Back from Germany…

When in Germany I bought way too many cool books. New ones, old ones and old ones with a new twist. One of them had some really fantastic watercolour/guache illustrations and looking at it made me want to get my real colours out instead of just colouring in photoshop. I do love photoshop and I’m sure I’ll keep using it but now that I’ve had a little refresh of playing with the colours and mixing them on a palette I realize that I’ve been in photoshop-land a bit too much lately. Good to break old habits and try something new…

This one is a drawing of the classic German ‘Kasperle’, which is the name of the German version of Punch and Judy. Here is the scene where Kasperle outsmarts the devil. I used to love watching Kasperle shows when I was a kid. Some fun with colour here. Creating characters out of arbitrary shapes and forms. And then, last but not least… a night creature. I think my favorite. I like the slightly understated colour.

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Valentines Card Designs

I haven’t been posting all of the new things I’m doing for Draw Me A Lion here of course since that would be too much work and unnecessary but I would like to share this new card designs I just finished for a certain day of hearts that’s coming up next month.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m really excited for this new year because I feel like it holds so much promise. I look back at the past year and all the things I accomplished and all the things I haven’t gotten around to yet and all the victories and all the failures and all the mistakes but mostly all the gooey good stuff in the middle. Keep it coming baby! 2013 Here we come. It’s gonna be a good one! I can feel it in my bones.

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Colour test for Birdos Flugas

I’m having a bit of fun with colour tonight and doing a wee bit of a test for the zodiac project I’m doing for Birdos Flugas. I quite like how this one here turned out. You like?

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Working on a new project

Working on a project for a really cool little shop in Japan right now called Birdos Flugas. I have been commissioned to create a series of zodiac themed cards for them. Trying out a couple of things here but probably this one will be replaced with something new all together. Also tomorrow is the day in my level 2 class where I like to make everyone do a tonal exercise so why not start with that myself… always a good idea and definitely something I don’t do nearly enough of myself. It’s really such a helpful thing to do to organize your image from the ground up so that it can work in any colour you wish later on. You will just need to adjust the tones to match the greyscale version.

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Big Kids Magazine/ Game On!

If you are into cool creative magazines for kids and you don’t know BIG Kids Mag yet, you should definitely check them out! I remember noticing them at first for their really creative and unusual content that’s not neccesarily Just for kids:)

Because of the fact that I’m such a fan, I’m really happy to be a part of their current ‘Game On’ issue. Various artists/illustrators where partnered up with a young artist and asked to recreate their work. I got partnered with Aimee, age 4 from Australia. Here’s the result. Personally I think Aimee’s is much better. Next time I will not be as literal and approach the starting drawing more as a springboard for new ideas me thinks. Of course always good to try a bit of everything. All in all. Fuuuuun! Thanks Big Kids Mag and thanks Aimee for making such a cool drawing! The first one is Aimee’s and the second one is mine.

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Canzine ‘Get In Where You Fit In’ Show

This year as part of Canzine local artists/curators Alex Stursberg and Brennan Kelly where asked to put together a participatory art show. The result was ‘Get in Where you Fit in’, a show that displayed original black and white 8×10 drawings of various local artists/illustrators as well as a large print of these drawings that the public was welcome to colour in and add to. Underneath each print a station of brushes, paints, markers and pencils were set up. What a sweet idea!

I was really happy to be part of this show and was told that a woman came in and coloured my drawing in for a really long and intense time. Awesome. Mission accomplished!

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Book & Beer

Every Year for the past four years, super cool local stationary and gift shop The Regional Assembly of Text holds their annual ‘Book & Beer’. The deal is that about 6 artist get together and each make a limited edition book for the event along with a label for a bottle of beer (brewed courtesy of the Assembly)

It’s always a fun time, there being beer involved and all and this year I too made a book & beer for the event. It was a mini colouring book with drawings of flowers from the Strathcona Community Gardens and of course it comes with some mini coloured pencils.  I’m so sad that I forgot to put up a flyer for the even by the gardens themselves. It would have been so great to see some of the people who actually grew the flowers I drew in the booklet. There were so many other great books (and beers) at the show of course, just like every year. But one can only own so many books as I myself am finding out more and more…. (there is no more space left on my shelves and stacks…)

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A little birdie told me so…

Here is some optimism for the weekend.

Also my class starts again. Time to find my teaching hat, dust it off and put it back on.

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The end of Summer…

It’s been really nice end of Summer weather we’ve been having here. I’m crossing my fingers that somehow it won’t change into any other season… or maybe only for about one month of both fall and winter combined ? That would be perfect for me I think. I just don’t want to get out of these shorts I’ve been wearing all Summer long. Also there are people in my neighbourhood that seem to be eating ice cream at the ice cream place I live near to practically all day due to this nice weather. Can’t blame ‘em though.

