Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Illustration: Paris

I am back from nearly a month of travels. It has been interesting to be back, and I am eager to put together images, sentiments, thoughts, and impressions from my adventures into images.

This piece is inspired by four images & some thoughts from my 4 days in Paris. It was so strange to visit it again after having lived there just a year ago! So much has changed but so much is the same.

ps. I officially graduate tomorrow, with a ceremony, high heels and all. Woah!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Illustration Inspiration: Aizpea Lasa Villa


Aizpea Lasa Villa is an illustrator based in Pamplona, Spain. I started following her on instagram a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed having her layered, bizarre work pop up on my feed since then!

I'm a big fan of these particular spot illustrations, which I believe are part of a 30 day drawing challenge (I can't be sure as I don't speak Spanish, ha!). Especially this one of a bowl of guacamole. If this doesn't encompass the feeling of excitement I get at a perfect bowl of fresh guacamole with a side of chips then I don't know what could! 

Check out Villa's website for more fun illustrations!

Who is your latest creative crush?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Something New: Collage Painting



This was an experiment I did in class - painting things then collaging them together for the final piece. I really enjoyed working like this and am excited to play around with it some more!

This was also from my last painting class of my undergrad, and I was very pleased to paint my favourite life model from my years at OCAD, Jeffrey! Some of these elements come from a personal collection of postcards that I repainted elements from, and others are from the in-class set up.

What do you think? Have you ever tried working like this?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Illustration Inspiration: Cara Carmina

A few weeks ago I met Montreal based Norma of Cara Carmina at the One of a Kind Spring Show.



We immediately had two points in common: both of us illustrators, both of us HUGE Frida Kahlo fans! We talked a lot about Frida and the illustration world. Norma has books published with her paper-cut illustrations, and has some upcoming books in the making. She has her illustrations on tights and dresses and makes dolls out of her characters.


After imparting some illustration knowledge and gushing over Frida Kahlo, she gave me one of her Frida Kahlo post cards to keep and I've tucked it into my favourite Frida Kahlo biography book. Norma was so lovely to meet and I'm a HUGE fan of her work - particularly her Frida inspired pieces, but I'm pretty biased on that.


Take a look at her adorable characters and more of her diverse works on the Cara Carmina website and etsy shop!