Sunday, December 7, 2008

Al-Khattab and the Jinn

I just did this doodle today, which I ended up really liking. Islamic mythology has a bunch of little gems like the djinn, a race of ethereal beings god made from smokeless fire the same way he did with earth for mankind. There are all types of djinn, too, including the Ghul, which lures men into the desert to devour them (among other things - they like eating the dead as well). I just wanted to play with the visuals you could get from a race crafted from "smokeless fire".
Al-Khattab and the Jinn
Apparently, living in lamps and granting wishes isn't standard practice for the djinn, either. Just a few specific exceptions.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Almost done...

(Edit - All fourteen are up! Inking on the last six has begun!)

I've only got about six pages left to draw for "Jan and Anders", which I'm very excited about. Over the week, I'll be scanning in the next fourteen pages of the story (out of about fifty). 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I put up a few more pages of "Shipwrecked with Dan the Gorilla" right here. Peep it.


Monday, November 24, 2008


Man, until I came to ACAD and really had a chance to put my back into it, I never really knew how rewarding oil painting could be. Here's a few of the paintings I've been working on lately.

october 1993kyiv-mohylacollage-inversion
Forgive the picture quality, but all I have is my mac's camera.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas...

I found this card looking for supplies for a sculpture project, and ended up finding PURE MAGIC!
Made by a company called "One Heart" and printed in china, this is a 3D card you will be amazed by.
First: "Wishing you a blessed Christmas." Look at the picture. What the fuck is going on in there?
Okay, The virgin mother and christ, some angels, and some people. Wait, though - who are those people down there? Just ordinary people? The tip off is this poor fucker right here:
That's RIGHT! Brian is feeling really down... because him and his friends are SINNERS BURNING IN HELL! Or they could be repentant sinners being taken up during the rapture as the world burns.  But those rocks look pretty hot and hellish. (I think it's hell).
And here's the final, beautiful touch: "Hope your holidays are packed with all the good times you can handle." Here's where I got suspicious. Either this card was made by the most clueless maniacs - or comic geniuses. I applaud you, One world. 

I applaud you.


In the interests of compartmentalizing things, I've set aside a piece of internet only for my russian-insanity related projects. I've started with a project from earlier in the year, so have a look. 

And another Dinosaur.

large browser

Monday, November 17, 2008

and yet more Dino-Saurs...

Peep game!

ornithomimid - moa heads
More madness where that came from here...


So, a little while ago, I took part in the 24-hr comic book day, and made it to about twenty pages. In the process, I nearly became insane, but it was totally worth it. I've got the first seven pages up on flickr, for your pleasure. More will be up later, as will be the next ten pages of Jan and Anders.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More dinos.

troodontid corvidicus dinosauroid
I swear, this shit is an unhealthy addiction. I just can't stop myself....

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Great Apes - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
I've put up a shirt design at, so we'll see what happens there.

Friday, October 3, 2008

New cover!

cover teaser
I've got a new cover up for "Morning Coffee with Jan and Anders". I'm pretty pumped on the tone, though the poorly-rendered space elevator in the background has to go...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I'm putting all the drawings I'm doing on this dinosaur obsession into this set on flickr. 

Monday, September 22, 2008

DINOSAUROIDS! (biggest post ever)

(above picture from this guy's photostream)

Okay. So back in 1982, one of Canada’s greatest paleantologists, Dale Russell, conducted a thought experiment. The idea had been thrown around before, but Ol’ Dale took it to the next level. What if the age of the dinosaurs had not ended with an asteroid in the late creataceous, but had kept going? Would it be ridiculous to posit that intelligent life would develop?

So, with that in mind, Dale grabbed Ron Séguin, taxidermist and artist, and had him make two models. One of Troodon, a maniraptoran dino who appears to have one of the largest brains of any known dinosaur - aka the intelligence of an equivalently sized flightless bird - and one model of what Troodon perhaps would have evolved into. Thus, the dinosauroid, a dinosaur hominid, was born. The eyes grew larger and more binocular, the head larger to accommodate the brain, and the body upright to support the big brain.

However, plenty of people thought that this was arrogant at best, and ridiculous at worst. Why would a non-avian dinosaur abandon its horizontal form in favour of a body type so specific to mammalian primates?

