Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Thursday, August 29, 2013


Friday, August 23, 2013

CD cover

Monday, August 05, 2013


A commission I recently finished. The original is over forty inches in width. A lotta detail. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

This is a book cover I put together off the back of my Buried Treasure series. Can't wait to get myself a copy. Thanks Brad.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


A new series of images I've been working on...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some i-pad sketches

Here are some very simple i-pad sketches I did in procreate. 

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

cd package for A. David MacKinnon

Spent most of the last six weeks working on a very fun project. A cd package design for a yet to be released album for an excellent artist. There is an image for each song and I'll post the rest over time. They are very much in the style of fifties, minimalist animation. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Slow and Tootie

Here is the latest chapter in the life of one SLOW IMPETUS. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Joey Ramone

The first three Record Changer images took mere hours. This one was a killer. Worked on it for days. Now onto Joe Strummer and then Johnny Rotten. 

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Monday, March 21, 2011


Simply put, phone jazz. Business scat. Scatological. Mobile nonsense.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Piano Men

Some sketches I did in Flash over the weekend. Was thinking of those old Record Changer and jazz album covers. Scanned in some R.C. magazines and worked my images into them with a little help from Photoshop. Gene Deitch did a lot of covers for Record Changer. Et voila, here they are, a few hours later all amped up and ready to gig.

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Lazy Eye

Here are a few images from a pitch I'm working on for a video clip for the band The Minotaurs. Going for a fifties meets 2011 style. 

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Sunday, February 13, 2011


     Some brushed up folk.                                

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

As I Walked Out One Evening

Monday, January 31, 2011



I'm just re-posting a few things that are getting lost in the past and undermining the artistic arc of my portfolio.

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A Man and His Dog

I like this particular image because it reminds me of old style chalkboard animation by pioneers like Emil Cohl.

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Did this yesterday. May still add some patterns to the fish bodies to make it less like animation and more like illustration. Or just more interesting all around. This is the place where Doctor Suess and I meet head on. But it may still seem that George Grosz is winning the battle for the control of my disposition.

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I have been working on an idea like this for more than a year. Last weekend I made a card for my neice (Zoe) and then revised it, darkened it. Still working on a stronger composition, as you can see by the thumbnails.

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I am posting this because it reminds me of George Grosz. He is one of my favorite artists of all time. This was a pitch for a Honda job that never happened. A lot of things never happen. That's why these guys are so angry.

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I guess I have been neglecteing this site, but it's not like anybody is looking at it much, and I have been busy with work and pitching for work. I have always hated that phrase "pitching for work". It is very sport oriented. Like baseball or lawn bowling or even worse, fucking cricket. (the assholes' version of baseball) None of which is the point...here are some blue things. Brush and gouache and a speedy delivery. If you have something to say to me I can be reached on tom-gravestock@yahoo.co.uk

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Sunday, January 30, 2011


You might begin to think I am obsesseed with red and black but I think it is just coincidence. Anyhow this was a project I made for the windows of Hibbert Ralph Animation (HRA) in London. There were fifteen A3 panels telling the story of a land/space/underwater pursuit which culminates in a party.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Something for Bryden

Here is a business card I recently completed for a friend. Kind of fun I think.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Easy Chairs

I did this series a quite a few months ago and thought I had posted it. Here it is now. There are actually about ten in total. That's some birch bark as a texture in the background. I think I draw better than that now.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Upper Canada College

Here is my version of something I did for UCC. The final didn't really please me at all as it lost all it's energy and become too straightforward. But that is how it goes. I wasn't doing it for me.
That said, an artist still wants a project to have as much of "them" in it as possible.

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This summer I designed a cd packaging for one of my favourite Canadian bands, The Fembots. I was very grateful to be asked to complete such a task. I only hope I did their great music justice. It was a lotta fun because I was able to do the entire package from cover to label with complete support from the group. Big up to Dave and Brian. I thought I would repost this today as I have just received my copies of the disc this morning. It sounds incredible.

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