VanCAF 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to VanCAF over the weekend, my table-buddies and I had an amazing time! So many lovely visitors, and so many talented exhibitors, it was a great weekend.

Two Worlds

Dogs are said to be particularly sensitive to otherworldly things, and at one time the belief was held by some Native Americans that dogs with two different eye colours could see into two worlds, both earth and the afterlife.



A little-known species of folkloric dragon from the Alpine regions of Europe, the Tatzelwurm was often reported to have the body of a serpent and the torso, claws and head of a feline. I remember seeing an illustration of one in the Reader's Digest 'Unexplained' book when I was about 8, and always thought they were kinda cool, so this is my own take on a few worldwide varieties (including the 'domestic tabby wurm', the laziest of all).

Based on European folklore, the Rye Wolf embodied the spirit of the harvest.

Battle Corgis

One side of my family has a lot of Welsh heritage, and I've always been interested in Welsh history, language and culture. One of my favourite little tidbits of folklore is the Welsh explanation for how corgis got their unique markings - it was said that they were ridden by the fey folk, hence their 'saddle-shaped' patterns. So, naturally, gotta draw some Celtic corgi battle steeds!

A few rough sketches and colour thumbs for a project that I created in school and am currently developing into a longer illustrated story:

A few months ago I was asked to do some colouring and illustration for an upcoming comic book project, 'BAD: Influence', by local writer Jordan C.
I worked with my awesome colleague Johnny Castuciano on the first image to create a few colour choices for the author, and then created another piece afterwards in a different style. This was a great project, and I look forward to seeing it developed further!

I love colouring, and when I get the chance, I love working with small, quick thumbnail versions so that I can try out different lighting and colour schemes. It's so easy to dramatically alter the mood of a simple line drawing, and working digitally makes the process fast! Below is a layout (based on the Captain's cabin in a tall ship that I used to be a tour guide on) for which I first created a line art version, then lighting variations, then quick colour ideas, before settling on the final version to paint fully.