Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sparkle

The whole child beauty pageant thing makes me uncomfortable but I do get the desire to dress up in pretty dresses. What girl doesn't want to be a princess or the belle of the ball at least sometimes.
Lately I've been a bit obsessed with looking at bridal gowns and prom dresses. It took some willpower to stop myself from buying a bridal magazine the other day.
I really enjoyed making this drawing. I tried a few new techniques and had fun adding the 'sparkle' to it.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

bellhop

Here is a fun little character sketch that I just finished. I think I might do another version and make it an elevator time machine. I could practice making some mysterious lighting and maybe some fog or mist.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Thanksgiving

This coming monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. So I thought I would make a drawing to celebrate this holiday. It's time to start counting your blessings.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Together

When I saw this weeks topic, together  for Illustration Friday I immediately thought of this illustration that I did for Leola Kennedy's book There's a Reason . It is a lovely children's novel about a girl struggling with the limitations caused by her hearing impairment. Through various situations she comes to learn that she has value and that God has a plan for her life. This story takes place in northwestern Canada during WW2.
Leola asked me to do some little illustrations for her book. I found it to be a more difficult job than I anticipated but Leola was very patient and gave me a lot of encouragement.
Through working on this project I came to realize that illustrating children's books is something I would really like to pursue as a career.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lush

I went off on a different direction than I had started with this drawing. When I thought of Lush (the Illustration Friday topic) tropical plants were the first thing that came to mind. I I thought it would be cool to do a bunch of different tropical Hawaiian plants and maybe a butterfly.

I remembered that my grandparents had gone to Hawaii and that my grandpa had taken a lot of photos of flowers and plants when they were there. And all of the photos are in my basement. (Somehow most if my grandparents photo albums ended up in my possession).

Grandpa used to take a lot of photographs before he went blind. He made a whole album dedicated to flowers and another one of all birds. I think there is even one of frost on window panes.

Well the tropical plants were a little too confusing and difficult for me but a photograph of a Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly on a lilac bush caught my eye. Grandpa actually took quite a few pictures if these beautiful butterflies. So I dedicate this illustration to the memory of my grandfather who had a great appreciation for beauty.



Thursday, 15 August 2013

Fresh

This weeks topic for Illustration Friday is Fresh. I love fresh vegetables out of the garden especially carrots.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Hybrid

The topic for this weeks illustration Friday is Hybrid so I thought I would combine two of my favourite animals. I'm sure a Panda Cat would make a good pet.