Little Red Riding Hood

In honour of Valentine’s Day, an unintentionally sexually suggestive illustration of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. In setting out to depict this scene for a homework exercise in a watercolour class I’m taking, I purposefully set out to avoid the undercurrent of sexual tension with which this scene is often presented, and which by now has become more than a little bit of a cliche. Clearly, however, my subconscious was having nothing of it, and it dawned on me towards the completion of the image that I had only succeeded in switching the sexual metaphors, with Little Red Riding Hood in the role of a timid male erection confronting the wolf’s menacing vagina dentata. Once I realized this I of course went about heightening the effect somewhat (but not much, as it was almost all already there). Now I’m thinking I must return to this subject and explore consciously what after all seems to me like a promising approach to this over-illustrated scene.

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The Rowboat at the End of the Earth

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Anuvad 2018 Comics Workshops in Silchar, India

Last month, at the invitation of Dr. Arjun Chaudhuri and the Northeast India Company, I animated a series of three comics creation workshops as a part of the Anuvad Festival for the Arts and Humanities in Silchar, Assam, India. It was a great experience working with such an eager, talented, and promising group of young people, many of whom were approaching comics for the first time, but who expressed an interest in exploring the art form further. I hope I get to see some of the comics they go on to create in the future.

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Primeval Landscape

“O Earth, how like to Heaven, if not preferred
More justly, seat worthier of gods, as built
With second thoughts, reforming what was old!
For what god, after better, worse would build? […]”
-Satan, upon stealing into Eden
John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9.99-102

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Le château tout au fond de l’oubliette

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Vernissage at Café Archibald & Alistair

A selection of my watercolour paintings will be on display for all of the month of December at the cozy and charming Café Archibald & Alistair on Monk Boulevard: https://www.facebook.com/archibaldalistair/

The vernissage will take place tomorrow, Saturday, December 2nd, between 4 and 7pm. The paintings were mainly created during the course of the last year, and include a number of images inspired by the words of Leonard Cohen. Also on display will be some of the original art from my ongoing graphic novel project about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Each In His Narrow Cell. Hope to see you there!

 

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Two Nudes

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