This is my original mini-comic that launched at TCAF 2012. It is a 16 page choose your own adventure story which gives readers a taste of what to expect in the upcoming Clamhead Kid graphic novel.
Clamhead Kid is a mollusk out of water story about our half kid, half clam friend moving to a new town. Ridiculed and lonely he inadvertently stumbles into a conflict with the neighbourhood bully and must discover if he can overcome his genetically pre-programmed impulse to CLAM UP and hide when it counts most as his only chance for happiness hangs in the balance.
Little Girl Man is another one of my comic creations. It is about an out of work old time wrestling hero that sets off across the country to help out people that can't stand up for themselves.
CD cover design and illustration
This is a CD cover for Tennessee Voodoo Coupe. It is for their album release at VIVA LAS VEGAS 2013 where 1000s of Rockabilly folks descend on Las Vegas for a week of insanity.
Check these bad boys out here https://www.facebook.com/tvc.to
This was a great chance to work with a talented musician looking to do something different.
Chris Coole is an internationally renowned Clawhammer banjo player and performs traditional Old-time and Bluegrass music while also writing wonderful original pieces that honour the tradition. While producing his newest CD Chris was not willing to settle for the same old thing so…. he approached me with the idea of interpreting his music and communicating the core feeling/idea of each song through a drawing instead of the usual liner notes or anecdote.
Chris cooked up a great big pot of fish soup and we sat down together to spend time talking through his ideas and motivations for the music and what spoke to him about each piece that he had recorded. We listened to the rough cuts of the tracks, did some sketches and felt our way through it.
This turned out to be a great collaboration experience and it was a very fulfilling project to be involved in.
As part of his CD launch Chris asked me to make up some T-shirts to commemorate the event. I selected an image from the CD, modified it for t-shirts and I decided to go the extra bit and did a limited edition screen print of the image as well. It helped add another level to the event and give the folks that attended a unique keepsake.
Here is a peek at part of a page from a story called Prometheus Smiles. I had the delight of working with Ty Templeton (script) and Keiren Smith (lettering).
It's a cool story about Prometheus with a twist. Because it is based on old myths I went with a style that mimics old engravings to make it feel like a story back in time.
This was a great book to work on with the Author Virginia Cooper and her daughter Verdena Lee.
Virginia grew up in the Cumberland Gap region of Kentucky in the town of Knifley and this series of books are based on her experiences as a child on a small family owned farm with her Mother and Grandfather.
This book came about when one day Verdena heard her Mother comment about a horse she had when she was a child. Verdena was a little surprised as this was the first time she mentioned it. After asking a few questions Virginia opened up with all kinds of wonderful stories about her childhood and what is was like for her.
Now instead of this part of Kentucky history passing unmarked it became the basis for a series of children's books so others can travel back to an older world through the hopeful eyes of a child.
I worked with SAP to create this campaign as an initiative to reinvigorate their ongoing Employee Volunteer Program. SAP has offices all over the world and this program encourages and supports staff to volunteer in meaningful ways in their local communities. It is a way for SAP, a company that exists internationally, to give back locally and this is one of the main factors that attracted me to this project.
It was a multi faceted campaign that would promote, educate and inform employees of SAP’s upcoming annual Volunteer Month, motivate staff involvement and update people while hyping the highlights during the month.
After our first meeting in which I pitched several approaches we went with the idea that SAP employees that signed on for the event were just like Superman or Superwoman, hard working folks by day and her
oes in their communities by night. This approach created the comic/superhero theme and was further pushed by creating a team of superheroes and a mascot.
In the end we had printed pieces distributed to staff mailboxes, sent out email teasers, created mini-billboards that were displayed in staff common areas in offices across Canada to track staff involvement and produced a weekly online comic during the month to maintain commitment and keep morale high.
One of the most challenging aspects of this was to produce the on line comic. Each weekend the weekly stats and results were compiled and passed on to me by the end of the day Friday, we would decide what would be the best story we could pull from the weeks events and I would have a new comic on-line for when staff returned to work each Monday highlighting it in and impactful full colour 1 page comic.
Commissioned piece - Stealth Elf from World of Warcraft
I did a series of drawings for chapters in 2 books that were published on the topic of outdoor survival.
This is a logo design for a company in Jamaica that bakes using the traditional English methods to make...pies, tarts, scones, etc. but mixes it up in an awesome way by using local Jamaican ingredients and spices.
The name Bakesteady is a play on the music genre Rocksteady which was a blend of different ideas and influences that turned out to be a precursor to Reggae.
The blocky, tweaked letters coupled with simple lines for the illustrations were inspired by the album covers of the big Rocksteady bands back in the day . The combination of wacky colours hints at the inspired wacky combinations of Jamaican ingredients and English methods used in their products that come together to make something unique, off-beat and better than just the sum of the parts.