Monday, 23 April 2012

I love Black-Footed Ferrets

I saw them on the news and I went nuts! They are soo cute. I heard that ferrets smell bad, so I don't think I'd ever own one. But I will draw one - and have it hang out with me (puns always intended). I know, my rough draft is cuter than the final, which looks like there are drops of blood, but I'm operating under the strategy of not spending long on work and not looking back when it is done. Yes, that is quantity over quality. I should get a red candle for my wall candle holder.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sunshine's Spring Window

Seasonal windows rule, especially if that season is Spring. I was enthusiastic to try my hand at another window display. I was extremely satisfied to have designed this one on the spot, and then have painted it in one evening. I love these colours. I wish that in the pictures the arbitrary purple dots would be more visible. They are my favourite part. 
Since my first window-painting excursion, I have been paying very close attention to retail displays in general. Writing words backwards with a brush too big is difficult and some silly improv had to happen. Hopefully, I get to do a Summer Window, because one, I am enjoying this, two, I already have ideas (especially in terms of a colour theme), and three, I'll research techniques for writing words backward with a brush too big.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Feature in Off The Map Zine

I was featured for Illustration in Off the Map Zine's Spring 2012 issue. See it here! I supplied 4 original illustrations for the article, two of which are seen below. The photo shoot was fun. The photographer, Sian, told very good jokes. I'm pretty honest in my article about the frustrations of finding your calling. I would have liked to be more cheerful and peachy about the whole thing, to match the illustrations if anything. The juxtaposition is interesting though. I look forward to a future interview when I have more things figured out. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Matryoshka Friends

I wanted to give Alex some Matryoshka dolls for his going-away present. A perfect gift for a Russian, no? I hunted for some blank Russian nesting dolls for a while, but after not finding any, I bought a set that were a Penguin Family. I painted right over 'em. Goodbye Penguin Family, hello Alex and Friends. Alex is the big one and he is wearing a fur hat, incase you were wondering what that was. Monika is the second tallest, and she is holding a pug, incase you were wondering what that was. The middle one is Scott, holding a beer. The second smallest is me, holding a bunny. The smallest is Alex's dear favourite kitchen-residing mouse. Making it look like a mouse and accommodating the ears was a fail. Also, I gave it a rat tail, though it is a mouse. 
The reception I got from friends who saw these guys, before I sent them to Alex, was out of this world. I wish that all my work could make people that stoked. Alex himself was especially stoked.

Detail of Scott's luscious locks.

Detail of the back of my head.

Detail of inaccurate rendering of mouse ears and tail.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Portfolio Website

I designed and built my professional portfolio website! I'm already planning the 2.0 version. I realized that vertical, left-aligned navigation is the way to go. But for now, fixed, centered, horizontal navigation it is. This is the second fully functioning website I've ever made! Finding a web host I liked was an absolute nightmare. My 2.0 version portfolio promises to have less confusing categories. I'll make it when I've completed more projects. For now, I think it is pretty sweet.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Holiday Window at Sunshine

(I hastily photoshopped out a street light)

Over the holidays, I did my very first window illustration! Did you know that tempera paint sux? Having to add layer after layer of paint and waiting for them to dry made it all a long process. Otherwise, window painting is fun! I liked it when little kids would stop to look and ask what I was doing. I also like standing on ladders. I'm excited for an opportunity to do more. It was the first time I had to paint in a subtractive sort of way, so I didn't do it right in places. But, now I know! Below are some other designs I was considering. 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Thoughts of Laundry

This is some personal work. It was one of those images that pop into my head and then I can't rest until I put it to paper. The thought of doing open-air laundry makes me feel really calm. Wouldn't it be awesome to live in a small cottage that was on a cliff, overlooking some large body of water? Then hanging the laundry outside and having all the sheets smell so good? Real laundry is a drag though. It usually involves a musty basement or a laundromat.

I like this one, it's ghostly!

Sketchbook page.

I really like this rough prelim.