Category Archives: Commercial

Law of Work illustrations, part 2

Mike Thompson of Emond Publishing asked me to create a new round of cartoons for David Doorey’s Law of Work textbook series. David has a good sense of humour, and I always enjoy refining his ideas into finished artwork.

Working on cartoons about workplace strife also makes me glad to be working here in the studio!

Long Weekend Monday maps and icons

I designed a map of Toronto’s Junction Triangle for Ryan Bigge’s project Long Weekend Monday (@long_wkndMonday). This Twitter project shows which bars and coffee shops are open on long weekends in a quick snapshot.

The map posed an interesting challenge, conveying a lot of specific information in the small space of a tweet.

I used a modern typeface (Helvetica Neue Bold) for readability. I drew the icons and map by hand to counter the machined aspects of Twitter. A mix of colour fields for the grid added a mid-century modern feel.

Coffee and beer icons by Rob Elliott

Ryan also turned the icons into this nice atavar:


Pizza School ceiling and skyline

I flew down to New York City last month to do some mural work for one of my favourite clients, Famous Original Pizza School. Owners Mark and Jenny Bello hosted me in their energizing city while I painted ceiling and window treatments for the ever-evolving business.

Painting the NYC cityscape in the Pizza School cellar.

I painted a New York skyline for the front window, which will act as a backdrop for Pizza School’s mascot Senor Slice. I had to set up in the school’s basement to paint the plywood piece. It was a tight place to work, but Mark kept me motivated with a regular servings of pizza and a great music mix playing through a Frankenstein amplifier set-up.

Working from a sketch on the Pizza School skyline cutout.

The install was a real gung-ho event, as we tried to finish it before my cab to La Guardia arrived. Mark and I have been collaborating together since the Swizzle Gallery tiki show in 2000, so we work as a good team under pressure.

Mark installing the skyline with Senor Slice looming behind him.

I also spent two days on a ladder painting an explosion of ingredients on the ceiling. Jenny said: “It looks like someone tripped while carrying a basket of produce.”

Garlic, basil, and tomatoes explode from the Pizza School ovens.

As a bonus, I got to meet another Pizza School design regular, Steph Mantis, and work with her on some new merchandise displays. Check out her Forever Slice and other products, she’s has a clever mind!

A trip to New York always fills me with a ton of creative energy for the year ahead. In this case, it also filled my suitcase with a fresh supply of black t-shirts (including a sneak preview of my Electric Peel cobra design)!

New black t-shirts, including Swizzle Studio’s cobra for Electric Peel.