Here’s a fun little side project for a friend. My spouse is an amazing artist in his own right. He makes these beautiful cigar box instruments. The necks, knobs and finishing details are all hand carved and painted. They are also all playable. He’s made everything from guitars, ukeleles and banjos. He’s also been known to dabble in making speaker cabinets and effects pedals as well. It’s really quite awesome stuff. Have a pop over to his site and check his stuff out. bobbysmale.com
What does this all have to do with me you ask? Well a musician friend of ours is preforming in a theatrical comedy show called One Man Two Governors. He plays a part in this awesome Skiffle band that is part of the show. He purchased one of Bobby’s creations to play in the show and managed to talk him into building a custom case for it. Not something he usually does but he’s a good friend. Wanting to add a little something special we decided to paint the instruments name on the case for an added personalization. So fun letting project for Angie! Yay! Here’s the finished product with the maker’s mark in gold below.
The latest project has been my creation for the Sister Sketch Exchange. Being that it was my turn and all 🙂 I’ve spoken a few times about this ongoing little adventure between myself and my sister. Click here and here for previous entries that explain more. Or head on over to my website for a look at that whole adventure.
This time around I wanted to add a bit of dimension so I created the images across two pages with a third in the middle acting as a flip window.
Here are a few starting process shots of the drawing being laid in and coloured on the right side of the book.
The part that I think makes this all very fun is the “window” page. It has a portion of the page cut away and I replaced it with a piece of acetate that I layered some wavy lines of Gel onto to create a wobbly underwater current look. It doesn’t show up in the final scans so I took a few extreme angle shots so the effect can be better seen here.
Finally here are scans of the finished works with window flipped in either direction. One side your inside the sub and the other way you floating with the fishes! 🙂
Hello all! The time is finally upon us! We are two days away from the Kaleido Festival. For those close by the festival runs for three days September 12-14 in the Alberta Avenue District from 90-94th Street.
This will be the first showing of the Curiosity Cabinets I have made tied to the Society of Curious Creatures concept I’ve been working on. I’m pretty excited. I have a few things planned to go along with this unveiling to hopefully keep the momentum going. Please follow me along on Instagram and Twitter for more info on how you can get involved.
Thought I would post some pics of the bits that make up my cabinets before they became permanently affixed. Enjoy!
If you were in Edmonton September 12-14 for the Kaleido Festival maybe you happened by some miniature Cabinets of Curiosity that were left in random spots on the festival site to promote my work in the festival.
I certainly had fun making them AND finding places to leave them. Once found they were free to take home and I only asked that the new owner post a pic or comment on Instagram or Twitter letting me know they were found.
No one played along in the posting, but all were taken. Hopefully they have all found their way to happy homes.
Here they are as I saw them last.
As for the show itself it went really great. Met a bunch of wonderful artists and got to see some great work in the Gallery and all over the site. Here are the finished cabinets as I promised a view of the finished works. If you are interested in purchasing them send me an email at email@example.com.