Category Archives: Pen & ink

My Calendar for 2017

While I was busy adding dots to an ink drawing back in November of 2015, a colleague suggested I release my drawings in a calendar format. It seemed like a way to make money, but in an internet/Walmart world, mass production-cheap labour products tends to steal the thunder away from simple craftsmanship. Still, I figured this would be a little publicity, and a way for my friends to take home some of my art in a relatively inexpensive way.

I had the theme already in mind; what if today’s personal technology and social media were around in the past?  I was working on an image of an astronaut taking a selfie on the moon, and the title “iHistory” popped into my head. Well, I started in earnest, and soon realized what a lot of work this was going to be.

All 12 images
All 12 images

Flash forward to August of 2016, and I finally finished off image number 12, Marilyn Monroe. With some disappointing experimentation, I found that trying to spend less than $20 for a good quality print was going to be a problem. I settled on a robust, cardboard-like, glossy paged format, where the images would last far past 2017. At this point, the idea of profit seemed far fetched to me, so I decided to simply break even. I rounded up to the nearest dollar to arrive at a non-threatening $25 per calendar.

Calendar 2017
Calendar 2017

Not many of you follow me out there in the blog/webpage world, but if you are interested, the calendar will be available into December of 2016, at the price of $25 in Canadian funds. Shipping within Canada is a reasonable $5, and Europe is around $10. If interested, send me a message, and we can work out the details.

Portable Art

There’s no doubt about it – the process I go through to complete my oil paintings is laborious. I like the final result, but is sure takes time. About a week ago, I was sitting in a Starbucks, and checking Instagram. I had posted an old ink drawing of a Rhino, with the comment, “I used to do a lot of pen and ink drawings”. A comment under this simply asked, “And you stopped? Why?”

This was a question I couldn’t answer, so  thought about it. They are far faster than oils, I don’t have to change into old clothes, I can work on them just about anywhere, except in the rain. And finally, if I get any interest in the finished drawing, I can certainly charge a much more reasonable, and accessible, price.

Then it hit me, why not start this up again, and make it a complete portable form of art? I purchased a 12×12 inch pad of watercolour paper, a couple of pens, and the very next day, I started working on a drawing. I am starting small, and there are a few techniques to work out, but now I have something to do at a Starbucks or a park bench, or possibly even the subway – other that checking my smart phone!