Yes, you read that correctly, we’re looking to fill our internship positions once again, specifically for the role of graphic design. This is a 40 hours per week position, working on site from our Liberty Village down town Toronto office. Working in Mac platform, with Adobe CS 5.5. Starting in early may and running straight through until the end of August. This position pays $1000 / month. There is the possibility to earn more money with trade shows, events and staff events.

The ideal candidate will have 2 to 3 years of schooling under their belt, have a passion for beer, both domestic and imported. Enjoy the freedom of an open concept office space. Be able to manage the custom pos program as well as any other design tasks that we can throw at you (ie.) Maps, ppt slides, social media advertisements, t-shirts & uniforms, banners, tent cards, posters and menu’s…

The possibilities are endless, but I warn you now, this isn’t for the faint of heart or the fair weather friend. The hours will fill up quickly, the learning curve is both steep and unforgiving but ultimately rewarding.

Gather up your portfolio, cover letter and resume and e-mail them directly to:
Mark.Holyome@moosehead.ca

Interviews are slated to begin the week of April 21st – 25th, 2014.

Spread the word far and wide, and get a foot in the door with a great Canadian family owned business. Learn the ropes of in-house graphic design, and work as part of an extensive marketing team spanning from coast to coast, the USA and Quebec.

Good luck to you all.
-M

In the spring I had been watching various different Youtube videos on air brushing and resin model kits (Godzilla®, King Kong®, and some supremely well crafted Predator® kits that were being produced out of Thailand). I really wanted to get back into air brushing and tried to track down a model kit of modest price on my own. I did not succeed, but then, our friend announced she was headed to China for the summer and I asked her, if she were out and about one day, and it didn’t impede on any other events she wanted to undertake, could she look for a model kit of King Kong® or some other such hollywood creature when on a walk about. So several weeks passed, and we were not in contact, but I felt the urge to look around Markham to see what I could see. Well not much luck in the few places I was looking, but I found a Warhammer 40K® titan robot model, which I promptly built and thoroughly enjoyed putting together.

So off to Amazon.ca I fled in search of another robot, and there I found (re-discovered) Gundam model kits from Bandai. I remember seeing these when I was younger and wondering “How on earth do you fit such a massive robot in such a flat box?”, well let me tell you, it’s because they come shipped to you in about 500 pieces and you get to assemble the whole lot yourself with instructions written in Japanese. So, obviously as a youth I didn’t care for the idea of spending money on a model kit and then either losing pieces to my family’s dogs, or losing interest in it and not bothering to finish. I guess now that my day job consists of multi faceted projects, and a myriad of shifting project needs, I now have the attention span and desire to spend 10 – 30 hours working on these incredible mechanical items.

And my God there are so many of them!, so many different shapes and sizes, which meant I had to do a bit of reading and research to figure out the whole HG, MG, PG kit ratings. Although to be honest I started with a 1/72 scale Armored Core item from Kotobukiya which nearly drove me crazy. Those pieces are so damn small!! My manual dexterity is in the toilet. But I spent around 9 – 11 hours on that Armored core item and was really proud to get those couple of hundred pieces together.

A new obsession is born. After that kit, I went on to build a whole slew of other items:

1/60 Strike Freedom Lightening Edition • 1/72 Valkarie Macross • 1/60 GAT-X105 Strike • 1/100 Sinanju Stein • 1/100 EXS Gundam • 1/100 Hi-Nu Gundam • 1/100 Nu Gundam • Just starting a 1/100 Geara Doga with a 1/100 MSN 04 Sazabi Ver Ka on the way.

Needless to say I’ve taken to this hobby. I will admit to never having watched the show in any of its iterations. I tried to watch one of the movies on Youtube, but I just couldn’t get into it. This is really something you can dive in to though, holy cow! You can lose yourself in hours of details if you want to. There are pistons and wires, and joints and plates you can mess with, not to mention those modellers who create battle damage or dioramas. It can get pretty insane, and depending on how obsessive you are, it can be a long journey. Hence, a long walk to Mecha. A not to subtle knock on the pilgrimage to Mecca, but not really. More of an interesting head line than anything else really. I digress.

The culmination of this model building was to be a full on 1/60 scale resin mecha model kit. I went through G-System Best (did not have a good experience with them), and ordered an AGX-04 Gerbera Tetra that looks pretty awesome. See images below.GBT 1 GBT 2 GBT 3

Now the on-line spec’s list a few things which once received, proved to not be true: (a) This item was not cast in multiple colours as advertised, it all came in tan resin. (b) the electro plated thrusters were in plain resin, with no plating on them. (c) the pre-assembled NewG internal structure came in pieces not in a separate gift box. (d) I ordered on Oct 4th, had a shipping notice on Oct 10th, and then by Dec 1st, 2013 I had not received anything. So I wrote back to them again asking after my order (realize that paypal lists your address and details for vendors to see) and had to supply them with my address and shipping details for the fifth or sixth time. But I will say this, after the second set of emails asking for my item it arrived from Hong Kong in six days.

