For the last few months, I've been working on a research project at the ROM under the supervision of David Evans and Danielle Dufault. As of last week, my end of the project is complete, though it'll still be another year or so before the research gets published (meaning, I can't share the fossil illustrations I did).
Being a part of the ROM's paleolab has been a fantastic experience, and has resulted in valuable illustration, research, and presentation experience (including a gig on Family Funday, where I spoke to museum visitors about dinosaur art). Thanks to everyone who made me feel at home!
Here's another entry I should've made back in 2017!
Olivia Ongai, who runs the risograph printing studio Pindot Press, was curious about the presentation I gave at the Canadian Paleontological Conference. We ended up doing a quick webcast discussing it, which you can listen to & view below.
I've been neglecting this section of my site! Here's an overview of some 2017 exhibitions & awards:
- Group Exhibition, SVP Paleoart Exhibition, TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, AB
- Group Exhibition, Paleoart Show, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Group Exhibition, The Dinosaur Studio, Thailand
- Shortlisted for Zine Award by Broken Pencil Magazine
- Applied Arts Youngblood Illustration Award – for Ceratopsian print
Applied Arts is Canada's most prominent visual design magazine. Each year they give out a number of awards, and I am very happy to report that my Ceratopsia print won in the Youngblood Illustration category for 2017.
The Ceratopsia print is a 5-colour risograph print (meaning it had to be passed through 5 colour stencils), featuring Triceratops, Protoceratops, Styracosaurus, and Wendiceratops.
During my networking activities, I was invited by Melissa Gray to submit an abstract for the Canadian Paleontological Conference 2016. To my delight it was accepted, and I presented 'Tropes, Trends, and Speculation in Paleoart" on August 27th. Five reconstructions of Troodon formosus accompanied my presentation, each representing a major style-shift within the last 160 years.
On the final day, I was honoured to receive the Thomas E. Bolton Award for best student presentation. Directly below is a photo taken by Michael Cuggy, in the cafe where the last presentations took place. As you can see, I also received a brilliantly thick book, Four Billion Years and Counting!
I was invited to speak about paleoart & give a pop-up art show at the annual Canadian Paleontological Conference. 400 risograph postcards came with me to Nova Scotia, for the conference goodie bags (they were packaged into 100 bundles, each containing a Zheyuanlong, a Moschops, a Skorpiovenator, and a Smilodon). Overall, a very pleasant experience!
One of the perks was free fossils - a palaeontologist had a box of "garbage" ferns in shale, with the rusted minerals resembling gold leafing. I grabbed one for myself, and one for the operator of Pindot Press (who did a beautiful job with my risograph prints!) - photos of those at the bottom.
Existere: a journal of arts and literature published some of my old ink drawings (dating from 2013 to 2014). Before finding my preferred media, digital painting with traditional texturing, I experimented with many purely traditional methods of illustration.
This year's grad show took place at 99 Sudbury in Toronto. The turnout was amazing!
I chose to display my thesis, six prehistoric scenes inspired by the work of John J. Audubon and Charles Livingstone Bull. On the shelf below stood seven dinosaur figurines, painted to resemble my reconstructions - if you look closely, you can match each one to an illustration above.