Harry & Meghan Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

Not long after my UFO coin was released by the Royal Canadian Mint, the coin I designed for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was released. I designed the floral and maple leaf border around the official portrait from their engagement shoot, working three Swarovski crystals into the design. Knowing the Royal Family has a huge following in Canada and abroad, it was exciting to design this coin for this occasion.

As with the UFO coin, once it was released it had an incredible response. I was contacted for a few interviews and had a nice feature in the Ottawa Citizen and a television interview on CTV Ottawa. It’s been a fun couple of months doing some press and having people come by the studio to take photographs and video interviews. Unfortunately, I did not get an invitation to the wedding, but I’m hoping the newlyweds get in touch during their rumoured honeymoon in Canada.

Westport Postcard

It only took me five years, but I finally got around to illustrating a vintage-style postcard for my village of Westport, Ontario. Ever since I moved here I have had the idea to create one of these for the village but work kept getting in the way. Then, a year ago, the village tore up the old basketball court in the park as part of the village’s park rejuvenation project. The plan was to build a new one, but we would need to raise funds through community projects and initiatives to make it happen. I decided to finally get to work on this postcard in order to donate all proceeds from the sales from postcards and prints towards the basketball court. Once that project is complete I will continue to donate the sales towards helping to keep the park maintained.

If you would like some postcards or a print, please visit my shop.

2012

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Another year draws to a close (pun intended) and it was a great one! I worked on a lot of fun assignments this year and with fantastic art directors. Thank you for reading my blog over past year.

In 2012 I met some illustration goals of mine, met some awesome illustrators at ICON 7 in Providence, joined a great group of friends/illustrators at IlloConfidential, had a lot of fun drawing maps, and drew a ton of portraits. I’ve included just a few of my favorite pieces from the last year in the image above, some of which you haven’t seen yet that I will be showing on the blog in the next few weeks.

I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring. There are already a lot of changes in store that I can’t wait to share with you. Thanks for reading!

Honeymoon

Chantal and I are off on our honeymoon to the coast of Maine and up to New Brunswick. We’ll be back in Sudbury on August 18th. Hopefully I’ll have a good batch of sketches and photos to share. I’m really looking forward to seeing some Andrew Wyeth museums and visiting Christina Olson’s house in Cushing, Maine.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

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