Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Back in it!

Just a quick note to mention I move into my new space Oct 1st and can't wait to get
my studio set up! I am now also involved in social media consulting with my first big client being 20Vic properties (Lansdowne Place Mall). become a could win stuff!

I'll keep it short and sweet for today.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Going Through IT.

Well I have recently discovered that life can throw some nasty curve balls.
BUT I am also slowly learning that it is what you take from these situations, and to what extent you are able to put a positive spin on them, that determines in what direction you will travel next. So, some days are crappy...other days are really crappy but I'm working on adjusting bit by bit. When you are going through a separation it really feels like you are the only one who has gone through it...but it happens all the time..just never thought it would be me. My wife and I were together for 16 years...we met when i was 17 and she was 16 and she was/maybe still is the love of my life. But again we move on, the world keeps turning and my kids are my priority.

I'll probably continue to post my thoughts here because it seems to be good therapy.

If anyone has any advice or wold like to share their story too...feel free to use my blog as your platform!

On a more positive note, I'll have some art news to add as well....
sorry if this blog is kind of scattered and confusing but it's kind of a direct reflection of where my head is at these days.

bye for now!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sorry! the name of my new cartoon series! (first 2 above) join my Facebook fan page and stay in the loop! (
+ I'll be giving away a free custom caricature in April to one of my fans!
Take care!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Power of Twitter!

So you may have heard by now, but Sarah Killen from Michigan is now one lucky 19 year old
because Conan O'Brien picked her to be the only person he is following on Twitter!
This has resulted in Sarah going from 3 followers to 27,000 in about a week and a flurry of freebies including a new imac and goodies for her September wedding! It has changed her life and it is nice to see her using her "new power" for good, making regular posts about helping others and setting up her own non-profit organization. I am now lucky enough to be 1 of the 91 people she is following, and may be drawing caricatures at her wedding, where in attendance will be Conan himself! nice Job Sarah, only good things to come!
the Power of social media never ceases to amaze me!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Artist + Business person

a great video by Todd McFarlane on balancing business and art.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Putting you imagination to paper.

Hey, it's not easy as a novice artist (or even a seasoned artist), to translate what is in your head down onto paper..I remember being so frustrated at myself for being able to visualize the most amazing picture, but not having the ability to put that down onto paper the way I saw it so vividly in my imagination.
Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
1) Nothing beats draw, draw, draw...copy comic books, draw from life..anything
to improve your hand/eye coordination.

2) "chunk out" the drawing - in other words instead of trying to tackle the whole image that you
have up in your head, draw out pieces of it, kind of like a puzzle. This should improve your
focus, and confidence.

3) Before jumping into a drawing at it's final stage, build it up. Do some very rough preliminary
drawings first to sort of map out where you want to place things, then build final line work
up from there. Not many professional artists I know jump right into a drawing expecting a
finished product right away...lay the ground work!

4) CONFIDENCE! If you don't believe in your own abilities as an artist, you simply will not
be able to give your best to what you are trying to create!

So go to it! ... and again, I'd love to hear your struggles and successes here on my blog..I'll reply back always with any words of wisdom I can give.

Have a great day! Jason.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Make mistakes!

You hear it often, but honestly, nobody likes to mess up and make mistakes in life.

Although this may be true it is a necessary part of helps us grow as people to find out what works and what doesn't. This rings very true when learning how to paint or need to draw that horrible looking picture of your dog before you can improve. So here is some homework. Go out and buy a really thick sketchbook...get to your local mall and sit in the food court for a few hours a week and just draw people. This can get akward if the people you are drawing catch you glaring their way, but it will payoff 10 fold. You need to learn to draw well from life first before you can move onto anything lose that addiction to competency and make some mistakes! You have my permission. Fill that sketchbook and keep me posted here on my blog on how you are doing! Later, Jason.

Poodle Clipping!

Useless fact of the day - in the late 1800's Poodle Clipping was an Olympic event!
and someone actually won a gold medal for clipping 14 poodles in an hour!....WTF!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I can't draw!!

I hear this all the time when I'm teaching, and I hate hearing it because kids and adults alike are addicted to competency...we are raised to believe mistakes are bad and, well, not to do them. I tell my students it is the entire opposite when learning to draw (or anything in life really).
If you don't make mistakes how will you learn what works!? The key...draw...alot.
Draw from life, copy, trace..anything that will improve your hand-eye will come, you just have to train you hand to put down on paper what your eye is seeing...easier said then done I know...
If you are having trouble and want to some advice reply to this blog and I'll get right back to you! Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend!

I'll be drawing caricatures all day Saturday and Sunday for Travel Alberta, at the International Travel show at the MTCC. Gonna be lots O' fun but my poor drawing hand is in for some pain :)
If you are going to be in Toronto this weekend, drop by for a free caricature!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Caricatures via Skype!

Technology continues to make my job as a caricaturist easier everyday!
I can now do live event caricatures via Skype. All you need is a fast internet
connection, a webcam and Skype! Have your guests sit on front of your computer
and I'll draw them live from my home studio! I can then send over digital
copies of each caricature and mail out a hard copy package customized for your event!