SCBWI Conference excercise: Caterina Study

These illustrations were done for a recent SCBWI conference exercise. We were assigned the task of creating an illustration based on the script for “Caterina and the Perfect Party”, published by Dial Books. Here are some of my exploration sketches:

SCBWI Conference excercise: Bear and Lolly interpretation

This image is from last year, but I like how it turned out so I thought I’d share it. At the SCBWI Canada East Conference back in October 2014 the illustrators in attendance had a pre-conference assignment. Our task was to interpret the characters and produce a page from the Bear and Lolly manuscript (published […]

Spot Images – Clubhouse Jr.

Here’s a few spot illustrations I did for the Clubhouse Jr. Magazine joke page back in February:   What do you call a ship that gets covered in jam? The Jelly Roger. What do you call a kiss from a cow? A moo-ch. What form of martial arts do loaves of bread practice? Tae kwon […]

Lookin’ Large: Puzzle Illustration, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine

(Click image for larger version) Here’s a fun puzzle illustration I did for the back cover of the March 2015 issue of Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. There are 24 items hidden in the scene that begin with the letter “L”. Can you find them all? If you are stuck, the initial sketch is below with a […]

Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle

I’m very excited to announce the new Scientifically Correct kids book I made with Zach Weinersmith (SMBC) and Henry Reich (Minutephysics). Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle is an illustrated astronomy lesson written in verse. Learn about black holes, why stars actually twinkle, and more in this fun, educational retelling of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The book […]

The Case of The Gooey Chocolate

These are some illustrations I completed earlier this year for Scholastic Canada’s Literary Place “Explore!” magazine. These illustrations are for a story about the greenhouse effect entitled: “The Case of the Gooey Chocolate”.

Bandit: Illustration for A Curious Case of Poetry

This is an illustration I completed earlier this year for Scholastic Canada’s Literary Place book “A Curious Case of Poetry”. The title of this poem was “Bandit”. It’s about a family dog who sneaks around stealing his owners possessions! Here are some of the preliminary sketches:

Zoe Sparks: Stuffie Rescue Squad

My new all-ages graphic novel launches on October 6, 2014 at www.zoesparks.ca To give a little bit of insight into my process, I thought I would share some of my sketches and show the stages I go through in creating the artwork. 1. Writing/thumbnailing I start with a story goal in mind, a short written […]

Blog Post Roundup

If you’ve missed any of my posts over at the SCBWI Canada East Illustrator’s Blog, here is a round up of some of my posts that you may find of interest: Streamline Your Workflow With Manga Studio Story Editor How Manga Studio Convinced me to Draw Digitally Illustrating Characters: Personality Goes a Long Way Adventures […]

Spot illustrations for Clubhouse Jr.

Here are some recent spot illustrations I did for the joke page in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Which birds really stick together? Vel-crows.   Some concept sketches for the vel-crows: What kind of fish likes to listen to music? A tune-a fish. Who gives cows money when they lose teeth? The Moo-th fairy.    

New Kids! Poster

I recently collected some of my kids character designs onto a poster. I’m planning to send this along with some other samples to various potential clients. I also have it available for purchase here.

“Just Kidding” Illustration for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine

I recently had another super fun assignment for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine – creating the illustration for the “Just Kidding” feature in the May 2014 issue. The Clubhouse magazines are always full of wonderful illustrations so I get excited every chance I get to contribute. I had a lot of fun adding the little details in […]

Skate Park Puzzle – May ChickaDEE Magazine

The May 2014 issue of ChickaDEE Magazine is now available, and I had the pleasure of illustrating the puzzle spread for this issue. This puzzle features a bike trail maze, which was a really fun challenge to create. I used to draw mazes in my school notebooks all the time, so this one brought back […]

Twins in Time – eBook

I’m excited to announce the launch of Twins in Time, a children’s eBook written by Zach Weinersmith with illustrations by yours truly. The book is now available – Get it here! Here’s a short book description: Twins in Time is a visual adventure written in verse. It is written with children in mind, but particularly […]

Clubhouse Jr. March Cover and Rebus

I recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful team at Clubhouse Jr. as I illustrated the cover and some interior illustrations for the March 2014 issue. When I’m working on a cover, I’ll usually work up a couple more concept sketches than I normally would – just to be sure we have the […]

