Nov 24, 2014

School blues... time for colour!

Going to start working on the colour for this fun little classroom illustration for a Client.

Nov 18, 2014

Percival Crumbly's Debut at the INSPIRE Toronto International Book Fair!

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend the first Toronto International Book Fair to promote my first Children's Book Illustration project, Dreaming Away with Percival Crumbly. Meeting avid readers and signing books was such a great experience. I am looking forward to next year's fair :)

Dreaming Away with Percival Crumbly written
by James Di Fiore and Illustrated by Diane Kolar
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Nov 3, 2014

Dog Disaster

Girl Talk Magazine - Monthly Cringe :)

"I was out walking my dog in my local park when I noticed that my lace was undone.
As I knelt down to tie it, the dog lead slipped out of my hand,
my dog ran off into someone’s picnic and ate one of their sandwiches!!! Whoops!"

Oct 2, 2014

Studio sessions

Wednesday evenings this fall has been my night to let loose and sketch along with a studio class at OCAD. Gotta love the obscure objects provided each week for still life subjects. Everything from skulls, mannequins and household tools to plastic lawn geese. Below, the quirky goose portrait - a quick study of negative and positive space in charcoal. Next up was the creepy skeleton :)

Pond cringe completed piece

This piece was fun to create. :)

"I was walking around a pond at my cousin’s wedding with this boy I’d just met. 
He told me a funny joke and I laughed so much that I fell into the pond!
 I got my nice dress all ruined, major cringe!"


Some roughs for Girl Talk cringe series ;)

Sep 18, 2014

Quick sketch

Sometimes its fun to loosen up! A quick gesture drawing. I forgot how much fun it is to just doodle. I hope to post one each day :)

A quick gesture drawing - random boot!

Sep 12, 2014

Quick sketch

Quick sketch idea for a new school energy conservation project... more to come...

The teacher is holding her students' personal electronic devices.
Kids are not too impressed. :)

Sep 9, 2014

High Five Fail

Another fun cringe for Girl Talk Magazine :)

"I was taking part in the flat race at my school sports day.
I ran back to my team and hi-fiver them, but I did it so hard that I fell onto the ground!
Everyone was laughing at me!" #cringe

Sep 5, 2014

Ping Pong Palaver

Well... some time has passed since I have updated my blog! I am happy to say this is not because of lack of work but mostly the opposite. I have since acquired a regular column in Girl Talk Magazine from the UK for their monthly "how embarrassing cringe" column which aims to bring to life the reader's submissions of cringe worthy stories. Here is a recent drawing called Ping Pong Palaver. I have to say I have a lot of fun working on these :) Stay tuned...more to come as I catch up.

"I was at my soon-to-be middle school with my mum and brother.
Me and my friend were playing ping pong and when I took my serve
I hit our PE teacher on the head with a ping pong ball!"