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Archive for August, 2009

Youtube, Itube, we all tube…?

August 22nd, 2009

I was late to catch onto Youtube, but since posting some of my own vids from live shows over the last year or so, I’ve frequented the site a bit more. Most of you have probably seen all the viral videos, like the Sneezing Panda, Otters Holding Hands, Battle at Kruger (where a baby water buffalo somehow survives a bad afternoon), and Bizkit the Sleepwaking Dog, amongst others.

Here are some of my favourites…

Jesse, the wonder hula-hooper:

A Wolf Loves Pork — an unbelievable and ingenius stop animation piece of art:

The Facebook Song, which I was skeptical of at first, but that is actually super clever:

The Evil Eye — one of the cutest (and most evil) kids I’ve ever seen:

A Lollapalooza 2009 Dancer (aka. as my friend Amanda says, “This is why I don’t do drugs.”):

Talking Cats — this one had John and I saying “Why I eyes ya…” to each other for weeks:

Got any good ones to share?
Hope this helps with some weekend entertainment!

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Summer harvest

August 19th, 2009

Some of my favourite things about summer are…

  • stopping at roadside stalls or the Farmers’ Market to pick up locally grown eats (ok, ok, so the Moishe’s potato salad and the Fontaine Santé three-bean salad pictured below are from Costco… but neither has preservatives, and both are deeelicious! The corn is indeed local. As a side note, this is John’s plate, since I’m one of those doofuses who has to cut the corn off the cob to eat it… I’d give you my dental history, but you’d fall asleep before the picture, I promise);

  • growing some of our own veggies & herbs on our balcony garden;

  • and berry-picking…

I suppose it means that I’m becoming an adult when I crave this kind of stuff more than freezies and slurpies in summer months… ha!

What are your favourite summer eats?

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First comes love… then comes design

August 16th, 2009

One of my dearest friends is getting married soon, and I was honoured to have designed her wedding invitations:

I illustrated the trees in Corel Painter on my handy Cintiq, my friend chose the grey + raspberry pallette, and we decided on a tri-fold card design together — with the “You are invited” panel less wide than the other panels so that it only halfway covered the raspberry information panel (I’ve blurred some of the deets so you don’t all crash the wedding, ha ha):

These kinds of meaningful projects for friends are always the most fun (and also the most nerve-wracking, since I want so badly for it to be ‘just right’!). This last wedding invite got me thinking about others that I’ve illustrated and designed for friends in the last few years. For example (again, with some personal deets blurred because I’m private like that):

Obviously, these friends are having fun with their Big Days and, for me, it’s rewarding to contribute with invites that (hopefully!) really capture and personalize the event.

(Shameless plug alert: I would love to do more of this kind of work, so if you happen to know anyone who’s looking for a funky invite — wedding or otherwise — feel free to send them my way!)

In the meantime, I can busy myself figuring out what John and my invitations will look like :-)

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