donny nguyen.
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the king's speech

while playing with a print set i just bought, the idea’s just came like flashes and this is the result. this is hand made with no digital mucking about aside from scanning it. i had a good laugh researching this one, i must say. i’m not completely set on the title and alternative title. i think it needs one or the other but i’m not sure which yet…both will have to suffice for now.

details here:

the king's speech detail 1

and here:

the king's speech detail 2

basia plays the guitar, autoharp, banjo, ukele, sax, and flute. autoharp! i really like the arrangements in her songs – so many layers to try and zero in on. i find it really funny that she cashed some student loans to record music while she was in montreal (she’s originally from london). i guess when it’s to record with howard bilerman, you really don’t do anything other than what she did though, ha ha. basia bulat in moleskine.

a couple of weeks ago i was able to finally go to life drawing for the first time in months. i was out of practice but it felt pretty good. i should probably mix up the media i use more but i still find it challenging to capture something i’m completely happy with. every once in a while i’m ok with the session. the drawings below from an earlier session occurred on such a day. life drawing at ocad, in moleskine.
one minute poses.
five and ten minute poses.
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twenty minute poses. i think i’m going to break out the brush pen more.
speaking of mixing it up, i really love francis vallejo‘s life drawings.

his other work is, uh, ok too. check it out and you’ll see what i mean. this kid’s a machine and seems to really breathe through his work. check out his blog here, too.

just a skull
a couple of websites and a painting have been keeping me so very occupied though i’m not complaining. i love these brush pens. so much more to be done with them. need to find the colour refills.

a quick one. not much to say that everyone probably doesn’t already know. jerome david salinger in moleskine.

pound for pound, these guys have one of the highest bite force quotients of mammalian carnivores. apparently, their hunting percentages are pretty good too. and they chirp! unfortunately, they too are endangered. they remind me of hyenas although they’re apparently weaker than those scavengers, one on one. i thought wild dog was a bit of a vague name but the naming controversy for these mammals leads some to prefer to call these guys “painted hunting dogs.” lycaon pictus in moleskine.

i haven’t been drawing as much due to holiday happenings and tinkering with my website (soon to come!). to boot i will be working on two other sites and a painting so who knows when i will get time to draw. here are some life drawings at ocad from a little while back. hope you had a nice holiday and new year’s.


one minute poses.


five and ten minute poses. you can skip over these ones now.

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twenty minute poses.

so i told myself that i’ll try and do a proper illustration for IF but having just gone through my sketchbook this one seems right. there are obvious reasons and there ones that probably aren’t so clear. and that also leads me to think this one is right. one minutes life drawing poses, along with other people drawing with me, at ocad.

i’ve actually had projects to work on without much time to proper doodle. the bulk of what i’ve drawn lately have occurred on the subway or at life drawing sessions. here’s another session at ocad.

one minute poses.

five minute poses.
ten minute poses.
twenty minute poses.

norah jones

she‘s got a new album called the fall coming out on 17.11.2009.