Bildungsroman

January 31, 2012

In literary criticism, a bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre, which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood; thus character development becomes extremely important. This image is from Marjane Satrapi’s graphic narrative work Persepolis.

What triggered your growth from youth to adulthood? I’ve been wondering about this question for many years – my Masters thesis was partly about individuation. At this point in my life the things that have changed and affected me the most have been romantic relationships. That’s where I have gone to fall and ultimately resurrect. For others I am sure tragic catalysts come in all forms: death, loss of innocence, abandonment, fear, loneliness etc. Ultimately those dark places are what propel you to crawl forward into the proverbial light.

Comic – Zuby Ali 01

January 28, 2012

Comic – Zuby Ali 02

January 28, 2012

Comic – Zuby Ali 03

January 28, 2012

Comic – Zuby Ali 04

January 28, 2012

Comic

January 27, 2012

Comic – Click here to read the PDF

Farrah Khan and I had collaborated back in the summer on a comic about a character named Zuby Ali. Farrah wrote the words and I drew the pictures. This comic was the sample that we created and submitted when we were applying for our grant to create a larger body of work in partnership with dramaturge and art therapist Roxanna Vahed. ArtReach Toronto accepted our proposal and we are in the process of making more comics. This is a sample (4 pages in PDF format) of our first comic.

Ray Charles

January 18, 2012

I watched the movie Ray recently starring Jamie Foxx and I was really moved by the music and the story. Ray Charles was a pretty phenomenal musician and person all around; he had his share of demons to contend with. I love this song and the wonderful contribution that Margie Hendrix brings to it. Charles is thought to be have been more influential to rock-n-roll than Elvis Presley.

New Year’s 2012

January 16, 2012

For the past 3 years I’ve made a New Year’s card and sent it out to friends and family. I started doing it because I need an excuse to draw and this was a good way of forcing me to making something with a deadline in mind with the outcome to share it with others. The first two cards that I made were inspired by images that I had seen. This year I felt confident enough to make something that was very much about what I saw for myself. It’s a little bit chaotic and messy and there are a lot of ideas going on, but for better or worse this is what I came up with for this year. Happy New Year!

Blue Ink

January 16, 2012

Jillian Tamaki is one of my favorite illustrators. Her work is consistently evolving and expanding and her vision and talent is undeniable. She is not only a very skilled drawer, she also has a very individual and strong voice regarding what kinds of images should permeate our pattern language. This is one of her works that I think demonstrates her agility and cleverness in the medium of ink.

B&W Animal Cue Cards

January 16, 2012

When babies are first learning to see (0-3 months) it is believed that it is easier for them to make out objects or images that are in high contrast. Some baby designers make black and white graphics to help them focus. I’ve noticed this with the babies that I know and they seem to enjoy starring at very arty black and white abstract designs for endless amounts of time. Initially I thought that this was a sign of sophistication, but really it’s not. In any case, I made some of my own double-side animal cue cards for the little babies and here they are.