The Skunk Whisperer - Here’s a bit of an odd one I did a few weeks back for the Globe and Mail. It was for a Facts and Arguments essay about a woman who encounters a skunk in need - poor guy had a jam jar stuck on his head. After overcoming the usual feelings of panic that occur when you’re approached by a skunk, she mustered some zen feelings, grabbed hold of the little guy and set him free. You can read the article here.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to illustrate a skunk with a jar on his head. Since much of the article was about how this woman now feels much calmer about approaching skunks than before and she talked about being the “skunk whisperer” and zen feelings I thought maybe having the woman meditating while perched perilously on top of the jar, being watched expectantly by the skunk might fit with the situation.
Thanks to AD Ben Barrett-Forrest!
Myself and pals Rachel Idzerda and Steven Hughes were recently commissioned to make a series of 3 small, one-colour, destination-themed illustrations as a gift for Globe art director, Matt French, and his fiancee. Matt is a great art director and a super nice fellow so I was thrilled to participate in this project for him. It was also great to work on something collaboratively with Steve and Rachel. Be sure to check out their takes on London and Rome.
This is Paris.
I finally got around to uploading some work to Society6. They have a promo on right now offering free worldwide shipping + $10 off duvet covers so you should check it out :)
I had the opportunity to do a little illustration for yesterday’s Globe and Mail. It was for an essay about a couple who had experienced some setbacks in their careers and finances so they decided to buy a boat instead of a traditional home. The boat allows the couple to live frugally and can travel with them whenever they go (as long as it’s by water, of course). The couple’s initial life plans didn’t work out as expected but they’re off to bigger and better things with their sailboat-home. You can read the essay here.
Was so impressed with how this couple was able to make the best of a tough situation and find a lifestyle that worked for them even if it isn’t the norm. And so jealous of their boat-home!! I hope everything works out for them.
And thank you to Matt French for the great assignment!
Running rabbits, repeating.
More running animal patterns! These are really fun to do when I’ve got a bit of free time and want to keep busy, haha. Was going to do a rabbit pattern to go with that beagle pattern from awhile back and finally got around to it now.
I had the opportunity to do some little spot illustrations for Scouting Life. They went along with some how-to instructions - how to clean a trout and how to clean a feather stick. These were super tiny but really fun to work on (even if the trout ones were a bit morbid). I’m also now an expert on cleaning trout. Watched a lot of youtube videos for research.
"Garden Safari" for Ottawa Magazine.
Just got my copy of Ottawa Magazine in the mail. I did a little illustration for an article about kids cooking classes that are helping introduce kids to healthier foods. I wanted to show the kids exploring and having fun with vegetables and thought a safari-type atmosphere would make the veggies seem even more exotic.
I really wish I had done something like this as a kid. Cooking is so fun and healthy eating habits and knowing how to prepare meals using healthy ingredients are such important life-skills to have. It’s nice to know there is an effort being made to educate kids early about food and nutrition.
Thank you to AD Jane Corbett!