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Hello#YEG: An Edmonton Activity book.

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Hey everyone, have not had a lot of time lately to update the site or to post on the blog here. I have been really quite busy with the summer markets, commercial work and piles of commissions that have come my way.  In addition that that, I have a new book that I am launching this weekend, and raising printing costs through a Kickstarter campaign, Click here to visit the campaign.  It is a K-Gr3 Curriculum activity book that is totally based on Edmonton’s history and culture, a fantastic resource for learning on two levels!  So that is keeping me on my toes, I have been planning the book for about two years now so I have put tons of thought into it.  Now that it is so close I still feel a bit unprepared as there are so many things to consider, and elements to the book that it is a lot to keep track of.  But, I am doing pretty good, and have hired a few people to help me out with it all.  Keep posted with developments on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and look for @helloyegbook as well.  Cheers.

2015 Summer Market List!

Although my blog and website does not look like I have been doing all that much, I have been.  I plan on updating it soon, but until then here is a list of the Summer Markets that I will be at, hope to see you out there!

June 19 – July 1, The Works Festival, Downtown at Churchill Square.

July 10 – 12, Artwalk, Whyte Ave

July 17 – 26, Artistans Market @ Kdays, Northlands Expo

August 6 – 7, Edmonton Folkfest, Gallagher Park

August 14-23, Edmonton Fringe, Old Strathcona

2014 Market list

Hey everyone I will be selling at several different markets this winter.  A few more might pop up as time gets closer, but these are the main ones.

November 20-23, Makeit Edmonton

November 28-30, Royal Bison (1st Weekend)

December 4-7, Makeit Vancouver

December 6-7, Onthespotpopup (Weekend 1)

December 14, Onthespotpopup (Weekend 2)

U of A – Cardiac Unit

A project that has been in the works now for a few years in now all wrapped up.  I was asked to create three paintings that were uplifting and warm feeling, based on specific dimensions for placement in the Cardiac Unit of the University of Alberta Hospital.  After a few rounds of sketches and discussion I painted these three beauties.

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    Mountian barn
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    Goat Peak
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    Edmonton Queen

Nursery image

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.

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2014 folkfest

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.

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I also created a fun t-shirt design that I sold while I was there.

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SPCA : Compassion Poster

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.

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Fort Edmonton Park: Gift shop

I also worked on some new designs for some T-shirts and a felt pennant for the gift shop as per their anniversary this last season

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    Pennent
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    T-Shirts

Fort Edmonton Park

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.

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Local Good logo

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.

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