It seems laughable that Hollywood continues to perpetuate the stereotype of the lone, tortured artist working away in a (big and expensive) studio loft apartment in a trendy part of the big city with only his muse for company. The fact of the matter is, most artists I know take their inspiration wherever they can get it. Nature, their loved ones or everyday events. The headline image above is the usual scenario for me: a cup of coffee, a few old-school drafting pencils and one of my many trusty, beat-up Moleskine sketchbooks in a quiet corner of some coffee shop somewhere. Could be a local mom-and-pop shop or one of the big chains. It doesn’t matter. Once I get into a sketch, I’m usually lost for hours.
The simple fact that most of my illustrations start as snippets of ideas that are eventually cobbled together in digital form gives me great satisfaction. From an idea in my head, to a finished, printed piece in my hand.
Truthfully though, my illustration ideas rarely, if ever, turn out the way I pictured them in my head. The process of resolving an image changes the original idea - distills it. I also embrace the many happy little ‘accidents’ or ‘mistakes’ that happens during the process so that in the end, it becomes new and surprising. At least to me.
The three sketches below took up two solid hours in a coffee shop in a small Alberta town. I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with these.