This poster series are reaction/response pieces to some of the internal dialogue I’ve been having with myself over the last year. Plans are only plans. Having a plan is easy, taking those terrifying first steps to get moving is the most important part.
When my brother dropped me off at the airport in September I had a moment of hesitation. A moment of doubt thinking about how I don’t really know where I’m going, for sure don’t speak the language, and maybe this idea of traveling all the way across the world to experiment and develop new skills can maybe be done at the comfort of home. But here I am 6 months later, having lived in I think 5 different countries with a few more things still lined up.
Here are the 6 finished posters as well as some process work. Loved my time in Ireland, can’t wait to come back someday.
Street Art Toronto (or stART) commissions a couple dozen artist each year to paint a big ugly grey electrical box each, with the idea that it makes the city look nicer and it will cut down on vandalism. I was fortunate enough to be selected this year and decided to paint a few animals and sunset (classic)
I drew out my design in Adobe Illustrator then applied it to a template of the box so see how it would line up. I pretty much do everything in Illustrator. I love how I can create a figure or object out of basic shapes then move it around easily to build a composition
Final layout and colour rough of my design.
Step 1 was priming the box. It was in pretty rough shape so it took a few coats. Then I drew it out with pencil and started colouring it in, one colour at a time. Im used to screen printing so breaking down the image by layer is kind of second nature, and in this case worked out well.
Very happy with how it turned out, if you are in Toronto you can check it out at the corner of Broadview and Mortimer Ave
Here is a link tostART for more information on the application process if anyone is interested next year
Co-Curating an Event with the amazing Emily May Rose
Submission Deadline: June 30th, 2017
Opening Reception: July 6th
Show Duration: July 6th-18th
CALL FOR ARTISTS – Northern Contemporary is seeking artists and illustrators working in a range of mediums for a group exhibition running from July 6th – 18th; All Day Breakfast.
What is your morning ritual? Whether you’re an early riser or constantly hitting snooze, eating a full breakfast or relying on copious amounts of coffee, everyone has their own routine. All Day Breakfast takes an illustrative approach to exploring these habits and how different artists like to start their day. Do you opt for military efficiency, or can you hardly drag your ass out of bed? Show us what your morning looks like.
Eligibility: This call for artists is open to all artists regardless of location, international submissions are welcome. Painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture are all acceptable mediums. Keep in mind that Northern Contemporary focuses on illustrative, representational, urban, lowbrow, comic, pop art, and experimental work.