With all the celebrations behind us, it’s time for the first exhibition of 2017! A double one, for extra fun this new year. While this isn’t the first time a double exhibition has been held on this blog, there will certainly be more in the future. I felt it appropriate to show off a couple of the first artworks I’ve drawn this year.
And these two artworks just so happen to star our favourite teacher duo… Dartmouth McKinnon-Graham and Jollimore Ferrison, or simply Dartmouth and Jollimore, or even D & J (when I’m a little lazy). This first one has them donning dressing gowns/bathrobes which coordinate with the colours of their suits – Dartmouth’s being beige and Jollimore’s being black. I left the trimmings and ribbons white, otherwise you wouldn’t really think they were gowns/robes – they’d look more like long dresses. (Which Dartmouth would NOT be amused by, though Jollimore may enjoy it a little bit…)
The orange face and waves in Jollimore’s thought bubble mean he’s comfortably warm, not sweltering hot (then it would be a deeper red and dripping sweatdrops). Dartmouth also has the telltale scars showing from the bared parts of his skin, which is partly the cause of his disapproval of Jollimore, but also him feeling a little colder. (If you’ve read Life is a Beach or read the Secondary School by the Sea articles on the Canadian Boys Wiki, this won’t need explaining.)
The other half of this double exhibition is a little more in touch with the current season (why draw a summer-themed artwork in the midst of winter?) Just as I did with Halifax for It’s Christmas in the City of Canada, I’ve designed winter coats with scarves, gloves and grip boots for his Nova Scotian neighbours, again colour-coordinating the outfits. Despite wearing many layers as is customary for the Canadian winter, however, Dartmouth still feels a little chilly, as evident by the snowflake in his thought bubble. (Or maybe he just hates winter.) Jollimore, however, feels as warm as freshly-baked toast, as his thought bubble shows – just as with the first drawing.
It was rather difficult to colour in Jollimore’s winter outfit using only black, since there aren’t really shades of black (unless you count grey as being a shade of black).
Or, according to this colour palette, there ARE shades of black. However, for most people, their eyes might find it very hard to distinguish between the shades, so they will only see one shade of black. My eyes, however, are trained in distinguishing colours, even those which may look similar to others. I also have several black coloured pencils, each seemingly giving a slightly different tone of black, so I used those to colour in Jollimore’s outfit.
Now you’ve learnt something new! Appropriate, since Dartmouth and Jollimore ARE teachers…
(And yes, I used a Canadianism in the post title – a double-double is a kind of coffee from the Tim Horton’s coffeehouse chain in Canada. Also appropriate, since Dartmouth and Jollimore are both Canadian, hailing from the eastern coastal province of Nova Scotia.)