Thursday, 31 December 2015

Update: New class for Adults who are Scared to Draw!

This is the class I've dreamed of teaching!  It will be a small group, max 6 students, held at my studio on Saturday mornings.  Please note the start date has been moved back to Jan 30th, and the price lowered to reflect the shorter session.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015


Instagram= instant gratification!  It's only a few days in and I'm so hooked.
You can find me at jacquiescence

Friday, 18 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A new class for adults: Writing and Picture Making for Non-Drawers

I'm lauching an adults' drawing-writing-comics class in January 2016.  It's my dream project, the stuff I think about all the time, the class I've always wanted to teach.
It's a little hard to explain, but it's going to be awesome.  It's based on Lynda Barry's 'Syllabus' mixed in with my own projects from my years of teaching drawing.  But this isn't a drawing class per se, it's about finding that floaty feel that happens when you're lost in what you're doing, about suspending judgement about what you create, about the mysteries of the brain, images, symbols and stories.

Oh boy, it's going to be good.

Monday, 7 September 2015

A new project

One Woman's Trash- an artist draws her garbage.
This is a daily drawing challenge, and a sustainability challenge, at the same time.  I'm drawing everything I throw out.  Not my compost or recycling, but the things I put in the garbage-for-landfill bin.

So far it's been just a week, and I'm sure it's going to change as it goes along but I'm hooked.  It's weird to spend so much time with my garbage and think about how it came into my life.  The act of drawing forces me to look at each piece.  So far I'm not bored while I'm drawing, carefully recording each wrinkle in a crumpled tissue, I get lost in drawing no matter the subject.
And I have already refused to buy things so I wouldn't have to draw the packaging!

Check out the entire series at One Woman's Trash

a little sketch of David Suzuki

I saw Dr. Suzuki speak at Vancouver's Powell Street Festival and did this little sketch.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Artist Inspiration: Stephen Fowler

I was looking at google images for research ("illustration emotional work"), found this wonderful group of faces and just had to know more about the artist.
It was done by Stephen Fowler, and I think this would be his blog. (There is another Stephen Fowler who draws dogs.)
I was delighted to have found it.
Some fav images
The blog hadn't been updated since January but I hope to see more.  He works a lot with stamping and frottage.  I love the Wildman life drawing series, with the model dressed up as a hairy sasquatch type figure, and inspired wonderful charcoal drawings. Fowler seems to do a lot of workshops getting people to try drawing and markmaking in playful ways.  (And that's my raison d'ĂȘtre for teaching art.)

Art can be fun.  

Monday, 17 August 2015

Giant Frog Lantern

This is what kept me busy all July!  A Pacific Tree Frog lantern, with a bamboo frame, lit with LED strips and 'skinned' in fabric.
In the bottom picture, if you look closely, you can see me bending over it, which gives you an idea of the size.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Paper Mache Dragon Trophy

Well, this was an adventure and I might be hooked on paper mache.  This dragon is on display at Unity Tattoo on Commercial Drive as part of their "Dragons and S**T" show.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Lanterns- the making of

The chaos during the creation of the two giant lanterns.

Two big lanterns!

I haven't been posting lately because I've been working on these guys!  They were commissioned by MetroVancouver for their NightQuest event.  I'm sure they'll make an appearance at several events this year.
The banana slug is over 5 feet long  The great horned owl is about 3 feet tall.  I wanted to put the wings straight out but then he wouldn't fit through doors!
They are lit with LEDs and run off batteries.

(I think it's funny that I earn a living making giant slugs!)

Monday, 2 February 2015

Nostalgia trip/artistic challenge= 80s My Little Ponies!

So I had this idea that I'll paint one of my childhood My Little Pony toys each time I'm in the studio.  It will give me a chance to improve my watercolour skills! I think have over 50 ponies so this artistic ritual can keep me going for a while.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hourly Comic Day Part Two

And, 4pm is as far as I got.  The rest of the day was groceries, making pizza, eating pizza, and watching Voyager. I'm not sure how that took 4 hours but it did.

Hourly Comic Day Pt 1

So there's this thing where comic artists try and draw auto-biographical-ish cartoons every hour for one day.  I tried, and fizzled, but got at least one good drawing out of it.  I have more comics but not all are digitized so there's a gap.

1pm, in the studio trying to keep up with the hourly drawing...

Noon- two drawings of walking to the studio in the rain.

 Morning, missing a few comics...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Cornish Blue Pixies

#SketchDailies entry, a few days late.  Cornish Blue Pixies are mentioned in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  (Gilderoy Lockhart loses control of them in his Defense Against the Dark Art class.)

I couldn't quite decide on a design.  The two on the right are quite Gerald Scarfe-ish.