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Some New RnR's To Find Your RnR

Some New RnR's To Find Your RnR

As adults, we tend to lose a lot of the simplicity we once had as children. We sometimes forget what we value or enjoy in the midst of the day to day. What if we could capture those wonderful things we hold so dear and carry them with us every day?

"Hickory-Dickory-Dock : Owl" Illustration

2nd illustration in my Hickory-Dickory-Dock series

2nd illustration in my Hickory-Dickory-Dock series

“It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.” - Andre Gide quotes (French writer, humanist and moralist)

You might consider this to be what I found beyond the fence; An illustration inspired by my own work.

When I sat down to coax the creativity out of me, I didn't know what I wanted. All I knew is that I wanted to create something amazing, something fresh, something new.

I immediately lost all motivation.

After awhile I realized that "new" wasn't my answer because it was getting me nowhere, fast. So I sat down again, and tackled things from a different angle; Why am I doing this in the first place? It's not for clients, it's not my audience - however, I do appreciate the love :-) - it was for me to have FUN and breakaway from the process! And that is what I wanted to get back to. 

So I looked through all of the projects I have thought about or completed in the last 6 months and considered how much fun I had with each. Hickory-Dickory-Dock was the clear winner after all was said and done. I remembered how mysterious it was from the very beginning and how it just naturally unfolded into something quirky and put a smile on my face so that was my motivation - and goal - for this next piece. 

I didn't do as much drawing for this one - since most of the parts were already built so I sketched up a basic idea & composition, adjusting where I wanted to adjust things, changing what I wanted to change from the last one, and adding new pieces, for interest. I recycled and reused to rebuild something completely new and unique to itself. Especially since there was no owl in the original nursery rhyme.

This one had its share of surprises and it unfolded completely different than what I had originally planned for it but that's why it was so fun. I had found that freedom and curiosity I was missing. I even started giving it new direction with a new character which may inspire something completely different for the next one. 

We will see where the path leads next...

In the meantime, you can purchase a print of this on my RedBubble site.

Illustration Inspiration

If you haven't discovered Néstor Canavarro, you will now. A very talented illustrator from Buenos Aires who has sketched some pretty famous faces with such detail, you'd think they were real photographs. What I love most are his WIP (work in progress) shots that show you just how much detail and layering goes into his pieces.

Check it out!

Snapshot from Néstor's website

Snapshot from Néstor's website

Personalize Your Face with a Typeface

Be the type of person you want to meet.  - Unknown

Glasses, like a well-made hat or watch, are a fashion accessory I think most overlook. Some tend to have a stigma around glasses and don't wear them because of a bad experience wearing them as a kid or they just don't like how they look. Fair enough. But what if I were to tell you that glasses are a pretty neat way to accessorize and showcase your personality. Just like we personalize the things we design with type, we - too - can be personalized with type. I stumbled across a company that actually designs glasses based on some classic typefaces.

Check them out!

Snapshot from the Type.gs website

Crawling for a Good Story

"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." - J.K. Rowling

Another year at the Vancouver Culture Crawl and it's always interesting what you end up finding. While you walk from place to place, from room to room, from booth to booth, you are transported to new worlds - each with it's own unique landscape. 

While some art pieces intrigue you and leave you wondering, the ones I find to be most engaging and delightful are the pieces that draw me in from afar and make me want more when I'm up close and personal.

Debbie Lelievre's playful artwork did just that. On each title card was a very brief story that gave you insight into the character and what they were up to.

It's as if each piece had it's own personality. I was hooked.

Debbie Lelievre prints

Debbie Lelievre prints

I went from one to the next, smiling at the unique and funny commentary and was lost in imagination and fantasy. What a delight to not have to dig for a story but was given just enough of one, to make my own. It was storytelling at its finest.

Debbie Lelievre prints

Debbie Lelievre prints

I spoke with her for some time, listening to her journey and how all of her characters came to be, leaving with a whole lot of inspiration and 3 signed prints from "The Authentics" series; A series of drawings she based off of people she has met.

Snapshot of Debbie Lelievre prints from her website

Snapshot of Debbie Lelievre prints from her website

I went to her Facebook page the next day and saw a post stating that (out of 30) she only had 4 originals left! It's not surprising. Not only is Debbie a lovely, talented artist with a great collection of pieces but she has very successfully married story and art. This, I believe, helps her audience feel connected to her art and, in turn, pushes it past that proverbial tipping point.