Inspirational Ladies Part 1

There are so many rad women in our history. I wanted to start an illustration project that highlights the inspirational ladies of who I look up to and admire for their courage and creativity.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was known as Mexican muralist Diego Rivera's wife while she was alive and painting, it wasn't until the 1970s that art historians rediscovered her work and began to recognize her contribution to Mexican folk art. Amazing to think she produced such amazing art with bold political statements and all the while people only recognized her husband's work. 

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Amelia Earhart

Such a courageous woman with big ambitions! I hope Amelia survived that plane crash and is hanging out on a tropical island living it up Swiss Family Robinson style with plenty of jungle pals. Who knows, a mystery of the ages.

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New Project | Emotions Visualized

Exploring facial expressions

Exploring facial expressions

I am excited to start work on a new project with a dear friend of mine who does amazing things working with young children living with disabilities. A pattern she noticed with her children was how difficult it was to explain simple emotions, something we generally don't think needs explanation. Some of her kids are hard of hearing and they are unable to hear the intonation of voice that helps describe an emotion. Mad and sad can sometimes look the same.

The problem we are trying to solve is how to show these children examples of emotions as well as provide explanations of why they would feel these emotions so that they can associate the correct emotion with the situation. 

To kick start the project, I started with some simple sketches to explore the topic.

 

A little gif showing a handful of different emotions to see the difference between each one.

A little gif showing a handful of different emotions to see the difference between each one.

"Because" is a consistent approach to explaining emotions. I am mad because... I am confused because... Describing a situation to the children helps them relate the emotion to themselves. Pictures are the best way to show these explanations and right now my friend only has access to children's picture books. We thought it would be helpful if she could have a resource to go to that specifically addresses these emotions and describes situations alongside. 

While exploring through the explanations of why certain emotions happen I thought it might be fun to animate them as gifs. Here are some rough idea story boards for explaining emotions.

I am confused because... the cat is wearing a dress.

I am confused because... the cat is wearing a dress.

I am happy because... my friend gave me a cupcake! I love cupcakes.

I am happy because... my friend gave me a cupcake! I love cupcakes.

I am mad because... my dad is making me eat broccoli.

I am mad because... my dad is making me eat broccoli.

I am sad because... a bee stung my finger and I just want a hug from my mom.

I am sad because... a bee stung my finger and I just want a hug from my mom.

Inktober 2 | Spine Leaf with Red Bulb Berries

We are having a beautiful fall in Vancouver, I visited Queen Elizabeth park the other day and was overwhelmed by the variety of beautiful and interesting plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, everything! I am no expert at foliage, so I’m not very sure what any of these plants are. I call this little guy Spine Leaf with Red Bulb Berries.

Spine Leaf with Red Bulb Berries

Spine Leaf with Red Bulb Berries

Inktober 1 | Fruit & Veg

I'm going to take a stab at this Inktober thing this year, every year I say the same thing so it is about time to start! I have been doing so much digital artwork lately, so it's a good excuse to get back to the ol' pen and paper!

Here is a lovely little water colour of some lemons and vegetables.

Inktober No. 1

Inktober No. 1

Blue Jay fever, year two

I've been watching a lot of baseball this year, I especially love the Blue Jays. Canada's team. I refer to the players as characters, and each character has their own thing. Jose Bautista's bat flip is my favourite. Donaldson does this weird leg movement everytime before he swings, and Osuna's arm turns into jelly when he pitches.

We are going to see the Blue Jays play the Mariner's in Seattle!

Bryan, Rosey & Sherman

My good friend Bryan asked me to illustrate a portrait of him and his wife Rosey with their lovable pup Sherman. It was a gift for Rosey on their wedding anniversary, such a sweet idea. I'm really please with how it turned out! What a couple of cuties.

Golf Badges

This summer I have picked up golf for the second time in my life. I tried golfing when I was a kid and thought it was boring. My husband is a pretty keen golfer and I thought it would be fun to try golfing again. I was immediately hooked. 

Anyhow, Nike has this app that you can track your golf games with and there are really cool badges you can earn for getting a hole in one or three birdies in a row and stuff like that. For some fun I illustrated two of my favourite badges in a much more whimsical style.

 

Birdie King is for three birdies in a row.

Birdie King is for three birdies in a row.

Come Fly With Me is for when you Eagle a hole.

Come Fly With Me is for when you Eagle a hole.

The Ground Floor

I sit on the board of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Northern Alberta Chapter — otherwise known as the GDC — as the Membership Chair. We plan lots of fun events and conferences, one that is particularly close to my heart is the Ground Floor, an educational seminar I am planning with fellow board member Bryan Kulba. It is mainly Bryan's vision and creation. When he asked me if I wanted to help him organize a day long seminar for fresh-faced graduates to guide them along their way into the wild and fierce world of graphic design, I said "HECK YES". What a grand idea, what a valuable experience!

You can read all about the seminar here. I was the lady that designed the logo and brand elements, Bryan was the web wizard who built the site! It has been a fun project to work on, if not a great learning experience to go through all the steps with Bryan and see how an idea like this can start as an initial vision and then morph into a reality, a reality that lots of cool folks are getting involved in. 

Hopefully the seminar is a success, filled with bright faces ready to absorb the words of wisdom from industry experts.