand your book over to a drawer you respect, such as "Oh, there's nothing so interesting in there." or "Do pardon all the swearing." A lot of times, though, people will warn me that their book is "messy." Some of these people have already seen my book and know that actual, physical scraps of garbage occasionally fall out of it!

Yesterday someone told me that they often started something in their sketchbook but would then erase it. That was pretty much the craziest thing I'd ever heard. Somewhere along the way everyone must have got the notion that their sketchbooks are supposed to be very tidy and contain only good ideas. I don't think I'd ever fill a book if I had those kinds of rules. Isn't this supposed to be fun?

Just for fun, here's some objects that fell out during the scanning process.