Pen and Ink Techniques Commissions- Having worked with a wide variety of formats and themes ranging from scary postcard sized drawings to two-story public murals I get a number of requests for site and theme specific artworks. I am always excited to work on these projects because they present new challenges and directions that I might not encounter in my regular studio work. Also as I have started to focus on books and animation more these sorts of commissions give me an excuse to return to larger works. Custom works can be done on paper, canvas, wood, objects, and as wall murals. The examples here show some of the black and white art I've created specifically for clients. Some of my clients include the A.G.O.(Art Gallery of Ontario), The Hudson's Bay Co. and the City of Toronto.
The first image is from a large ink on paper work commissioned by Adam Iver’s for his TV production office. The image features a battle between giant New Media Robots with video Camera faces and the old media buildings in Toronto’s skyline. This 4 x 12 foot drawing was scaled to fit Adam’s wall and included a custom film strip border representative of the company’s practice. This drawing also directly continued along the south wall as an extended panoramic view of the Toronto landscape as seen from the office window. There are some close ups of this drawing shown on the left.
The second image is of a 12 x 12 foot ink on paper work that was commissioned by Toronto city council man Adam Vaughan. Adam requested a mural featuring a giant evil building trying to eat the Toronto skyline. At the time Adam was dealing with a lot of city planners and held frequent meetings with developers who had to sit in front of the monstrous artwork while pleading their case for perpetual construction. As Adam's responsibilities as a politician have changed the artwork has taken on a more symbolic meaning at city hall representing our overall struggles to be human in an Orwellian world.
The other images on this page show size-specific drawings done based on earlier works that people had seen. For example one client had purchased a number of my smaller Tree prints and was interested in acquiring a 2 ft. x 4 ft. version for her new apartment. Another customer really wanted a set of drawings from my first series exhibition (2002). Since those works had long since sold out we agreed upon a new series done with the same pen and ink techniques including four poster sized works on paper and one larger drawing on wood. Whether it be a style, size or topic I have generally been able to fit the needs of customers with special requests.