I'm excited to announce one of my comics will be displayed during the I AM NSCAD group exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in downtown Halifax. The work will be up for sale, and a percentage of the profit goes towards NSCAD scholarships - which I have benefited from myself, as a Harrison-McCain Entry Scholarship recipient. I don't have official exhibition invitations or anything yet, but you can see a small blurb on the Anna Leonowens website here. Put it in your calendar if you are in Halifax.
I'm going into surgery tomorrow, which is hopefully true because it's already been delayed and it was cancelled last time. I've been working on two things as I wait.
As I'm completely obsessed with the Witcher series, I made one 2 page comic. I'm probably going to do more as I have some ideas banked, as well as fan-art based on the books. I'm absolutely overjoyed by how well received this comic was by Witcher fans. Man, I missed the world of being a series fan!
Here's the comic:
Number 2: I am putting together a photo retouching portfolio. I'm pretty much over trying to do concept art. Generally, I don't identify with the community and I find the work itself to be stressful and exhausting. Photo retouching is very similar to colour grading, which I love doing. So far, I've enjoyed doing this so much it feels addictive. I've also decided I am most happy doing several creative tasks (probably "ADD"), so if I can do illustration, colour grading, photo retouching as work - I am happy. I only have a few images so far, but here's one I am very happy with:
Here is my latest new watercolour. It's an image based on a photo I took of Montreal just as spring was around the corner while I was dropping my last watercolour off for the exhibition. It's quite rare to go up on Mont Royal and look through the trees while they bare no leaves; it was somewhat jarring. The blueness of the shadowy trees in contrast to basically my last painting, as I saw it in my head in that moment, was my inspiration for this image. This was a difficult painting: colours couldn't overlap, twisting shapes, detailed buildings to pencil, hours of penciling, mistakes with colour choices. However, I really felt like I was working through this painting the way I used to several years back, which I think is part of what gave me older art more energy, mystery, and freshness. I don't know, what do you think?