Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! And/or Happy Early Yankee Fireworks Day! Confession time: This illustration is the finished version of one of the sketches I submitted for the National Post job that the art director didn't pick. I'm not one to toss a good sketch, so I decided to work it up on my own time.

Instead of making it another June illustration, I swapped the roses and honeysuckle (June flowers) for waterlilies and larkspurs (July flowers) and added fireworks to make it even more July-like.

Here's the initial sketch:

Reworked pencils:


Hope you like it!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful image Julia!

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Julia Minamata said...

Uh oh -- Which one have I got more of? :P

Karen Sandstrom said...

The illustration is beautiful, and I really enjoyed seeing your process.

Julia Minamata said...

Thanks, Karen! I enjoy showing seeing other people's processes, too -- I love your sketches that you show on your blog!