Super excited to see my Benny the Whale book finally hit the press yesterday! I have been working on this book on and off for the last year and a half, and can’t wait for it to be finally out there… #bennythewhale
We went to see Smallfoot last night. Sony’s most recent blockbuster with some great character and environment designs. It was a nice little film, with a good message on the dangers of perception, and fearing the unfamiliar.
Well I think I’ve finally wrapped up my first children’s book, “Benny the whale goes to Niagara Falls” definitely alot of fun! I have to admit though I am looking forward to drawing some stuff that isn’t whales for a while! Here’s the last page I finished which is the Niagara-on-the-Lake page, where Benny’s dad enters the mouth of the Niagara River looking for him.
I’m very excited to be having an exhibition of my work at the Niagara Pumphouse Gallery for the month of November and wanted to share the poster. The opening will be the first Friday of November, Nov. 2 at 7, snacks and refreshments will be available and it should be a great night, really looking forward to it! Hope to see some of you there.
This portrait tells the story of James Andrews a commodore in the British navy, and his ship the HMS Ontario which disappeared in lake Ontario during a storm on Halloween, Oct 31 1780. The HMS Ontario was the largest British warship in the great lakes, and on that day it was set to sail from Fort Niagara at the mouth of the Niagara river to Fort Haldimand, first stopping in Oswego when it was caught in an autumn nor’easter. according to the ships records there were over 170 passengers on board, including the crew, British soldiers, passengers, and American prisoners, all of whom perished. Legend had it that the HMS Ontario may have been carrying a small fortune in gold as a year’s pay for the British garrison at fort Haldimand on Carleton island. While many historians have dismissed this legend, this fact along with its date and historical significance have made it the holy grail of shipwrecks for treasure hunters in the great lakes. it was discovered off the shores of the lake towards Rochester in 2008, but the details and its exact location have not never been revealed.