if there is one thing i am really proud of, and i mean by a lot, it is that i am canadian. there’s so much of canada that i’ve yet to discover, but i’m already so in love this place. it is home; in all senses of the word.
when i started following along with the news of the fires in fort mac, alberta, so many people were already displaced. they may have had to leave their brick and mortar homes, but canada is still their home; and canada is full of friendly neighbours. in a matter of days, canadians had donated more than $50 million dollars to canadian red cross, with the government matching all individual donations. i’ve seen the screens in the subway stations here in toronto advertising ways to text in your donations. it’s everywhere, and people are taking part.
without a pocket full of cash to send out to alberta, i’ve come up with a miniseries of 3 posters that can be printed and posted to try and rally more donations. might be nothing, but if they get even one person to donate a canadian loonie or toonie, it’s something.
with all the time i spend perusing instagram, i figured i would spend the time to round up some of my fave lettering posts from 2015.
here they are.
1/12 travis tritt lyrics.2/12 inspiring words from picasso. 3/12 wise words from dr. seuss. 4/12 tim hortons inspired illustration for #nationaldonutday. 5/12 lazy sunday type play. 6/12 train-inspired type on my via rail commute.7/12 inspired by a sir ken robinson ted talk i watched.
8/12 watched the inside pixar by bloomberg & got inspired. 9/12 brush pen lettered some christmas cards with my tombow markets. 10/12 11/12 hand lettered the holiday staff party save the date. 12/12 hand lettered the holiday staff party invite.
for the past couple of weeks, i have been working on some animal illustrations for my dad to turn into toys on wheels. it started out with many doodles and sketches, until we finally got one that my mom & dad approved. once we had the shape nailed down, my dad cut the shapes out of wood, then hand-sanded and stained them with kid-safe stain.
we then named our new whale friend wallace, to give him some personality. next up i have to make the tags, with an accompanying background story, so we can help them find a new home.
the whales will be ready for adoption this winter at craft shows in ottawa.
fun fact: the blue whale is the largest mammal to ever have lived on earth.
i’ve spent plenty of time listening to lennon and maisy, the canadian kiddos from nashville. these girls are beyond talented, with some country strong parents behind them. i thought in the spirit of cuteness, i would share their rendition of that’s what’s up, as well as the edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros version. we all know edward sharpe from home, but this video is almost too adorable to handle.
in 2014 i was hired pro-bono, by the interchurch refugee group to create an identity for them, in celebration of their 20th year as a not-for-profit organization. the brief was simple- an image so easy to understand, it didn’t require words.
the concept of the logo came from the idea that there is always a safe place within the church- somewhere people can call home. the flat illustration style is on trend with current design, inspired by the 2D digital world. the orangey/yellow colour was used to mimic sunshine and show the refugee group as a happy, warm and hopeful place.
once the identity was done, it was rolled out into collateral like stationery and posters. afterwards, i made some special occasion & holiday cards that can be purchased in any amount as a donation, in lieu of a gift.
another tuesday, another 12-pack. still not beer, but just as refreshing.
summer is here and that means all the tasty fruits are ripe for the picking! today i’ve illustrated 12 of my favourite fruits to snack on in the summer. sketched out in ink, photoshopped in the colour with the brush tool, and bam- an assortment of colourful treats.