SKETCH OF THE DAY 12.07.19 - First Commissioned Digital Illustration

As a young lad I thoroughly enjoyed drawing. I would sit down and watch YTV and try to draw my favourite animated characters. From the prince of the fallen Saiyan race to a sponge that lived in a pineapple under the sea, I would attempt to draw them all! As I grew older these energies were focused into other things and my passion for drawing dwindled to doodles in the margins of my notebooks. Drawing took a backseat to photography/videography and music. Flash-forward many years later and something unexpected happened. I was introduced to Procreate, a powerful and intuitive drawing application. If you follow along with anything I post across my social media platforms you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of digital drawings lately. This app has single-handedly rekindled my interest in drawing. In the past few weeks I’ve been setting aside time just about everyday to get a little practice in to make up for all my lost drawing time. Recently I had someone I know notice that I was doing a lot of drawing, so she decided to hit me up to see if I was up for the task of doing a portrait of her beloved kitty-cat which she recently had to get put down. I was honoured and willing to make an attempt at it. I wasn’t sure exactly how to approach this because what I usually draw is a bit more cartoony, but I gave it a go anyways. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out and more importantly she seemed very happy with it as well. Here is my Illustration of Lyla the cat. May she rest in peace.

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This illustration took way longer than I care to admit, but it’s all welcomed practice. I learned a lot about workflow and the order of operations when doing this sort of thing. I hope to get more opportunities to do this kind of work in the future.

POTD 27.02.19 - Toronto Snow Day

Yesterday we were blasted with a ton of snow… like a lot. We crushed the previous record for February 27, which was set in 2013. 12.4 cm was the last record and it was the greatest snowfall on record since 1938! We destroyed that record. There were spots in the city that had up to 20 cm of the white stuff. The extreme weather we are experiencing more recently is probably super normal and definitely not global warming *hard eye roll*. Yesterday I resisted the urge to stay inside and got out to capture this epic snow event. Here are a couple of the stills I captured.

I survived this snowmageddon and I’m happy to report that it has stopped snowing and is now a sunny and beautiful day.

Blasted by Winter at the Winter Stations

Wind and blowing snow at Woodbine Beach. This Winter Station seems to be holding up pretty well, but it’s signage has seen better days.

I have been waiting for some winter weather to hit before I got out to photograph this years Winter Stations at Woodbine Beach. I thought I might have been SOL since just yesterday I was out at the beach for a run and it was mighty sunny, it felt well above 0°C and all the snow was melting. This year I guess I would be taking some spring-themed Winter Station photos, but lo’ and behold! This afternoon the winter weather came in with a vengeance. It was a little chilly at first, but the sun was shining. Within a few minutes of walking around the wind started to pick up and the snow really started to blow. I got my wintery Winter Station images, hooray! These came at a price though. I wasn’t really expecting this weather so I was caught shooting glove-less. Usually not a big deal. However, this time I had the weirdest thing happen to my hands. After I got back in from the cold they swelled up. I’ve been out in the cold shooting with thin gloves or no gloves lots of times before, in far worse weather too, but I have never experienced this phenomenon before. I found it comical how big they got. Luckily once I ran them under some warm water they went back down to their normal size.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these wintery Winter Station images, I almost lost my hands for these ones!

POTD 31.01.19

Ending January with some crazy cold weather. I’m not even angry about the frigid temperatures when it comes with light like this.

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