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Latest Projects – Highlights Magazine

It’s summer, I am in sunny Greece and drawing a snowman for Highlights Magazine.

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The little icons seeming to float around, will be replacing words in a poem.

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Nothing better than setting up office camp on an island with a close friend. Photographer Chris Spira and I found office heaven.


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New Work 1

Here is some new work I just created for Chirp Magazine. I wrote the story as well, but for now I am only posting the images. The story will be out in Chirp’s Winter issue.

Illustration and layout for Chirp Magazine

Illustration and layout for Chirp Magazine

Illustration and layout for Chirp Magazine

Illustration and layout for Chirp Magazine


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After a long silence

It’s been a busy few months of no posts on the blog.
Time flew by and a lot happened. Here’s the roundup:

This spring I went to Germany for a few weeks to see family, friends and my dear 29-year-old horse Kalle.
I also spent time in Bologna, Italy where I met-up with friends – fellow illustrator Scot Ritchie and writers Annett Stuetze and Britta Vorbach from Germany – and attended the world’s biggest children’s book fair.
It was a chilly spring in Europe, but I still had a fabulous time.

On my return to Canada, I finished a really fun illustration piece, inspired by the long-distance-relationship with my horse in Germany. The illustration will be in the Uppercase magazine’s third issue of Work Life, which will be coming out in September of this year. I will be one of 100 international illustrators (and their lives) featured in there.
So if you want to know more about my life – get one of these books.

Currently I am designing a book for Silk Web Publishing, a new local publisher. It is a very enjoyable book design project and it was interesting to work with the very young, talented and very eager illustrator Rebecca Wright. It made me aware of all the things I didn’t know I knew. We are in the last stages of proofing at the moment. Our Canadian Love Story, written by Linnie von Sky will be coming out this fall.

I am writing and illustrating a piece for Chirp magazine, too! The topic is grandparents. The text is written already and it is now time to add the visuals (I will show some sketches in the coming weeks. It is going to be FUN!).
My book On My Walk is going to be re-printed and a new series with Tradewind Books is on the horizon.

Finally summer has arrived in Vancouver! It is gorgeous outside. A tough time to get work done, but I will hang in there and take breaks on the balcony!


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What I see – Day 13

I went for a nice Fall run today. At the trail entrance a sign was greeting me, warning of aggressive coyotes.
So I ran a little faster than I had planned and no coyotes appeared.


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What I see – Day 12

Today I was hoping to go up the mountain. With “the mountain” I mean Grouse Mountain. But since my back has been bugging me again today, I bailed and decided to approach the mountain in a drawing instead.
In case you don’t know anything about Grouse Mountain, here are some facts about its most famous hike, the “Grind” (I do prefer the BCMC though).


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What I see – Day 11

Well, yesterday’s post contains a mistake. To me the word in question does not look like a mistake, in fact it looks like a perfect English word. Turns out it’s not, it’s a German word. To make it easier for me to remember, I made a little cheat sheet.


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What I see – Day 10

I have a favourite spot in my living room: The perch.
And this was was I saw today (besides my laptop and a few other things).


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What I see – Day 9

This weekend I went on a walk along Spanish Banks – my favourite beach in the neigbourhood – and I came by the little creek there that is now all cleaned-up and apparently waiting for this year’s Salmon return later this Fall. Last year, I hear there were 16 animals came back, which is pretty cool, considering that this a pretty small stream is basically in the city.


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What I see – Day 8

An email in my inbox this morning informed me that the chase is on again!
PS: I am not participating.


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What I see – Day 7

Today I am back to posting after taking a break yesterday – I am going to school on Wednesday nights.

I am not quite sure why I am posting poultry today, but it might be related to a frightening documentary I watched about chicken and the immense amount of antibiotics many of them get fed in the few days they get to live before they are slaughtered.
The chicken/roosters here are lucky not to be bread to be eaten. But judged by their odd shapes, one could think that they are on steroids.


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What I see – Day 6

Without Words.
Headlines welcome.


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What I see – Day 5

Today was not my day for thinking. So there….


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What I see – Day 4

Late Summer is gracing Vancouver with warmth, so I went over to West Van for some sunshine and flamingo coloured architecture.


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What I see – Day 3

Today I am posting this week’s pool weather forecast for Vancouver. My lovely assistant Leona is helping to illustrate the facts.


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What I see – Day 2

Yesterday I drew a bunch of things that I found in a moving sale post on craigslist and made an illustration from it.
Today I couldn’t stop but wonder who the person behind the sale might be.
After some pondering, I think this is her:
Melanie is 32 years old, was working as a draftsman (-woman) in an architecture firm and is now moving to France where she always has wanted to live (therefore the sale). She likes to play badminton, her signature dish is Spaghetti Puttanesca, she currently crochets a hat for her ex-boyfriend and her favourite animals are Koala Bears, because of their cute faces. The lamp with the sequins (see yesterday’s illustration) was a present from her friend Mia.

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