My friends at Pictoplasma asked me to create an image to help launch their latest project, Secret Sidekick, which invites artists to create an illustration in which a character is combined with a photograph. My image pictures the guardian spirit of a vacant lot.
Spirit City Toronto
What makes a place special? Is it possible to discover the fantastical hidden in the familiar? This project addresses these questions by mixing illustration and photography to depict a variety of homeless nature spirits who, having lost their forests and streams, are forced to live in the forgotten corners of the city.
Combining my interests in urban landscapes, local mythology and the supernatural, these images suggest that the magical and the mundane can coexist in the most unlikely of places, if only we look closely enough.
A piece for the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery group exhibition in 2014 which exhibited at both the Kaufhaus Jandorf in Berlin, Germany and at MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, in Monterrey, Mexico.
A series of spirits ruling over the four archetypal elements of earth, water, air and fire. Created for the photo-illustration anthology, Les Fumettos Du Cyclope.
A series of hand-made spirits paired with photos taken around Toronto.
These characters were all based on actual witness sightings, as hard as that may be to believe. Click each creature's name to get the full story. They were created for a lecture I gave at the 2012 Pictoplasma conference in Berlin.
My friend Beatriz Juarez, then art director of Elle Canada magazine, asked me to create an illustration about games. Fun times!
A fun series of book covers for Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery Series. Client: Harlequin Books.
The Breakfast Bunch
These happy guys were created as a breakfast-themed pattern for surface design company, Sorry You're Happy. Pattern designs by Jen Hsieh.
It's A Jungle Out There?!
This piece was created for a collaborative kid's book project called "It's A Jungle Out There?!" organized by Mike Kerr and Renata Liwska of RandMCollective. Each artist got a two page spread to showcase their animal which in my case was a wolf!
Promotional images created for Work/Life books 1 and 2, published by UPPERCASE.