On becoming an artist, “good” design, and a look back at where I came from

I grew up wanting to be an artist, but I wasn’t sure what kind of artist. All I knew of art and how to express myself through art was the typical “traditional” means like drawing and painting. I once seriously considered going to art school to get a fine arts degree, a direction my high…

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Oh, Deer

A composite mash-up created in Adobe Illustrator using the outline of a majestic stag and various stock photos from unsplash.com. The intent was to play with textures and layering, and take advantage of the clipping mask option in Illustrator to create a whimsical composition. I created this at the height of my frustration with Illustrator,…

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Low Poly Corgi

I recently had the privilege of creating a low poly rendering of a corgi for fellow designer Ricky Luu, to be put on a t-shirt as a gift for his friend (so this project is essentially for a friend of a friend). I love low poly art, but find it incredibly intimidating to do myself.…

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Low Poly Sammy

Low-poly art is simultaneously invigorating and maddening. Focusing on finishing a piece is an accomplishment in and of itself; hours of meticulous, repetitive actions completed in a long chain. Really great tunes and a ton of coffee are definite requirements (for me, at least) to get through. Equal parts hair-rippingly frustrating and mega-glee-inducing exciting. It’s…

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Designer Spotlight: Ricky Luu

The first Designer Spotlight of 2017 is reserved for my friend and fellow designer, Ricky Luu of illuustrations. As luck would have it, our paths would cross while we were both walking new (and uncertain) paths; we converged in what would become our home (classroom) for the 8-week fast-track graphic design certificate program at SAIT,…

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