I had friends recently ask me to make a illustrate a image for their soon to be born son. They wanted their favorite animals represented, foxes, owls and wolves. I thought it best fitting to have the illustration set at night with a full moon for the wolf to howl at, owl to hoot, and foxes to be tucked away in a den.
Again this year I vended at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and created a new print for the year. This years theme was the parade of lanterns, a event that is done on the Saturday of the weekend festival, to show the festivals appreciation to all the different departments and volunteers. I was able to pop down to the offices a week or so before to take photos of the lanterns and any of the new lanterns that were being made. Which was great, because I was able to make sure that the print was very specific to this year with the new lanterns.
I also created a fun t-shirt design that I sold while I was there.
The Alberta SPCA, annually puts out materials for teachers, to help in the education of children about compassion towards animals. I was asked to work on one of those products, it is a poster that can be displayed up in classrooms. I was quite keen to work on the project, one for the SPCA and also another project for kids to see.
Fort Edmonton is a local historical park, based on different time periods in Edmonton and houses great historical buildings and a fort. I was asked to create some sort of over encompassing image that would represent the whole park. Most of the time the park is represented with the Steam train or the old fort, but the park is so much more than that. So I used a forced perspective approach for this and set things up in blocks of history while creating a bit of a winding walk through the park experience. The image was to be used as a fine art print for the gift store.
The Local Good is a neat organization here in Edmonton, they are a network of people that promote local and green living for our fair city. For about a year they used my I Heart E-town graphic as a temp logo (with permission of course), at which time they asked me if I would do a customized version of it as a logo for them. I made sure to incorporate so many great local items into the logo and scaled up the elements to be readable at a small size. I even used the path of the river as a EKG pattern for a heart beat.
Last year I was contacted by a local real estate agent who works in Seattle (https://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Washington/Seattle/) that wanted to create custom postcard mailers and a public message bus bench. We worked out a rough out line of 12 postcards that we wanted to do. As the year progressed some of the themes changed and timelines changed, and we are still working on some of them now. There was also someone that he recommend in my home state of Florida which was more suited for the Florida Retirement Lifestyle, but it still worked out for me. They are fun and thought I should share them now.
This last week I spent a couple of days at the IPAC Conference here in Edmonton, in order to create a visual piece of art. I listened in on the Environmental renewal and environmental wrath panel, and absorbed several of the discussions on how complex the issue is and cumulative effect impact. This is the motivational piece of art I developed based on what I heard.
At the beginning of the Year Dianne Kapral with Canadian Running contacted me for a spot illustration for an upcoming issue. The concept was how to portray a classic newbie runner mistake of wearing moisture absorbing material and just ends up weighing them down through their run. After a few sketches this is want she and I settled on.