2013 was a slightly transitory year for me. It was also quite busy with some interesting and rewarding projects. Here is a sampling of just a few.
1. Freshly Chopped Posters
Designed and illustrated posters for a series of food/music pairings. In conjunction with my work for Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse.
Jon Bartlett of Kelp contacted me early in the year to illustrate a map highlighting locations where videos were filmed for the recent Hilotrons album, At Least There's Commotion.
Great Black North
Ottawa poet, John Akpata, commissioned me to sketch the Ottawa launch of "The Great Black North" at Pressed cafe.
Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse
Grounded has been my largest, steadiest client for almost three years, and it has also be some of my favourite work, with plenty of posters, events and ever-changing menus.
Bank & Lewis Illustration
Commissioned to draw this building as it was the first apartment for a couple who got married in 2013. This was a gift from the wife to her husband.
Hintonburger Menu Boards
Design & illustration of entire menu board. I had to eat one of every item. A delicious project, with results I was very pleased with.
Purple Urchin Illustration
I've been a fan of P.U. since I sat beside them many Raw Sugar Craft Walks ago. Over the past few years they've hosted plenty of my art on their walls. This illustration was done before they moved to their new location in Chinatown.
Kensington Market Sketch
In June I spent a week in Toronto, primarily sketching buildings. I had intended to do the same thing in Montreal later in the summer, but got too busy. 2014.
Electric Fields Poster
Poster for an experimental dance / music / visual performance which took place in the plaza near Wellington and Sussex.
Hip Hop in the City
Created logo, icons, background, and illustrations for Kwende Kefentse's blog Hip Hop In The City.
Ada's & Mayflower Sketches
Sketched Ada's Diner & Mayflower before they closed up this fall.
Hilotrons Video Masks
This was a small project time-wise on my end, spending only an hour illustrating some simple faces, which were then used in an effective manner throughout the video, My Number.
Commissioned by St. François d'Assise to sketch the school and its grounds for their 30th anniversary.
Opened at the corner of Metcalfe and Gloucester in late 2013 by Amir Rahim, owner of Grounded. Despite Backdrop already being open, we are still developing brand identity as we go.
My yearly attempt at reflecting on the season.
All in all, 2013 was a great year. I worked with some excellent clients, sold some of my own art, took part in a few shows, met some wonderful new friends, and found myself a proper work/live studio in Chinatown. 2014 is already starting off busy, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the year brings. Out!