The only kit that I have tried to paint was the 1/100 EXS Gundam: Below you’ll find a few of the steps I took. It turned out ok, but if I could do it over again I would paint the white pieces individually, rather than on the sprue (worked great for the few blue items). And I would have painted in a spot with far better ventilation. I also didn’t bother with too many of the stickers. It was my first time with Dry Transfers, and I should have practiced first, because I came away with some good chunks of the logos on my fingers from handling them improperly.

Which reminds me, I am scared to death of the Photo Etch parts that came with my GSB order, oh my!

All in all I’d say it is a fantastic hobby, if you are trying to maintain some sort of manual dexterity, working on your focus, or just trying to do something physical where you can see the advances you make daily. I work in a digital setting on a computer, so having a physical item constructed right in front of me is a great feeling that i don’t get much of on a day to day basis. Also fun fact, learning to follow instructions in a foreign language you can neither read nor understand is a great way to let off steam, once you begin to rant and rave!

Later – M

A few weeks ago; October 6th, 2013, I reached a bench mark at my current position that I initially didn’t think was possible. I have been a full time graphic designer for Moosehead Breweries Limited | The Premium Beer Company for five years and counting. This is something I consider to be an achievement, for a few reasons. The first being a rather funny anecdotal experience.

When I first interviewed here back in September of 2008, I met with two Marketing professionals who were looking to begin a pilot project for bringing in as much design work in-house as they could, as a cost savings measure, and as a way to ensure more overall cohesion in the materials being created. (**Both marketers and the VP at the time are now no longer with the company). During the last portion of the interview process I met with the VP of marketing here and the first words out of his mouth were “You know Marketing is a tough business, there can be a lot of turn around, two years is a long time here”. Two years? I thought to myself, that isn’t a very long time to drop what I am doing and come aboard here, only to have to continue the job search 24 months later, if that. But I was young, and hopeful and was thinking about time in traditional terms, not Marketing Department terms. After a few weeks in, I came to understand that in fact two years was a long time, and in agency terms it was a lifetime.

We’ve managed to cover an awful lot of ground at Moosehead. Being the entirety of the Art dept for 3.5 years was a tough, but ultimately fulfilling task.Since then I’ve managed to grow the dept by one, and added in an alternating GD internship which is open to college applicants in southern Ontario. As a unit we cover all of Canada, the United States, and a few far flung points around the globe (mainly Singapore, the UK, and South America). We’ve tackled everything from Billboards and fleet graphics, to labels and cartons, to story boarding web commercials and event video loops down to customizable POS items for accounts across the country.

So many great people have passed through here, and I’ve collaborated on some really wonderful projects and brands. I’ve learned so much, and have been afforded a chance to break new ground and test ideas of my own. I’m thankful for the 5 years I’ve had, and I look forward to as many more!

Cheers!

4667 note worthy projects and counting as of Nov 4th, 2013.

Bean-Un
So I have seen this funny meme running around on the “Awesomer” website, and I thought I would give it a go. So enter Mr. Bean in his next international spy movie role, as Kim Jung-Il’s new covert spy son Bean-un. There is currently a fire alarm ringing here, so while we wait for further instructions, I thought I’d go ahead and post this!
Have a good Friday.

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Go donate on Kickstarter while there is still time!

Go donate on Kickstarter while there is still time!

Still available on Kickstarter for your supporting dollars!

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So the great people at ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics); Have decided to form a Kickstarter campaign for a sci-fi/horror film by Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis, that will celebrate Animatronics and Makeup FX . Help keep FX real!

I’m a huge fan of practical effects work, and these guys are some of the best. They came out of working from Stan Winston, you know THE Stan Winston, that creative force behind The Predator® and Aliens® and The Terminator® to name drop just a few. These guys are kicking it into high gear and are going to make a full feature creature film using hand crafted make-up, scale models, suits and animatronics to show Hollywood that there is just no substitute for the real deal.

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If you love Sci-Fi and creature films from the 80′s & 90′s, but are not too thrilled with the over dependence on CG then this is a project for you to get behind.

Donate what you can!
Go to:
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Find them on facebook, watch their videos on youtube, visit them online and watch the magic happen!

