Monday, October 07, 2013


Hurray! has launched!

I had a great time creating illustrations for three sets of Wallzical's reusable, educational wall decals: The Big Race, Alice the Camel and Zoo Escape.

For the month of October, use the code WALLZICHAD10 to get a 10% discount! (Wallzical only ships to the USA for now.)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Work/Life 3

I'm pretty excited to be part of Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration. This edition's theme is "An Illustrated Life" in which participants explore the good (and the not-so-good) aspects of working in illustration. Each illustrator offers their unique take on this theme and have created an original illustration specific to their interests and their life, based on a custom assignment from UPPERCASE editor Janine Vangool.

My assignment was based on a comment I made during my interview with Janine.

You wrote, “Having a son put a schedule and structure into our lives.” How else has he changed you? Create a humorous illustration showing how your child is in charge of your life.

During my concept development process I wrote in my sketchbook, "In my house, Brin is the centre of the universe." You can see my execution of this idea is below. Better yet, check out all the illustrators' work by getting yourself a copy of Work/Life 3!

Friday, February 22, 2013


I always love to see the sketches from illustration that I admire. I'm often surprised by the decisions the illustrator has made from sketch to the final piece. 

In my own work, I often encounter unexpected visual problems translating line-based sketches to shape-based illustrations. Because my sketches are usually small and fast, I tend solve a lot of visual problems on-screen, where I can zoom in and see small elements in detail. 

If you find these sketches interesting or helpful, let me know!

Thursday, January 31, 2013


I was honoured to be asked to participate in the Southern Saskatchewan Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and Not Nowhere's collaborative, fundraising poster project, "13".

Thirteen Saskatchewan Photographers and thirteen Saskatchewan Designers were asked to develop a poster which explored the subject of "13".

I was very fortunate to get the chance to work with photographer Andrew Hudyma.

Before I started developing ideas for the poster I knew that I wanted to keep Andrew's photo completely intact. This meant I wouldn't retouch the photo, crop it, change the colours, or apply any filters.  

As an unexpected result of this rule I made for myself, both Andrew's photograph and the elements I created for the poster design work well independently. However, I like to think together they create a poster which is greater than the sum of its parts. 

Andrew's photo:

My design:

The final poster:

 You can check out the rest of the poster designs here.

A big thanks to Rhea Liebel, Carey Shaw and Danielle Tuchelt for creating this wonderful event.