Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tech issues - Images gone!

Hey y'all,

Switching hosts caused a minor malfunction; I lost all images on this blog! Ouch!

I'm working on getting them all up again.

Chad :)

Update: I think all images are replaced! Enjoy!

Monday, October 23, 2006


I’ve worked on this piece on and off for some time. I’ve never really been happy with it. By posting it here I hope to put it to bed for good.

It’s supposed to be funny. It isn’t though. Ha ha. Crap.

Created with Adobe Illustrator

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Hi everyone! Barb and I are settled in Auckland now and finally got internet access at home. I can start posting again!

This is an illustration of some crazy birds that are often in the back yard here. I think they might be starlings. Most birds here seem to be super aggressive and not at all afraid of people.

Stay tuned for more illos!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

New Zealand - Thank you!

As many of you know, my wife Barbara and I are moving to Auckland, New Zealand for a while. We fly out at 6:45 am on September 28.

It’s been pretty hectic the last while, with all the planning and moving stuff around. Fortunately, we have a lot of people who have helped us out tremendously!

First, our friends Devin & Natalie have graciously offered to put us up while we’re staying in Auckland. Devin and I shared a roof in past, when we
drank nonstop for three years attended college. Devin has also been super helpful in terms of guidance regarding the various paperwork, permits, visas, and costs associated with moving from Canada to New Zealand. He’s also been doing his best to find me work!

Our friends Nevin & Kristina have generously let us stay with them here in Saskatoon. Since we rented our house out faster than we anticipated, we needed a place to stay before we flew out. Nevin is also going to take care of our house while we’re away. Nevin & Kristina’s help has made our lives so much easier in the last month. We owe them big-time! Barb and I really hope they will visit us in Auckland!

By the way, if anyone is planning to buy or sell a house in Saskatoon, Nevin is your man. (I’m not just a friend, I’m also a client!)

Last but not least, we owe a huge ‘thank you’ to our family. We’ve had a ton of help with moving, locating paperwork, banking, bill arrangements, mail forwarding, research, loaning money, storage and cat-sitting. As well, we’ve been treated to BBQs, suppers, and been given various travel items, not to mention all the guidance and wisdom. Everyone has been super supportive and very generous! Thanks a million! We love you!

Thank you so much everyone! We totally couldn’t be doing this without all your help!

Chad & Barb

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Hey everyone! Halloween is coming soon! Below is an illustration which I may use for a promotional postcard.

Click on image for a larger view - Created with Adobe Illustrator

With that done, I better start my Christmas Cards! ;)


Friday, September 01, 2006

Sketchy - Banjo

I do a lot of little sketches on square Post-it notes...I do this far more than actually drawing in my sketchbook. Weird. Anyone else do that?

Below is a sketch of a hillbilly with his banjo!

Thanks for visiting! Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Hello out there! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Over two months in fact! Shame on me!

I had a really busy summer with travel, weddings, work, chasing a deadbeat client (you know who you are), and various preparations to move overseas (more on that soon).

I don’t usually show unfinished work here, but in the interest of getting some new content up, I’m gonna post some sketchbook work in the next few days…Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

More Workplace Communication

The illustrations below were created for use in an online course. The deadline was pretty tight on these babies.

This one accompanies a scripted scenario in which a hungry, upset man is waiting for his food.

This piece shows a situation where an air conditioner repairman doesn’t listen to his customer’s situation and leaves the site without doing his job.

In this illustration, a foreman is frustrated by a welder’s working methods.

In this piece, a contractor’s service is poor due to an exaggerated “time is money” mentality.

All pieces created with Adobe Illustrator

Illustration Friday - Rain

Here's an oldy, as my submission for Illustration Friday's topic "Rain".

Created in Adobe Illustrator

Friday, June 23, 2006


The illo below is used in an online course, accompanying a script, which describes a scenario of a good-natured repairman and a frustrated farmer.

Click on image for a larger view

Monday, May 08, 2006

Clientcopia : Stupid Client Quotes...

Check out this site filled with quotes from clueless clients...I'm sure many of you can relate.


A few favorites:

"Don't use too much red, our tests show that red downloads slower."

