Thursday, September 22, 2016

Latest for Macleans!

I did the sketch by hand, then took a bad iphone photo of it and opened that in Photoshop. After that it was all digital! Sometimes I use a paintbrush and ink and I did a recent Macleans illo with a brush pen -- But they all look fairly similar. Still, it's good to know I can produce decent results with whatever the situation requires.

Bad iphone photo of the sketch:

-- Julia

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Latest for Macleans

This illustration ended being in the same issue of Macleans as the Tragically Hip spread, so it's a twofer!

I used a brush pen (Pentel Color Brush) to ink this one. Usually it's a Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II, 202 Size 1 brush with Speedball india ink. My friend Robin Nishio got me onto the brush pen and I gotta say it's kinda hard to put down. It keeps a super fine point and can go super thick. And great for sketching because it forces me not to overwork stuff!

Occasionally I'll do one of these 100% digitally but I do prefer finishing the illo by hand.

Sketch:


-- Julia

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tragically Hip for Macleans

I've been psyched to share this one -- a map published in Macleans paying tribute to the Tragically Hip and the Canadian locations mentioned in their songs. 

It was a challenge squeezing all of that stuff into the map -- hope it's not too much of an eyesore!

I've always loved the Hip. Favourite songs: "Nautical Disaster", "My Music at Work", and "So Hard Done By". I can't say anything about the band that hasn't already been said, but their music is magic and truly Canadian.

Art without layout:

Sketch/layout:


-- Julia

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Latest for St. Louis magazine


 
Yay, I love when I get sent the issue that's got my illustrations in. These illustrations were for St. Louis magazine, for an article about real-life detectives trying out an "escape the room". 

Here's the article: https://www.stlmag.com/news/sherlock-at-chouteau-triangle/


They get double-booked into a room with some recent college grads, compounding the chaos!


-- Julia

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
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