“ADI Concept Art by Mike Broom and Alec Gillis”

This has been an entry I have meant to write since I purchased this blog space on WordPress, but I haven’t really managed to put what I want to say down in words as of yet. I came by Crohn’s Disease honestly (not sure there are other methods other than sudden trauma, sickness or stress, and in my case genetics). So why now, well I was fully diagnosed in 2005 after I graduated from University (I had all ready graduated from a 1 year college program at this point with some interesting developments in my illness & symptoms). Up until now, that had been the last year of a major flare up and a follow up colonoscopy. I haven’t had a flare up, but since it has been 8 years, and a new gastro Dr, and some changing symptoms we felt it best to have a poke round.

Part of why I am writing is that as a thirteen year old tween, I felt pretty different, and uncomfortable, and had some unpleasant bouts of depression, and low-ish self esteem. But Crohn’s isn’t a reason to give up on everything you enjoyed before being affected by it. Mind you, while I had a nasty and confusing case, I haven’t needed a Brookes ileostomy, or a colostomy bag (so I count myself as lucky). I do have a very ulcerated bowel, a mess of a Duodenum and ileum. The next step up in prescription medication are the Biologics, and that’s about $25,000 a year. So yes even with the pain, and blood and threat of a stress induced flare up I count myself lucky.

You can go to school, play sports (I wrestled and played soccer in between flare-ups in high school, and played Rugby and rowed a little bit in university) I also sang, danced and played trombone from grades school through until university. All in all, over my high school career I didn’t miss that much time to illness, although my roughest patch from what I recall was about 1-2 months off school. I had good enough grades prior to, and was doing homework issued to me by some understanding teachers, that I was able to pass on to the next school year uninterrupted. Yes there were a lot of sucky, sad, depressing weeks and months interspersed in there, but it gets better with age, and as you build character and gain a better perspective on what really is important. As shitty as I felt, I didn’t have cancer, and more likely than not this wasn’t going to outright kill me. Even when it felt like it was. So chin up. Find a hobby you can do sick or healthy. Drawing, painting, singing, playing a small to mid size instrument. These things will keep you in a happy place when everything else goes to pot.

I was about 13 years old when I had my first bout. I had been really ill over the Christmas Holidays (as was the usual case for me when vast quantities of food was available) I think I had a crazy flu, that led to some nasty night sweats and hallucinated dreams, and general unpleasantness. A few months later while on a school graduation trip (Grade 8 Wonderland trip). I ate some questionable items from a snack bar and then spent about 5 hours in the mountain toilet feeling like a balloon was inflating and then constricting in my bowels. By far not the worst bout I’d had, but for a first introduction it was enough. Then the big symptoms sort of went away, and I spent a great amount of time feeling bloated and uncomfortable after every time I ate (anything, could be fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, sugar, starch, water, rice etc etc…) all of it left me sore and in some sort of gastric distress. By the time I was sixteen, and in high school, I was going to the toilet about 16 – 20 times a day (Gas, mucous, and lots of abdominal pain). I had a few odd moments of throwing up in my principals car one time when he was the only one available to drive me to my Dr’s office. (Did I mention that at that time I lived in rural Ontario (Erin. Pronounced Air-in to those who weren’t born there, and Ear-in to those who were). Any way, I had a fair few occasions where I had to rush to one Doctor or another for a shot of Demoral or whatever in my hip/butt.

I was put on Diecetel, and had a stash of some other prescription that dissolved on the tongue and numbed everything from my mouth to my anus. (Levsin I believe) or some such like that. I had a few colonoscopy’s and gastro-oscopy’s (4-6) of them between 15 -18 years of age, and they all turned up inconclusive. Seems my body does a good job at camouflaging any internal damage. Later I would also find out that the effects of Crohn’s on your innards is very similar to that of Celiac Disease. Although with drastically different methods of control and containment.

There is about 20 years of stuff I can tell you. Gory details, and graphic explanations of things that happen to your body. Take vitamins early on, and although you may vomit an awful lot, protect your teeth with as much vim and vigor as you can muster. Hair grows back, and looks a whole lot nicer after a lengthy flare up, but your teeth & bones not so much. In between flare ups you should really try to maintain a work out regimen. Stay positive, and stay healthy.

Anyway, with a scope to under go tomorrow, I just thought I would take some time and put some thoughts down on paper, such as it is. I’ll have more to say on this at a later date.

