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Willow Tree Wedding Illustration

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A few months ago, a friend from the studio asked if I would do a custom illustration for her wedding invitations. They were getting married by a willow tree, so she wanted that incorporated πŸ™‚ It was definitely fun to do, I sort of wanted a Golden Book feeling… and of course it was so great that she was so happy with it. πŸ™‚

Here is the finished illustration:

colour_FINAL_Nov4Here is a close-up of the bride and groom:

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Here is what I did for the actual front of the invite:

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Oscar Posters 2015

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I have been holding out to see “Selma” before posting these, but I still have not been able to find that anywhere…. alas one day I will, and shortly thereafter add my version of the poster to this collection.

There were 8 nominees this year, and I decided against seeing “American Sniper”. So I will hold any comments or feelings about that film to myself πŸ™‚

The other 7 [sans “Selma”] I managed to see…. and I found them all to be incredible in their own way. I am listing them from Most Enjoyed to Least Enjoyed, which is of course only my opinion. Posters to follow: [click for larger versions]

“The Theory of Everything”Β  [2014] – I thought the acting was superb in this film. What a tremendous true story of perseverance, strength and courage. Loved it!

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“The Imitation Game” [2014] – Another true story. Heartbreaking, and almost unbelievable what one man accomplished – and what he unjustly suffered afterwards. Such an important story and an incredible film.

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“Boyhood” [2014] – I wasn’t sure what to make of this film, except that I knew it was filmed over so many years. But after seeing it, I think it was quite beautiful. Linklater was able to create a film that really did feel like snapshots of a lifetime; almost like when you think back to your own upbringing. Great film.

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” [2014] – The colour palettes and cinematography on Anderson’s film are always magical. This one was so saturated and almost hyper-real, but it really fit the world. One of my favs of his films.

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“Whiplash” [2014] – The acting on this film was incredible as well. Somehow a music class and a drum teacher made for an incredibly fascinating film.

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“Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” [2014] – While I didn’t care for this film as much as the general public, I can appreciate the long trucking shots and the interesting choices made for cinematography sake. I sort of liked how it ended as well πŸ™‚

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A commission: Steve & Carolyn

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One of my favourites things to do is to do sketches or illustrations for people for special occasions. It is always surprising when people contact me, and what they want drawn – it’s never a dull moment!

This one was fun – a childhood friend contacted me and said that a good friend of her was getting married, and they wanted to give her and her fiance a special gift at the wedding shower. But they also wanted a version of the drawing done like a colouring book, so the kids could colour it! That was a fantastic idea, I thought!

Here is the rough sketch I did of them – colerase blue pencil on animation paper. [I did a bunch of sketches from the pics my friend sent me, but this was the sketch I liked the most.]

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Here is the “colouring book” version of the drawing. I cleaned it up digitally instead of inking it by hand because then it takes a while to get rid of the blue pencil.

sheila_cleanFINALHere is the final coloured illustration – my friend told me she always wears purple, so I made sure to make her dress purple πŸ™‚ I also added some details from an outfit she was wearing in one of the photos I was sent. [See below for engagement photo of Steve & Carolyn to compare to drawing.]

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Congrats Steve & Carolyn! Hope you liked the illustration πŸ™‚

A Kids Book – Work in Progress

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For quite a while now I have been working on illustrating a kids book with a friend of mine who has written one, and figured out all the publishing details. My life and work at the studio has kept me very busy and has made this project go very slowly…. but it is getting there one page at a time!

I have done roughs, a rough colour script, and so far two of the spreads. Here is a cropped sneak peek of two of the spreads.

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Stay tuned for more!

Oscar 2014 movie posters: reimagined

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I have watched the Oscars every year with my dad since I was a little girl, so it is a definite highlight for me every year! Now that I live in a different province, watching the Oscars with my dad becomes a bit challenging! But this year, he is flying over for a visit, so the three of us will have our own Oscar party, and I cannot WAIT.

SO. This year I am trying something different. We are trying to see at least all the Best Picture nominations [not to mention of COURSE the Best Animated Features!!] – so of the ones we watch, I am making a simple graphic movie poster of what message stood out most to me. So far I have made 3 posters. **UPDATED – I have made 8 of 9 posters – I have decided not to see “Wolf of Wall Street” – I saw the other 8 so here they are!

****BEST PICTURE WINNER “12 Years a Slave” [2013]

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“Captain Phillips” [2013]

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“Gravity” [2013]

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“Nebraska” [2013]

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“Philomena” [2013]

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“American Hustle” [2013]

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“Dallas Buyer’s Club” [2013]

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“Her” [2013]

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Here they all are together πŸ™‚

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Showing the process of digital painting – ish.

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One of the commissions I had to do for someone as a Christmas gift this year, has been given, so I am free to post about it! πŸ™‚ This one was interesting – well they all are, as every illustration has everyone’s own sentimental and individual expectations and emotions attached to it.

But this one had a lot of elements! A couple had just got engaged…. on a basketball court. The person who commissioned me to illustrate this for them, also wanted me to incorporate Mexico, where they fell in love; dogsledding – a passion of theirs, and their local SPCA – where they volunteer.

It was also to be full colour. I decided to do this digitally, as things are easier to manipulate, especially with all those elements. Here is a step-by-step snapshot of my process…. the bottom is the final one! I am happy to say they are happy with it and that’s all that matters in the end. πŸ™‚

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A Mo’- Success!

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This was the first year I decided to jump into the Movember ring and try to raise some money for men’s cancer. Tams and I have men in our life who have been affected by this… and let’s face it, we all know or love someone who has been touched by this. Let’s do what we can to support one another! Some amazing people donated, and we managed to raise almost $400 throughout my month of sketching! It was definitely an exercise in major time-management, but I was so thankful for the opportunity to stretch myself and try some different styles.

My beautiful wife made a contribution, and asked me to draw Santa for Day 30 – so below is a digital painting of what we came up with. We had also just watched the Christmas classic “One Magic Christmas” – so the ending scene had some influence on it as well.

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Below is the month in sketches! Thanks again everyone!

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Day 29 – My Dad

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My Dad is probably my most favourite man on the planet. While we may not agree on everything, he is the most generous, loving and funny man I know. I am so thankful he is my Dad! He had the best handlebar stache in the 70s, so I had to sketch it for Movember πŸ™‚

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Groucho, hockey, Disney & Mr. Potato Head.

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Never know what cast of characters will be thrown together for the latest batch of Movember sketches!

Donate here! http://ca.movember.com/mospace/8179729

Day 19 – Canadian hockey legend Lanny McDonald. Digital sketch.

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Day 20 – Groucho Marx. Stache & comedy legend, obviously. Digital sketch.

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Day 21 – Walt Disney, the original Imagineer. Digital sketch. I gotta practice my painting of realistic people. Man, that’s the hardest. But this was great practice.
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Day 22 – Mr Potato Head! Plastic stache and all. Brush pen on moleskin. I was drawing it while we were speeding down the highway [through construction], so the lines are wibbly!

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Petsecure dog & cat poses

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Some of the latest dog and cat poses for one of my clients: Petsecure Pet Insurance.

Started with rough pencil sketches – end product is digital.