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!
Harbingers of Spring - illustration in the Globe and Mail today.
This accompanied a really nice essay in which the author writes about his memories of the family cottage, the annual spring sucker run and the locals who would come fish from the lake on his family’s property. The fishermen eventually stopped coming and his family sold the cottage but every spring he still thinks about the suckers returning to the lake. They became a kind of untraditional sign of spring for him.
I had no idea what suckers were before this assignment or that we had them in Canada. Turns out they are this funny looking fish with big lips for sucking up food. So I learned something new!
A big thank you to Matt at the Globe!
Two illustrations for the Eating and Drinking issue of Ottawa Magazine. AD Jane Corbet wanted a spring scene for the white wine and a cozy fire scene for the red wines which was really fun to execute.