Friday, November 27, 2015

Snakes n' Ladders Spread

I've done a bunch of back page illustrations for Macleans over the years, but sometimes the art director has something a little different. I always say "Count me in!".

One time I got to do an illustration that looks like a colouring book page:

And here's one for J.K. Rowling's first venture into grown-up fiction, "A Casual Vacancy":

This one is a vintage-looking Snakes n' Ladders board with a bunch of tidbits about the Canadian economy. We were always a board-gaming household and one of my first favourites was our old-school Snakes n' Ladders board with moral lessons for the snakes and ladders. Example: Eat snacks before dinner / spoil your appetite! Snake! Study hard / pass the test! Ladder! 

Here are some of the spot illustrations that go in the little game squares. I don't often draw full body shots of teeny-tiny people so that was something new for me:

I had a lot of fun coming up with concepts for each tidbit of writing.

This one's straightforward -- Target stores in Canada miss their mark and close all their stores:

Household Debt:

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. I made them wear old-timey bathing suits because the board was supposed to have a vintage flavour: 

This one was my favourite. Had to do with the Bank of Canada Governor shocking the market by cutting the overnight rate :D :

There were a bunch more on the board, hope you like them!

-- Julia

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bunch of illustrations for Rhode Island Monthly's State Food Guide A to Z

Food, glorious food! One of my favourite subjects to draw. So I was psyched to draw a bunch of Rhode Island's most delicious and representative tasty bits. 

That first illustration is kind of like those classic exploded technical drawings of toasters and such, the ones in the manuals that shows all the parts that make up the toaster. Rhode Islanders call submarine sandwiches (subs) "grinders". I love learning regional stuff like that.

Rhode Islanders also love their chowder and clam cakes!

Their main drag has a bunch of restaurants so I finally got to make one of those map-type illustrations I see in magazines!

I also learned about "kawfee milk" made from coffee syrup. Why haven't I heard of coffee syrup before?

4x milk and 4x sugar in coffee is called the "Xtra Xtra"!

And here are the illustrations that are meant to go around the hed and dek (headline and sort of sub-headline writing)! Clockwise from top left: Ravioli, some type of slushy lemonade that comes with a pretzel stick, calamari, and a zeppoli (a type of pastry that sounds pretty awesome). 

It's fun making a series of illustrations like this -- A unified collection that shares a harmonious colour palette. Nice to do it when given the chance!

-- Julia
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy happy Hallowe'en!

First look at my working game, with a special Hallowe'en scene (that won't actually be in it)!

Video can be watched on Youtube, too.

Have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!

More of my game's art can be seen here.

-- Julia
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Candy Corn Princess

Another candy-themed Asian-type princess. Because I can draw whatever I want!!1! I'm proudest of her "Batman and Robin" Poison Ivy vaguely candy corn shaped hair buns. 

Also another Japanese crest design, this time using candy corn. I don't actually like candy corn. Or licorice allsorts, for that matter.

Happy Hallowe'en!


-- Julia
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Licorice Lady Candy Princess

I love Japanese family crests and drawing colourful candy and princesses and kimonos. So I combined all of those things. I designed a licorice allsorts crest for the background!

I repurposed this licorice pattern I made for the kimono:


Happy Hallowe'en!

-- Julia

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Culinary Architecture Illustrated Logo

Click images to enlarge.

I'm happy and excited to share this illustrated logo I did for Culinary Architecture! Culinary Architecture (here's their Facebook page) is based in Baltimore and offers many different services including personal chef-ing, catering, cooking classes, and more. I love drawing food so this job was right up my alley! 

The grand opening of their storefront location will be happening this year. I'm psyched for Sylva and her team!

A job like this, where the illustration will be used for a long time and for different applications, has a longer development process than an editorial illustration that''ll be around a week or a month. I love the process -- and here it is!

Some other colour possiblities:

 Sketch development from thumbnail to rough sketch to tighter sketch to even tighter sketch (clockwise from top left):

-- Julia
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Latest for Macleans

I always perk up when I get to draw food. This time it was a muffin and some Swiss Chalet!

Did you know you can buy sachets of Chalet sauce powder at the grocery store and make it at home? Add a store-cooked rotisserie chicken and cook up some rice and delicious dinner for days!

-- Julia

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