Visual Adventure: A Digital Study of Hokusai’s Wave

The movement in Hokusai’s iconic painting, The Great Wave off Kanazawa, has given our eyes a workout for decades. The presence of its several prints in Western collections (the Met and British Museum included) have allowed folks on my side of the globe the pleasure of accessing its foreboding beauty. Normally I wouldn’t deign to…

Google Doodle? Meet The Littlest Hobo.

If you’re a child of the ’80s, you may recall The Littlest Hobo, a charming Canadian television series airing on CTV starring, well, a dog. It’s a cult favourite and, as I don’t see it becoming the star of a Google Doodle anytime soon, I took it upon myself to make it happen. The star-dog…

I drew a comic (finally).

With apologies to the moon, and with great appreciation for all the comic book artists out there. I find it *extraordinarily* hard to combine humour and illustration – kudos to those who do it so easily! I’d say this honest first attempt of 2018 is “okay”. As an aside: I owe my early love for…

Google Doodlin’: Iconic Toronto.

For the past few years, I’ve kept a watchful eye over the little jewels called Google Doodles. The team behind their creation is obviously teeming with bright creators who are able to see a single subject from magical viewpoints (#goals). These Google artists are quiet heroes. So, as an homage (and learning experience), I am…

Toronto, drawn.

I’ve been closely examining old Canadian logos (yes, for fun) and took some classic Toronto emblems for a spin: the CN Tower itself (as minimalist as I could make it), and good ol’ Sam the Record Man. -SM

Emulating Archie

One of the best ways to learn how to draw figures is to pore over comics, which capture bodies and faces in a wild amount of different positions and scenarios. In particular, I’ve found Archie and the Riverdale crew to be a good guide. Pretty proud of this here Jughead from a few months back….

Skeletor!

One of my favourite paintings from last year: Skeletor! I didn’t have the heart to sell it or throw it away, so it hangs proudly in my office, neon ’90s colours and all. -SM