Saturday, October 03, 2015

Allen Swerling. Rest in Peace.

To all the people who visit Allen's site:

I just want to let you know that Allen passed away from cancer on September 18, 2015 after a short but intense illness. I will try to keep this page active and post some of the images from his sketchbooks and other things.  All of us who knew him will miss him dearly. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful artist.  If you wish to order any of his prints please contact me through his facebook or email.  It may take me a while as I will not be checking as often.  I will try to maintain all his electronic files so that his prints will still be available in the future.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Hell Clown

Another piece I hope to put into the circus show 8X10 inches on wood.  Mixed media. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I forgot to post a picture of the painting from the last show.  "Yummy" has found a new home so I won't be bringing him home again.   Glad he has a space on someone's wall. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gator Man Finished

Here he is. Not a good quality photograph but gives you a good idea of what it looks like.  I tried to make it look like an old fashioned side-show poster.  I sprayed the surface with fixative because I used a number of different methods including acrylic paint and pencil crayon.  The lettering was traced off and painted on by hand, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out.  But I think I got the job done tolerably.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Gator Man

This is a sketch I will have for the Circus show coming up at Superwonder Gallery.  A salute to the side show posters of the past. This is planned to be a mixed media painting.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Souvenir poster for Coldwater

This is the finished souvenir poster for the Coldwater Steampunk Festival.   This was a lot of work because the octopus and diver's helmet were so detailed.  Also the border and lettering were also done in the computer in illustrator 8.  I think my computer nearly had an implosion but it succeeded in producing what I needed to get done.  The poster will be available in limited edition at the Steampunk Festival in Coldwater this summer.

Steampunk Octopus

Finished the illustration, here is the picture without the words.  Lots of work went into this one.  The helmet and the octopus took many hours.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Updated Poster, still in progress

Here is the next stage of the souvenir poster for Coldwater.  It has the cleaned up octopus and the background is done, only thing left is to pick the colours for the octopus.  I will post it when it is finished.  Decided against a green octopus because that would be too much like someone else's project so I think I will go with reddish tones.  Let the organizers at Coldwater know if you like it. 

Souvenir pins for the Coldwater Steampunk Festival

I thought I would use my humour to describe the Steampunk festival in Coldwater.  I designed something that could be used for every year, and this year is the fifth year of the festival therefore the big 5.  I felt they needed their own logo to be made into buttons for fundraising purposes.

The second pin is with western lettering to fit with the theme they have for this year. I carefully spaced the type, moving letters individually into the best position.

So if you are heading to Coldwater, or just want to support the festival, purchase a button wherever you can. I will try to post when they are available.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sci-Fi Tv Guy

Here is a painting that was done for an upcoming art show at the SuperWonder Gallery in Toronto. The show had to be based on Retro Television and Movies.  This is my newest composition, based on favorite shows like Rod Serling's Night Gallery, Twilight Zone and other shows like Outer Limits.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Poster in Progress

I attended the Coldwater festival last year and had a lot of people ask me for souvenir
posters. So I decided to do one.  This is just a rough. It will have a lot of elements from other things.  A limited number will be available at the Coldwater festival.  I will post more pics of the work as it progresses.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New for the SuperWonderGallery

The next show at the Super Wonder Gallery,  will be Retro TV theme.  This is a pencil sketch of Mr. Sci Fi and when finished he will be 16 by 20 inches in blues and greys.  It combines
aspects of historic science fiction tv shows.

Steampunk Tea Pins

Here is a new addition to my collection of handmade pins.  A limited edition because it takes so bloody long to cut out the little tiny tea cups and tea pots. :)  I also have a few more Royal Air Corps Pins to add as well.  Again they are made of lightweight material so as not to damage costumes.  Some pins will be marked down in price the next time you see me, so ask about the ones you like, they might be on sale.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Doctor Who Bear Final

Here is the completed image of the Doctor Who Bear.  I got a little carried away.  I added a little Doctor Who joke on the butt.  Tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Fan Art

People have been asking me to do a piece of fan art for a while,  so I finally did one. I figured I worked on Care Bears in the '80's; it took me a while to remember how to draw one.  I am also a big fan of Doctor Who so I thought I would merge the two.  A work in Progress.  Hope you like it.

The finished drawing will be posted soon. Stay tuned.  :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New work for Upcoming Art Show

 Definitely Not Steampunk

Haven't posted any art for a while. These are new pieces for an upcoming, adult themed art show, that I will let you know when and where once the dates are confirmed. We had a few times set but they were rearranged; so, new site, new time, new date TBA.