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Possum process

My latest drawing, Ravine Opossums, took a lot of planning. Once I had the idea in my head of how I wanted the piece to look, I had to figure out how to draw a pretty complicated scene.

The first step was getting the opossums right. Until you really study some photos, you don’t really appreciate what a weird beast the opposum is. When you draw it correctly, it looks like you’ve drawn it wrong. This is a challenge.

possum-sketches

The ditched shopping carts were tricky as well. Basically three-dimensional mesh planes, the carts took a lot of sketching to figure out. In this case, it was the sad little wheels that brought the drawings to life.

shopping-cart-sketches

Then there was the beer cans. I wanted the brand to be recognizable, but also localized to my own western Canadian history. It was pretty easy to settle on the busy and colourful Old Style Pilsner can.

Pilsner-beer-sketch

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Ravine Opossums

Ravine Opossums, 12"x14" (View large)
Ravine Opossums, gouache and ink, 12″x14″. Click to view large

I just finished the second gouache and ink drawing for The Super Trash Show. Ravine Opossums was inspired by a block of urban woods across from my family home in Burnaby, British Columbia. We called it Sherwood Forest, and it had everything a kid could want: blackberry bushes, a murky creek, and a rope swing of questionable fitness.

The Super Trash Show
A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Glamorizing Lowbrow Trash CultureSuper Wonder Gallery
99 Sudbury St., Toronto
Friday, March 29, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Facebook page)