Category Archives: Illustrators

A Community of Craft!!!


There is this wonderful event in Toronto that I have been fortunate to take part as both a vendor and behind-the-scenes on and off for several years. It’s called City of Craft, and the amazing people at  Worker Bee Supply have put together a nice little video all about the show and the people who bring it to us every year. I very rarely post selfies on any of my social media, so if you want to see what I look like, pay attention around 3:53.

 

 


Sketchbook!

This past Autumn I launched a new illustration magazine! Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.

Cover: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, a streetscape in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Issue 1: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Summer in Italy is my first issue’s theme. My actual summer in Italy was over a decade ago, so this publication is a sort of nostalgic daydream Atlas of Italy.

Here I am in New York City, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

Here I am in New York, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

You can see more of the first issue here.

There are still a few copies of issue 1 left. Issue 2 will ship in the Spring of 2017. If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

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Urban Collective Show and Sale July 19th

YoureInvited 2Gee, I haven’t been on here in a while! I’ve had a really busy year! Will try to make some time for blogging. In the meantime, if you are in Toronto, come check out this show! Pretty nice to be sitting alongside such an interesting group of vendors! Hope to see you there!


Phil’s Shoe Box!

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I grew up in a place called Green Acres. When I was really small I would go to Phil’s Shoe Box at Green Acres Plaza for new shoes. I’ve named my series of shoe-themed prints after that place.

Gold foil shoe horn print, Empire Shoes!

Shiny gold foil shoe horn print, Empire Shoes!

Got a whole little shoe shop happening in my Etsy Shop!

There are a lot of extra steps when using gold foil. Black ink is applied last, and prints are set to dry.

There are a lot of extra steps when using gold foil. Black ink is applied last, and prints are set to dry

I printed the shoe horn as a companion piece to the shiny silver Brannock Device I printed last year:

My drawing of the classic Brannock Device. Silk screened in black ink and silver foil!

My drawing of the classic Brannock Device. Silk screened in black ink and silver foil!

Later on, I found myself walking down Yonge Street, and I spotted these abandoned shoes:

Y is for Yonge Street, the longest street in the world

Y is for Yonge Street, the longest street in the world

They gave me the inspiration to go home and draw a bunch of odd shoes for another print:

Found this great antique frame at a local thrift shop

This antique frame I found at a local thrift shop suits this vintage-style print pretty nicely!

One final mini-print, which I just finished yesterday:

Who doesn’t love a shoe sale?

Who doesn’t love a shoe sale?


Objects Have Stories @ MADE

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A group show I am making something for. Handmade 3D objects by illustrators.

Nov 27
7pm
MADE
867 Dundas Street West
Toronto


A Different Kind of Christmas Cactus

 

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If VV Boutique can stock holiday stuff this early, so can I!

I’ve always like Xmas cactus, and my favourite thing about the holiday season is all the tinsel! This must be the shiniest silver Xmas-tree-shaped cactus ever! Covered with prickly pears in all different colors, it looks just like a decorated tinsel Xmas tree!

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Photographing reflective silver foil is difficult. Best to show with different angles of light.

Getting the silver foil printed was a bit of a job – something I learned in school is that one should never assume your printer understands your instructions, even when you correspond specifically about special finishings. The first batch came back from the print shop sans silver foil! They gracefully accepted responsibility and re-printed them without delay.

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On the inside I took the opportunity to add a little twist to one of the most traditional holiday greetings:  A Very Merry Cactus and a Prickly New Pear!

Perfect to mail out to your cactus loving friends this coming holiday season!

Order early, limited supply! Available in packs of five, in my Etsy Shop.

 


Fancy on Wellington

That's my girl!

That’s my girl!

If you find yourself walking along Wellington Street, east of Yonge, keep an eye out for my pup Fancy! She’s out taking a walk along the hoarding around a new residential development in Toronto, called 88 Scott Street, at the corner of Wellington and Scott. Fabulous work from other illustrator-colleagues lines the entire block.


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