Scenic plate illustration / WIP

It’s been a super cold week. I’m not that busy with the day job, but I’ve still been so utterly lethargic all week.  It’s mid-February: Canadian winter depression kicking in full gear. So it was nice to do something bright and warm (below) as part of some work-in-progress for this month’s MATS Bootcamp assignment.


I’ve had a hard time starting this assignment and doing the preliminary sketching. The “mini” (our warm-up sketching before the monthly assignment) was about looking at scenic plate design. I was feeling stuck with my hand drawing and not being able to come up with my “scene” so I thought I would jump into Photoshop to do a quick sketch and work out the colour and placement of objects. But, I’ve found that I’ve been obsessively working on this drawing these last two days. A nice bit of a breakthrough and a boost to end the week.

Now, if only I could start the REAL assignment. (Am very behind!) I need to psych myself up for some painting on a piece of wood!

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Drawing away


So my first assignment for MATS bootcamp is to create a journal cover around the theme (or extension of the theme) of Edwardian brooches. The very first week, we are given the “mini” assignment which was to research and draw the brooches. I haven’t drawn so much in the last few weeks (and so regularly) as I have for this project. However, I’m finding it much harder to translate this into a finished, polished product. Have been feeling more held back with technology as I’ve been trying to bring my sketches into a finished digital piece of work. Not that it has to be digital, but my vision has been to have some hand-drawn work combined with vector work. I think this is where I need to still spend so much more time. I know how to draw, I know how to use illustrator, but it’s the bridging of the two and really making it into something I really love.  Assignment is due this weekend. AaaaH! Trying to think of above: Just do. Don’t over think…

Here is a small compilation of some of my sketches:


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Gone to bootcamp

I signed up for Lilla Rogers MATS (aka. Make art that sells) bootcamp and just started this week! My dream has alway been to be an illustrator. Am no where near a career as one yet, but I signed up for this to grow, to get into a regular drawing routine, stretch and experiment, build a better portfolio, and learn from my peers and from the best in the industry. So excited, and nervous. Hopefully will have more to share.


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Swiss Miss: Don’t complain, do something about it.

Happy, Happy 2015! I really haven’t kept things going here this past year. The latter half of the year was nuts with family and work and simply keeping the house semi-kind-of maintained. I thought it would be most appropriate to start the new year with this video of Tina Roth Eisenberg, aka. Swiss Miss  aka. She is amazing and I love, love, love this talk. Since going back to work this year and ending mat. leave #2, I’ve been revisiting this time and again to try to ground myself and remember what I want to do, how I want to spend my time, and really, what matters most. (re: Emily Ley and Lara Casey).

Tina Roth Eisenberg: 5 Rules for Making an Impact from 99U on Vimeo.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss:

… What I’m secretly hoping for is a new measure of success that goes beyond money and power. I measure success by the happiness I see around me and the personal growth I see around me. I firmly believe that we can all make a difference ’cause at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you lead a team of 2 people or a company of 500, if your team members go home feeling fulfilled, happy, appreciated, they’re going to be a better spouse, a better mom and better dad, and they’re just going to be happier members of society.


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Oh hello, progress


// Phrase from Lara Casey

Hello, it’s been forever.  I finally crossed a few mundane things off my list yesterday. It feels good to get those nagging mundane things done. Not perfect, just done and out of my head. Life has still been a blur since my last post. Really, the last 6 months have been crazy. It’s nice to have a late night where I can sit in front of my computer with a hot mug of honey + water and string a few letters out to the world. (And, I’m awake. Still have the night owl gene.) Progress, however small it is, I’ll take it.

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