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Bees are dying | Making of “Beeloved”

Hey guys, It’s been a while since I shared photos of my sculpture illustration process and I want to show you how to sculpt and make a doll. My latest piece took about 2 weeks to create (on and off). During the down time, I like to step away from my work and see what is working and not working; then change aspects to create a strong piece. One of the changes you may notice in the doll making process is that this girl had black liner on her top... Read The Rest →

MAD Magazine – HBO GIRLS Dolls

 After graduating illustration in University, it was always a dream of mine to land my artwork in MAD Magazine. I got super lucky and finally landed a gig with one of my dream clients. I got to work on MAD Magazine’s spoof on HBO GIRLS, the main characters portrayed as American Girl dolls. American Girl dolls are idolized by little girls, they have different outfits, accessories and each one has a back story. These dolls were to resemble the American Girl dolls, but also HBO Girls characters (Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna & Jessa).... Read The Rest →

Toys R Us Holiday Cover

My approved sketch for Toys “R” Us. The scene had to be a snowy holiday setting with toys that would appeal to young boys and girls. I wasn’t able to add a Santa or anything pertaining to a certain religion. I went for a little Christmas village type of town, small and cozy. Below are some of the work in progress shots I had taken to send over to the client while I was at work on these little guys. Most of the buildings are made form cardboard and trees from paper.... Read The Rest →

The Making of Bitsy Bear: Art Toy Tutorial

I wanted to share with you a mini tutorial of how I created my stuffed Bitsy Bear. I used a soft, fluffy fabric from Fabricland, along with matching sewing threads. The stuffing can be used from a pillowcase, an old stuffed toy, small pine shavings, plastic pebbles, or anything really. It all depends on the feel you want to achieve with your personal art toy creation. I used air dry clay for the face, hands and feet of the bear. I chose to sculpt him on a rounded surface to get... Read The Rest →

103.9 Proud FM Ads

A series for a Toronto gay and proud radio station, 103.9 Proud FM. Taking your every day song that you hear on the radio and twisting a lyric into a visual gay innuendo. Client: 103.9 Proud FM / Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi / Art Director: Joel Arbez / Copywriter: Matt Antonello / Photography: Instil Productions Inc. – Philip Rostron A magical behind the scenes look at the making of the Proud FM series: Share → Tweet

Phoenix New Times Book Heaven Cover

Hey friends! New cover piece, new client.. hooray. I got asked to create this cover for Phoenix New Times for an article about the death of books, in other words – the book trashing trend that’s happening. Technology is taking over with e-books, iPads and the internet over all. At the same time there’s a book worshipping trend also happening. Old books are used to fill spaces/decoration purposes, artists use them to make art (kind of ironic since I did use 2 old books for this piece), and hipsters are... Read The Rest →