This March instagram challenge “ Portrait Challenge 2019” created by August Wren and Ohn Mar Win was hands down my favourite challenge so far! I discovered painted faces, famous faces really interested me, certainly something I looked forward to daily. It gave me more confidence in my work and and forced me to do something that I didn’t do very often and didn’t feel comfortable doing. Looking forward more of this going forward. Most of these images were created in watercolour, gouache and very slightly enhanced on photoshop. Frida Kahlo was the only one I did in acrylics and it took much longer . Since I was under the constraint of doing one a day, some of them were a bit rushed I have to admit. But I think that was a good thing, because I didn’t have the time to agonize over them-I just did and hoped for the best!
I love this challenge- #portraitchallenge_2019 with August Wren AKA Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Ohn Mar Win drawing faces with hopefully a close likeness to them is very satisfying, painting period costumes with all the detail is great fun too!
Broadly VICE magazine commissioned me to illustrate and write a piece for #muslimwomensday. I chose to highlight Samira Khanji’, a true role model for Muslim women because of her progressive values towards Islam. She has successfully challenged the preconceptions of the religion and it’s patriarchal culture. She is the CEO of Noor Cultural Centre in Toronto,a place that welcomes people of different backgrounds and faith, a place where men and women pray side by side. Noor was founded by Ms. Khanji's late father to be a non-sectarian, gender-equal place of Islamic worship, as well as a centre for learning about Islam and Muslim societies for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. An important area of interest for us is the application of Islamic ethical concepts to current contexts, which include capitalist economics, patriarchy and racisms, militarism, factory farming, and destruction of environment.
My agents at Wild Apple Licensing assigned me to do these fashion illustrations of 4 different cultures. An Indian, Japanese, Chinese and an African woman. The goal is to see that they translate into home decor items namely wall art, stationery, table top and textiles. A fair amount of research went into the project. I made sure that the colors and patterns echoed the countries of origin. I love global culture, so this project was just perfect!
Embellishing and decorating surfaces is what i love to do, so I was in heaven. I created these pieces of art in watercolor and goauche. Adding a bit of gouache gives the watercolor medium a bit more punch so that it looks vibrant and rich, but there is a fine balance because I don’t want to loose the translucent quality of watercolor either. The illustrations are fine and whimsy, my signature look! They are all on white backgrounds so that they just pop!
I chose this as a theme because I love tiles and have painted directly on them. My work, especially when I work in watercolour and Inks have a "tile feel". My love for different culture and travel lends itself well for this subject matter. So far I have covered The Middle East, Asia, Mexico, Netherlands and the UK. Much of the patterns are inspired from the places and regions above done in my own style and feel. Here are some of my favorite pieces.
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
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!
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/
This week's theme was Women and Style. I love fashion and color and really enjoyed creating these very feminine images. I would love to get in to fashion illustration too!
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.
Some new pieces from my #100daychallenge #ellenuna, weeks 3 and 4.
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.
This was our first of the 5 assignments for Boot camp 2106. Creating a coloring / colouring book based on 1920's fashion.
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 .
Thanks to the August Wren's #12monthsofpaint i got into painting Blue and White images. I really enjoyed doing them.
My second week of of the greeting card challenge.
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.