85th Anniversary Illustration for Ontario Nature

With the multitude of social media platforms that I feel obligated to update, my blog (and heck, my portfolio!) often goes neglected. But I love that ‘journal-y’ feel that blogs have; you don’t have to worry about character count, hashtags or if you’re best capturing the 2 second attention span of your audience. So I’ve decided that I will use my blog for posting in depth information to accompany my finished illustrations, such as the roughs that the art director didn’t choose and other process work. I always love to see other illustrators’ process work, and I hope it will give anyone who is interested in working with me insight into my process. That being said, here are my latest published illustrations, with process work of course!

I was given a fantastic opportunity to do a double page spread celebrating the 85th anniversary of Ontario Nature in ON Nature magazine. Since I have been working with them and the art director for many years now, they were pretty open to ideas, I just had to work around the typography and centered timeline provided by the AD.

Roughs

Nature illustration - rough 1 Nature illustration - rough 2 Nature illustration - rough 3

The first rough is the four seasons, one in each quadrant. The second is ‘nature confetti’, as I could not use environmentally harmful symbols of celebrations such as balloons. And the third rough is a good overview of Ontario Nature’s scope and accomplishments.

Final

Ontario Nature Illustration

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Details

Ontario Nature illustration - detail 1Ontario Nature illustration - detail 2

 

I also painted a watercolour map of southern Ontario in this issue. Here it is without graphic design:

Ontario Nature illustration - Southern Ontario map

I was given the page layout in advance so I knew exactly where it would bleed off the page and where it needed to float.

You can read the Spring 2016 issue of ON Nature magazine here. Thanks to Levi and Ontario Nature for the fun project!

Grey Horse Children’s Illustration

Although I have displayed this image in various places I didn’t have a chance to post it on my blog until now. It was originally intended as a promotional piece to send to a company that creates a girls’ fantasy card game based on horses.

Grey horse children's illustration

At a whopping 25″ x 30″ (10 000 x 12 000) @ 400dpi and nearly 1GB this piece made my computer sweat bullets every time I opened it.

Redline of horse's head.

 

 

 

 

 

Horses are definitely one of the toughest animals to draw! I struggled with the angle and structure of his face. Here’s a redline I did to help me figure out where I needed to make corrections.

You can buy prints of this image at my Society6 shop.

Northern Ontario Map

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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.