Journal

Sketchbook

July 20. 2020

Ton plus grand fan (Your Biggest Fan)
I have all your work! Nice to meet you.
Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel pen and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Your Biggest Fan

Sketchbook

July 20. 2020

le musicien espagnol (The Spanish Musician)
My fingers hurt but this is the life I chose.
Drawn on my sketchbook with a Pentel brush pen and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: The Spanish Musician

Digital Sketchbook

July 13. 2020

sauver le monde (Save The World)
She did not have much time, but she was going to do her best.
Drawn on my iPad and finished on a desktop computer. If you have a pair of old 3D glasses, put them on and enjoy. I will probably do more of these.

illustration titled: Save The World

Sketchbook

July 6. 2020

De retour en ville (Back in Town)
I didn't get very far, but maybe no one will recognize me.
Drawn on my sketchbook with a ballpoint pen and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Back in Town

Sketchbook

July 6. 2020

La fille rouge (The Red Girl)
So many things to prove. I simply just want to be me.
Drawn on my sketchbook with a red and black pen and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: The Red Girl

First Cup

July 1. 2020

Phase 3 Summer
Here in Vancouver, the COVID-19 restrictions have reached Phase 3. That means that more businesses are opening up and even more restrictions have been eased. We still have to be careful, but this new phase makes me think of a phase in one's life. I guess I'm in Phase 3 of my life. Might as well make it worth it. The past four months have really change all of us. Take this month to reflect how has it changed you. What lessons have you learned? It is time for self-inventory. How will you make Phase 3 better? Welcome to July.
Vancouver, B.C.

Photo of a coffee maker and some flowers. A small gnome is in the photo.

Digital Sketchbook

July 1. 2020

Le message (The Message)

The majority of this comic page was drawn on my iPad and then finished on my desktop computer.

illustration titled: The Message

Sketchbook

July 1. 2020

Throwback Drawing
I often hear cartoonists say they can't think of anything to draw. Here is a creative tip. Grab an old sketchbook and pick a random page and then redraw it. Here is one result. The sketchook in the bottom has the new drawing.
This exercise just doesn't apply to drawing. Try using an old photo you took and re-take it. Look for something you wrote years ago and rewrite it. Try it out.
Vancouver, B.C.

Photo of a sketchbook on a table.

Digital Sketchbook

June 15. 2020

appel de fin de nuit (Late Night Call)
When phone booths were still around, I would call you late at night hoping to get through. Simply to hear you wake up.
Originally drawn on my sketchbook by hand, then exported to my ipad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Late Night Call illustration titled: Late Night Call -sketch

First Cup

June 1. 2020

Drawing during a Pandemic
Are we still in 2020? Not only are we living through one of the worst pandemics in our human history, but that isn't enough as hatred, racism, and apathy seems to rear it's ugly head again. It has never left us.
When I was a kid, I used to think that the world would be a better place way into the future. I believed that we as humans would look at all the past atrocities that were committed by the human race and that the future world would fix it. Society would realize how stupid mankind was before. It never happened. We are now living through the 21st century and it seems we are back to a world that should have been eliminated a long time ago. I grew up in that world of hatred. I grew up in a place that tried to keep me in my place. A place that often told me that my skin colour prevented me from being in certain places. I had police stop me and even handcuff me because I did not look the right way. I really lived through that.
As brown man with family members who are black, we all know this has been around us all our lives. It ain't new. Even in this beautiful city and country I live in now, it's here. The bullshit is here. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a passive observer. I speak my mind. I don't let bullshit fly because I am speaking with my real voice. Let us all speak with our true voice. I think more of us should. I will keep speaking up and I will keep drawing because I won't allow hatred to swallow me up.
Vancouver, B.C.

Photo of a sketchbook on a table.

Sketchbook

June 1. 2020

La façon que c'était avant (The way it used to be)
The bus was crowded and everyone was not thinking of the world to come.
Drawn on my sketchbook and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: The Way it use to be

Sketchbook

May 15. 2020

Toujours en difficulté (Always in trouble)
The gun went off by accident. It turned out to be another day for her to quickly figure out how to get out of this crazy situation. At least tomorrow would be another day to get it right.
Drawn on my sketchbook with a red and blue pencil and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Always in trouble

First Cup

May 1. 2020

Cookies for Comfort
The way things are now, I just blink and another month has gone by. I sometimes honestly do not know what time it is. When the world is scary outside, eat cookies. Let's make this month better than the last. View it as another chance to get it right. Welcome to May. Vancouver, B.C.

Photo of a coffee cup and cookies shaped like a gnome.