"I can pay 100 bucks or so, but for that kind of money I expect bells and f*ckin whistles."

"Can we make it a little less scrotal?"



Friday, May 05, 2006

Illustration Friday - Fat

My fiancée doesn’t like it when I make fun of our cat’s weight problem. However, not only is the cat a real tubbalard, she’s totally mean, and she snores.

I hope you all enjoy the illustration. I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for posting it.


Created in Adobe Illustrator


Hello everyone! Below are three of a series spots which will be used in yet another online course. These images accompany texts which discuss the strength of different acids and bases.



Strong Acid

Weak Acid

Strong Base/Strong Acid

Click images for larger view

All images created with Adobe Illustrator

Friday, April 28, 2006

Job Search Network

Part of a series of illustrations for an online course focusing on employment. This piece attempts to give the students an idea of how the results of their "Job Search Network Map" assignment may look.

Click for a larger view...

Created in Adobe Illustrator

Workplace Communication

This is another spot illustration used in an online course on workplace communication. This piece accompanies an example scenario in which an automotive service technician communicates ineffectively with a customer who perceives him as being rude.

Created in Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Illustration Friday - Robot

I like the way old mechanical products look. Record players, televisions, cameras, radios and so on.

Back in the days when many products were made with wooden elements, it seems more care was put into the craft and design. You saw objects with decoration on them. Simply for the sake of decoration. The products were intended to be beautiful as well as functional.

Nowadays, many products are mostly made of plastic and are reduced to the very basic functional elements (for example the assorted iPod products). I’m not saying these visually-reduced products are bad. They just don’t leave the mark of the designer or craftsman. They seem cold and lifeless.

With this in mind, this week’s illustration Friday topic is “Robot”. I wondered how a robot may have been designed and advertised in the ‘olden days’.

Created using Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Illustration Friday - Spotted

Yet another big stretch on an Illustration Friday topic:

This is a spot illo I did for use in an online course on communications in the workplace. This illo accompanies some texts describing a conflict in which an auto body repairman's ineffective communication losses him a job.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Personal Space

In the last while I’ve had a few occurrences of people getting way too close. Physically, I mean.

For instance, while I was waiting in line for coffee, I had a stranger stand RIGHT behind me (I swear could feel his breath on my neck). I turned around and gave him the “Dude. What are you doing?” look…but he never clued in that I was uncomfortable.

Also, I had an acquaintance keep moving in closer and closer as we talked. As I kept backing up, she kept coming closer. (In her defense, I usually smell pretty great…but that is a topic for another time.) Not that I dislike her, but I just felt weird being that close.

As a result of these types of experiences, I created this diagram.

Let us all learn in which circle we are welcome, and which is our boundary.



(Click for a larger view)

Created with Adode Illustrator

Monday, March 20, 2006

Illustration Friday - Feet

Hello everyone...Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's topic "Feet".

Have a great week!

Created in Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Computer-Generated Images

Hello out there!

Thanks to everyone who has been posting comments! You make my day!

Below is an image I created as a result of thinking about how I often try to create/duplicate natural-looking media using the computer. Yet, I rarely experiment with these media in their natural form. Silly me!

(Click for a larger view)

Created using Adobe Illustrator

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tattoo

Hello kiddies!

Below is a quicky for Illustration Friday's topic "Tattoo"!

(Click to see a larger view)

Created in Adobe Illustrator.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


Hello everyone!

Below are a few spot illustrations for an online math course which focuses on solution calculations and units of measurement. (You may recognize th
e chef from a previous post!)

These pieces were all created using Adobe Illustrator. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Illustration Friday - Simple

I'm sneaking this one in pretty late...

This weeks Illustration Friday topic is "Simple". The concept of the piece below has nothing to do with the word... I've had this image for some time, however, whenever I try and go into it and add elements, it seems to lose it's charm. So I have to leave it as is, nice and simple.

(Ha ha...Kinda lame, I know.)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Illustration Friday - Chair

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted…sorry about that. I’ve been busy with a few projects and I took a short vacation in the mountains!

For this weeks Illustration Friday topic “Chair” I thought of how my tiny little fiancée has to use a dining room chair to reach things in the kitchen.