Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Said the Whale is definitely one of my all-time favourite bands. I find their music so visually inspiring, especially when working on a painting or another piece of art. Recently I created a poster concept including some lyrics from Said the Whales' song 'Lucky', as a Christmas present for a friend of mine who is also slightly obsessed with them. I used mixed media on cardstock, including a variety of papers, markers, as well as some silkscreening. I included pictures of a few of the steps I took, as well as the final framed copy. Hope you enjoy! 

Thumbnail sketches.

Cut-out letters from black card.

Silkscreened stripes.

Final framed poster.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Just Live.

It's been awhile since I posted anything and I felt today was a good day to be inspired. I decided that I would use one of my favourite movies as a starting point. If you have never seen 'It's Kind of a Funny Story', go out and buy/rent/borrow it now, you will not be disappointed (watch the trailer above). The illustration to the left is the book cover, created by Abigail Smith. I love the use of shape and colour. It's so eye catching who wouldn't want to pick this up off the shelf to see what it's about! The movie also features some great illustrations, by the artist Brain Drucker, and I have included some of his art below. So with both of these artists as my inspiration, I decided to go out and do some plein air painting, as to enjoy the beautiful summer sunshine.

For this painting, I used the skyline of Coney Island for my subject matter. I found some black and white photographs online for reference (pictured left). I wanted to feature Coney Island in this painting because it just says 'summer' to me. I also wanted to use bright and fun colours, and I thought this would be the perfect subject for that. 

Below are the steps of my painting in progress. I'm not sure if it is quite finished yet, but I think I will abandon it for awhile and see how it looks in a few days with new eyes. I hope you enjoyed seeing my most recent artwork. Until next time!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Cannery Row.

Recently, I got the opportunity to design and create t-shirts for the band Cannery Row [pictured above]. Tonight, Cannery Row will be playing at the ArtCrawl, which takes place on James Street North in Hamilton. So if you happen to be in downtown Hamilton, make sure you stop by the Mex-i-can restaurant for some great food and live music. To get you in the mood, check out the video below.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Scott Campbell.

While browsing the internet for new artists, illustrators, and designers to be inspired by, I stumbled across the website of Scott Campbell. And I fell in love with his style. His use of simple shapes combined with different textures and patterns makes for beautiful design. I also love how he uses bright colours to create eye-catching artwork. I've included a few more samples below. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Double Exposure.

I recently fell in love with the effect of double exposure. So I decided to make my project for the day to try out this technique by using the wonderful photoshop to help me. First I looked up some images, here are some of my favourites that I found.

I then went through my all the photographs I have taken over the past couple of years, and created some of my own. I hope you enjoy them!

Monday, 16 April 2012

New Mindsets.

New Mindsets is an up and coming website that lets users mix and match classes to make the perfect course for themselves. I had the privilege of trying to come up with unique graphic elements that could be used within the website to enhance the experience of visiting the site. I began by brainstorming and drawing up thumbnails. From there I was able to collaborate with fellow designers, and we came up with a concept that we thought was simple yet interesting. The idea is a circle that evolves and changes as it rolls and picks up objects along the way. Here is my take on the concept, in the form of a storyboard:

The character that I developed in my storyboard also acts as a logo for the New Mindsets company and website. Here is a closer view of my logo:

I also wanted to mock up some potential items that New Mindsets would use. Below are some samples of what the website would look like, as well as what the business card and letterhead would look like. 

Website Sample

Letterhead Sample

Business Card [Front]

Business Card [Back]

I think these designs and creative and fun, as well as very eye-catching. It was a interesting project to work on, as I have never had to think of creating graphics that would potentially be using motion. It was a great way to learn about some new ideas and skills that can be used in the graphic designing business. 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Home is whenever I'm with you.

I came across this illustration by Blaine Macdonald, from 1970, and I really love the variety in his line quality, and the loose nature of his work. I decided to use this image as inspiration for my Illustration Friday design for the word 'Return.' As always, I began my process by creating some thumbnails [pictured below]. I used images of suitcases, airplanes, and tickets as representation of returning home. I also working on an image of person returning library books. 

I decided that the image of returning home has stronger meaning and significance for most people, so I continued to develop that idea. 

I also began listening to some songs and looking up lyrics that I could incorporate into my final design. There were a couple that I really loved. The first is the song 'Passenger Seat' by Death Cab for Cutie, and particularly the line 'When you need directions, Then I'll be the guide, For all time.' I also really enjoy the song 'Home' by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the one line of the chorus that goes, 'Home is whenever I'm with you.' Since I love them both, I am going to be making a couple of companion shirts, that will incorporate similar images, but each including unique lyrics. Here are my thumbnails for my final two designs. Also take a listen to both songs posted below!

After deciding my vision for both shirts, I started creating my final designs in Illustrator. First up, was my shirt using the lyrics from Edward Sharpe. I created a cut-out of a heart using an image of a map, as well as a silhouette of an airplane. To give the airplane more depth, I duplicated the outline a couple of times, and made the lines varying thicknesses for interest. I then added the text, and added a drop shadow in a peach colour to tie it into the map. 

And here's what it would look like on a t shirt!

Next, I worked on my concept for the Death Cab for Cutie lyrics. I wanted the two designs to be similar, so that one would know that they belong together. I did this by using the image of a map in each of them, and by using repetition in each.  I also used sans serif font in each design, and added a drop shadow. 

I hope you've enjoyed my process. I really like how these two t shirts came out! Comments are always welcome.