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Mice in the nursery!

June 26th, 2010

I’m so excited for my friend Meg and her husband Pat, who very recently brought home their adopted son Van, from Vietnam. While they were overseas, I worked on a mural in Van’s room-to-be. Before they’d left, I’d done a full sketch of what I was going to paint, accommodating the room’s specs and the furniture placement:

Meg has a book called “Ten Mice for Tet“, which is about Vietnamese New Year, and she wanted to use it as inspiration for the room. Also, Van is a water buffalo in Vietnamese astrology, so I wanted to include something to that effect too.

I used acrylic paints for the colours. For the outlines, I used a Sharpie Paint marker (the biggest size: Bold), and it worked like an absolute dream. Here’s one of the mice before and after I outlined him… huge difference!

The markers come in water-based or oil. I chose the oil-based at the recommendation of various stores I asked — it’s opaque (the water-based one isn’t) and more permanent. It does mean that Meg and Pat should sand the outlines down if they ever repaint the room.

Wall 1 — with Van’s name and the dragon:

I used a silver acrylic paint for the scales… so it was a little tough to photograph.

Wall 2 — which is mainly window, but I did put this lantern up near the ceiling, overtop the shelf of stuffed animals. The gold flowers are also Sharpie marker.

Wall 3 — the musicians and the foodies!

Closer up…

And Wall 4 — the water buffalo and the flagbearer.

And this is Pepper the cat, whom I kinda fell in love with. I think she approves…

[Technical detail for anyone who plans on painting a mural with acrylic paints: the paints are transparent, so if the wall is not white, you'll need to put on a few  extra coats of acrylic for the colours to show up properly.]

Welcome home Van — you are a lucky kiddo to have such fabulous parents as Meg & Pat!

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Goal!!!!

March 31st, 2010

Just a quick note to blab about a fun project I worked on this week — which includes an illustration of a hockey goal light:

The graphic is going to be used to promote a contest for all fellow Ottawa Sens fans: the winner gets two VIP goal judge seats to a playoff game, right on the glass. Plus a bunch of other stuff like access to a buffet, intermission munchies, and access to the VIP lounge. (Click here or on the graphic above to enter.)

I’m hoping that I can come help get ballots filled out at one of the upcoming games… it involves wearing a construction hat with one of these red flashing lights on top of it and approaching peeps to enter. As you may know, I’m all over helmet-wearing AND hockey, so I hope to make it out one of these days.

In terms of the illustration, I did it in Adobe Illustrator. I drew the outlines and highlights with my Wacom Cintiq, and then all the other elements, I created with the pen tool and my old school mouse. A fun fun job, all around!

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B is for Baby

March 26th, 2010

The last couple of years, I’ve been surrounded by pregnant folks and newborns. Even one of my cousins (whom I swear I remember used to call people who had kids “breeders”) is expecting! I recently mentioned becoming an Auntie Em, something I’ve gladly been learning to be.

Now, I understand the practicality of having a registry for baby showers (otherwise, Mum might get 342 burping cloths) but I tend to stray from the list and try and make something. Here are a few name prints I’ve done for friends in the past, to celebrate the arrival of their little ones… once printed and framed, they’re a constant ‘hello’ from me right in their nursery:

(For anyone who’s wondering… I do these on my Wacom Cintiq; the outlines are done in Adobe Illustrator, then I do the colouring in Corel Painter.)

So is it me, or are baby bumps everywhere these days? Maybe it’s just something in the Ottawa water.
And do you have a go-to baby gift?

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