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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#Inktober 22 - Not Just Another Day In Canada

Many of us have heard the terrifying stories coming out of Ottawa today. This is a time when we hold those we love close in our arms and our hearts, and grapple with the shaking up of what we take for granted.

This sketch is of a quiet street in my neighbourhood. A street I consider generally safe. I consider Canada generally safe. But today, that shifted. My identity in relation to my Canada has shifted.  




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#Inktober 21 - Sketching Towards a Good Idea

Increasingly, I am pulling out my logo design and branding hat. When I'm coming up with a logo concept, I like to doodle and daydream about what might be the underpinnings of that logo. Even if I end up using nothing super close to my doodles, which is a likely happening, it really helps me get in the head-space for the next steps in the process.

This is what I worked on tonight - a precursor to a good idea.








Monday, October 20, 2014

#Inktober 20 - Basic Chain Stitch

I've done some freehand embroidery projects in the past, and last weekend, while on the train to Ottawa, I started up again.  It's a mesmerizing process. This is a basic chain stitch - one I use often. 


I'm not ready to show you what I was stitching yet, but have patience, it's coming. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

#Inktober 19 - Travel

I waited at the Ottawa train station for two hours for my train. I could have sketched people - they are always interesting. Instead, I sketched my trusty luggage - my life in a bag. And, I listened to an audio book: The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott. Really good.


I'm so glad to be home! I was greeted by excited, snugly children, my husband's kind, slightly desperate eyes (after having spent three days as a stand-alone parent), my emotionally stunted dog who was beside herself with joy, and, eventually, my cat who let me pick her up to snuggle her, but made it clear it was for my benefit only. She has an image to maintain, after all.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#Inktober 18 - SCBWI Conference

SCBWI stands for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I've been a member for a few years now and every year, all around the world, this organization holds workshops, facilitates camaraderie and helpful critiques for published and unpublished writers and illustrators. This year's SCBWI Canada East conference is being held in Ottawa, as I mentioned in yesterday's post. It's happening right now! I feel very fortunate to get to hangout with so many lovely and talented people.

Today's #inktober sketch is of Martha Rago, Associate Creative Director at Harper Collins (US), while she critiques our illustration submissions. Participants were given a manuscript to come up with at least one corresponding image (the process for this began a few months ago, and today was a bit of a show and tell). On the overhead screen we see thumbnail sketches of a roughed out idea for a manuscript from beginning to end.








Friday, October 17, 2014

#Inktober 17 - In Ottawa

I'm in Ottawa for an SCBWI conference. I arrived a few hours early and walked around the neighbourhood a bit. This drawing is of the back side of what I assume to be one of the Parliament buildings. I'm here for a few days, so I'm sure I'll find out by then - not that I'm actually that interested in what the building is being used for. I'm just lured in by its appearance. Yes, I'm so shallow.

It was windy! Leaves were swirling and twirling all around me. It was magical, even despite having to try and keep my supplies from making like Mary Poppins on the breeze.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

#Inktober 16 - Sad Bike

I was in between classes and I caught sight of this sad bicycle, flopped over, in the dark.  The tree, on the other hand, was majestic in it's still-hanging on to its yellow leaves-ness.






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#Inktober 15 - Cubism

Rubik's Cube has taken the homeschoolers by storm. I suspect my children may find one in their stockings this Christmas.

This is a sketch of my young friend working to find the solution.






Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#Inktober 14 - Yoga at Verdun Metro Station

I had to make a trip to the city permit office today, which happens to be located right behind the Verdun metro station. Before heading back home, I sat on a park bench and observed a woman performing various yoga poses on the grass in her t-shirt and blue jeans.  So, I drew her.





Monday, October 13, 2014

#Inktober 13 - Throwback Halloween

This is based off an old photo of my daughter and her friend when they were about three years old. Dog and cow. Utterly, barkin' adorable.