Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Home sweet tomes!

Illustration for the cover of the Weekend Post section of last Saturday's National Post! Inside spots, too. The theme was 'books for every room of your house', check out the reading suggestions here!

A few of the spot illustrations:

craftydeer collaboration!

A little photo-illustration for FFWD about winter fashion, with a Twin Peaks twist! Big thank you to Tara McKinnon for organizing and styling it!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

FFWD cover

Cover illustration for FFWD about Marina Endicott's Giller Prize nomination, click here for article! Original thumbnail rough:


Okkervil River for Beatroute Magazine.

A little section from an illo I liked...

Illustration for a bridal magazine via the wonderful Hartman Design Studio!

Monday, September 1, 2008

New work!

Like everyone gets at some point, I've been stuck in a bit of a rut. But, during a quick trip to Montreal (le swoon!) and a new client, I was pushed towards something new. Something I really like! Here's a big thank you to Malcolm Brown (art director, extraordinaire) who I can credit to trying new (with a mix of the old) things.

These aren't the final illustration, but they're bits of the process of me loosening up, and a direction I'm excited about!

what would julie draw: the early years

Every drawer of drawings has to start somewhere; some beginnings are, uh, stranger than others.

Click the picture above to see the
only drawings I did by the age of 4. I think it goes without saying that I must have spent some time in church.

Warning: Some viewers may find this ... creepy. I like to think of it as studies in crucifixes, personal struggle, anatomy, and, best of all, goatees (re: the drawings on cardboard).

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

poster season is here!

The super sweet and talented Neighbourhood Council!

Deerhunter at Sled Island! 3 colour screenprint!


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Gig Poster!

Phewwww! It's been too long since I last got to do a poster! Here's one commissioned by Paul James Coutts & Chains for a show they're playing with the most excellent Women & Mt. Royal in Edmonton on June 14th.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Work/Life + Print Available!

Here's the piece I did for Janine's Work/Life book (mentioned in previous entry)!

If you're interested, prints can be bought HERE! Prints of Marc's piece are available in the shop, as well.

Monday, June 2, 2008


If you're in the Calgary area, come by the Work/Life opening at UPPERCASE Gallery this Thursday (June 6th) evening! Marc and I are both in the book, along with a whole crowd of sweet Canadian illustrators and photographers! If you can't make it to the opening make sure to pick up a book, if you order now you can save 30%.

Check out a preview of the book:

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Tribute to Helen Koentges

Calgarian journalist Chris Koentges wrote a beautiful & inspiring story (warning: it's a tearjerker!) about his mother's recent passing from brain cancer, featured in last weeks Swerve.


Inside Opener - the story relates [his mother's] garden to the cycle of seasons - life & death, etc.

Spots (click to see all 4!)

Pheww! On a more cheery note, the Compadres/Oscar Lopez illustrations were nominated in the 'Illustration or Illustration Feature' category of the Western Magazine Awards! I'm in good company - other nominees include my fellow classmate Byron Eggenschweiler, and schoolmate Joy Ang!

FFWD - Arts Emergency

I recently got to illustrate a great FFWD feature on the state of the arts & artists in Calgary - which is that it's actually in a state of emergency! Eeep! I highly recommend you take a read.


Inside Feature

Spot Illustrations (click to see all 4!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

"little critters" print for sale!

a little piece i did for the Little Critters show at UPPERCASE gallery!

you know what could be really fun? buying a print HERE!! it's cute and informational!

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

FFWD Covers!

cover for FFWD's activist issue focusing on corporate environmental responsibility, on stands right now! the second is the cover for the 'activist guide' which is inside the issue, and the third is a spot for an accompanying article on corporate responsibilty.

(click for larger image!)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

gig poster - azeda booth

here's a little diddy i made for azeda booth's upcoming cd fundraiser show! it's going to be a great show and you should come, because not only are azeda booth playing, but the glorious kris ellestad and women too! just do it, okay?

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

exciting news!

i won my very first award for illustration! the official name is "Award of Excellence" in the category of "Illustration Portfolio Individual", cool! it was from the society of news design for work i've done for swerve magazine. the link is a little bare right now, but it sounds like they'll be adding pictures and whatnot in the future? swerve won 4 awards total this year, congrats swerve!

i'm not entirely sure what illustrations they submitted, but i think these were entered for something:

(click the thumbnail for larger image.)

the compadres - oscar lopez & james keelaghan

the tumultuous life of oscar lopez

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

xavier rudd

illustration of xavier rudd, supreme beach-babe aussie musician extraordinaire! as seen in last friday's swerve magazine.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

come along, fool

i'm a huge cat power fan, and was super excited to do an illustration about her & her new album of cover songs, jukebox, for the upcoming february issue of beatroute. the album includes covers of hank williams, joni mitchell, frank sinatra, james brown, billie holiday, janis joplin, as well as a few of her own songs. her voice will make you swoooon!

(click for larger image)

semi-related: if you're unfamiliar with the glory that is her music, here are some songs you need to hear:

i don't blame you
metal heart

semi-related: the poster i got to do for her show at sled island is here!

also semi-related: other illustrations for the cd review section beatroute! definitely some of the funnest illustrations i get to do. portraits + delicious music = happy julie!

thom yorke (of radiohead) - the eraser

beastie boys - the mix-up

deerhoof - friend opportunity

unrelated: holy cold alberta! bundle up folks!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Poster Post

new poster for My Shaky Jane!

not-as-new-but-still-newish poster for Drug Store Cowboys!

and in honour of this first poster post, here's a great interview with the glorious Milton Glaser, whose own poster collection is in the 200,000 - 300,000 range. what?!

also: more of my posters can be found at gigposters.com