Monday, April 27, 2015

Illustration Inspiration: Aizpea Lasa Villa

Aizpea Lasa Villa is an illustrator based in Pamplona, Spain. I started following her on instagram a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed having her layered, bizarre work pop up on my feed since then!

I'm a big fan of these particular spot illustrations, which I believe are part of a 30 day drawing challenge (I can't be sure as I don't speak Spanish, ha!). Especially this one of a bowl of guacamole. If this doesn't encompass the feeling of excitement I get at a perfect bowl of fresh guacamole with a side of chips then I don't know what could! 

Check out Villa's website for more fun illustrations!

Who is your latest creative crush?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Something New: Collage Painting

This was an experiment I did in class - painting things then collaging them together for the final piece. I really enjoyed working like this and am excited to play around with it some more!

This was also from my last painting class of my undergrad, and I was very pleased to paint my favourite life model from my years at OCAD, Jeffrey! Some of these elements come from a personal collection of postcards that I repainted elements from, and others are from the in-class set up.

What do you think? Have you ever tried working like this?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Illustration Inspiration: Cara Carmina

A few weeks ago I met Montreal based Norma of Cara Carmina at the One of a Kind Spring Show.

We immediately had two points in common: both of us illustrators, both of us HUGE Frida Kahlo fans! We talked a lot about Frida and the illustration world. Norma has books published with her paper-cut illustrations, and has some upcoming books in the making. She has her illustrations on tights and dresses and makes dolls out of her characters.

After imparting some illustration knowledge and gushing over Frida Kahlo, she gave me one of her Frida Kahlo post cards to keep and I've tucked it into my favourite Frida Kahlo biography book. Norma was so lovely to meet and I'm a HUGE fan of her work - particularly her Frida inspired pieces, but I'm pretty biased on that.

Take a look at her adorable characters and more of her diverse works on the Cara Carmina website and etsy shop!

My Thesis is DONE: Spencer's Adventures

My final-year thesis project that I have been working on for the past 8 months is finished - for now! The word 'thesis' in this context is used to describe a big, self-directed project that is overlooked by a single adviser and that I  Here's a snapshot of all my pieces up together for my final critique! Remember when I shared the first piece I did for the series? The series has come a long way since then, and the final series is titled Spencer's Adventures!

"Spencer’s Adventures follows our alien friend Spencer as he humorously misinterprets bizarre human behaviours that we might otherwise take for granted."

For a better look at some of the pieces, check out the Spencer's Adventures webcomic site!
And if you're in the Toronto area - come by the OCADU GradEx show at the end of April/Early May to see the entire series alongside the work of my talented illustrator peers!

Cheers to the end of my undergrad!