Friday, September 4, 2015

Autum Updates + Illustration Inspiration Blog

Hello people who wander over to this blog!

Regrettably, I haven't been posting too much new art on this blog.

The past few months have been busy for me because I've been trying to find a decent balance between art jobs, a new day job, spending time with friends + family, and enjoying a rare, sunny Vancouver summer. Finally though, (I hope!) things are settling down and I'm looking forward to a season of cool collaborations, gallery shows, and nature retreats.

I've also started a Tumblr blog a little while ago to share the work of illustrators/artists whose work I really enjoy and find inspiring. I post once a day and plan on doing so for at least a year.
If you enjoy this sort of thing, please give Illustration Exhilaration a browse! :)

Here's a little overview of some of the artists I've posted about

Also, if you'd like to keep up with my miscellaneous sketches and mini adventures - I'm on Instagram and Twitter. Below are the sort of things I post on there.

Hiking excursions
Rough sketches
I also spend time on Pinterest collecting all kinds of images that I think will make great reference materials for drawings and paintings. (Landscapes, trees, castles, light, poses, clothing, hair, etc)

Now, I'm off to go draw. Hope this September will be treating you all well!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mr. Holmes at the Canadian National Expo

Hello friends!

Today, I'm happy to share with you some neat news!
My illustration - "Mr. Holmes" will be taking part of the The Game is Afoot: Consulting Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Canadian National Expo in Toronto Canada. The CNE will be on from August 21st to September 7th, so if you're in the area - come check it out!

Additionally, I was very humbled that my piece was chosen to be the image headlining the exhibit on the CNE website.

Below are some screenshots from their page, and a blurb about the exhibit:

"Sherlock Holmes is more popular than ever! He continues to be reinvented since he was first introduced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. This exhibit takes a look at the evolution of Sherlock Holmes over the years and provides an opportunity for you to test your detective skills with some fun and interactive games!"

CNE Exhibits Page

The Game is Aftoot: Consulting Sherlock Homes
CNE PDF Guidebook (page 14)

And here's a quick process gif of the illustration, because - why not!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Freebie Friday - Mix and Match Textiles

Happy Friday!

It's been a while since I've uploaded a texture pack but I promise to make it up!

For starters, here's a brand new textiles pack that has black and white, floral, and abstract motifs - all in one!

As always, feel free to use these resources for personal or professional projects but please:

Do not claim the original resource images as your own,
Do not redistribute commercially. Basically, don't save and sell the resources as your own, but by all means do share the link to this page with others. :)
Do not use these textures as a base to create your own stock art/resources.

And, as always, please feel free to share anything you've made with these resources with me. I'd love to have a look! =)

Previous Freebie Friday posts:

Pencil and Pastel Patterns
Hand Drawn Patterns
Black & White Textile Textures 4
Cross-Stitch Cloth
Holiday Inspired Paper Textures
Speckled & Stamped Paper
Animal Print Textiles
Sweater Season Textures
Subtle Fabric Textures
Paper Textures 1
Paper Textures 2
Stained Coffee Textures
Layered Lace Textile Textures
Colourful + Abstract Textile Textures
Branches, Berries and Blossoms
Blue Pattern Textile Textures
Black and White Textiles (part 3)
Black and White Textiles (part 2)
Black and White Textiles (part 1)
Coffee Stained Paper
Fanciful Florals
Fanciful Florals 2
Fanciful Florals 3 
Vintage Inspired
Green Textiles
Red Textiles
Denim Textile Textures

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ostara Tarot App

Didn’t get a chance to “officially” share this till now: Ostara Tarot Card App!

The Ostara Tarot card collective now has an app available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices thanks to The Fool's Dog! One more reason to stare at you phone - to get your tarot reading at any time!

And here's a little write up from the app website:

"Ostara Tarot is as fresh and wild as the verdant springtime. The creation of four artists from the Pacific Northwest, the deck is a unique and surreal interpretation of the traditional Rider-Waite cards. In Ostara Tarot, the familiar scenes take fanciful forms, and the usual suspects are played by a wondrous array of divinities, people, animals, and mythical beings. Some cards show us unearthly visions of nature, others portray realms of purest whimsy. Each artist drew one suit and some of the Major Arcana. Each creator has endowed her suit with a distinctive yet complementary art style, giving us a playful, cohesive, and innovative masterpiece."

Ostara Tarot by Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, Julia Iredale, with Mariya Olshevska

Bye for now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Meet the Artist Tag

“Meet The Artist” tag from @Sketch_Dailies topic on Twitter. A little something to show that I'm still alive and working.

I used Kyle T. Webster’s digital brushes for all the Photoshop drawing and some experimentation with the Gradient tool to do the rest.

Portrait without text
Process gif!
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Have a great Tuesday guys!