As some long time followers of my blog might know, I spent about 5 years drawing and painting the alleyways of downtown Toronto in my spare time, slowly producing the artwork for this book. I've featured maybe a dozen of the drawings and paintings here in my sketch blog over the years, and you can still find them if you go through the archives. Now those drawings, along with many, many more unseen ones are being published in an 80 page artbook.
Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes will debut at TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in early May. I'll be at the festival, signing copies and promoting the book. There will also be a launch at TYPE Books on Queen street later that month -- which I'll post on this blog later.
In the meantime, I'm grateful to the fine people at Drawn & Quarterly for publishing this book, and thrilled that it's finally complete and available. Here's hoping some of you like it too.
Shown below are a few of the new paintings in the book. They were done in watercolour, goauche and ink on board.