Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Here's my Father's Day card this year! My dad requested these birds, as they are ones he and my mom have seen this past year. 

From top to bottom: Sandhill Crane, House Wren (who has settled into this nest box at the end of the yard!), Kentucky Warbler,  and American Avocet.

The House Wren would try and get these long twigs into the nest box. Sometimes he succeeded!

-- Julia

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass -- Hero Complex Gallery

I'm happy I can finally share this illustration I did for a gallery show hosted by Hero Complex Gallery! The show opened yesterday so if you're in LA check it out! Giclee prints of this illustration are on sale at the gallery.
The show is based around Alice Through the Looking Glass and is sponsored by Disney (they've got a new movie coming out). Nerdist and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls and Insider Disney have all posted about it.
It's been an educational experience for me, dipping my toe into the gallery world. Last year I did PIXELHEARTS with Gallery 1988 and I was in the Showcase 100 with Hire An Illustrator over in the UK. I hope to exhibit more in the future!
-- Julia

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Latest Macleans

Inspired by Yuko Shimizu's (one of my favourite artists!) article on using Google Maps for photo references (here's the article) I decided to give it a try.

I was able to find images of Arnprior, Ontario's Sears and No Frills, both of which figured into the life of this week's Macleans illustration.

It's nice to have another research tool at my fingertips!

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Latest for Macleans

Latest Macleans, should be out now/soon! Mostly stays true to the sketch. Hope you like it!

-- Julia

Friday, March 4, 2016

Latest for Macleans

This one's long gone off newsstands I think, but here it is! I like to include buildings and landmarks sometimes, places that would've been important to the person.

There's something about water towers that really catch my eye. There's one by my house and it's always made an impression on me. Tallest thing around for quite a ways, weirdly cylindrical and smooth and featureless, except for the painted sides. Folks seem to not be able to resist painting those things and it's often with the town's name! Kinda adorable.

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Latest Macleans!

I think this one is off newsstands now, but my latest one. Sometimes I start directly digital with my tablet but for this one I did a pencil sketch. I'm not sure which way I prefer, but I get the feeling that starting by hand might give the whole thing more flow. 

Some minor alterations between sketch and final but overall fairly close!

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Momohime! (Kinda pronounced mo-mo-hee-meh). A tribute to Princess Peach and also to Momotaro, a Japanese folktale in which a boy is found inside a giant peach that's floating downstream. "Hime" means princess in Japanese!

I had fun making the Nintendo characters into characters from Japanese fairy tales such as:

Bowser/Oni (a demon),

Goomba (he's called "Kuribo" in Japanese because a developer kept telling Miyamoto that the character looked like a Kuri (chestnut), so I made him look even more like a chestnut),

Koopa/Kappa (Kappa is a demon with a weird haircut and water in the top of his head),

Mario is a woodsman, holding a Hammer Bros. hammer,

Mushroom retainers are fairly unchanged, same goes for the squid and the fish!

I also used something close to the same colour palette as Super Mario Bros.

Prints On Wood wrote an article about the show, read it here.

To see more artworks from the show, check out the Tumblr!

-- Julia