Tilting Toward the Sun

 

It looks like my plants are also starting to miss the abundance of daylight as days are becoming shorter, darker, and colder. Many of my succulents start out as compact rosettes, but slowly stretch out toward the light of the window.

Canzine 2014 preparation is well underway, and these botanical drawings will be part of a black and white zine called Affectionate Portraits.

Fluorescent Pink and Ivy Green

Here is a little snippet of an illustration done for Cabin Journal‘s promotional zine (debuting at Canzine Toronto 2014)! This piece will be alongside the work of twelve talented artists and illustrators. I’m very excited to see everything finished as it will be printed in fluorescent pink and ivy green ink using a risograph printer.

London!

This drawing has been hiding away in one of my thesis sketchbooks for over a year now, but I finally have an excuse to post it. In a couple of days, I will be flying over to the United Kingdom to attend Hogwarts disguised as a First Year…erm, look for my red-headed prince attend my cousin’s wedding just outside London, England.

I have been looking forward to this trip for a very long time; more than anything else, it will be a good break from the ritual and routines of everyday working life.

See you again in three weeks!

Window Dwellers

This is a little snapshot of some of my succulent babies back in November of last year. Although these guys are typically slow growers, the scenery inside my window has changed quite dramatically since!

Affectionate Portraits

Sometimes I like to draw affectionate portraits of my little* family of plants.

* Not so little anymore. 

Rock Bottom : Post 08 – Rivet No. 4 Feature

Last week, I got my hands on the latest issue of Rivet, an OCADu Student Press publication that showcases the work of OCAD University’s students and alumni.

As you can see, the illustrations do not have their normal colouring since they were printed as duotone images using a risograph printer. It is always interesting to see how your work translates to print – especially when printed using techniques that deviate from the norm of inkjet and laser printers.

Panorama Series : Old Houses & Skyscrapers

Autumn has to be my favourite season, not because of my love/hate relationship with the start of school – but because it is the season of sipping hot apple cider to warm cold fingers, colour-changing foliage waltzing down from treetops in 17-degree weather, tea lights flickering in carved jack-o-lanterns, and of course – pumpkin-flavoured everything! Have you noticed the beautiful pink sunset the past few days?

This is the view from my current apartment window, this time no longer overlooking the Bloor and Spadina intersection, but a sweet assemblage of the older and newer parts of Toronto.

Rock Bottom : Post 07 – Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, now an Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian, conquered childhood bullying, depression, substance abuse, among many other traumatic experiences that allowed her to eventually portray an extremely diverse range of roles and inspired her humanitarian work.

ROCK BOTTOM is a celebration of the now-famous survivors of human tribulation. This series of illustrations depicts “rock bottom” as a place where the successful nurtured their ambition and took risks that eventually propelled them to succeed. 

Rock Bottom : Post 06 – The 14th Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatsothe 14th Dalai Lama, witnessed great adversity in Tibet while he was forced into exile from his homeland. As a result of this, he was able to bring Buddhist teachings to the West and promote interfaith dialogue between major religions of the world.

ROCK BOTTOM is a celebration of the now-famous survivors of human tribulation. This series of illustrations depicts “rock bottom” as a place where the successful nurtured their ambition and took risks that eventually propelled them to succeed. 

Rock Bottom : Post 05 – OCADU’s 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition

Labour day usually marks the end of summer vacation and the start the school year. Coupled with packing the family van way past bursting point (R.I.P. Ford Windstar), and forcing my brothers to cram in the backseat with no leg room for the five hour drive, labour day to me has been about moving all my possessions into a new residence or dorm room while my dad wistfully snatches glimpses of the Canadian International Air Show in between boxes. This year, for the first year since Kindergarten, labour day has rolled around, the airplanes are soaring ahead, but I am no longer going back to school!

To celebrate the end of school and the first step into the “real world”, here are some long overdue photographs of my illustration thesis display from OCADu’s 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition this past May. The last image is the beautiful view of the city from OCAD’s large windows – that’s one sight I will dearly miss!

ROCK BOTTOM is a celebration of the now-famous survivors of human tribulation. This series of illustrations depicts “rock bottom” as a place where the successful nurtured their ambition and took risks that eventually propelled them to succeed.