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I created this colourful firefly image as part of the print and identity collateral for Kingston Arts Council's Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations. The Kingston Arts Council was founded as artists and performers united in saving the historic Grand Theatre from demolition.

The anniversary celebrations are ongoing and the images will be used throughout the year. There was an opening gala at the Grand Theatre last month. It's great to be involved with a thriving, passionate and involved community, drawing from the visual arts, music and theatre. I worked with president Greg Tilson and designer Lucas Huang in creating the following variations.  It was a challenge, but I liked conveying a sense of movement to the butterfly.

I finished off the year with a flurry of assignments. Here's a cover assignment for Anvil Press, featuring Albert Einstein. I have worked with them on a number of projects. I proposed a series of sketches, the publisher loved them so much they opted for 2 versions of the Atomic Storybook, first one here:

The plan during the Cold War by the U.S. to set off a nuclear explosion on the moon received some press last month, with a great segment by Colbert. Crazy, unbelievable stuff, but given the times, anything could have happened. I did an alternate version of Einstein for the other cover. Love that face. Here's a detail from the second cover
While I am on the topic of Anvil Press - they publish SubTerrain Magazine, which I illustrated from cover to cover (Issue # 61). I received notice from the Society of Illustrators that my artwork for the short story 'The Red Mouths' will be in the Annual Editorial Illustration show (January 26 opening) and the 55th Illustration Annual. I am so honoured and thrilled to be a part of this.

I'll be framing this one up and getting it off to the show this week. I had a bit of time in December to frame up some prints that I wanted to get to for a while. Nice to take some time and get my house in order.

Digging out from a major snowstorm, getting back to the studio after a lot of Holiday traveling. Looking forward to 2013. Best of luck in the New Year!



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