Sunday, February 18, 2007

Toronto Back Alleys pt. 12



There was a big snowstorm that hit Toronto a week ago, which was great since, up until January, we had a relatively snow-free winter. Personally, I like the snow, especially the way the sunlight bounces off of it at midday when it's really bright. Then its dazzling to me. In my spare time, I've been drawing up some more alley way pictures again, all with a winter theme, so I thought I'd post one here.

15 comments:

Jason Chalker said...

That's beautiful. Do you work on the spot, or do you work from photos?

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Jason. Usually, when I draw these alley way drawings, I work from a combination of photos and on-the-spot drawings and notes. However, since it's wintertime, its been way too cold to sketch on the spot, so I just take a lot more reference photos before I assemble the drawing. Generally, I have to change/edit things from whatever photos I take anyway to correct things like lighting or obstructions etc.

Don Van Horn said...

Great as usual Mike. I love these back alley scenes. Keep 'em coming.

Paul Conrad said...

Beautiful Michael....
We moved to TN 2 years ago from Chicago...and I miss the snow horribly.

Anonymous said...

It is as beautiful as you.

yoko

Anonymous said...

I should commission you to draw the back alley/back of my house in parkdale. How much would that run a bay street invesment banker type?

Greg

brian said...

I love, love, love all the images in your back alley series! I really hope you put them all together in a book at some point.
I guarantee at least one sale. That should make it worth your while.

Kyu Shim said...

Love the level of detail. Evokes Edward Hopper.

david Bentley said...

Mike

That alley looks very familiar! Could it be we've stumbled down that one, late at night after the evenings festivities, years ago?

Nice work (as usual). Good ta see you're still plodding along the Johnson way.

Keep on truckin'

David Bentley

Carlos V. said...

Really amazing stuff Michael! I just moved to Cleveland from Miami to work at American Greetings properties and I experienced my first ever snowstorm! I must say you captured the snow perfectly with this piece. Anyways great job as always!

Michael Cho said...

Don: thanks, Don! I've got a few more of these that I'll post later.

Paul: thanks, Paul. Chicago is pretty snowy I hear. BTW, where is TN?

Yoko: aww! Thanks, Yoko!

Greg: Thanks, buddy! I'll have to come by your place and see the alleys there myself sometime.

Brian: Thanks, Brian. I'm still working on the book-- it's a slow process. BTW, everyone I know (myself included) is absolutely BLOWN AWAY by your work on the Damned! Your stuff is soooo damn good!

Kyu: thanks, Q. I'm flattered by the comparison, but Hopper is a master, while I'm just another humble artist. Thanks for the thought, though.

Dave: hey, Dave! Nice to hear from you after all these years.

Carlos: thanks! I hope your new job is going well for you.

Mike Thompson said...

Truly impressive, Mike. Great job.

rajesh said...

I am not able to afford you yet, but when I can, you are so in charge of background design on my cartoons.

Michael Dooney said...

these back alley scenes have such a great timeless look and the snow just reinforces that...these are all great...love em!

Michael Cho said...

Mike Thompson: thanks, Mike! I'll post more in a few days

Rajesh: Thanks, Rajesh. Good luck with your cartoons!

Michael: Thanks, Michael. I'm trying to keep them as timeless as possible. Hence why I don't draw any of the cars you usually find parked in the alleyways -- I hate the way car designs tend to date the drawings...