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Back from Calgary...

We're back from an awesomely amazing trip to Calgary Alberta and the Excellent Expo.

Unfortunately, all we got to see of Calgary was from the drive to and from the airport, the hotel window and the walk to and from the Expo (it was a half hour shuttle ride or a 15 minute walk).

Fortunately there was a very tall, noticeable landmark right across from the hotel making navigation very easy.

 

There were 102,000 attendees through the door over the four days and we got to sit at our table and watch the show go by.

 

 

Meeting, greeting and handing over commissions with Dean and Mark; always feels good getting those delivered safe and sound. It was a real pleasure finally getting to see Dean in person, we've been emailing for quite a while and he is the one who initiated contact with the show. Many thanks to Dean! ...and there we are at my table.

 

 

I was on a panel, 'Paint and Canvas vs Tablet and Stylus' with Bobby, Vic, Scott, Chris and moderated by Keith. It was a hoot. There may or may not be a podcast somewhere. Later, I'm catching up on my sketching back in the room.

 

 

I forgot to get a picture of my one and only superhero sketch; I did a Thor pencil sketch as a Kirby tribute.

Here are the sketches I did for Ruben:

 

 

Our neighbours, that helped make this such a great show: Bob Layton, Dexter Vines and Tom Cook.  Also, me and Greg, one of the many legions of staff and volunteers that made this The Most Awesomazingest Show Ever.

A special thanks to Blaine Tufts for having us at the show and to his wife, Marina, who organized the art auction and raised a record amount for the Make A Wish Foundation.

 

 

Here's the ice sphere that I had in my after-show shot of single malt...

and on the flight home, while Shel napped, I amused myself with...

 

 

...drawing a barf-bag hand puppet!

 

 

 

 

Calgary, here we come...

 

Heading out to Calgary today.

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We are at table X07 in what looks to a massive room.

 

 

Here is my piece that's in their 'Adventures In Time' themed Artbook:

 

 

...and here's how the inking turned out on Benedict's piece:

 

 

...and a closer look...

 

 

 

Okay! We are outta here.

Hope to see some of you at the show!

 

 

 

 

Time flies like an arrow...

 

...fruit flies like a banana.

 

(I always loved that line.)

 

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last updated the blog and that  the Calgary Expo is less than a week away.

 
Here are some close ups of the Melmoth Street scene form the scan:
 

 

...and the whole thing:

 

I will have this on display at the Calgary Expo and then hand it over to Dean.

 

 

Here's what I'm working on now for Benedict:

This is a scan of the very light pencils which is why I had to underexpose it but you get the general idea.

I hope to start inking  this today if life doesn't get in the way again.

 

"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."
-Will Rogers
 
 
 
 

Calgary Commissions Inked

 

Here's how the inks turned out for John and Dean's commissions:

 

 

I had decided to crosshatch the Batman because I wanted him to look 'gargoyle-like'. I ended up putting a grey wash on him as well to make him stand out a little more. Unfortunately all that crosshatching doesn't show up well on the screen.

 

 

This one turned out well. This is just a photo, I'll be getting it scanned soon.

I will be making prints available and will announce sizes/pricing here soon.

 

 

Less than 3 weeks now until the Calgary show:

Hope to see some of you there!

 

 

 

Calgary Commissions

 

Here are the pencils for two commissions that I have for John and Dean in Calgary.

 

 

 

I am inking them now and will be taking them with me to the show, April 16 - 19.

 

 

 

This one is rather large at 20" x 30" and, if I don't screw it up, should be quite a show stopper.

(For Cerebus fans, anyaway.)

 

 

Speaking of Cerebus fans, it's been really nice to see the outpouring of good wishes and prayers for Dave during his time in the hospital. I would like to add my own best wishes for his full and speedy recovery.

 

 

 

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