Paintings of The Netherlands

It’s been a busy and fun summer and I’ve realized I didn’t write about my trip to the Netherlands. Chantal and I went in May and had an amazing time touring the country. We saw so much incredible art, and not just the usual heavy hitters of van Gogh or Rembrandt, but we took in the amazing Frans Hals museum, Anton Pieck museum in Hattem, The Kroller-Muller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park, and our absolute highlight – the Rien Poortvliet Museum on Tiengemeten, a little car-free island only accessible by ferry. I would highly recommend any of these museums but above all the Poortvliet museum is worth it, even if you’re in Amsterdam for a few days, try and make the trip down.

We painted and drew a LOT on this trip and are selling prints of our work. Mine are here. We packed our stools and sketchbooks and painting kits and painted so many beautiful places. Here are the results of my plein air paintings in The Netherlands.

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Portraits for Robb Report, ESPN, Adweek and more…

I have been working away on portraits and haven’t posted a portrait roundup in a while, so here is a look at some of the portraits I’ve been working on in the last 6 months or so. It’s always fun to get to draw so many faces!

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Outdoor Life Road Trip Postcards

I had the chance to illustrate some fun and colourful postcards for Outdoor Life for a feature about hunting and travel/road trips. Each card required a certain number of images to represent the location, some touristy things to do and the type of hunting to be done there. This was a ton of work but I love how the whole package came together.

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O Canada – Royal Canadian Mint

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Last year I illustrated this 2016 O Canada Gift Set for The Royal Canadian Mint. How I forgot to blog about it is beyond me, as it is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever worked on. The sets are distributed through Canada Post outlets across Canada. I designed and illustrated both the packaging and the loonie for this set. We wanted a very Canadian package with a more hip and indie vibe to it. It wasn’t possible to actually print on Kraft paper so I included a Kraft paper texture that printed looking just like the real thing.

I also designed the packages for all of the other Gift Sets which included Baby, Wedding, Birthday and Holiday sets. I illustrated the loonie designs on each of those sets as well. Shown here are the images of my O Canada set, as it includes the most illustration and it’s the one I’m very proud of. It was my first time designing packaging. I spent a lot of time tweaking die-lines and colours to make sure everything worked out. I’m incredibly happy with how they turned out.

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