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! 🙂
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.
Gold Creek, Golden Ears Provincial Park – a fav hiking spot, and a location used often for filming shows & commercials.
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!
June 17 update:
A friend commissioned me to design three custom travel posters of their fav spots, with their kids built into the designs! 🙂 Such a fun idea!
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!
Previous years 2016 – 2019:
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 🙂 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! 😀
Since I have been home taking care of Robson the last few months, AND trying to keep up with my full-time gig – doing any additional sketching seems like a pipe dream! BUT… once in a while, I am able to carve out a precious hour or two to do some art for myself.
Here are a few I have done so far:
Robson in the Woods admiring the trees as she does on our daily walks. 🙂 [digital]
Robson running around with multiple sweaters all day. Sometimes she wears 3 at a time. 🙂 [digital]
Robson and I go to the same park almost every day near our house. I love looking at this massive tree that reminds me of a mysterious cave. I finally drew it from memory. 🙂 [digital]
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!
Every year I love to reimagine the Oscar-nominated films in quick posters that I design. It’s mostly just a fun exercise for me. The only rule is that I have to see the film, and then one scene or image that sticks out or sums up the film, will make up the poster.
Here’s what I came up with!
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 🙂
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”  – I thought the acting was superb in this film. What a tremendous true story of perseverance, strength and courage. Loved it!
“The Imitation Game”  – 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.
“Boyhood”  – 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.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”  – 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.
“Whiplash”  – The acting on this film was incredible as well. Somehow a music class and a drum teacher made for an incredibly fascinating film.
“Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”  – 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 🙂
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” 
“Captain Phillips” 
“American Hustle” 
“Dallas Buyer’s Club” 
Here they all are together 🙂