Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Supercrawl this Saturday Sept 25 2010

Hello to all my supporters. Weather permitting I will be selling my art on the James St. North Supercrawl. Originals and prints of my work. Come out and support the arts. Check out the website. Music, fun and art OH BOY!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Illustration Friday -- Breakfast

I didn't have time to do a full illustration this week so I did a rough. The inspiration is from all the old diners along the highways that my dad and I used to drive by on vacation. Memories of traveling breakfasts.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Illustration Friday -- Giant rough

Here is the rough for the Giant Cyclops. I drew it then scanned it, converted it to a computer file and used illustrator to clean up and colour the image. The finished image is below.

Illustration Friday -- Giant

The Hero challenges the giant Cyclops to battle.

Did the sketch while watching tv in the extreme heat. Had to work at night to keep the computer cool. What do you think? Check out the rough on the blog page to see the thought process.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Illustration Friday -- satellite

Got inspiration from the word as soon as I read it. Was looking at some old travel posters and this is what I came up with, sort of a 50's retro/sci-fi done on a very old mac using illustrator 8.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Illustration Friday -- Paisley

Should demons wear paisley?

This was the ultimate question that popped into my head when I saw the word of the week was PAISLEY. Mixed media. Watercolour and borrowed paisley print.

Another slightly twisted piece from the mind of Allen Swerling. Please feel free to tell me what you think. Secretary is still missing but I think she might show up in the next millennium or so.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Illustration Friday -- TRAIL

Tom and Sam trailed their science project into the woods and found it!

This was what popped into my head for the word of the week. It is a watercolour painting. Any comments are appreciated. If I don't say anything back, don't worry, I am checking, but the typist has the century off. Hope you like it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Call Before You Dig -- In colour

Here it is, all in colour, finally. I put a lot of work in this one. Tried some new things. What do you think? Let me know. I will be selling prints of this one this summer at the Sabawoon art sale. Looking forward to seeing what it prints like. This image is only 100 dpi so the print will be much sharper and more vibrant.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Call Before You Dig!

Originally inspired by Illustration Friday's word of the week SUBTERRANEAN, I finally got to it. Here is the line drawing on the computer in Illustrator. I will colour it in Illustrator as the next step. The rough sketch is further down the page if you wish to see the progression.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Detective -- inspired by illustration Friday

I liked the idea of detective from Illustration Friday but did not have the time to finish the drawing during the time allotted due to other commitments. The illustration is now finished. I combined the ideas of Robots and Detective and Comics to make this imaginary cover for a crime comic. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Illustration Friday -- AHEAD

Billy-Bob will never butt ahead of me in line again. AHEAD

I know its a little twisted but its my kind of humour. Any comments are appreciated. Very busy at this time so if I don't respond don't be offended, just a tad busy.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poster for Circus Art Show

I am part of another group art show at the Loose Canon Gallery in Hamilton.
I was lucky enough to do the poster for the show and I will have several other pieces for sale there as well. If you are able to come out and see the show, please do. Buying some art would be nice, even nicer if it was mine but that is not a prerequisite for showing up :)

P.S. All the rips, tears and scratches are done in Illustrator 8. It was not ripped or torn in any way and just thought I would let everyone know.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Illustration Friday subject Subterranean. "CALL BEFORE YOU DIG"

Just a rough that I could not finish due to a family emergency. Didn't want to miss the submission but will have to finish at a later date. Check the blog for the finished product later.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brave is Making Friends

A second drawing I did for Illustration Friday's "Brave". I had lots of inspiration so I had to make two drawings.


Brave is meeting the neighborhood cat. A submission for Illustration Friday.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Circus Elephant

I took an old drawing out of the 'trunk' ;o)
and updated it for a group circus show in April. I hope to have a nice series of drawings/paintings for the show.