Graphic Design

Oscar Poster Designs 2021

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I just concluded my Oscar poster design series for this year by watching the Best Picture winner last night, “Nomadland”. Oof, that film will stick with me for a while. What an amazing reminder of the beauty and fragility of life. My other favs out of the ones I watched were “Soul” (animation, obv), and “My Octopus Teacher”. Watch them, I mean it! Here’s my eight designs for this year.

See ya next Oscar season!

Seasons of change.

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Last week our little house on 221st street sold. While on a bike ride soon after, it hit me how many big seasons have happened these last few years! Pets come and gone, two kids, a pandemic, two book deals, and many more ups and downs. Whoa.

I had so much fun staying up late while everyone slept, and putting a few of these milestones into quick illustrations. I’m totally not sure what’s ahead of me, but whatever it is, I’m looking forward to a new chapter! I’m grateful for endless possibilities.

“Schitt’s Creek” Paper Doll Set

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We are finally making our way through all the seasons of the genius comedy that is “Schitt’s Creek”. (Yes I know we are late to the party – YOU try watching TV with toddlers!)

This show is getting ALL the acclaim everywhere, and I just absolutely love it, because it’s just SO. CANADIAN. I grew up watching Eugene Levy on SCTV at the edge of my parents bed, not fully getting the sketches, but loving the wild antics. “Schitt’s Creek” was developed by Eugene Levy and his son, Dan Levy. Add on legend Catherine O’Hara and COME ON you can’t even go wrong.

Anyway, anyway, I love all of David’s sweaters, and I thought it would be SO FUN to have a paper doll set of some of his best. It would be fun to do a doll set of all the characters – we’ll see if I have time for that! Until then, here’s David’s! This is was an illegal amount of fun to draw.

Buy art for Christmas!

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Whew, this year is gonna be a liiiiiittle different for Christmas shopping, amiright?? Or maybe you already did all your shopping online, so no change for you.

Either way, it’s my artist duty to remind you that art makes a nice gift! I have a bunch of my original illustrations and poster designs up for sale on my Etsy shop. I sign every print, and include a handwritten note with every purchase as well. Because I love seeing written notes on paper – it’s so rare these days!

I just added this sunflower illustration I did recently, but if you are looking for Christmas-related prints, I also added my “A Christmas Story” character designs as well.

My biggest seller so far is my minimalist poster design for the film “Carol” (2015). As far as LGBTQ films with amazing acting go – it’s pretty high on the list!

Queer colouring pages!

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I did something fun with OutChristian – an awesome organization that works to connect LGBTQ people of faith!

They asked me if I would want to design & draw some queer-themed colouring pages, to remind us all that we will once again be able to gather with friends in our communities. Of course, I never say no to drawing for a queer Christian cause!

They’ve done a great job of making the pages downloadable on their website, but I will post them below as well. ALSO. Even if you’re straight (or of a different or no faith), I think you could still have fun colouring these! πŸ˜€

Hang in there, friends. Sending love to all!

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Local travel posters

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Since I work full-time in children’s animation and illustrating kids books, sometimes I love to dust off my graphic design skills for fun.

I have always loved those vintage-esque travel posters – but who is traveling anywhere right now?? Well, they are opening up some local things around us, which helps ease the Groundhog Day feels a bit.

So the idea came to me to do a couple posters for my fav local Maple Ridge places, as a fun exercise. I have already gotten some custom orders from people – so if you want your fav place illustrated in a poster like this, feel free to reach out! πŸ™‚

Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Provincial Park – this beautiful lake is about a 10 minute drive from our house, and we often escape for the day or bring dinner and let the kids play in the sand.

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Gold Creek, Golden Ears Provincial Park – a fav hiking spot, and a location used often for filming shows & commercials.

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Ridge Meadows Dyke trails, Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows – biking about 25-30K almost every day on these trails has been saving my life during quarantine!

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June 17 update:

A friend commissioned me to design three custom travel posters of their fav spots, with their kids built into the designs! πŸ™‚ Such a fun idea!

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Oscar Posters 2020

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It’s my fav time of year! I have loved the Academy Awards since I was a little kid, and my love of film has only grown since then. A few years ago, I decided to do a poster for any of the nominated films that I managed to see. I don’t get to use my graphic design skills as much anymore working in animation, so this is just a fun exercise to stretch those muscles. I will keep adding the ones I do for 2020 as I do them.

*See below for a gallery of past years posters!

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Previous years 2016 – 2019:

Oscar Posters 2019

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This is always a fun exercise for me each year, since I LOVE film, the Oscars and designing stuff! These are more for me than anyone else πŸ™‚ But if you enjoy them too, then cool! **I only design posters for the films I see, so I can design the poster with the full picture in mind.

I managed 8 this year – here they are together, and then individual designs are below.

Congrats to “Green Book” for winning Best Picture! But really, congrats to every nominee, cuz that must be an amazing feeling! πŸ˜€

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Oscar Posters 2018

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I managed to watch and design 8 out of the 9 Best Picture Nominees for the Oscars this year – one of my fav times of the year! These were all fun to watch and design.

Congrats to all the films nominated, and especially “Shape of Water” for winning Best Picture!

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My Oscar Posters 2017

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This is my tradition of watching the Oscar-nominated films, and then doing my minimalist version of the posters. This past Feb I had MANY more intentions of doing a lot more posters – but it turns out having a baby takes a lot of your time! LOL. Here are the four I managed to squeak out. [I did these in Feb and am only NOW posting them, ack.] ‘Til next year!

 

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