Saturday, May 22, 2010

On newstands now!

Good morning!
Happy Victoria Day weekend to you Canadians! Got to love a long weekend. I'm heading off shortly to help prepare for a bridal shower for Ronaldo's sister (hence my being awake before 9 on a Saturday) but I thought I'd take a sec to upload the work I did for Today's Parent.
I did this piece back in March so I've been waiting on pins and needles to see it in print.

Here's the cover...

Here's the interior...

And here's what I sent the art director way back in March.

What do you think? Ronaldo insisted that I use a Les Paul as inspiration. He also felt that I made the characters' hair too short and that they weren't tattooed enough. I told him that this is for Today's Parent. Enough said.

Exciting news! Ronaldo and I found our new home!! We'll be going from a smallish studio to a 3 BEDROOM! With a JACUZZI TUB! It really is only a matter of time before my dream comes true and I get myself a little kitten.

Off to Stoney Creek to pack cookies for the shower. Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Oh, the joys of moving!

Yes! We finally did it! Our notice was sent and Ronaldo and I are outta here on July 1st. Our little place in the distillery has been great, but more so than anything it has been little. I know that both of us are yearning for a place to work on our own and hopefully we will find just that. Our hunt has only been on for just over a week and we've already found a few cute places that piqued our attention. Hopefully it will be over shortly, as the running home from Mississauga to run out to a viewing is starting to cut into my blogging time. Funny, as I actually have some things to write about! I'm going to keep it short.

Last week while on a trek to an apartment viewing I stopped at a local drugstore to pick up some stuff. I was walking down the multivitamin aisle (clearly on the way to something way cooler and less healthy I'm sure) and found this popping out in a little tray:
Normally this would cause me to shriek with happiness as I love seeing my stuff in print (I still think it's SO COOL) but I had no idea that the work I did for Multibionta was being used for anything other than the commercial, which I did shriek at. Though I know it happens a lot in the illustration and design industry, this is the closest I'd ever been to having my art published without my permission or rights usages and it made my stomach sink. After a quick email I found out what the scoop was and everything is fine. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to tell all you awesome artists out there: MAKE SURE YOUR WORK IS PROTECTED. That's what contracts and waivers are for- to make sure your intellectual property is safe. After my little scare I will be sure to read through information thoroughly from now on.

More later this week- I can now talk about my piece in June's Today's Parent Magazine and I surely intend on doing so.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Getting the itch to stitch.


I make no excuses this time. I should have posted, I didn't post, I apologize.

That being said, I really haven't been up to much to do with my own art. A project fell through, my phone has been pretty quiet, and I have been working much too much in Mississauga (which is to Toronto what Jersey is to the big apple).

On other people's front, a very talented friend of mine, Ben Sellick, had his very first showing (not his last) yesterday evening. I am envious of his ability to work big. Let me tell ya folks, it ain't easy. I love the energy in each piece, the colours he uses, the composition.... there is a reason people have been bugging him for ages to show. Here's a shot of one of the pieces.

This does zero justice to how awesome (and huge) his work is in real life, so if you are in Toronto in the next month, you should pop by Insomnia , a restaurant and bar at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor. His work is on display until the first week of June.

On another note, it's been months since I last embroidered and I am starting to miss it. Badly. I'm going to have to get back to it, or else. Here is an embroidered piece I did last year-

I will post new embroidery as it happens!