Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

some press for my sketch club

Once a week (or at least once a month) I meet with some very talented people - at least I did before Felix arrived. They are Karen Klassen, Jacqui Lee, Aaron Navrady, Aaron Sidorenko and Julia Minimata.

We get together to sketch, talk shop, offer feedback on current projects, encourage each other, and sometimes to vent when things get frustrating. I also go because my colleagues are a source of endless inspiration.

This month, Avenue Magazine ran a photo essay about our group. At the time, I was working on the final art for Charlie's Dirt Day and that's what I had brought with me to do at the coffee shop. Although you can't tell in the photos, I was also about 5 months pregnant.

Click HERE if you want to check out the digital issue. We're on page 134.

Otherwise, see below.
(click on the images to see them larger)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

boba fett

In the weeks counting down to the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo (September 26, 27 & 28), I thought I'd post some Star Wars themed sketches that I did last winter.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I have lots of work in my sketchbook that has been building up since last fall, when I started working on the final sketches and art for my next picture book and fell off the wagon with Sketchbook Tuesdays. I'm finally scanning it all and will have plenty to share on the Tuesdays to come.

Friday, August 22, 2014

the cover for Charlie's Dirt Day

Here it is! The cover of my next picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day, written by Andrew Larsen and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside

I worked on this book through most of my pregnancy, including 23 weeks of morning sickness. It was a total labour of love and I can't wait to see it in print. It was originally slated for release in September, but that date has been pushed back a bit. I'll post the new release date once it's been announced.

If anyone is interested, I posted some of the process for this cover below.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

first little sketch of my boy

The sketch:

The reference:

I know today is Thursday and not Tuesday, but it's taken me a few days to get around to scanning this little drawing I did of Felix.  And I'm hoping this week marks the beginning of me getting back into blogging more regularly. I'm going to try anyway ;)

I belong to a sketch group that meets on Mondays and this week was the first time that I was able to attend since the end of June. I put Felix in a stroller, packed some diapers and a sketchbook, and took a bus uptown. It was really nice to get out of the house with him. I didn't get much drawing in, but it was just great to see some of my colleagues and catch up.

Friday, August 15, 2014

my baby boy is 1 month old

The third member of our family arrived at 2:16 am on July 14th. He's beautiful and healthy and I couldn't be happier. We named him Felix.

This past month has just revolved around caring for and enjoying my son and it's been absolutely wonderful :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

may update

Things around here have finally started to wind down.

I sent off the finished art for my next picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day by Andrew Larsen, at the end of March. It was a ton of work, even more work than the first book, but it was worth it. I'm pretty happy with the art and and am so excited to see what the designer will do to with the text and the layouts and the cover to bring it all together.

It's slated for release in September.

I also managed to make 4 new prints for the Calgary Expo, which took place about a week ago. As usual, there was a lot of good art, great costumes and really lovely people at the expo. It was nice to see and reconnect with the people we met last year. My table was next to Mike Boldt's once again, in an attempt to create an unofficial children's section. He's an awesome guy and so talented. Check out his work here. The Expo was a lot of fun and my table did well so we've signed up to do it again next year.

My husband and I behind our Calgary Expo table. (Photo by Erin Larson)

I recently completed a few freelance assignments as well, which I'll share in the near future.

The illustration class that I teach at ACAD in the Extended Studies department is starting up this Wednesday. If you'd like to learn about illustration, there's still time to register.

All that aside, I'm now 29 weeks pregnant and we're just starting to prepare our home for the baby.  I'm cleaning out my studio to make room for my husband's desk as we're turning his office into the baby's room. We're going to paint, put together a crib and a change table, paint some book shelves, hang artwork... it's very exciting. I'll share some photos when it's all done.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

march update

After months of silence in this space, I decided that it was time for an update. I've been working on my latest picture book, Charlie's Dirt Day, written by Andrew Larsen, since late last summer and have put all of my energy and time into making it the best that I possibly can.

And it's almost finished.

I've been working on the final art since early December and in a few weeks, all of the spreads will be complete. I'm pretty happy with the way the book is coming together and look forward to sharing some of the process and sketches in the months to come, leading up to the release of the book in September.

Once the book is finished, I have a few other projects awaiting my attention as well. There are wedding invitations, illustrated maps, portraits, and if there's time, some new prints for Calgary Comic Con at the end of April. I'll have a table there again this year.

I'm also expecting a baby boy this summer.

So there's lots of exciting things to look forward to.