Cheers! -M

Yes, so here I am back again after a brief respite. I have been having a bit of an issue with all things art, and I have been trying desperately to rekindle a lost sense of joy and wonder with art in general. Not to say that i will not continue to draw and paint (I have a few items in the works for my wife and my nephews for the new year). But I have been trying to combat a sense of ennui that I couldn’t seem to shake. It isn’t full scale depression, nothing that serious. I think my main issue was that rather than doing something for the sheer joy of it I was always concerned about the final product, was it going to be awful, would it be a waste of time or a half hearted effort if it didn’t immediately click or work as an art piece. Recently I’ve really had to push myself to just do something, anything, to get back into the swing of things. Perhaps because my day job is producing commercial art for other people, based on their wants and needs rather than as my own artful expression (sounds artsy fartsy I know). This fear of doing something crappy, or not “up-to snuff” has left in its wake a fair few projects over the last year or two ( too many to mention) although my awesome room is littered with half started, partially finished items in a wide range of mediums. Pencils, inks, acrylics, pastels the list goes on.

However, during the summer I stumbled across this website called “Side Show Collectibles” and all of the amazing items on their just got me so excited, but they are also not cheap, so how do you get all of those fantastic items, without paying the $$$$$$? Easy, teach yourself to sculpt free standing figures, and make your own custom version of the pieces you just can’t get out of your head. Sounds like fun, and IT IS!, Although I am so not a sculptor by trade, training or inclination. But I just love the feeling of getting my hands dirty, and working with the clay in my hands. I like this because I work in a digital medium all week long, and as much fun as I have putting together very colourful 2D and even 3D displays, print ads and apparel, it is really something to see a creation come together in real time, in real space, with the work of your own two hands. Not that Graphic Design isn’t a major love in my life, believe it is. I wouldn’t do it 40 hours a week, plus evenings and weekends, reading and researching and refining my technique constantly. I’m far from finished learning about the many facets of digital & print design.

But with private art works i can really open up and tackle things I wouldn’t normally do at work, and that can be very freeing, and invigorating. Which is the point! To be inspired, and excited and to really get zoned in and not realize how many hours are just whizzing by. That is a tremendous feeling, and one that I have been trying to recapture since my days of drawing comic books and when I really got hooked on Photoshop compositing.

A really great sculptor at Stand Winston Studios named Steve Wang said “Art is a lonely life, so if you don’t love it, why would you spend you life doing it?”. I may have paraphrased that a little bit, but it is true. Art, whether digital or hand crafted usually isn’t a team activity, it is just you and the project for hours on end. If you don’t love it, why spend your life alone doing it? So there I was, working day in and day out, being very technically proficient, but not getting that rush, or feeling a zeal for it. You know what makes art more fresh and appealing, tackling new art in a format you are super unfamiliar with, that pushes you to try new things and get out of your comfort zone or “rut”. Now the lessons I am learning about proportion, and posing, and light and shape and form is really adding a new dimension to my design work. All I had to do was reawaken that love & lust for life that had been slowly leaking out of the every day experience. Does that make sense?

So the first three items that I tackled were : a generic super cop (sans head and hands), a Tinkerbell inspired fairy for my wife, and an as of yet uncompleted Ariel from the Little Mermaid®

They are far from perfect, and in most cases they are about capturing the essence of a personality and the pose rather than being show pieces with crazy detail. I only started doing these about 3 weeks ago, so I hope that in another 3 week I will progress a bit more, and maybe just maybe i’ll get to the point where I will use super sculpey and then bake & carve out a finished piece that I can sand & paint and display. Until then i will just continue to indulge my artsy side, and continue to hope that my zest for art will work its way further into my daily projects.

If anyone has any sculpting tips or tricks they’d like to fill me in on then just leave a comment.

Cheers!

-M

Movember

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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So it is that time of year again. Time to shave your face clean then unleash all unholy hell across it in terms of garish facial hair. Last year i did the handle bars, this year i will stick with the classic and ever popular Tom Selleck. All upper lip baby, all the way all the time. Enter hilarious Ron Burgundy quote here. So i am raising money and awareness this time around. 2 years official but this is technically my 4th year growing a Mo.
Even if you don’t want to give any cash to support cancer research ( i know it is for prostate by why be so particular in this day and age. Cancer has affected a large portion of us. A quick side note here,  i read this book once that said cancer and its mutations could be god attempting to usher man into its next stage of evolution. I wasn’t offended by the statement but i didn’t much care for the sentiment. End of side bar)
Long story short show your support pneumonia way or another. Be a Mo bro
Here i  am all cleaned up for Movember 1st.

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I am writing this on my Samsung so i apologize in advance for any possible spelling mistakes.

Search Mark holyome on http://www.movember
.com and help me out if you’d like.

Cheers.

