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Receipt sketch for the Opera show

receipt sketch

I found this burger joint receipt in my wallet yesterday. On the back were the first sketches for three of the Designs For An Imaginary Opera drawings. Whenever an idea hits me, I scribble it down on whatever’s available to set it in my mind. These sketches are remarkably close to the final artwork, though I opted for pioneers in the end.
Pink-Tank Sprinter


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Gallery of Opera drawings

Monarch Caterpillar, India ink and gouache, 6″x4″

Last weekend, my drawing exhibit Designs for an Unwritten Opera opened at the Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines. The matted-and-framed work made a strong impression on gallery-goers, and I talked myself hoarse explaining all the fanciful ideas behind each drawing.

I have now posted a gallery of all 3o images on Swizzle Studio’s sister website,

Purchase information:

  • The show will be installed until December 15, 2012. All drawings approximately 4″ x 6″, matted in 8″ 10″ white frames, and sell for $80.
  • Purchases can be made directly from NAC (cash, Interac, credit card accepted). Tel: 905-641-0331  Email:
  • Toronto buyers can arrange to pick up their pieces from Swizzle Studio’s offices in Toronto’s west end.
  • Worldwide shipping is available for $25.
Duke of Sasquatches, ink and goauche, 4″x6″
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Designs for an Unwritten Opera

The title of this show provided the framework for what was three-week burst of drawing, but it also shaped the body of work. When Designs For an Unwritten Opera is unveiled this Saturday, patrons will find all manner of heroes, strange creatures, and choruses in search of a stage. Themes did emerge at the drawing table – an obscure Mexican emperor, a magical forest, and for some reason, an arctic frontier.

I have completed 30 ink-and-goauche drawings that I am quite satisfied with. But it’s Thursday night, and it’s time to clean up the table and get the framing done.

Designs for an Unwritten Opera
Drawings by Rob Elliott
Dennis Tourbin Gallery
Niagara Artists Centre
354 Saint Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

December 1 to 15, 2012