Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 09/29.

Hey there. It's been awhile, hasn't it? Been caught up in a couple of large paintings, and of course, being sick.

Fortunately I'm recovering, so here's an apatosaurus for you folks:

In other dinosaur-related news, the T-Rex piece from a couple weeks ago is now available in my print store. And for today (Leap Day) only, everything in the store is 25% off. The code to use is LEAP25.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 08/29.

Okay, so things have delayed a little by personal matters the past few days. But without further ado, here is your latest dinosaur, the Stegoceras:

Not the most handsome creature in the Jurassic era, to be sure.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 07/29.

In our latest installment, the guest of honour is the Ankylosaurus:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 06/29.

Say it with me, now: "Compsognathus."

I love these little beasts. Apparently they were about the size of a turkey.

Six dino illustrations down, twenty-three to go.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 05/29.

Another fun day in the studio - woke up early, puttered around the place for awhile, and finally buckled down to draw this Hadrosaur:

This has definitely been the most fun dinosaur to draw yet, although the T-Rex did come close.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Day 31/31.

Well, kids, the shotglasses are done. Seems like a million years have passed since I kicked the project off on January 1st, all full of piss and vinegar and ready to draw 366 glasses over the course of 2012.

Then again, I had no idea at the time what twists and turns my life would take in January. Guess I can't fault myself for not being clairvoyant, though - I doubt that anybody else could've predicted the things that have happened to me any better.

So here I am almost a month and a half later, and the world as I know it is drastically different from the one I thought I was living in back in December. Some longterm plans hatched in happier times have been shelved, sadly. And the adjustment process hasn't at all been easy.

On the plus side, here's the last of the 31 shotglasses:

And I think the new idea of having a different theme every month will add some much-needed variety to the whole drawing-every-day thing. Dinosaurs for February are, as you've already seen, well underway. Other potential monthly topics include guitars, shoes, dogs & cats, dragons, and at least one other than I'm blanking on at the moment. I'm certainly open to suggestions from the floor.

Also on the brighter side, the work situation has taken a definite turn for the better, so at least that particular bit of stress and pressure has lessened considerably.

Onward and upward, right?

Bret Taylor
Lost in 2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Day 30/31.

And the shotglass project has almost drawn to close. Here's the penultimate drawing:

Ink, Photoshop. One more left...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 04/29.

So after a herbivore ("veggie-saurus") last night, I wanted to draw something a big more... ferocious. Enter the Allosaurus:

Nasty creature. Apparently he could jump, too.

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 03/29.

Day three brings us the mighty Stegosaurus:

(Are Stegosauri mighty? I'm not even sure. I just know I'm lovin' this project.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Days 28-29/31.

Coming down the home stretch with the shotglass project, how. Two more finished tonight:

... and just two to go. (Don't worry, Millie. One of 'em will be your moose shotglass.)

Ink and Photoshop again.

While we're all here, I'm open to suggestions re: themes for the remaining months of the year. Obviously I'm drawing dinosaurs in February, but after that... ?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 02/29.

Well, all the excitement over the Triceratops earlier led me directly to Mr. Tyrannosaurus Rex:

Banged this one out in a couple hours tonight. This project is so much more fun than the shotglasses, it ain't funny.

Dinosaur-a-Day Project, Day 01/29.

Yeah yeah, I know. The shotglass project isn't done. But I was chomping at the bit to draw a dinosaur, so I started that project already:

Ink, Photoshop.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Days 26-27/31.

Still catching up. I have so many souvenirs of other people's vacations:

 Charcoal, watercolour.

Ink, watercolour, coloured pencil, Photoshop.

February 2012 Catchall.

So. One month of 2012 is done already. Not exactly one of my better ones, though I'm slowly coming to accept that maybe January will always suck.

Anyhow, January's done, so February's a (minor) fresh start, right? Lots happening artwise, as is often the case. There's a whole raft of metalflake paintings that will hopefully be finished soon. Including a piece I called "For a Dancer" (after the Jackson Browne song of the same name):

What you're seeing here is a mockup, of course. I first envisioned this painting back in August after one of those life-changing late-night conversations. But when I mocked up the whole thing up tonight, I have to admit I was taken aback just a bit. This is a very personal piece, so it's gratifying to see the emotional impact it has.

Inspirational verse:

"I don't remember losing track of you,
You were always dancing in and out of view,
I must have thought you'd always be around."

Moving on to the next item on the agenda, I'm sharing this link from Franziska San Pedro's blog, entitled "How The Internet Can Change Your Life." Interesting reading.

And finally, I've posted a couple new t-shirt designs to my RedBubble store just in time for Valentine's Day:

Carry on, then.
Bret Taylor
Day 762/1000.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Day 25/31.

Brian Griffin:

Ink, Photoshop.

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Days 22-24/31.

Big progress last night. Went over to visit friends last night (and watch 9, which was phenomenal), and drew a few of their glasses:

Ink, Photoshop.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shotglass-a-Day Project, Day 21/31.

So today was a day of big decisions. The biggest one being, there's no way I could last a whole year drawing shotglasses without losing my mind.

Therefore, the plan is draw a month's worth of shotglasses and then switch topics. So what'll I be drawing once the 31 shotglasses are done, you may ask? Well, this latest glass contains a hint:

Ink, Photoshop.