I’ve been very busy this past week. A friend of mind Brad (no relation), twists my arm every once in a while to get involved in shows or contests… nine times out of ten I bail. This time I thought it could be an opportunity to see what I could do with my sketches I’ve been making of cartoon characters. I approached it much like I was doing back in 2006 with my Music Royalty series.
Charlie Brown, Milhouse & SpongeBob SquarePants
I started on some Masters of the Universe sketches: Man at Arms
I also got going on roughing out the fox for my forest painting.
I realized I didn’t share my last sketches of 2014:
Harvey Dent aka Two Face
The main Characters of Regular Show – Pops, Rigby, Mordecai, High Five Ghost, Muscle Man, Benson, and Skips
Last week I finally cleaned up my sidebar and background. My sidebar was taking up too much vertical space, and it was missing a link to my commercial portfolio. Even though I will miss my Leitch Selected Portfolio image I’m very happy with the new buttons. I shrank my gravatar and moved my info up beside it, as well as shrank my links to my other pages and added a title. All of this allowed me to add a widget that pulls data to show my most popular posts.
That’s it for now, Later.
I’ve been a bit all over the place lately, but I’ve recommitted myself to my forest stencil that I bagan at the beginning of 2014. It’s a beast, and with all of the detail it takes forever.
I’m really starting to make ground on it and you can begin to see the trees forming.
To get myself inspired again, I hit up a few art shows in only a couple of days. I checked out Hanna Hur‘s Get Well Soon Slow Editions Book Launch at Art Metropole which was different than most shows I attend. The art book was comprised of flower drawings created while in the hospital, of arrangements visitors had left for the artist. It was pretty rad and the shop as well.
The second show I attended that night was Jon Todd‘s Outsiders at Hermann & Audrey which showcased his brand of portraiture and story telling through mixed media painting and collage. It’s alway great to see his work in person (like any artist for that matter) because you don’t get to experience the scale and depth of the materials used from a computer screen.
To be honest I walked right through Michelangelo: Quest for Genius. I’m not sure if it’s just where I’m at with my own art, but I just found it completely boring. The Alex Colville show in my opinion was amazing. Room upon room of countless works and sketches spanning his career. I found his water colours of the war really cool and thought they would inspire many concept artists with his execution.
Now that I’ve seen that Alex Colville inspired so much of The Shining I should finally watch it… this week would be perfect.
I’ve been super busy the last couple of months working on new projects, and finishing some old. I realized I had missed sharing some sketches I had done before I got going on my new commercial portfolio.
The next time I take a go at these, I want to try using gesso first. The boards were really drinking up the paint, and at times I found it difficult to move my brush across the surface smoothly.
Finally, the last two weeks I’ve been working on a new piece that I had been planning to do for quite a while now. It’s a wolf painting 40″x40″ in spray paint and oil. I’ll share it next post… until then here’s a preview (wasp not included).
I also painted a watercolour painting for Wildly Fit, a healthy living company based out of Toronto. It was inspired by my last post “Time for change”. Over the course of the next little while I’ll make a few of these, all with positive messages for their social media channels, and it might build into a larger project.
A lot has gone down in the past few weeks. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I had a freelance gig that came in. The illustration is up and it’s for 7-Eleven Day Friday July 11. It’s 7-Eleven’s Birthday and the first 1500 guests to each store get a free Slurpee. Grab all your friends and take a selfie with your Slurpees. There are prizes. To see my illustration and more info on the big day as well as contest details click here.
I started heading to the coffee shop in my neighborhood every morning for my daily sketches (follow me on Instagram to see all the updates). I did American Dad! for July 4th weekend in the US, Log (from Ren & Stimpy), Jon Arbuckle, Milhouse, and I coloured my Bart Simpson sketch.
Many more cool projects to go down in the next few weeks to come. I’ll share as I get to them.
Here’s how far I am now on my stencil.
I didn’t have too much time to spend on it this past week, so I didn’t get as far as I wanted to be right now. It’s nice being at this end of the stencil because the larger the sections I have to cut out, the less time it takes me to cut a larger space. I’ve been watching quite a few art documentaries while I cut, so I might add a list to this blog next update. I’ve also been doing some super quick sketches of characters I dug when I was growing up. This is new territory for me. I drew fan art when I was a kid, but the older I got the more I got involved in design and just working on my own ideas.
They’re super rough but if you like, follow me on my instagram and I’ll add more as I go… they’re maybe not as you remeber them, but it’s my instagram so I can do what I want.
My instagram: @Leitch