The next in my illustrated Freshwater Lake Map Series is Lake Superior which is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area! It has some very interestingly named islands – Pie Island is my favorite (wouldn’t it be amazing if it was full of bakeries that specialized in the most amazing pies? Yum!) In addition to hand-lettering all the interesting names of places it consisted of, I couldn’t help but include small hints of the flora that grow around the Lake 🙂
You can check out the larger version of my map and see more detail on They Draw & Travel here or click on the map image and you’ll be transported!
The next in my hand-lettered Freshwater Lake Map Series is Great Bear Lake which is located in the Northwest Territories in Canada! It has a really interesting shape and is the largest lake located fully in Canada. It also has a lot of “arms” 🙂
A larger version can be viewed on They Draw and Travel by clicking here or the image below!
I’ve been working on a Freshwater Lake Map Series that is fully hand-lettered and showcases all the lovely locations that make up and are part of each lake 🙂
This is the first of the series I’ve posted – Lake Erie which you can find the full size of on the lovely They Draw & Travel website here!
This is a new surface pattern design “Forty Winks” that was created for a calligraphy-based pattern themed competition currently being held by Spoonflower and UPPERCASE Magazine. I did all the lettering by hand, first starting with pencil and them scanning in my artwork to then create digitally. I thought it would be fun to create a sleepy themed pattern and use strong graphic words and symbols associated with that. There was also a monochromatic color restriction (black-grey-white) which was another interesting challenge so I had a lot of fun using some different techniques than you might normally see in my work here 🙂
This year I completed a fairly intensive map piece called “Winnipeg Eats.” It showcases many cherished iconic food establishments and restaurants in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. I grew up eating at many of these places and think it is wonderful they are still around for people to enjoy 🙂 All the logos are original hand-lettered and illustrated artwork, in fact every bit of lettering on here was done manually by me – even the street names! It was an interesting exercise in conceptualizing and creating lettering in multiple distinct styles in order to show a unique identity for each establishment. If you are ever in Winnipeg, I highly recommend you check these lovely places out!
The image below is a small preview, but the a larger version has been showcased on They Draw & Travel here!
Recently I collaborated with my younger sister, an amazing pastry chef, on an illustrated recipe project! She came up with three sustainable recipes that only use one single chicken between all of them based on some of our family traditions. I then hand-lettered and illustrated them, having a lot of fun with textures. The recipe is now showcased on the amazing website They Draw & Cook (the sister website of They Draw & Travel which I posted about last month). These dishes are easy to make and delicious!
Below is a small preview of the recipe, but you can see the full size version here on TDAC!
My latest illustration piece is showcased on the wonderful map website They Draw and Travel! It’s called “Curiosities of Toronto,” and showcases some unusual and lesser known places to visit around the city which I think would be fabulous for both locals and visitors to Toronto to check out! I hand-lettered the entire thing which was fun but challenging – I think I may need to look into font creating software because lining every single letter up and spacing them is a huge amount of work! But still so very fun 🙂 I am really digging illustrating maps right now, so let me know if you have any suggestions for future locations or collaborations.
The image below is just a small preview, but you can see the full-size version on the website here!
Last week I was working very hard on a project so I missed my unconventional animal alphabet for the week! K is for knives and a curious parrot called the Kakapo. They are strange and unique creatures, also the rarest and heaviest parrots in the world, weighing up to 8 pounds!! They give off what is described as a powerful, yet pleasant sweet musty scent – very curious to know what that is like.. Kakapos are nocturnal and the only parrots that are flightless, with a life span of around 95 years but living up to 120 years. Unfortunately, they are critically endangered but there are conservation efforts being implemented in which surviving Kakapo are being kept on predator-free islands in New Zealand. You can find out more about that on the Kakapo Recovery website! Oh my goodness, you can actually adopt one if you want! How cute are these guys?
Also, this is a HILARIOUS video from BBC of a Kakapo attempting to mate with the head of a zoologist while Stephen Fry stands by.
For the letter “J” in my unconventional animal alphabet series I found a highly amusing and curious looking animal called the Jeroba and added some jalapenos for snacking on. In my opinion, the Jeroba looks like a hybrid of a rabbit, kangaroo, and mouse! All this in a very small package with their bodies at 5 to 15 cm in length (the tails are an additional 7 to 25 cm). They have disproportionate legs and use these with their tails to move around by jumping! And jump they can – up to 6 to 7 feet in height and 10 feet in length. Their ears can vary in size with various species, but here I have drawn the Long-Eared Jeroba which has exceptional large ears 🙂 BBC has a cool video here that shows a Jerboa in its natural habitat.
I am on the letter “I” for my unconventional animal alphabet series this week. I decided to showcase a bird called the Ibis.. and Ice Cream (of course!). Ibises have been present in various mythologies and legends around the world, but the most familiar may be the Ibis as a symbol of the god Thoth by the Ancient Egyptians. They are also considered carnivores, which I found interesting. We can pretend some of the ice cream are grasshopper and fish flavored!