Monday, April 18, 2011


I finally got my act together and put together an actual website! From now on all my work will be posted over at

Check it out!


Monday, February 08, 2010

That's the Spirit!

Whipped up a small series of vintage travel poster-styled digital illustrations for Whistler and the games. Going to try and get these up in some local Whistler shops. Wish me luck!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekly Project

A little delayed, but better late....

Theme: Giants
Check out Lucas and Pat's efforts (links on the right).

JT out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jimmy's Tattoo

Whipped this up for my main man Jimmy O before he left for Toronto last weekend. He's a huge fan of the 'Lone Wolf & Cub' Samurai movies and I promised him I'd design a tattoo based on the main characters, so of course I waited until the DAY before he left to actually do it. Here's the illustration, and rough placement of where it's going to go on his arm. Hope it turns out alright!

JT out.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Brush off the Rust

This weeks challenge: retrofit a WWII era ship to be used in a 2025 mass exodus effort.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sea Monsters

My boy Pat O'Keefe and I are going to try and keep up a weekly design challenge; giant deep sea creatures was our first topic. You can check out his at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day

I designed these skateboards just for fun this summer but never got around to posting them. Each one is based on a different type of fighter plane from WWII, and seeing as it's Remembrance Day, I figured now's as good a time as any to finally get them up so here we are. Enjoy!

JT out.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Samsung Campaign

An update with some of the work I've been doing for the last few months. Samsung just launched a new campaign for their wireless lineup, and I was lucky enough to have played a role in it's creation working with Derek Neil (Art Director) and Noreen McDermott-Santilli (Writer) at Cheil Canada, Samsung's goto agency. I created the initial concept illustrations (not allowed to post those yet) that got the idea off the ground, and which were used as reference for both the TV spots and the Print ads posted here. I also designed the background and type treatment for the final print spots. These are up all around Toronto, and I hear word that they're up in Vancouver as well, so keep an eye out for them.

You can find the TV spots here:

JT out.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Had an assignment to illustrate a 12" LP cover for a song our prof chose. I found it eery and dark, and wanted to create a kind of abstract story in the drawing so here's what I came up with.

JT out.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Here's a piece I whipped up sometime before Christmas. Kinda felt like diving right into the full vintage travel poster style after only just touching it with the Absolut piece.

JT out.

Friday, December 07, 2007


This is an assignment from one of my classes where we had to do an ad for Absolut that represented Canada in some way. I chose to show the Confederation bridge in a vintage travel poster style. Hand drawn, coloured in photoshop.

JT out.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Dusty in here...

Yeah, I know, it's been a while since I've put anything up, but I'm gonna get right to it. This is a promo card idea for a lounge one of my profs runs. I kinda missed the mark with it (it's a Latin music lounge) but it was remembrance day and I couldn't help it.

JT out.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Memory Lane...

So there's a new Ninja Turtles movie coming out next month, and I couldn't help but go back to my drawing-roots and bring my favourite green dude to life, albeit in greyscale. Here we have the katana wielding Leonardo perched on top of a rickety old water tower somewhere in the Big Apple. I had a lot of fun making this, I think I'm gonna whip one up of Raphael in the near future. Enjoy!

JT out.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Les Chiens Chaud

My good friend Adam Zelikovitz asked me to design a logo for his intramural hockey team Les Chiens Chaud out in Halifax at Dalhousie, so I gladly agreed to lend a helping hand. Bravo boys for coming up with the funniest team name I've ever heard!

JT out.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Here are some more digital concept paintings, along the same lines as the two earlier ones (Republic Expedition and the Sunset Pier). I created these by zooming in on one of those abstract marker comps from below and finding interesting images and shapes, sort of like finding pictures in clouds. From there I went to work digitally painting in everything you see. I'll post the original marker compositions I started with shortly.

JT out.

So these are the marker comps that I started from. Like I said, it's similar to finding images in clouds. I saw glimpses of my final images in these marker blobs, then just went at it. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Opening Doors

Here's a recent piece I finished for an up-and-coming local foundation called the Canadian Youth Life Link, aimed at helping young adults find their passion in life and guide them in the right direction. This sucker will grace brochure covers and posters when the foundation launches early next year.

JT out.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Abstract Marker Comps

I know, I know, they're pretty busy and overwhelming, but I was experimenting with markers on mylar, then combining multiple test sketches in photoshop and was happy with how they turned out. It's a really nice stress-relieving exercise, so I think I'm going to try and fine tune this technique in the future. Enjoy!

JT out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Shirt Designs

I created these during the summer for the t-shirts I've got up over at, I just never got around to posting them on my blog. So if you haven't already checked out my online 'fanshop', do so immediately! If you just want to see the graphics, click on 'em above.

JT out.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Film Student

My main man Pat O'Keefe and I pitched some visual options for the Vancouver Student Film Festival's program this year, and this is an illustration I did for it. They ended up going with one of Patty-boys layouts, but I was pretty happy with this drawing so I figured I'd post it for the world to see! Enjoy.

JT out.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More Painting

It's looking like I'm not going to able to focus my thesis on conceptual painting as I'd hoped; profs wanted me to stick to something a little more alligned with the illustration curriculum as it is. But regardless, I'm gonna try and do some on my spare time. Here's one I did a few weeks ago.

JT out.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Republic Expedition

Gotta give my man Patty-boy respect for sparkin a fire inside my head this summer. I've decided that I want to focus my thesis year on digital conceptual painting for possible movie, t.v. or even video game application. Now I just have to convince my profs to let me! It'll come down to my thesis instructor's (Paul Dallas) decision on whether or not I can persue this path for my fourth year, but I'm definitely going to push for it. This is my first go at it (we needed to do at least one example of what we want to work on next year over the summer) but I hope to get out a couple more before school starts. I'm kinda surprised this is the first Star Wars piece to show up on this blog, but I couldn't help it this time 'round. Matty K, eat your heart out!

JT out.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Final Two

These two portraits round out the bunch of my life drawing updates. They're also probably my favourite of them all as well. Drop a line and let me know what you think.

JT out.

Friday, August 04, 2006

More Life Drawing

Here are some more portraits done the same way as the last bunch. Still have another batch to post after these, so stay tuned.

JT out.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Little Life Drawing

Finally I get a chance to post some of my life drawing works. I've got quite a few so I'm going to spread it out between two or three posts. The majority of what I'm posting are portraits done in a subtractive method, meaning I rub down my paper with conte (compressed charcoal) then create the image using a kneadable eraser to remove the conte, leaving highlights to map out the drawing. I spent the majority of my life drawing class last semester working on this method, and I'm pretty happy with a few of them, but you can decide for yourself!

JT out.