Friday, May 29, 2015

ART Happening Artistique's event TOMORROW!

See you all tomorrow for ART Happening Artistique's 'Art Feast' group show event! FB info here:

Image: the stack of all the drawings it took to create the final drawing of my latest painting, 'Gift of Folly'. Drawing on animation paper allows me to keep correcting the drawing. There is no magic, just hard work. You can see the final painting in the show tomorrow!

I also have many drawings for sale on my online store here: 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gift of Folly - last preview

Here is a shot of the new painting 'Gift of Folly' (still in progress). Hope to see you this Saturday at ART Happening Artistique's one day event!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift of Folly - first look

My next painting is about the mythology around the use of anvils in cartoons. The painting is called 'Gift of Folly'. The final painting will be revealed at ART Happening Artistique's event happening May 30th in Montreal. (fb event info:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ART Happening Artistique - group show May 30th

My next group show is coming up soon in Montreal on Saturday May 30th. 'Art Feast' will be an incredible one day event organized by ART Happening Artistique.  I am working on a new painting that will be exhibited in the show.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bride of Boopenstein

Here is the whole painting I created for Slushbox Gallery's NERDCORE III group show that opened on Saturday. It was a fun challenge to create a painting with just black and white. It is a tribute to two of my favorite things to paint: cartoons and monsters. The cartoons are all from the era before color, some of the characters are rather obscure. The frame is custom as well

'Bride of Boopenstein'
acrylic on masonite, custom frame
10"x12" (image) 18"x20" (including frame)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

THAT LAUGH! - reference sculptures

Meant to share this with you all and then (I admit) I totally forgot about it, even after customizing a box for it and everything. While I was making the painting 'THAT LAUGH!', I had made small head sculptures of Daffy and Porky to draw them from tricky angles. With Daffy, I was trying to figure out what his bill would look like in an oblique angle (not often seen in cartoons). With Porky, I cheated a little bit - Porky doesn't actually have much of a neck, but in the painting he does, even though you don't see it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NERDCORE III - opening May 9th!

So the painting previews I've been teasing you all with are for this upcoming group show opening on May 9th at Slushbox Gallery, in West Palm Beach, Florida!  fb event info here:

(I will not be attending the opening in person unfortunately, but it looks like a strong roster of talent lined up. I encourage you to check it out if you're local/in the area.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New painting for May show - sneak peek #2

Here is sneak peek #2 of the yet-to-be-revealed-titled-painting for a group show in May. This is a closeup of the frame. It's pretty old...

Monday, April 13, 2015

New painting for May show - sneak peek #1

Here is a sneak peek of a new painting I completed for a show in May. (I can't tell you what the title is yet, it would give too much away.)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

RiP: A Remix Maifesto

I watched this great documentary recently about copyright laws. It covers it's inception and usage in the past with global insight on how it's evolved in this digital age we live in. Highly worth the watch.

  Official site:

For more art documentaries: Jono's art documentary recommendations

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

color studies and tonals - THAT LAUGH!

 Here are the tonal thumbnails (painted digitally) I made for the ‪#‎painting‬ 'THAT LAUGH!'. From this, the next step would have been the color studies  below. The thumbnail on the bottom left had the best balance of darks and lights.

 Final tonal study. Available here.

Here are the color thumbnails I made for the ‪#‎painting‬ 'THAT LAUGH!'. From this, the next step would have been the color study. I like to see multiple options on the same page for contrast. For the color study, I took the clouds from the one on the bottom left and Porky and Ludwig from the one on the bottom right.
The final color study. Available here.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Last month, I finally completed a painting I started last year which I had been laboring over in between other projects called: THAT LAUGH! (see previous posts). The painting is about psychological repercussions generated by some of my all time favorite cartoon characters. You can read the full story behind the idea for the painting below:

One of my strongest most undeniable influences is the LooneyTunes. Their madcap hysterics brought about more enjoyment and laughter in me than any other cartoons I can think of.  

Daffy Duck from the franchise is my favorite cartoon character of all time. Both his blitz beginnings and conceited conduct arrested my young developing mind. When I discovered Woody Woodpecker afterwards, I enjoyed his early disposition much better: a brash bird with far too much energy. Over time, I found he became heavily gentrified and his cartoons became tamer. Screwy Squirrel is a short lived brain child of one of my heroes, the late great Tex Avery.  Only appearing in five official cartoons and discovered by me while exiting my teens, the character is lesser known to many and has the most abusive antics of the three.  

These cartoon characters didn't just make ME laugh - they had prominent laughs themselves! Woody Woodpecker's laugh is indelible - if you've heard it once, you know exactly who it belongs to. Daffy's 'WOO-HOO-HOO-HOO' laugh is manic and memorable. Screwy's laugh is not as renowned - but certainly taunting. The idea of combining the three of them into a homage painting united by their wacky laughter sat in my conscientiousness for over two years before I would begin the painting. 

