Spectrum is here!

Last year my illustration The Creator was accepted into Spectrum 20, and its now published! I got my copy yesterday and it looks awesome. In case there’s any confusion, the title “Runs Amok” and the “digital” medium were wrongly attributed to my work, the actual title is The Creator and it was a watercolour and digital painting. If you want to check out the painting in print, its on page 280! Thanks Spectrum!

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No copyright infringement intended, hence the blurring

Holiday Cocktails with Swerve

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Last week I was contacted by Swerve magazine’s AD to illustrate an article about holiday cocktails. I got on it right away, doing little sketches of champagne glasses and researching what exactly “bitters” are. They wanted me to use the type of realistic linework I used in Soup, but give it a 60s, mad-men-esque feel to it. It was an interesting challenge for me to combine my style with that type of 60s feel without getting cliche or tacky. The following image is the opener. The two-page spread explains all of the essentials you need to make the cocktails of your dreams.

swerve_blog3The following spot illustrations are about finding cheap bubbly, explaining the complexities of bitters, and finding the perfect holiday draft.

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These spots illustrate different tasty recipes. The first one is a drink called Ginger Creek, the second is a Chartreuse Hot Chocolate, the third is a Crabapple Rum Manhattan. I’ll admit, I’m curious to try the Chartreuse Hot Chocolate because I’ve had chartreuse before and it was a very… interesting experience. Thanks Danielle.


These next image is for an article about non-alcoholic cocktails for your designated driver friends. This one just had to look as tasty as possible to make being the sober one at the party a great thing. The image after that takes a bit more explaination. The piece it illustrates is about handy tips you can use during parties. Apparently you can use your top-loading washer as a cooler. Who knew?

And finally, a simple explanation of different types of glasses that every bartender should have on hand. swerve_blog1

FFWD’s Winter Activities

Last week I was commissioned to do a cover and spot illustration for the Calgary publication FFWD Weekly. Its for their winter activities issue, where they talk about all sorts of fun, snowy things to do in the Calgary area. This cover took me a while to come up with, I kept getting stuck on bad, boring ideas. Finally during a long bus ride (the best time to think) I thought this up and sketched it out. Overall, it turned out better than I thought it could, I really like it! Fun fact, the man in the picture is inspired by my boyfriend Nathan Swayze. Yes, he does have an amazing beard.

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The spot illustration is for an article about different chefs’ favourite comfort foods or something of that nature. The art director said she just needed a simple bowl of soup for the article, so I had fun with that.

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Its finally done!

Remember when in the spring of 2012 I posted about a project where I created a mural for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary? No? Here’s a reminder. Well, since then, the City of Calgary has been working hard to get the murals implemented. For the longest time I forgot about this project, until I got an email inviting me to the unveiling. So, on October 30th I headed down to the beautiful Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and got to see it realized in 3 dimensions. So, without further ado, here’s “Out In The Foothills”. inglewood bird sanctuary serena malyon illustration city of calgary acad