Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy happy Hallowe'en!

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First look at my working game, with a special Hallowe'en scene (that won't actually be in it)!

Video can be watched on Youtube, too.

Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!

More of my game's art can be seen here.

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Candy Corn Princess

Another candy-themed Asian-type princess. Because I can draw whatever I want!!1! I'm proudest of her "Batman and Robin" Poison Ivy vaguely candy corn shaped hair buns. 

Also another Japanese crest design, this time using candy corn. I don't actually like candy corn. Or licorice allsorts, for that matter.

Happy Hallowe'en!

Sketch:

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Licorice Lady Candy Princess

I love Japanese family crests and drawing colourful candy and princesses and kimonos. So I combined all of those things. I designed a licorice allsorts crest for the background!

I repurposed this licorice pattern I made for the kimono:

Sketch:

Happy Hallowe'en!

-- Julia

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Culinary Architecture Illustrated Logo

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I'm happy and excited to share this illustrated logo I did for Culinary Architecture! Culinary Architecture (here's their Facebook page) is based in Baltimore and offers many different services including personal chef-ing, catering, cooking classes, and more. I love drawing food so this job was right up my alley! 

The grand opening of their storefront location will be happening this year. I'm psyched for Sylva and her team!

A job like this, where the illustration will be used for a long time and for different applications, has a longer development process than an editorial illustration that''ll be around a week or a month. I love the process -- and here it is!

Some other colour possiblities:

 Sketch development from thumbnail to rough sketch to tighter sketch to even tighter sketch (clockwise from top left):

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Latest for Macleans

I always perk up when I get to draw food. This time it was a muffin and some Swiss Chalet!

Did you know you can buy sachets of Chalet sauce powder at the grocery store and make it at home? Add a store-cooked rotisserie chicken and cook up some rice and delicious dinner for days!

-- Julia

Portfolio site

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Crafterella for Cut Out and Keep

Cat Morley over at Cut Out and Keep invited me to draw her site's mascot, Crafterella! Cut Out and Keep is a great resource and community for crafty folks.

I gave my version of Crafterella oversized scissors, a homage (an homage?) to the scissor blade in Kill La Kill. It's on Netflix and if you like anime nuttiness I recommend!

The post on Cut Out and Keep also has an interview of me if you ever wanted to learn more about how I started off as a six year old drawing princesses with pencil crayons.

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Full page for St. Louis At Home

New client! It's always a rush when I'm given a chance to work for someone new. And full page, which is kinda an awesome opportunity.

This illustration accompanies an article about online shopping for home stuff and even had links to specific interior decorating sites, so I visited them for reference and inspiration. The internet wins again!

I used to do a lot of silkscreen printing so I'm naturally drawn to limited colour palettes. It's fun to try and come up with different ways to use the same colours! I based the colours on Pantone's colours for Spring 2016.

Also, the bare feet and the sleeping kitty emphasize how comfy it is to shop from home. :)
 
Sketch:

-- Julia
Portfolio site

Friday, October 2, 2015

Six More Macleans Illustrations

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Catching up on posting some work again! A bunch of Macleans illustrations for their back page. 

Macleans profiles the lives of Canadians every week and sometimes they ask me to create these illustrations that form a frame around a photo of the person. I read the article and draw stuff that they liked to do, memorable moments, and things other folks remember fondly about them -- stuff that made that person a unique individual.

I know it's laziness/forgetfulness that's stopped me from posting these as I completed them, but I kinda like seeing a bunch of them together like this. Yay rationalization!






-- Julia
Portfolio site