Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bluebird buddies

Just a little sneak peek at a personal project I'm working on :)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Christmas Commissions: Little Houses

Hi guys!  I'm open for a few commissions to be done by Christmas.  Little houses make great gifts, and are really affordable custom art at just $45!  If you are interested, contact me through the link above, or on facebook.  Some examples:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mischievous Chickens?

Trying out a new little drawing program called Mischief.  It's kind of a vector/pixel hybrid that uses brushes to create infinitely scalable drawings.  Very cool.  Also, it just feels nice to draw in.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Here are a couple portraits I finished recently.  Sweet little boys :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Look, it's a book!

And my art is on the cover!

When Ria saw the video my mom posted of her getting the first box of books, she danced around and said "Look Mommy, it's your picture!  Your lovely picture that you maded!"

It's good to have a fan ;)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I Love Local Food (and a book blitz!)

A little watercolour I made to help my mom (author Valerie Comer) promote her awesome new novel Raspberries and Vinegar.  You may remember the cover art I did for it earlier.  It's such a great book; a fun Christian Romance with farming, puppies, baby mice (who are, sadly, disgusting and not cute like baby animals should be), and enough good local food to make you hungry.  I'm not just saying I like it because my mom wrote it, it's a great book.

So, what does the illustration have to do with anything?  If you order her book in paperback by the 9th, you get a bunch of awesome freebies, including the book in e-book form, and a printable pdf of my local food painting to hang on your wall :)

You also get:
- Desktop wallpaper's with my cover art
- a video recipe showing how to make Raspberry Vinegar (my favourite summer drink!)
- A 92 minute podcast where Valerie interviews special guests Dr. Ruth Valerio, Melissa K. Noriss, Kathi Macias and 6 others on "Where Food Meets Faith" for them.
- 101 Ways to be a locavore
- 7 Days to Simple: Purify Your Life, an E-book by Melissa K Noriss
- Some samples of other great related books you might enjoy

Buy it here!  Do it by the 9th to get pretty art!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cake Topper Commission

Jane and Justin asked me to do a portrait of them to use as a wedding topper.  Such a cute idea!  It has the gears rolling in my head now for sure...

I started by designing an illustration with some simple trees in the background:
Then I sent it to them in two separate file so that the couple and the trees could be cut out separately and put on the cake.  

  I didn't make the cake or physically make the topper, but I did take the photo as I was also their photographer :)

What do you think, should I start marketing cake toppers?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Jade Forest

So I started this a year ago.  Time flies when you don't sleep?  Anyway, here it is!  Feels good to have it finished, I like it a lot.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Winter Portrait

This was an art trade with my lovely friend Amanda.  She made my girls the coolest little dragon toy :)  And apparently her boyfriend is impervious to cold!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Not Afraid

I've been avoiding posting from my sketchbook as my scanner is old and sad and I'm really bad at taking photos of my art (although I try and try...).  So here you go, an imperfect photo of some watercolour calligraphy practice.

It's a quote by Louisa May Alcott, or so says pinterest.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Design Process for Raspberries and Vinegar

Once upon a time, my talented Mother wrote a book called "Raspberries and Vinegar".  No wait, that's a lie.  She wrote a book called "Domino's Game".  She thought about self publishing the novel and asked me about doing a cover.  I played around with a sketch as I read the book, and came up with this:

A short while later, Mom sold the book to Choose Now Publishing and told Nicole (the publisher) about her lovely illustrator daughter who had already come up with a cover idea.  I showed them both my sketch, and surprisingly they decided to trust me, even though it was clearly a hot mess at that point.

We changed the title to "Simply Smitten", Mom told me that Zach actually wanted to wear a newsboy cap, and I told her that really, he didn't have a mustache (see, I had already refused to draw it).  She changed it to a short beard.  And told me that Jo didn't have curly hair.  Oh, and changed the name to "Raspberries and Vinegar".  No more titles!

I asked a couple friends to model for me.  Aren't they adorable?   They got married later that week.  This is actually two shots combined with photoshop magic powers.

Now, I knew that Zach was supposed to be about ten years older than my friend Kyle, and that he needed a beard and a hat.  I wanted Jo to be wearing Hunter boots (I wish I had a pair, but for now I will just draw them).  Also, I needed a border collie puppy.  Time to hit up Google for some references.

I swear, I just typed in "short beard" and "newsboy cap".  But Google choose to send me Chris Hemsworth and Brad Pitt.  Who am I to argue with Google?

Armed with my references, I did up a sketch of the couple.  I used a grid to get the proportions down and then bulked Zach up to look older and changed the other character details.

 Coloured for a while, drew in a puppy, added some text and: Tadah!  Front cover.  I can't wait to see it on the book!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Raspberries and Vinegar Cover

Here's the front cover for the upcoming novel Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer.  It's been released in August from Choose Now Publishing.  It's my first book cover and I'm very happy/excited about it :)

I'll post about the design process later this week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

To Write a Story

An illustration of my mom and her kitties for the header image of her new blog To Write a Story.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All Things

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Feather Gradient

I really have no idea how to paint with gouache, I'm only pretending.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Lastnighterday is probably my favourite of Ria's invented words.  It means anytime in the past.  Quite handy, actually.  Now that she's three, she mostly says everything correctly, but I love the cute little Riaisms that remain.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A fresh start

Hi guys :)  Welcome to my new art blog.  I hadn't been drawing much for a month or two.  I've been feeling like my art just isn't what I want it to be, but I don't quite know yet where it's going.  I need to stop thinking about it and just create!  So the past month I've been working on a new sketchbook.  Here's some handlettering practice for you.  Gotta love Julia!