February 14, 2016 § 5 Comments
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it… Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
January 29, 2016 § Leave a comment
I was lucky to get to do some sketching, colour and motion research at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens last week. It’s a pretty magical place, hot and steamy full of tropical plants, parrots squawking, iguanas, tortoises and even flamingos (all rescued or adopted). I got there a little early and two of staff members Kurtis and Justin were releasing about 300 butterflies that had recently hatched.
There is a room where you can watch the butterflies emerge from chrysalises that are hot glued in rows to strips of painters tape in pretty jewel-like rows. (Above & Below White Tree Nymph) I hope to do a more in depth study of the hatching process, it’s pretty amazing to watch.
The next thing you see is a table covered with slices of orange and bananas. Staff members take turns coming up with cool fruit designs, and the effect is striking and attractive to a number of butterflies that feed only on fermenting fruit juices. It’s also a great spot to observe and sketch the butterflies because they’ll sit still for long periods of time. (Below: Brown Clipper on an orange slice)
Here are a few more butterflies that are common at the Gardens. The one with the eyes in the middle is called a “Blue Morpho” and the inside of its wings are a vibrant iridescent blue. The one below was sketched from a photo I took from behind a group doing a tour. She didn’t know she had a little friend on her shoulder, probably having a rest after taking its first flight.
Here are a few more studies. Lots of colour ideas to keep me going for the rest of the winter (From the top Plain Tiger, Blue Morpho, Julia, Blue Frosted Banner, Green Moss Banner).
January 7, 2016 § 1 Comment
Here’s a recent series of illustrations for Avenue Magazine, for an article on how to clear our heads and sleep better. I’m thinking of banning cell phones in the bedroom – how about you?
November 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m happy to announce the release of three new prints, out today on Mammoth & Co. These are part of an ongoing series of abstract birds titled “Broken Feather” meditations on women, resilience, and the mysteries of the natural world.
Floating somewhere between fantasy and reality, the subject is revealed one mark at a time, a slow process whereby shape and flow are observed and dictate what comes next. They stare out at the viewer as if surprised by their own existence. Suddenly on the page, as if pulled from another time and place mid-motion. Not trapped, but displayed for all to see.
July 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
June 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Here’s a fun video from the marmot dissection and drawing workshop I helped out with at the Royal BC Museum last month. Yes, fun. Not gross, trust me. I also shot the stop motion footage and assisted with the bone animation.
May 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
Here are some sketches of a Vancouver Island Marmot skull found in the Royal BC Museum‘s Mammalogy Collection. This poor guy’s teeth got out of control (their teeth grow continuously and are worn down by regular chewing, like beavers) and that’s likely what caused it’s death. The Vancouver Island Marmot is an endangered species.