The Explorers

I recently completed this personal piece and I thought I’d share some of my process. 1. I start off with a series of small thumbnail sketches to explore composition 2. Using my thumbnail sketch as a guide I produce a larger more refined sketch. At this stage I also do a quick value study to […]

Supes

Here’s a quick Superman illustration. I’ve been experimenting with a bit of a new colouring method lately – doing the flats colour blocks in Manga Studio and only adding a few necessary lines. I’m working on a few larger pieces like this trying to come up with a better, faster way to work. Trial and […]

Snowflakes Cover art for book proposal

We wrapped up our final strip on Snowflakes last year, and are now in the process of trying to find a publisher. Below is the cover promo art that is part of the proposal package. If you are a publisher and are interested in a copy of the pitch proposal, please contact me.

Happy New Year!

To start off the new year the Once Upon A Sketch blog is newly relaunched! I will be a contributing regularly to the blog, along with my fellow contributors: Donald Wu Mary Reaves Uhles Norm Grock Jennifer Zivoin Jannie Ho. Here is our first collaborative post, What We Wish We Knew.

Winter Holiday Posters!

Each year I like to come up with a unique holiday piece to send to my clients. Rather than a traditional card, last year I made a small 11×17″ winter themed poster entitled “Sled Slang”. This year I was feeling a little extra inspired so I’ve actually produced two posters! The first one is called […]

Movember Madness! – Daily Drawings

This November I challenged myself with a daily #movember moustache drawing. Each day during the month I posted my daily drawings on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For this series I tried out a tool I hadn’t used before – the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. What a great little brush pen this is –  the line […]

Puzzle Spread illustration in November ChickaDEE

The November issue of ChickaDEE Magazine is all about China. I had the super fun job of illustrating the full spread puzzle page for this issue. Below is the final version – click to view larger (For demonstration purposes I modified it a bit from the version that appears in the magazine – removing some […]

The Pumpkin King

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is an illustration I recently completed for my latest postcard mailer: Here’s a photo of the postcard (front and back): I had these printed by Overnight Prints, as 5×7″ glossy with rounded corners. Ever since I first started printing them with the rounded corners I’ve not been able to go back […]

Monsters!

Here are some cute little monster illustrations I recently completed for an educational French language poster. I don’t have an image of the final poster yet, but I will post it here when it is published.

My interview on Draw Me a Robot!

I was recently interviewed by Krishna Sadasivam on Draw Me A Robot! The concept of the site is to talk with different illustrators and cartoonists about what their studio and hardware set up looks like and then have them draw a robot. There are a lot of great interviews with a lot of talented artists. […]

Waking Up The Farm

At the SCBWI Canada East conference I attended earlier this month, all of the illustrators had a pre-conference assignment. We were given the manuscript for “Wake Up, Rupert!” (by Mike Twohy) by Simon & Schuster’s Art Director, Laurent Linn. We worked on our sketches leading up to the conference and gave each other feedback. We […]

2013 SCBWI Canda East Conference

I’ve just returned from the SCBWI Canada East conference in Montreal. I had a fantastic time! It was great to meet some new people, and reconnect with friends. A huge thank you to Peggy Collins, Alma Fullerton, Lizann Flatt and Rachel Eugster for all of the hard work organizing such a great event. The weekend […]

Experimenting with inking in Manga Studio

Above is a test of line work in Manga Studio vs. Hand drawn (with China Marker). I’ve been experimenting lately with Manga Studio for my line work. My usual process involves drawing and inking traditionally, but so far I’m really impressed with the line quality I can get with Manga Studio. I may have to […]

September Cover ChickaDEE Magazine

I recently had the super fun job of illustrating the cover for the back to school issue of ChickaDEE Magazine! It’s on sale now, so make sure to pick up a copy. While working on the sketches, I worked up a few alternate poses for the brain character that weren’t used in the final: I […]

To Be, Or Not To Be

Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time, and many more awesome things) recently published a Choose Your Own Adventure style Hamlet book, ” To Be, Or Not To Be”. It was first available on his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, and is now available for purchase from Breadpig, and on Amazon. The book is full of great […]

Quick colour doodles

Here are a couple of recent quick colour doodles. I’m testing out some new colouring and texture techniques here. For each one, I spent about 10-15 minutes doodling until I came up with a little drawing I liked, and then spent about an hour colouring each one. Always fun!