Yes, I’ll admit it, I like nothing more on any given work day than to close my office door, and tune out the outside world so that I can concentrate; other people be damned. I have my moments when I want to stand at the water cooler and chat about this or that, but 98% of the time, I’m alone in my space, doing what I love to do, design, draw and create interesting images. It isn’t that I hate people, no not at all, I just find myself not caring so much about whatever they have to say if it should stray from the particular project I’m working on, or have scheduled to begin in the not to distant future. Perhaps I sound cold, or callus. I assure you I am not. Blunt like a grey cinder block? yes, I’ll give you that. My wife likes to refer to me as a robot some times, purely in jest I believe.

But words are petty and actions speak louder than words. Probably why I like to write out letters rather than speak on the phone. I’m sure that having the time to carefully choose ones words, and craft a funny, nasty, churlish, or instructive letter makes me fell smarter than I really am. I can come up with a decent vocabulary when I have the leisure to do so, but when I speak in person, I sputter and swear, and generally repeat myself and am at loss for words that actually say what I mean. A charismatic orator I am not. I did a whole slew of on stage performances when I was in grade school, high school, college and university, but the desire to be front and centre has withered and wasted away. I can give a clear and concise speech, hell I’m too worrisome to just try to wing it, so I’d write it out and learn it, like a good little thespian would. But as any director of mine will tell you, I tend to mouth the words of the other actors as they say them, so I know when I am supposed to speak next. Ha. Talk about losing the suspension of dis-belief. But I’m slowly edging off topic.

The topic, being some what anti-social in a world that is now dominated by “social media”. I imagine on all outward facing fronts, I seem rather social. I have a Youtube account where I post videos, a Deviant Art account where I upload artwork, a NAPP account for my photoshop portfolio, a facebook account, and I tweet some times. But to me, these things aren’t social. It ends up being something I can broadcast what I’m doing without actually having to call or speak to individual’s about what I have done, or am not doing. Remember when, back before ICQ, if you had something really great happen, or you had a birthday, you actually had to call every one of your relatives one after the other, to thank them for cards or gifts or just to say hello. Forever repeating the same sentiments over, and over, and over again, until your ears hurt from pressing the phone to your head for what felt like days on end? Do you remember that? I do. But now, I just post it, and then if anyone cares to they can read it and know what’s going on over in my corner of the country. I’m sure the term “lazy” fits into that lack of desire to call or make an effort to reach each friend or family individually. But, I tell myself, I’m busy, I commute several hours a day, I have this to do or that to do. Isn’t it just easier to broadcast messaging tailored to no one in particular so that everyone who reads it doesn’t feel like they are coming up against an on-slaught of private jokes and inside quips?

So, I know you, odds are I even like you, I just don’t want to talk to you. I’m hard of hearing, and everything these days is just way too loud. I can’t discern your voice from the stereo, or the train, or the traffic noise. I nod my head and say uh-huh a lot, even though I didn’t hear a word you said. I’m a terrible lip reader, so watching your mouth the whole time only helps a little. So, no I don’t want to talk to you. Bastard!, you say, Jerk! who do you think you are!?! you say. I say, I am you, because you do it too. We all have some of these anti-social social media tendencies. Facebook wouldn’t be at how ever many billion users if we weren’t. (Although many of you aren’t hard of hearing, just pacing and waiting for your turn to talk). Is that what your communications feel like these days, not collaboration, not listening, but hearing noises, waiting for a pause, until you have the chance to jump in with your two cents.

This is slightly off topic, but some times near the end of my commute when the train is much, much quieter, and there are two people sitting and chatting on my good side, I listen. Some times, two people are talking and having two very different conversations. Each one is single sided, but they flow together like the people are actually communicating. I found this to be astonishing at first, but it is like those “give away” scenes at the end of “The Sixth Sense”. When you see it the first time you think all is as it should be, but when the twist is exposed, so too do you see the holes, and you think, How Did I Miss That? How did you, indeed.

So to sum up. Do I hate people, Nope. Do I prefer constructive written communication over verbal, yep (Expecting that such foibles as emotion, sarcasm or some such isn’t employed as it tends to go a miss, unless expressed in a very poignant way [side bar, has anyone figured out a proper sarcasm font or type treatment yet???]). Are you being social when broadcasting via social media, Nope. When was the last time you had a decent conversation with your television set, or radio? The internet is different as you can achieve instantaneous responses, but with trolls and what not, is that a fulfilling social connection or experience? Hardly. When we are face to face, do we listen and communicate, or wait for a gap in the noise and jump in with our own two cents, not always, but I see it an awful lot more now than I did prior to the internet boom.

If we can find a quiet place to chat, and I’m not at work, then lets do so. Just turn your phone off and I promise I will listen to you.

-M