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.

Friday, July 21, 2006

JT Makin' Money

Exciting news, I found this wicked website that'll print any design I can create on t-shirts, longsleeves, sweatshirts and a whole bunch of other stuff. I just opened up my own personal shop with them and as of now I've got two shirts that anyone can buy - that's them up above. I've got a link to my shop on the right with all the others. If you want the address straight up, it's as follows:

Pretty cool stuff, I plan on creating tonnes of new stuff for it so check it out every so often. Let me know what you think of the designs, and DEFINITELY let me know if you end up buyin one (or two) of 'em!
Easy peasy,

JT out.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Stoppin' Crime!

I've been fortunate enough to help out on a print campaign for CrimeStoppers of Wellington County, aimed at emphasizing the fact that if you call in with a tip, you will remain absolutely, 100% anonymous. I was sent the background shots from a professional photographer, and was tasked with the job of adding grafitti to various elements of the scenes(as well as a bit of touch-up on the bg's, i.e. stretching out fence posts, filling in areas that had been blocked by unwanted cars, etc...). In the case of the shot with the picket fence and school locker, I painted/drew out the text and scanned it into photoshop, but the graf on the brick wall was created digitally. Thanks to my man Derek Neal for hooking me up with this one. Love working with you dude!

JT out.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Altering Landscapes

To help Steve(my bro), and his friends Petey G. and Parks give their house painting/landscaping venture 'Outside Works' visual representation I whipped up a logo for them so we could start making some signs they could put out front of any projects they work on. This was the first artistic project I completed after my trip, the second will be added shortly. Hope you like!

JT out.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Holy Smokes!

My apologies for the gigantic gap in between posts. I had a trip to Europe in there so at least I wasn't 100% unproductive, go to if you wanna see some pics.

This is a piece I should have put up a long time ago but I held off until I completed a couple alterations. Didn't want to post this and then repost an updated version like I've done with a few previoius creations. So here you have my final project from my Sequential Narrative class where we had to take a metaphor and create a multi-paneled story around it. My metaphor of choice was "The dead of winter".

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Put 'cha dukes up!

Figured I'd post another one before I leave for Germany, so here are a few pics of my final project for the illustration class. We had to create something three dimensional for a change without a whole lot of guidelines to follow. I made a boxing kangaroo USB hub. There are three USB ports in the kangaroo's pouch, and his tail is the USB cord that would connect to your computer, so it's something you'd plug into one of your computer's existing ports to give you an extra two USB slots. It's just a prototype, so it doesn't actually work, but I've been annoyed on many occasions at either the lack of USB slots on computers, or the inconvenient positioning of such ports. That's where the idea came from. After I sketched out the design I molded him out of Super Sculpey, painted him with acrylics and voila! Thanks to my wonderful aunt Sheila for the tripod that made these spec photos possible!

JT out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Here we have a gouache painting of a Greek Hoplite soldier for my main illustration class. First time I've dabbled with gouache paint, like how it turned out. I'm now officially done school for the year, great I've just gotta find a way to be productive this summer.

JT out.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Dreadlock Samurai

I had a project for my Think Tank class where we had to create a display that showcased the opinions of a person whose voice isn't normally heard in society (i.e. janitor, security guard, stripper, etc.). My group chose to work with a chef, who was also a friend of one of our groupmates. Really cool guy named Mark Lanoue, covered in tattoos with long dreads hangin from his noggin. For our display, each group member created their own portrait of Mark, and hung them all from a long canvas with a piece of graffitti Mark had drawn out on it. This is the portrait I did of him, done to make him look like a samurai in the traditional Japanese painting-style. His sketch book was full of Japanese themes, so I thought he'd be pleased if gave my version this type of treatment. Hope you like.

JT out.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Here are a few panels from an 11 panel story for my Sequential Narrative class. It's my interpretation of the Japanese myth "Kintaro" or Golden Boy. None of the text was integrated into the panels, I set the whole thing up like a poster with the story playing out on the left hand side of the page, but these are how the illustrations look in the final product. The story is about a mountain ogress that gets impregnated by a clap of lightning sent from a Dragon. She raises the boy in the forest and finds out he possesses incredible strength. As a young man he clears the forest of all monsters and brings peace to the land. Reminds me of myself.

JT out.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Panzer Up Close

Due to request, here is a large image of what the Panzer logo from all my board designs looks like, as well as a lineup of all the snowboards previously posted. I've also posted a larger version of my Samurai board so you can see it closer up. Enjoy!

JT out.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Totalling 8

I present the final two snowboard designs; they were the last boards I created of the bunch, and it's probably due to that fact that they are also my favourite. The first is strictly digital (Adobe Illustrator) and the second more physical, with photos, sketches, painting and texture all slapped together in photoshop. I was inspired to do the first one while staring at the stiching on the cuff of one of my sweaters during my lecture course, thought I could do something with the pattern it made. And the second - well, the whole time I've been working on these boards I've wanted to do a Samurai/Japanese one, so this is my final rendition of that idea. I'd be very interested to find out what are your favourites are of the eight, so feel free to post in the comments. Until next time, take 'er ease.

JT out.

P.S. Hi MZ!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Then There Were Six...

Two more snowboard-ular creations, with another two to follow shortly. In all of my designs, you'll find a little logo somewhere of a crazy fire-breathing bird with the word "Panzer" beneath. Instead of putting my signature on the boards, I decided to create my own brand, logo and all, just cause I thought it'd be cool if they end up getting printed I can say I have my own snowboard design brand. I'd designed the Fire Bird a few months back and had always been looking for an application for it, then this came up, and voila. Any comments, good or bad, are appreciated, so comment away!

JT out.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Few More Boards

As promised, here are two more of my snowboard designs. I tried to work in a bunch of different styles doing them, so hopefully there'll be something you like by the time I've uploaded them all.

JT out.

Friday, March 10, 2006


I entered a snowboard design competetion that's taking place in Whistler in late April, so I thought I'd share some of my creations with you all. First place is a thousand buckaroos, so send me all your extra "good luck" points asap, it'll definitely make my Europe trip this summer a lot comfier! I've got a bunch, but I'll post two at a time, just to keep you coming back. Lemme know what ya think, and if anyone would like it, I can upload horizontally-oriented versions too.

JT out.

Friday, March 03, 2006

A Few More Night Missions

And the final panels, seven(bottom), eight and nine(top). If you've just arrived and haven't read the previous "Night Missions" posts, these are the final panels of a nine panel series. You can find the starting panels by scrolling down a little. Hope you like!

JT out.