Thursday, 27 September 2012

as if

A mock magazine cover:

*this image is from tumblr, if it is your image and would like to claim it, please let me know and I would be happy to comply with your requests.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

collage girls

I recently purged all my old magazines - so when my friend suggested I take her unwanted magazines, I jumped at the opportunity! Having outdated magazines in my hands once again meant only one thing... I needed to create some collage pieces. Some have more collage elements than others, but that's all part of the fun. These were created primarily with oil pastel, watercolour and of course, my friend's old magazines. Some of these also include ballpoint pen, gauche and felt tip marker. If you enjoy these you can find them all in my flickr set, collage girls.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

blue jeans

I absolutely love Lana Del Rey and was inspired to create some fan art after watching the video for Blue Jeans (about 400 times). So here she is!

the final artwork:
ball point pen, watercolour & edited in photoshop

and the work in progress:

the inspiration:

...and if any of you are interested, here's the video (i swear it doesn't disappoint).

Sunday, 6 May 2012

erica sharp

I recently came across the absolutely brilliant artwork of Erica Sharp and was eager to share it. I love her distinct style and her use of a variety of mediums. The piece above might be one of my favourites as I love how she sometimes incorporates photography into her work, but I really can't resist her drawings either. I love them because they are fashion forward and the colours she chooses are sublime. Be sure to check out her work on her website,, because thats where you'll find ooodles of goodies, like these:

You can also follow Erica on Twitter and purchase her lovely artwork at her Etsy Shop. Now to gawk at her artwork some more...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

white elephant

A few weeks ago I visited James St. North in downtown Hamilton (my stomping grounds, represent) and found a few great spots I never knew about. James St. is a vibrant, creative neighbourhood that plays host to the Hamilton Art Crawl and occasionally the Super Crawl. I highly recommend visiting the area if you appreciate small businesses, seek unique treasures or just want to enjoy some Hamilton culture while sipping on a hot beverage.. or cold, salt-rimmed margarita! If those reasons aren't appealing enough, here's another: White Elephant. White Elephant is a fantastic, "delicately curated handmade and vintage" shop right on James St. The shop, owned and run by friends Hollie and Jane, has lots of fantastic treasures to check out. Below are photos of just some of the interesting, not to mention adorable, items White Elephant carries.

Find out more about White Elephant by checking out their website, blog and online vintage shop. Oh and follow Hollie and Jane on twitter to get up to date info on the happenings over at White Elephant.

Oh! And I wasn't kidding about the margaritas! Get yourself over to Mex-I-Can for a delicious margarita and some of the best mexican food around.

Monday, 16 April 2012


I haven't been as up to date on my Illustration Friday participation as I would like, but there have been so many good ones in the past that I've missed that I'm determined to catch up and do a few for myself! This is one I just completed was for the word from a couple weeks ago, return. I have been spending alot (probably too much) time on Flickr and the sources of inspiration found there are absolutely endless! I came across artwork by Eugenie Groh and thought it was the perfect piece of inspiration. I love the linework in these pieces and wanted to attempt to emulate it in my own 'return-influenced' work.

Along with the inspiration from Groh's work, I often find music that inspires me - especially with these Illustration Fridays that begin with a single word. There's a line in Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine that made me think of returning home;
"When you are out there on the road
for several weeks of shows
and when you scan the radio
I hope this song will guide you home".
And from that, I became inspired by different lyrics in the same song and began working on my long overdue Illustration Friday piece.
I actually had intended on creating a few different images experimenting with linework, but I had a stroke of luck and really liked my first drawing and decided to complete it as my final.
Here she is:

I created this image in black ink, scanned it into photoshop for a couple minor touch-ups and voila! I like the end result and thought it would make a great shirt - maybe even a band tee for Iron & Wine fans? I decided to run with this idea and make a mock-up of what that might look like:

Ah, and enjoy a little music while you're here:
Such Great Heights by Garden State- Iron and Wine on Grooveshark