It’s officially fall (aka The Best Season) now and there are endless amounts of acorns all over the ground outside. The squirrels and chipmunks are going nuts (ha!) out there trying to get as many as possible all stored away. So I decided to draw some today to celebrate the season.
An illustration for today’s Globe. About assessing all your options and thinking a few steps ahead before making decisions. The chess master analogy was used pretty specifically in the article so it seemed fitting that the illustration should be chess-themed as well.
Thank you to Barbara Smith for working with me on this.
So apparently today was International Literacy Day! Yay reading! It reminded me that I had started this image a while ago and then forgot about it so I decided to finish it up today. I was inspired by this short article about how kids who read for pleasure generally have more success not just with literacy but with other important skills like critical thinking as well as overall happiness. Yay reading!
Well, the kids are back to school now which means summer is over. I just remembered I had started making these for fun a few months back then I got busy with things and they fell by the wayside. I was dying from the heat in my stuffy little apartment and dreaming of cool treats at the time. Always thinking about treats.
Farewell Summer. Bring on Fall!
Food Hubs for Ottawa Magazine.
This is something I did a few months ago. It was for an article about food hubs in the Ottawa area. These food hubs bring in locally grown food and act as a centralized distribution center to help connect local farmers and consumers by making locally grown food more accessible. It’s also about the importance of infrastructure for the accessibility of locally grown foods. My AD wanted to stress that these centers also package and process some of the foods into things like canned goods so there are some baked goods and preserves in the boxes of food as well.
Thank you to AD Jane Corbet for working with me on this.
New illustration for the Globe and Mail for the Facts and Arguments section today. For an essay written by a woman who loves bird watching and likes to imagine herself in the field with the “twitchers” (the serious bird watchers) but is content watching them from the comforts of home.
I love when you get to learn something new through an illustration assignment. For instance, I had no idea that serious bird watchers are called “twitchers” and there are a quite a few terms that go along with that whole sub-culture. Check out this page on wikipedia for a list of twitcher terms!
I’m in the same boat as the author of the essay. I love birds and can recognize quite a few but I’m not terribly great at identifying birds. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is amazing at it! I can always ask him what that bird flying over head is and he’s always telling me about all the cool birds he spots on his commute to work.
Another short bird anecdote: a couple of days ago I saw a “plastic” (twitcher term for a bird escaped from captivity - thank you wikipedia) while out walking my dog. There was a bright yellow and green budgie hanging out with the sparrows in the park. You could see the little guy from a mile away, he was so bright. He looked pretty content though, eating some berries off the ground. I’ve been trying to see if I can find him again on my walks but I haven’t :( Hopefully he’s doing ok.
Thanks to Ben Barrett-Forrest for the assignment and for letting me draw some birds! Birds, birds, birds.
Here are a few quick illustrations I did for the the Globe and Mail recently. For the past month or so now I’ve been providing illustrations for the Monday Morning Manager spot. The turn arounds are usually pretty quick so it’s been excellent practice for me in regards to speeding up the whole creative process.
From top to bottom:
Fast Tracking CEO’s - how putting promising talent on the fast track often means they miss out on valuable learning experiences and may hinder their success down the road.
Combining Strategies - there are several well documented and commonly implemented strategies used to increase overall returns for companies. Combining certain strategies carefully (using just the right mix!) can increase returns even more so than using them singularly or jumbling them all together without considering redundancies.
Missing the Mark - this article was about how important it is to perform well in meetings for your career and how performance by women in meetings is often the most poorly reviewed.
A big thank you to Devin Slater, Stephanie Chan, Theresa Suzuki and Gillian Livingston for the opportunity and for working with me on these.
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 :)