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Collaboration: Puzzle with Pop-Up

I did a collaboration with some friends of mine from France a while ago. They are a photo site that on the occasional collaborates with illustrators such as myself on a project. Their site -as the name suggests- functions on a pop-up concept, where you click on a certain number and a collection of photos will ‘pop-up’.

We wanted to do something that really lets you take advantage of the way the site it set up and so Tadaaa, we came up with … A PUZZLE! It’s a spooky but fun forest scene. My friend/collaborator on the project Maximin Costa took the photo and I added all sorts of creatures that would thrive in this kind of environment. See if you can put it together! :)

Make sure to click #16 when you open the site. That’s where the puzzle is.

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Flower Dude

These funny flower dudes keep showing up in my sketchbook. This one strikes me as particularly German looking with his little hat so I thought I’d pick him for show and tell. Other than that… working lots on Draw Me A Lion projects, trying to work on a few personal projects, just finished teaching for the semester and trying to also enjoy the rest of my Summer a bit. Yikes!

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Cute Tattoo Casts at BC Children’s Hospital:)


The other day I finally got to see how the tattoo designs I made for the local company Creative Cast turned out. And they turned out great! :) They even gave me these two little casts with my tattoos on them for me to see how they look like on the actual casts. And I of course also got a bunch of tattoos from them. Yay.

It really makes me super happy to be able to make some cute little kid feel better about their cast. I hope they offer them to adults too at some point. Anyways, super cool project that I had all the creative freedom in the world with and it turned out great, for both me and the client. Hurrah! Perfect world scenario.

My little dog tattoo in midst some other designs featured by Creative Cast. That's about as fun as having something broken will ever get me thinks.

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Memory Drawing

I made my friend a card the other day and drew this on it. It is the memory of her black poodle. It came out a bit beautiful and a bit strange. Just like a memory.

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Uppercase Magazine Feature


I am really honored to be included in the new issue of Uppercase Magazine! It has some amazing people (Isabelle Arsenault, John Klassen, Olvier Jeffers, just to name a few) featured in it and might just be my favorite issue yet! My feature on Advise for budding picture book creators was both fun and challenging to write. What do you include when you have such little space? I think I came up with a pretty comprehensive list of some things that are important to consider for all of those future Picture Book makers out there. Thanks Uppercase! It was a total pleasure:)

More on this topic here on my I Heart Picture Books blog.

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Summer time drawing

Here is a bit of what I’ve been doing lately. So loving hanging out on my porch and getting some quality drawing time in now that the weather is beautiful. This is what I love the most. Maybe I”ll make that one a print for Draw Me a Lion? What do you think?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Here is a little Father’s Day card I made for Draw Me A LIon.

Happy upcoming Father’s Day y’all!

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New artwork

My dream for this one would be if someone wanted to use it for an album cover. I can hear the kind of album it would be, but of course I’m not a musician… so … one of you will have to take care of that bit. ;) A good friend of mine might have something planned for it… we’ll see.

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Drawn

One of my illustrations for the Draw Me A Lion shop is featured on the super fantastico Drawn blog! Drawn is run by a few cool Canadian Illustrators and always showcases some really great stuff, so it’s an honor to be featured on it. Just a few postings before mine is a clip of Chris Ware being interviewed which is great to watch.

The posting was made my John Martz, who also has a great portfolio site. Thanks for posting it John!

Drawn is awesome and if you don’t know it you should totally check it out for tons of inspiration on all things, well, … drawn. ;)

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Two more people

…Who I also don’t know… but they look pretty fun. I feel like they could be part of the same story, but the story starts of from two points of view and then they meet in the middle or near the end somewhere.

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Who is this guy?

I have no idea, but apparently he decided to show up today when I was going to make a quick new drawing. Welcome to the world funny Cloud Shaker guy!

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Fun In the Meadow

I’m starting to be able to draw like when I was little again. And that is sooooo exciting! I feel really good about this one here. It’s much bigger in real life.

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Magic Flute

My mom’s favorite Opera was always the Magic Flute. I have heard it many times and am kinda a fan now myself. I made this drawing and then immediately thought of my Mom. I think it might be really fun for me to do some more drawings from this amazing opera. Also it seems that I’m starting to be able to figure out a way to draw for a more adult audience that still holds true to the overall childlike quality I want to have show through in the work that I put out.

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Ten Paces And Draw – Sendak Tribute

My commemorative Where the Wild Things Are illustration is featured on this  Ten Paces & Draw, Sendak Tribute post today. See if you can find it.

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