So here’s where I pick it up. I read a post by Darren Naish, a great paleontologist from the UK, about some of his thoughts on the matter. After visiting the Tet Zoo and looking at the Hornbills there, his reflections ended in this interesting conclusion: 

Of course you don’t need to compare ground hornbills with Cretaceous predatory dinosaurs, or with hominids or other primates, to make them interesting. But I can’t help coming back to Russell & Séguin’s ‘dinosauroid’ hypothesis. No, post-Cretaceous maniraptorans wouldn’t end up looking like scaly tridactyl plantigrade humanoids with erect tailless bodies. They would be decked out with feathers and brightly coloured skin ornaments; have nice normal horizontal bodies and digitigrade feet; long, hard, powerful jaws; stride around on the savannah kicking the shit out of little mammals; and in the evenings they would stand together in the trees, booming out a duet of du du du-du, a deep noise that would reverberate for miles around.

Inspired by this, the Turkish artist “Nemo Ramjet” came up with this design.

(The coolest thing about this design is that he also made a series of cave paintings, using spit and charcoal (etc) and his mouth to hold the brushes he made.)dinosauroid - adult

Intrigued by all this, I started to look into avian intelligence, and came upon something pretty fucking cool. It turns out that crows - most specifically, the New Caledonian Crow - have been found to be at least as clever as the great apes. Moreover, these little bastards are as good at tool use as the chimps - and they only have beaks and feet to work with! The clever dinosauroids these fellows have been talking about already exist - and they're eating our garbage, luckily, instead of killing us off and conquering the world. (update - after more reading, it seems that they can learn all types of advanced behaviour - an evolutionary psychologist in Israel witnessed a hooded crow successfully bait-fish using torn off pieces of bread - cool, huh?)

That being said, instead of being discouraged to find that evolution had beaten me to the punch, I’ve been basing the intelligent dinos I’ve been drawing on the corvids, and their tool use on the tool use of the new Caledonian crow. These are the nicer drawings I’ve been doing…

dinosauroid afishing corvidicus-dinosauroid


(There are some rougher sketches, but not many are as nice)

Now, in conclusion, the idea of intelligent crow-raptors learning to fish may not be as exciting as green scaly men - but green scaly men are cliché and look fucking dumb.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

What I've been drawing lately...

Aside from the comic, I've been drawing these little fellas - lizard men from the stone age.
Also, I've posted up a few more pages for the comic.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

russian dog men?

The seed of some really metaphorical-type shit coming down the pipe.

Pronounced "Yann"

The first two pages of "Morning Coffee with Jan and Anders", also known as "Jan's Atomic Heart". I've only done 22 pages so far, and I've only had the time to scan these two, so THIS IS ALL YOU'RE GETTING YOU GREEDY PIGS!

page 1
page 2

Friday, July 18, 2008

A love of robots... number 1b.

I wanted to show off a few more drawings of these walkers, because obviously my fourteen-year-old self thought them to be so awesome that fully rendering them was far more important than finishing any other part of the story or page.

And what is a giant killing machine good for, if not killing?

Tomorrow: Spider-robot-tanks!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A love of robots... number 1.

Since a sweet, tender age, I've been fascinated by the idea of robots and robotics. In this magnificent retrospective, I'll be rooting through the archives of the Robotblood offices to show off various designs that I have stolen, derived, and otherwise "invented" over the past years.

This walking machine was part of an abortive project that really revolved more around a magnificent setting I had devised rather then an actual story. It was drawn in 2004, and I think the general idea was that the soviets had invaded and occupied western Europe. The setting of the story was france, probably around 2025-2030 AD. This was a war machine of the Soviet occupying force, labeled as such by the prominent cyrillic "GB" (standing for "state security" - "Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti") on the side of the pilot's compartment. While being heavily cribbed from the game Oni, this is still one of my favourite robots.


Thursday, June 12, 2008


Just wanted to point you to the site of a new friend of mine, Sasha.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Actually called "Мотобол" in Russian (Motoball or Motorball in European languages), this is a HELLA tight game where guys play soccer on dirt bikes and there are tons of crashes. This was a few pages (badly photographed) of a comic I lost interest in and put directly onto paper from my mind - no planning, no nuthin'. And now it's here for you!

And it's the last thing I'll be posting for at least seven weeks, as on Saturday, I will be flying to Kiev for a vacation/adventure!! (Five Weeks Study in Ukraine, then Brussels-Amsterdam-Berlin over two weeks)

Which means I'm leavin' the store in Peter's capable hands. He should have a video up for us all very soon....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Check it! New Header!
Old - Vs - New
(this one is another ink-wash experiment. I'm not really sure what the fuck happened, but I like it)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Preemptive homesickness

Sorry about the shittiness of the scan - it's in a really nice little bound sketchbook I have, and I couldn't just cut out the pages. 

This is a little comic I just drew today over about two hours. It's for this song, and is really a little bit of pre-emptive homesickness over moving to Calgary in september. 
(It's part of a secret project.)

And I highly recommend reading some Jeffrey Brown