I don’t ever blog anymore. That’s not to say that I’m coming back now and this is going to be the first of many blog posts. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t either. I don’t have to much to blog about exactly. My art has suffered immensely in the last while.
After leaving Sheridan College I was initially very enthusiastic about the illustration world and was ready to take it by storm. Fourth year was great and all and I thought it was the beginning of something special. After our grad show I realized 2 things. 1, people weren’t overly enthused about my art. In that sense I would say I had a very unsuccessful grad show. I came out with no contacts and really nothing much to show for it. This is not me saying Sheridan’s illustration program had anything to do with it. The program was amazing and gave me everything i asked it to. I still to this day loved every second of it. The 2nd thing was, not only did people not seem enthused by my art but neither was I. When I stepped back and looked I realized that I was not being the artist I wanted to be, I was trying to be some of the artists that I thought were interesting.
Overall I don’t think I was technically going in the wrong direction but it just wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Was it talent, ambition, motivation or materials that were lacking? I don’t think so. I think it could have been inspiration. After the 4 years and the grad show I did at Sheridan College and probably 2 or 3 weeks of sitting on everything and letting it sink in I finally figured out where I wanted to go with my art. However, when I tried going forward with it I found myself not being motivated enough to accomplish anything. I had no inspiration left. I though back to one of my favorite teachers while I was at Sheridan. Marco told me that he was graduated from sheridan 4 years before he finally found his path. This gave me a bit of comfort. So where the hell was I going to find inspiration?
I started working as a floral designer (which is a fancy way of saying florist), and still am. It’s alright, not the greatest and certainly not what I want to do my whole life, but alright. I get to be creative, deal with design. I even get to do some graphic design sometimes. Its really not that special though.
One night I was at a party, talking to my buddy Kyle who I had met actually at Sheridan. He wasn’t in my program but he new people that were. We bonded over music. We loved the same music, primarily Hardcore/Metal type music which not a lot of people at Sheridan were into. This party was a while after Sheridan, Kyle was always in bands throughout college but none of them really amounted to much. So he was going on about his new band he started with his brother (who i also knew, he’s Alex). Sounded great, made me jealous to be honest. After a while of not hearing from Kyle he messaged me, the gentlemen they had planned on doing vocals for his band couldn’t. He remembered I had mentioned I had done vocals in a band before (grade 10 I think), and he thought he asked if I was interested. My first thought, without even having to think twice was this is exactly what I need! Inspiration from and completely unrelated source. My life really didn’t have much going on, so why not?
Since then we have recorded songs, played shows, printed t-shirts and had a hell of a good time. I haven’t looked back since.
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I’m sorry to anyone who actually likes to look at my tumblr. I don’t think there really is anyone but if there is, they must notice how rarely I post things. However, I thought I could give an update. Working for a flower design shop. It’s not exactly what I want to be doing. Well actually its not even close to what I want to be doing. A plus is I’m doing some graphic work which is a little fun.
Here’s a sticker I designed.
I haven’t actually been gone for a long time. Just busy. Working at a new job. Convallaria Floral Design is the business. I’m doing some of their graphic design and stuff… haven’t gotten into it to heavily yet, but I will soon hopefully. Not a lot else is new really… I got a cat. Her name is Penny. I am more of a dog person to be honest but cats require less time. Meaning I can leave her for 8 hours during the day while I’m at work and don’t really have to worry. I love her, she’s a beauty!
Excited the hockey season is back in full swing.. I guess not a lot of other illustrators will feel the same.. at least going by my class in school. I don’t think a single one of them care. I do though… GO FLYERS GO!
I realized it has been way to long since I updated and theres no real reason for that. Sometimes you just get busy. With work and everything else I just haven’t been able to get much illustration done, which is really bad. However, I am doing some graphic design as you know if you’ve read my blog before. Also after talking to some people I realized some people do actually read this blog to keep updated with my life… (Shout out to Evan!)
Anyway, Here is a back to school poster I did recently… For Groms once again.