Digital Sketchbook

May1. 2020

Café Chocolat
She would often have a coffee right after work. It was her way to process the day. Better than the way she used to do it.
Drawn on my ipad.


illustration titled: Cafe Chocolat

Sketchbook

April 6. 2020

Drawing (dessin)
I draw every single day. I didn't always do this. It started because I was working too much, stressing too much. I realized that I was spending all my time thinking of work. I needed something to ease the stress, so I decided to give myself a challenge. I simply needed to draw for one week. By the time the week was over I could see how much better I felt. How less stressed I was. So I drew for another weeek, and another week. I've been on my drawing streak for way over two years, that I don't even keep track anymore. This week, with all that is going on in the world, cut the noise for a minute and give yourself a challenge. Start drawing, bake, read more, or learn chess. Stick with it and see what the outcome reveals.
One of my favourite drawing pencils.

illustration titled: BDA Sketch

Digital Sketchbook

April 6. 2020

chercher ma tombe (Looking for My Tomb)
I used to come visit you weekly. It's been so long, that I am lost. When I find the tomb, I will be at peace.
Inspired from being lost while looking for Oscar Wilde's grave. Drawn on my ipad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Looking for my tomb

Digital Sketchbook

March 30. 2020

Still Here (toujours là)
I drew this in 2015. I like cats, but can't draw them very well. This cat was perfect. I love this drawing because it has so many symbolic elements to it. The toolbox represents my belief that we are all born with an internal toolbox with all the tools we will need to survive in life. Sometimes, we are too young to know what all the tools in the box are for. It is not until we get older, or gain more pain, more joy, and experience, that we begin to understand what these tools are for. The bandaid is simply going through hard-knocks and not quitting. I still love this drawing and I use it to remind me that I'm still here. Drawn on my sketchbook and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Still Here

Digital Sketchbook

March 30. 2020

Un Peu de Café (A Bit of Coffee)
I walked several blocks until I found a place that was open. It felt like walking a desert and finding my oasis. Drawn on an iPad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Un Peu De Cafe

Digital Sketchbook

March 30. 2020

BDA
Outside her apartment, she realized her rent was due. Drawn on my sketchbook and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: BDA

First Cup

March 23. 2020

Love In The Time of Corona
The title above is a play on the title from one of the books that has made me cry more than once. The book is Love In Time Of Cholera.
A melancholic story written by the great Gabriel García Márquez. The world seemed to have changed quickly in the first three months of this year. I take comfort from Máquez's work and knowing that everything in life is always temporary. We just have to be patient. Sending everyone best wishes and health. Even in these interesting times, we move onward. My living room is filled with books, art, and a lot of inspiration to carry on. Vancouver, B.C.

Photo fo sketchbook, a coffee cup, old camera and an old Royal typewriter.

Digital Sketchbook

March 23. 2020

Attendre (Waiting)
I waited for three hours. Maybe it was the martial law, or maybe you never were coming after all. Drawn on an iPad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Waiting

Digital Sketchbook

March 23. 2020

Se eouvenir d'une vie différente (Remember a different life)
This solitary life made her reflect on her current situation and she realised that she would be OK. Drawn on an iPad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: Waiting

Digital Sketchbook

March 16. 2020

Après Travailer (After Work)
Another "After Work" story. The commute was tough but I made it home in one piece. Drawn on an iPad and finished on a desktop computer.

illustration titled: After Work

Digital Sketchbook

March 16. 2020

Cela ne s'est pas produit aujourd'hui (It Didn't Happen Today)
The day was a waste. Drawn on an iPad.

illustration titled: It Didn't Happen Today

Digital Sketchbook

Feb 25. 2020

Nuit Humide (Humid Night)
The rain had cleared but the night was still wet. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Humid Night

Digital Sketchbook

Feb 25. 2020

Honourable Man
He only wanted to do his job. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Honourable Man

Digital Sketchbook

Feb 25. 2020

Inattendue (Unexpected)
She awoke to a wierd sound. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Unexpected

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 20. 2020

Pas une bonne journée (Not A Good Day)
As I looked at my body on the ground, I realized it was not a good day for everyone. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Not a Good Day

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 20. 2020

Pause Au Travail (Break at Work)
I needed the break before the rush hour. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Break at Work

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 8. 2020

Activité Secrète (Secret Activity)
You would not know it, but she does surprising things at night. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Secret Activity

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 8. 2020

L'évasion Tranquille (The Quiet Escape)
The trick is simple, don't be loud. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: The Quiet Escape

First Cup

Jan 1. 2020

Marvel at What is to Come
I hope you are excited about the new year. When I was a kid, I would get excited about it because I was wondering what new movies and music the new year would bring. Instead of just seeing it as another year, bring the inner kid back out and marvel at what is to come. Paris, France

cappuccino coffee taken in Paris, France.

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 1. 2020

Le Départ (The Departure)
Last year is over, don't look back. Move forward.Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Le Départ

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 1. 2020

Dernier Tour (Last Ride)
If he was going out, he was going out in style. Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Dernier Tour

Digital Sketchbook

Jan 1. 2020

Un Rêve ou un souvenir (A dream or a memory)
The day was a fog, was she dreaming or remembering? Drawn on my iPad.

illustration titled: Un Rêve ou un souvenir