But the laughter these characters generated in their cartoons was always at someone else's expense.

Far later in my development, I realized Daffy Duck, Screwey Squirrell and the early Woody Woodpecker were not just pests - they were bullies.  Each of them exerting a combination of physical, verbal or psychological abuse on their chosen victim the whole time LAUGHING while doing it.

But why do we have such vicarious desires over such disrespectful behavior in the first place? The answer I believe is because cartoon characters exemplify our inner selves. They perform acts we would love to do - but could never get away with. It's important to note, behavioral traits (both good and bad) in cartoons characters are inspired by real people.

As much as I admired Daffy, Screwy and Woody's frantic antics, I developed a sense of sympathy for Porky Pig. In cartoons, he would frequently appear timid, ambivalent and taken advantage of. I also think the act of being bullied, is something generally everyone can relate to. Perhaps on both sides of the spectrum. (Myself, I admit, there are times I wasn't exactly an angel to my sisters growing up .)
 Many an animated cartoon would end with a character literally 'going crazy' - in some cases even incarcerated -  by the antics of another.  In the painting, Porky has been driven to the point of madness where he now must seek help from his abuse. The act of confessing maladaptive struggles to a psychiatrist was nothing unfamiliar with me either. Myself, having undergone therapy sessions on two separate occasions before the ripe age of sixteen.

 A conversation in late July 2014 with one of my best friends and concept artist, Tony Mitchell, reminded me that pink is the official color of anti-bullying. This sprang from a campaign started by two males while in High School (coincidentally from my province of birth and development, Nova Scotia) who organized a pink shirt wearing rally in support of a younger student bullied on his first day in school for wearing a pink shirt to class. With that information, I thought it would be appropriate to work the color pink into the image somehow. Porky is already  a pale pink - so that worked out conveniently. His three oppressors in the clouds are cast by an eerie pink light and their taunts at full spectrum. Also, Ludwig Von Drake (who plays the psychiatrist in the painting) dons a pink shirt.   

I think both cartoons and psychology have interested me because cartoons have influenced the behavior of generations of children in ways no one ever really intended. I've forged not only a sense of desire and empathy for cartoon characters I grew up with, but some of my fondest memories to date. Perhaps there's something very unsettling about that. I've  accumulated real world emotions over characters that don't even exist. There is a part of me that tries to battle the reality of knowing I can never actually meet them. And for me, painting them is an act of spending time with them.

-Jono Doiron
 Want to know more about how the painting was created??? Pre-order your copy of the THOUGHTS & PROGRESS: THAT LAUGH! booklet here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'THAT LAUGH!' - color study & tonal study

Both the color study and tonal drawing to the painting 'THAT LAUGH!' are now available on my online store. If you would love to own a piece of the development, and an original at an affordable price, this is a great way!

 'THAT LAUGH!' color study:
-acrylic on illustration board
-8"x10" (image dimensions: 6.75"x8.25")
-signed and dated in graphite pencil on lower right corner. 
-Title and color study stated in lower left corner
-includes a certificate of authenticity

'THAT LAUGH!' tonal study:
-graphite on off white acid free archival paper
-9"x12" (image dimensions: 8.25"x9.75")
-signed and dated in graphite pencil on lower right corner.
-includes a certificate of authenticity
buy this drawing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

THAT LAUGH! - f-i-n-a-l-l-y done!

At last - as promised, the final painting 'THAT LAUGH! revealed if you weren't able to see it in person this past weekend at the YES Montreal Art Expo. It's been quiiiiite a journey with this painting!

acrylic on wood panel

 Screwy Squirrel

Woody Woodpecker

Daffy Duck

Porky Pig

Ludwig Von Drake

Monday, March 16, 2015

YES Montreal Art Expo - THIS WEEK!

Another reason to attend the YES Art Expo this Friday and Satuday: I will bring along with me some folders containing my development drawings that I will flip through with you and show you my process. (I will have many drawings for sale as well.) I look forward to seeing you there! You can find more info here. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THAT LAUGH! - last laugh

This is an excerpt from my latest painting called 'THAT LAUGH!'. It is a visual feast of terror, laughter and anxiety and I can't wait to show it to you all! Come chat with me at the YES Montreal Art Expo, March 20-21st and to see the painting in person. (I'll post the final painting in it's entirety after the event.) I will have many other works on display and for sale too.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

THAT LAUGH! - almost done!

So, I'm just adding the finishing touches to the painting 'THAT LAUGH!'. Find out what's so funny when you see the painting at the YES Art Expo March 19-21! Info here: