Sunday, November 29, 2009

IF / Entangled

This week the word for Illustration Friday is entangled.

Santa's enthusiastic elves got carried away with decorating.

I drew a line cartoon on paper, scanned it into CorelDraw and then into Corel Painter and using watercolour and impasto brushes coloured it in
I admit it is kind of messy but I don't have much time because I my grandsons will be playing trumpet and French horn in a gala Christmas concert.

I think I will take along my camera.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Overcoming a Rain Slump

Yesterday, while the rain poured down outside, I sat at my trusty computer and went through some of the photos I took when the sun was shining. This one I took just before the maples shed all of their leaves. I had some fun creating this little scene from my photo reference.


I have just come across a wonderfully illustrated book by the gifted artist Tomás Serrano He has actually posted all of the story with illustrations on his special book blog. It is beautifully rendered with colourful illustrations and beautfully drawn backgrounds and it is a story to make anyone smile.
You can find it HERE.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Illustration Friday/Music

With music as the theme for this week's illustration friday here is Christmas Bird singing Jingle Bells, the only song he knows so far.
 After a while his singing gets a little tedious. But he means well.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Canada Geese Card Designs

I wish I knew where I was going with this. I am afraid I am lost in a creative process that has taken me around in so many directions. Last week's Santa illustration for Illustration Friday bothered me because it is so stiff and set. Let's face it. BORING!
So I started drawing shapes in vector format with my favourite program CorelDRAW. I love sketching Canada Geese as they are abundant in our city of Vancouver. They are bothersome in many ways yet they have such an elegance and beauty. I am thinking perhaps I might turn these into cards for family this Christmas.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Santa and his photographer Eddie led the reindeer down to the fozen pond. Eddie instructed them to line up in a way that would balance and look good for the Christmas card photo. But just as Eddie pushed the camera shutter button Santa toppled over. As Santa fell to the ice beneath him he realized he'd filled one pocket with extra donuts causing him to become unbalanced. Fortunately the donuts cushioned his fall.

Unbalanced is the word for Illustration Friday.
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

An Autumn Walk

Last wednesday I met my friend RJ for lunch at Van Dusen Gardens. After a lovely meal we wandered around the gardens with our cameras. I was so surprised at the beauty still remaining in spite of recent windy wet weather. I took over 100 photos.
This photo  is one I touched up with photopaint because the duck was blurred so I zoomed in and sharpened the duck's outline. I am fascinated with the image of that duck swimming across the brilliant red reflections in the water.