Sketchbook – Fox

Fox - ink sketch

Fox | ink + digital

I’m starting to experiment a little with approaches to colour for the book I’m working on. I’m neck deep in working the drawings out still so I haven’t allowed myself to fully delve into playing with ink and paint yet. But this was a quick little 15 minute thing I whipped up this morning. After labouring over getting drawings right, it’s nice to just ignore that aspect completely and just play with an idea.

The Canadian Design Resource Blog

The Canadian Design Resource blog

Thank you to the kind folks at The Canadian Design Resource blog who recently blogged one of the illustrations I created for lululemon athletica last year.

The CDR has become one of my favourite blogs recently as it showcases such a range of all types of Canadian design and illustration both contemporary (and quirky) and delightfully retro. There are hay balers and overpasses, trivets, beer packaging, Newfoundland dogs and everything in between.

The canning jars are a particular favourite of mine since my boyfriend and I made our first foray into canning by making refrigerator pickles in his grandmother’s old made-in-Canada glass-lidded canning jars:


While on the subject of Canadiana, I have to sneak this stamp design in:

Lorne Greene is 51 Cents


Back when I was a graphic design and illustration student, the illustrators in my class were almost unanimously united in worship of the paintings of Bernie Fuchs. A class trip to New York found a group of us sitting on the floor of the Illustration House Gallery with our noses mere inches from his original paintings that had been kindly brought out from the storage room and propped around the floor for us.

Upon purchasing a collections of posters at another illustration institution there, I found they had been rolled up and packaged for me in a mailing tube that had previously housed one of Mr. Fuchs paintings. His name and studio address were still affixed to the tube.

Bernie Fuchs died last night.


Things are a bit quiet here right now because I’ve been working on a picture book. I’ve sequestered myself on an island just outside the city where I am fortunate to share a large studio space. When I need to get away from distractions of my city studio, I come here where everything is very quiet, the nights are very dark and the most lively thing going on outside the studio window is bird drama, caused mainly by a large band of Steller’s Jays and sometimes by the occasional, optimistic attempts at bird life made by the neighbour’s cat.

I have settled into a routine of sleep, eat, work, evening walks to the beach and sometimes some yoga to fix drawing-induced aches and pains – and repeat.

Currently, I’m blogging my picture book process drawings on my children’s book website. I was a little nervous to do it at first – I wasn’t sure I’d have much to put up there – but I’ve had a bout of productivity while working here so the posts have been somewhat regular. I’m also nervous about announcing projects before they’re printed, published and shipped. Things being as they are these days with the economy and the Canadian children’s book business being its good old precarious self, I’m not too willing to tempt fate or count chickens. (I like to reserve what superstition I have for this very purpose.)

New Work ~ lululemon Walnut Street

Portfolio update:

I’ve added work that I designed for lululemon‘s Walnut Street, PA store to my portfolio. The Ganesha in the process image above is the centerpiece for it. A while ago, I blogged a few early drawings.

Like the East Hampton and the Palmer Square artwork, I haven’t actually seen the final pieces as they were printed and assembled in Boston. I’m used to doing everything from beginning to end, including going to the printer’s and hovering over the piece as it slowly inches out of the machine. So it feels a bit odd to send the files off across the continent all by themselves and never see the result.

I’m assuming this piece made it up onto the wall… I’m not likely to be in Philidelphia anytime soon to see for myself, so if anyone else does, do let me know.

I’ve also licensed another version of this piece for another East Coast lululemon store, so you might come across a very similar one in another city.

New Work ~ lululemon Palmer Square

Portfolio Update:

This is a portion of the manifesto artwork I originally designed for the Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ lululemon store. This photo shows the top panel before it was cut out and mounted on a printed background. (photo courtesy of Seaport Graphics). The artwork was printed, cut and assembled at Seaport Graphics in Boston.

I’ve posted the full piece in the illustration section of my website.

There are a few work in progress drawings blogged here.

WIP ~ Flowers, Birds and Insects

Insects and Coneflowers

Insects and Birds on Coneflowers | pencil on cartridge paper

I’m working on something new these days. These are early concept sketches for it, as well as one of my pieces of reference that I photographed while visiting my Grandparents (and their large garden) in the interior of B.C.