Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I recently had an amazing opportunity to do a series of Halloween illustrations for a friend and his advertisement agency, Crucial Interactive, and here they are!

They were designed to represent the advertisement world; the programmatic manager being a cyborg, the media planner being a zombie, the account executive being a werewolf, and the creative director being a vampire/Dracula. The cover design was done by my friend, Brody Langley. These were a blast to do and I hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

You Never Came Back

A student recently asked me for some advice about love and relationships and I laughed; not at him but at the way I felt about the idea of love and how much it has changed. If the student had asked me the same question a year ago, I would have jumped up and had a huge heart to heart about the pursuit of love and all its grandeur. Yet at that moment, all I could do was laugh and remain sunken in my chair, defeated and surrendered. After we had our talk about relationships and the hardships they can entail, I realized that somewhere down this path of mine I've grown so much and so has my idea of love and all that I thought it was supposed to embody. 

This illustration, for me, is my last and final installment of the series. I initially began the series to explore the idea/concept of beauty and love. I thought to myself, "what makes women beautiful?" and for me - in all my bias - it was hair, freckles, and stars. (Hair brought a sense of smell and touch, freckles because they add a touch of innocence and nostalgia, and stars because they provide a feeling of the unknown) This illustration was left incomplete to add a sense of brokenness/heartbreak. I didn't include hair because when a person leaves you, there is no longer a sense of touch or smell. All that is left is the memory of what used to be and what you thought was real. Unlike the previous illustrations, I decided to place freckles all over the face to mirror the chaos of stars found within her hair. Because this is the final installment of the series, the freckles are a subtle gradient of all the hair colours found in the previous pieces. 

I began this piece while I was seeing someone and at first, things were really good. We had grown extremely close in a very short amount of time and there were things about the relationship that I had never experienced before. She was great and I was honestly so happy but after a couple of months things got harder and harder and we grew bitter. Time ran its course and she couldn't do it anymore. And I thought she would eventually come back but when she started seeing someone else, my heart shattered while my world crumbled and I stopped creating art. However, time continued to move forward and while I was in the process of rebuilding myself, some amazing things happened to me along the way and I finally feel complete in ending this series, even if the final is incomplete. 

If you love someone let them go, and if they never come back, you'll only grow. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Buttons Buttons Buttons!

My Etsy shop is officially open for my buttons! Click HERE to check it out!

I remember creating some of these for Fan Expo many years ago and the joy it brought me by seeing so many people liking the designs and quality. I know I should have opened this shop a long time ago but it's better late than never! I hope you stop by and buy some!

Thanks :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Colour My World

We all get lonely sometimes, even if and when we have family, friends, and significant others close by. I think it's because people, like everything else, become routinely. But every now and then change can happen. And whether or not we like it, it rocks our world.

While I was working on this piece I found that my life had become somewhat stagnant and repetitive. Ever since I returned to Toronto from Shanghai things have been busy and great but I found that there was no progressive change happening. After being in school for so long and adapting to a lifestyle of constant struggle (managing a life of work, school, projects, friends, family, love, and personal endeavors), I found myself a little bored with the way things were going. Basically - to make things short - nothing was pushing me.

Instead of wallowing in how my life had become routinely, I decided to take a risk. I had developed a bit of a travel bug from Shanghai and there was someone that I wanted to travel to. In all honesty, I didn't really know what I was looking for. I didn't have any solid plan but all I knew was that I would probably find what I was looking for by going. I thought I knew this person because we had shared something in the past and for me it was special. We had been discussing the idea and the possibility of me visiting her for a while and there was no real reason for me not to go - so I did. It's a very long story but I didn't end up seeing her. However, what's more important is that I went and that I did it - not for her or anyone else - but for me.

I backpacked throughout Europe on my own for two weeks and I experienced some amazing things that words simply can't express. It started out in Germany, made it's way to Amsterdam, and ended in Switzerland. I am so grateful to have met the people that I did during this trip and for the ones that helped me go on it in the first place.

It's hard to know what the future will look like for any of us because life is so uncertain. I had imagined a trip so different from the one I had gone on and I can try to look back and feel bitter for not having the trip I had intended on but I can't because I got one so much better.

We all need to be uncovered and discovered. For me, you coloured my world. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Some Things You Never Forget

It’s strange how a single look can represent/mean so many different things. I find that a gaze can tell us so much about a person’s past and whether or not there are signs of pain and regret. For me, the past has always been something that has never been far from my thoughts.

For this piece, I chose a vibrant, vivid, and somewhat violent red for her hair in order to allude to a feeling/idea of hatred, passion, lust, and desire. I wanted to combine different emotions into one area to show how these feelings have the ability to work together simultaneously. 

I want you to look at her eyes and immediately sense anger and pain; but if you stare long enough, you start to see and feel something deeper – a story of a past life that soared and danced and loved with everything possible.

And even though our story ended, some things you never forget.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I Could Have Loved You

There is something extremely raw and perfect in a love that could have been but never was.  Too many times have I imagined a life with someone that, on the outside, seems flawless. It’s within the idea of that someone where I feel that I could be a perfect person as well; and I think that’s what makes the fantasy so golden.

For this piece, I wanted to exaggerate a dynamic in the hair – hence why it’s falling across her face and the cluster of stars. I thought that by showing only one eye, it would enforce the idea that love is somewhat blind – or better yet – we often only see what we want to see.

In any perfect world, you and I could have loved. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Promise, One Day, I'll Come Back For You.

For this piece, I really wanted to create messy and somewhat chaotic hair to represent confusion/indecisiveness. The hair was to represent beauty in the unknown - how we all question and wonder what the future holds for us. Whether it be with love, friendship, and family, I think we all would love to know how the future will turn out.

I think it's a very romantic and bittersweet thing to leave something important behind in order to understand how important it truly is once it's gone. I think about the past and I wonder how my life would be if I did things differently - if I never said goodbye.

Regardless of what the future holds and who we have to leave behind in order to grow - I promise, some days, I wish I could go back to you...