Falcon Lake Incident – Royal Canadian Mint

Image courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint

Well this was a cool experience. I illustrated this coin design for the Royal Canadian Mint for a coin called The Falcon Lake Incident. I had no idea what kind of response it would get, but it turns out people really like UFO sightings and the coins that commemorate them. This coin sold out in one day, with a mintage of 4000. Thankfully I was able to snag one before they were all sold (I saw them on eBay shortly after for quadruple the retail price!). The coin comes with a black light, and when you shine the light on the coin it reveals a beam from the UFO and a glow around the man on the ground.

I got a fair amount of press with this coin and was interviewed on the Alan Neal CBC show All in a Day. I was also on The Morning Show on CKWS in Kingston, with host Bill Welychka. That was an awesome thing to do, live on television for the first time!

Your Dreams My Nightmares Interview

Me and Sam in his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Me and Sam in his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn after the interview

Sam Weber has been recording audio interviews with illustrators, art directors and designers for about 2 years.

On a recent trip to New York City he asked me to stop by his studio for a chat. We’ve been friends for 26 years, ever since we met in grade 1 in Deep River, Ontario. It was great to sit down and talk with him about comic books, illustration, my experience with school, letterpress, teaching and more.

I’m really honored to have had the opportunity to be interviewed. It’s about an hour long and you can have a listen below. Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/yourdreamsmynightmares/ydmn_030213

Interview with Chris Skiles of Seattle Met

One of my favorite clients is Seattle Met. I’ve worked with them quite a few times in the last couple of years and the assignments are always fun, the art direction always great. One of the art directors, Chris Skiles, interviewed me this summer for his blog’s interview series called 11 on 11. I was honored to have been asked.

You can read our interview here, where we chat about illustration, basketball and some of my favorite illustrators (and more!).

Nonslick Interview

I was interviewed by illustrator Pete Ryan over at his blog, Nonslick. We talk about illustration, basketball and letterpress printing. Head on over to check it out and read a ton of other great interviews with illustrators and art directors. Thanks, Pete!

Also, here’s a sneak peak at a new piece I’ve been working on for the last little while.

Flood

It’s part of a larger image that I’ll reveal fully in the next couple of weeks.

I have also recently become a part of Illustrophile, a great collection of illustrator blogs. Thanks to Charlene Chua for adding me to the group!