Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Here's my latest for Macleans. The previous one I did for them also involved twins but this time only one of the pair was killed. Adrian Oliver's dad was an RCMP officer and he and his brother Ben followed in dad's footsteps after a youth spent playing sports and fashion modelling in Greece. 

Because the family has such strong ties with the RCMP I decided to model the whole frame to look somewhat like the RCMP crest. Instead of a crown at the top I put clouds and mountain ranges that have the same approximate shape. Around the frame are the maple leaves that border the crest. 

The twins were born early and had to spend their first months in neo-natal incubators. They'd been flown to the hospital in an air ambulance, which is a pretty dramatic start to life!

The long building in the top right corner is the RCMP detachment their father worked during their childhood. The jerseys below that indicate their participation in hockey, particularly Adrian's time spent playing for the Rockland Nationals. The numbers on the jersey are his birth year.

The tall building opposite the jerseys is a building and river that suggest Carleton University, where they both studied criminology. Below the jerseys is a Greek building and polaroids to symbolize their time spent modelling. The building to the left of the townhouses in the middle is the RCMP training academy in Regina, and the townhouses are the ones they dreamed of living in, side by side. About half a year after they made this dream a reality, Adrian was killed in a traffic accident.

Spot illustration for the iPad version:


-- Julia

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