Illustrated Map of Lake Ontario Region

I recently did an illustrated map of Lake Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe region published in the Fall 2015 edition of ON Nature magazine.

Illustrated Map of Lake Ontario Region

Map and illustrations by me, graphic design by Levi Nicholson.

The map depicts the shoreline of the ancient Lake Iroquois, a freshwater lake that drained into the Atlantic with the retreat of the glaciers and left behind what is now Lake Ontario. The article explores the unique features that it left behind. As a resident of this area, it was interesting to learn that myself and most of the population of Ontario are living where a lake once was!

You can read the accompanying article in the digital version of ON Nature Magazine here (my map is on the following spread).

Northern Ontario Map



I recently finished up an illustrated map about land planning in northern Ontario. Two days after accepting the job I sprained my thumb playing in net at a soccer game (ironically I haven’t played net in at least a decade, always using the excuse that I was an artist and couldn’t risk injuring my hands). Of course it had to be my right hand.

But if my illustration education taught me anything, it’s that the show must go on. Clients are relying on you meeting the deadlines and in the illustration field your reputation is everything!  So I toughed it out and here is the end result :) In this case I did do the graphic design.




Northern Ontario Map

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Tiger Beetle Illustration & Bird-watching in the GTA Map

Well, one of my New Years resolutions this year was to update my blog at the very least once per month. I didn’t do so well on that front but instead of admitting that I failed that resolution and give up, I’d rather say that I just need to try harder :) It’s been tough balancing my 9 to 5 job, commute and extra curricular activities and lately my art has fallen by the wayside but I’m determined to change that!

Here is a published piece that I did back in October 2011:

Another published piece for the same client. This piece was a challenge for me and the amount of roughs proves it!


Roughs/WIP progression and a rather washed out photo of the final. Graphic design was done by the art director.

A little dragon I doodled forever ago. He’s supposed to be small, think Tinkerbell sized, and his main prey are fairies.

 That’s all for now but I plan on updating my blog in the next couple of days with a plethora of doodles I’ve been doing on my lunch breaks, and a couple of personal pieces.