July 28, 2016

From Lisbon with Love

I jump right in during my residency at the faculdade de belas-artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. There are a ton of plaster casts on the campus which is housed in a converted franciscan monastery. I begin with a graphite drawing on Fabriano paper of a torso I found in the basement, beside the wood shop.

My father was born in Lisbon Portugal, and part of my desire to come to Lisbon is to discover a bit of my families heritage. I don't know much about it or the culture. Growing up I was only exposed every few week-ends with visits to my grandparents. Portuguese was never spoken at home or taught to us. It has made it difficult to communicate since I don't speak or write any Portuguese. But it is nice to blend in a bit and to take in the sights and sounds which may be held deep in my soul waiting to be awakened.

July 18, 2016

Animate it!

Kids animation camp at ACAD.

I taught a new camp this past week and made a little video of what my 6 boys created during the week, check it out below.

July 12, 2016


Just uploaded my latest episode where I use a mateial new to me that I highly recommend trying out. watch it develop through the magic of time lapse photography.

July 11, 2016

Teen cartooning camp 2016!

This years teen ACAD cartooning class was filled in terms of art and in terms of bodies. The teens were enthusiastic until hump day hit where the amount of drawing, story development and perspective for the assignment set in. Camp or not, I had high hopes for the creativity of my students and they did not disappoint.
They had a few choices of what to produce for the final assignment, an inked comic book cover page, some story panels or a full page of gags.
Colour was an option for those who completed their assignments early and some even did more than one page! Below is an assortment in various stages of completion.

I think they did a bang up job in the short time given and at the end we hung all the work for an exhibition where all the parents came afterwards. Here is a shot of my fun group in front of our exhibition space.

July 10, 2016

3 panel comic challenge

We had a tiny bit of time after hanging the students final projects and the exhibition opening of their work so we went back up to the classroom and I came up with this challenge.

This is a game similar to exquisite corpse to create a 3 panel comic in 3 easy steps.
1) First cut and Fold some paper into three panels.
2) Draw each panel, react to the the previous panel that each student randomly selected, repeat.
3) View what was created.

More cartoons to come

July 5, 2016

Teen Cartooning Camp 2016

I am teaching a week long Teen Cartooning camp at ACAD. I have a fun course planned for them with an intensive work load.
The calm before the storm. I've set up the classroom, its going to be cramped, the class is fully registered.
We did a ton of warm up exercises and finished off the class with one of my favourite drawing games, the Exquisite corpse.

Here are the pieces the group came up with, in no particular order.

I cant wait to see what they come up with for their final pieces.