Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SDC: Day 48

Sketching on my iPad Air with PhotoShop Touch and pen stylus
(Clearly I need more practice drawing on a touch screen device)
Lick's HomeBurgers - Old Beaches Location, 2014
Watercolour Paint and Pencil Crayons

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SDC: Days 44 & 45

Evergreen Brickworks Welcome Booth
Just because it's Easter
Sorry for not updating yesterday; I got back from my weekly bike ride feeling very exhausted and went soon to bed but it was a good trip.  I was riding thru the bike trails into the Don Valley River Area (I usually get there on the east end of Taylor Creek trail that leads to the Lower Don River trail that can take you all the way down to Lake Ontario: Google Maps) and I particularly wanted to visit two sites there other than seeing glimpses of the local wildlife: Todmorden Mills and Evergreen Brickworks.

These are historical sites dating far back into the 1800s as the families that used to owned them had helped out with a majority of Toronto's early development.  Todmorden Mills being the first paper mill in Upper Canada and the Brickworks producing many bricks that many of Toronto's oldest buildings were constructed from to say at least.  Nowadays, they are centres of the arts and of nature conservation where people can visit for art shows, theatre plays, local history and nature/leisure walks.

It's easier to travel to these sites by car than by bike/foot; getting back up and out, even on the trails is harder unless you're willing to follow the Don River all the way to the lake shore.  Most times these historic sites are closed off from the public but they do open for viewing on some holidays and special occasions, like Doors Open Toronto that's for one weekend (usually Late May). For anyone who would like to check out both places, there's lots of web content on them around:

Evergreen Brickworks:
Todmorden Mills (via Toronto's website - Arts & Culture's Museum section:

Looks better when
the plants are fully grown
Not visible on Google Maps
Water Instalment of
Greater Toronto's Watershed Systems

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SDC: Day 37

Today I spent my time downtown.  Other than collecting coins while cycling, I paid a visit down at the Design Exchange for two things: 1) to see the current location of Magic Pony (an art merchandise/gallery studio started by one of my old teachers from OCAD, Steve Cober) and 2) to see the art show going on there right now called "This is Not a Toy" Designer Toy Exhibition.  For anyone interested:

I found it hard to resist wanting to play or even handle the sculptures (thank goodness for the plastic boxes encasing them).  Some of them could easily be thought of as playable figurines or even collectables, but the show does get people to believe it's possible to create serious works of art in the form of toy modelling.  I've taken pictures with my iPad of some favourites of mine; it's a free show to attend so anytime while in the lower downtown core, please take the time to browse around at it.

The Full spread of the page 
Nuke's opinion of the art show

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SDC: Day 36

Carrot-Dog (Watch MLP:FIM (Season 4, Episode  8))
I need to start doing my sketches in the morning or the afternoon the latest, rather than in the evening when I usually have a stale mind for thinking creatively.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SDC: Day 34

Finally I got the my listings all updated!  Eliminated deficit contacts while getting more accurate contact information.  Now to start back up on my promotional stuff.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SDC: Day 33

Locating, Compiling & Summarizing
Hopefully tomorrow will be the last day of me updating my old listings of possible clients and businesses to work with.  This is getting very boring!  After this, I can finally get back to doing artwork and updating my blog with new samples.