Rise Design and Shine

10 Weeks of Portfolio development with Folio Focus. The content has been very good, enjoying it immensely with no huge pressure. Great way to create some collections for Art licensing. Monday we start a new topic and by Friday ideally it's ready to put up on Flickr. The facebook group is really a great support system, we talk, share, and are generally like minded. #risedesignand shine

Oh Canada!

I illustrated "Canada" In honour of it's 150th anniversary coming up in 2017! It took me a good few weeks to put it together and feel like it was done! A lot of research went into it and  i feel the palette I chose works well with the energy and flow of the piece echoing the richness  of the the natural beauty we are surrounded by! We are so lucky to be part of this tolerant, peace loving country!

Latest News!!

I have just signed a licensing deal with Andrews + Blaine LTD, a private label and wholesale gift company serving large retail chains in North America http://www.puzzlewarehouse.com/andrew-blaine/ for 3 city illustrations of London, Paris and New York. They are slated to be launched in 2017 for Barnes and Nobles across the country.

Many of my city illustrations have been seen on Posters for Transport systems namely Toronto Transit Commission, stationary, Journal covers and tote bags. I also am a contributor for http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/

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Some my Fav illustrations for the 100 Day Challenge

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100 Day Project Part 3

This is what I was up to last week. I tried to stick to a theme of household objects like kettle, furniture and textiles. I intentionally worked with a limited palette on some of them.

100 day project- Part 2

Some new pieces from my #100daychallenge #ellenuna, weeks 3 and 4.

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Some pieces from the first 2 weeks of the 100 day challenge

Lilla Roger's Boot camp assignment # 2

This was an interesting project. Definitely out of my comfort zone. However my children's book style sprung to my rescue giving the project a fun whimsical look. 

Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2016

This was our first of the 5 assignments for Boot camp 2106. Creating a coloring / colouring book based on 1920's fashion.

Fritzi flock

A great new group has been set up by Johanna Fritz called Fritziflock, an illustration group with lots of tips and advice, workshops etc, every week Johanna comes up with a bird related topic to illustrate called Fritzifriday. A great excuse to paint a bird a week. Here are some of mine. The link is here link here .

Some new blue and white...

Thanks to the August Wren's #12monthsofpaint i got into painting Blue and White images. I really enjoyed doing them.

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Children's Illustrations for TFO

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One of my New Year resolutions is to update my blog more frequently. I find it seamlessly easy to do so on Instagram or Facebook but tend to falter when it comes to updating this particular form of social media. I have got to change that this year! I guess when one thinks of blogging you automatically feel compelled to write pages and pages of whatever the banter is about. However I have art to share and talk about, so it should be typically some text and a whole lot of visuals. These spot illustrations were done for Toronto French Television for a computer ap for early readers. There is a possibility of turning these into short picture books too. The client gave me a fair amount of artistic license with some direction in terms of reference of children's clothing and colour. All in all it was a fun project to have worked on.

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#12 Months of Paint

#12 Months of Paint

My Toronto For TTC- Toronto Transit Commission

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This was an awesome project, where I got to use my forte in collage, colour and design to the max! My series of noteworthy cities of the world is what garnered this fabulous job for me. Researching iconic sights of TO and putting my personal style was an illustrators dream come true. My client was super supportive and loved what I did! Now Toronto commuters get to see it, starting in early January in the trains and as the cover of the "Ride Guide". The posters makes a great wall art- available from your's truly or the TTC shop!

Some moments from the Govenor General Literary Award held at Rideau hall, Ottawa Canada.

Some Moments from the GG Awards last night. Congrats to all the winners. A special mention to Writer Jon Arno Lawson and illustrator Sydney Smith of "Sidewalk Flowers". What a incredibly talented team they are- humble to boot! It was a honour being one of the jurors involved in children's Picture book selection process. Thank you Canada Council Of Art for giving me this opportunity. There was magic in the air as we all celebrated all these amazing Canadian Talents in Rideau Hall.

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I was one of the Juror's to select "Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith for the Governor General's Awards!

Talk about a priceless "Wordless Picture book". I was very honoured to have the opportunity look and read 126 amazing Picture books written and illustrators by Canadian talent. what a great to spend part of my summer. It was hard to decide to because it was generally excellent material and hence a lot of competition. We selected 20 of our top choices initially. Later we brought it down to 10, then 5 then finally down to the Finalist, when the other 2 juror's and myself met at the Canada Art Council in Ottawa, in late August. Somehow we all had roughly the same  view and the selection process wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The Finalist was " Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and Illustrated by Sydney Smith. What a treasure this book is. It's a wordless Picture book. It's mostly monochromatic and gradually becomes brighter in palette as the story progresses. The style of art is nostalgic/ retro, just poignant and beautiful. The  touching story flows perfectly from frame to frame. The style of illustration is loose but descriptive. I love the way the illustrator captures the mood of the story creating a sense of drama through scale and perspective. As for the story-there is a very touching message, perhaps open to interpretation for the viewer. Thumbs up for this book. Again, proud to be part of the judging process and to be a part of a country so full of talent! I am excited about attending the Award Ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa- hosted by the Governor General of Canada himself on December 2nd 2015!FullSizeRender-1 FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender-3