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Mural making

During Easter’s weekend, while everybody was enjoying the nice temperature we had in Quebec, I was inside a room, making a mural for a client. This is what happens when you’re juggling a bread and butter job with your creative ventures. :p

It was a 10 ft. x 8 ft. and took me around 14 hours to make it. Which is not that bad considering I didn’t even made sketches before. It was inspired from an image my client already had.

It’s not the first time I do murals, here’s a children’s room with a jungle theme I did a couple of years ago. But it’s two totally different styles.

It made me seriously consider taking more murals orders when I will jump-start my creative career. I don’t know if there is that much of a demand for this, but any creative venture that can help me do the switch is always interesting in my book.

In case you’re interested in making your own mural, I found this page which has a ton of “how to” links about making murals. There is a lot of different techniques and way to make them.

And if you’re in the Montreal area and would like to get a nice mural done by me, feel free to contact me.

Illustrations for the “Privilège de roi” novel

I really have to share this. 🙂

This summer, I did 6 illustrations for the Privilège de roi fantasy novel by Anne Robillard and Martial Grisé. And it’s just been published!
Like they say: Woot!

Anne Robillard is a famous fantasy author in Quebec. She sold about 1 million of copies of her serie, Les chevaliers d’Émeraude (Knights of Emerald) in Canada and she now is selling them in France, as well. Her serie is getting well-known over there, too. They even call her “The J-K Rowling of Quebec”. Nice!

The novel I did the illustrations for was written by Martial Grisé and Anne Robillard supported him through the process as it is the prologue of Les chevaliers d’Émeraude. It’s a story the die-hard fans wanted to read for a very long time. Martial has a great knowledge and is a great storyteller of all things fantasy. So it’s no wonder Anne Trusted him into writing this very important book. It’s his first book published and certainly not the last. 

I had a lot of fun drawing Martial’s characters. I really love this one of Omarias, the elven mage. Even thought I had quick deadlines to draw theses illustrations, I still loved every second of drawing them. I even did some better versions with grays shades, but they were not chosen for printing reasons.

This makes me so happy. It’s the first time I’m published at such a huge print run and I am extremely grateful of Anne and Martial. Un énorme merci à vous deux!

If you’d like to get the novel (french only, for the moment!), you can get it online via the Archambault online store or at every good local bookstore. 🙂

Also, just in case you’re into medieval/fantasy/renaissance, Martial also makes amazing medieval inspired items like theses awesome leather book cover. Belts, armband, armors… he makes it all. Make sure to take a look at his website. (French only thought)
Next time I see him, I’ll let him know about Etsy. 😉

IPod touch art

One of the greatest thing that  revolutionned the way we make art theses day is technology. Better known as: computers.

If, like me, you’re in  your late twenties, you certainly remember the first time you did a drawing on the computer. You probably also remember the first time you got your first hacked version of Photoshop, but that’s another story…

Right now, I’d like to talk about what “technology” brought us in the last year: IPod touch art! You can also make this on an IPhone, as well.

Now, I don’t own one (yet!), but I’ve been checking out theses little pieces of art floating around Flickr, lately. Here are some of them:

From John Bavaro.

I love the texture and shapes in this one. Love me some, Budda! (Which, for some odd reason, reminds me of this part of a funny documentary made by Réal Béland, a Quebec comedian. Watch if you have some free time. :-p)

From Robert Dawson.

I could totally see myself draw people in a cafe with this gadjet.
(I can hear my mom saying:”Isn’t what you’ve been doing for years with a sketchpad and a pen?” :-p)

From Toubab.

I really like the movement, lines and colors of this one. Simple, yet, very eye-catching. 

From Suzi54241

I adore Suzi’s work. She’s a retired artist and you can defenetely see that she has many years of drawing behind her. Check out the website she has with other fingerpainters. She also reccomends us to take a look at


Have you tried this before? If so, how did you like it? If  not, would you consider getting an Ipod touch just for this special feature? Share your thoughts!

Freebie: Christmas birds card!

I felt like drawing with my watercolors again and I made this Christmas-themed image, this Friday night.
After painting the birds with this bright blue color, I thought: “Hey, they look like Twitter birds!” :-p
The internet is getting way too much into my skin!

So, it didn’t take me too long before deciding to go ahead and make it as a Freebie Christmas card.

If you click on the image, or the link just over, you will be able to download it in a .pdf format.

Let me know how the download goes and if everything is fine. I’d love to know if and how you used this card. I may very well make some more!  🙂

Poster for Improv group

Being a little busy as my Graphic design class ends on December 22nd. Can’t wait for Christmas, woot!

In the meanwhile, I thought you’d like to see a poster I did for the Café Robert Improv group. I drew the 4 comedians with the Grinch for their Christmas special. 

The sketch was drew and inked on paper, then scanned and colored in Photoshop & Illustrator. 🙂


Drawn recipes: The amazing Banana bread!

I’ve been very busy lately in the Art vs Craft heardquarters.

But I still managed to find time to make a Banana bread recipe from La Croute Cassée recipe book. (French version only available in the moment.)
If you had some old bananas laying around for a little too long, this is the perfect recipe! :-p

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cup of shredded nuts
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 to 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup Yoghurt (try vanilla! Mmm!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil or butter

01. Preheat oven at 350.
02. Butter bread bowl.
03. In a small bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flour, shredded nuts, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon. Reserve.
04. In another big bowl, mix bananas, yoghurt, vanilla, eggs and oil,
05. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well.
06. Pour mix in bread bowl and leave in oven for at least an hour.
07. To make sure it’s ready, put a toothpick inside. If it comes out clean, it’s ready. Yum!
Make sure it cooled before taking out of bread bowl.

And here’s a tip if you always have difficulties to take the bread out of the pan. Make sure to prepare this before everything else :

bowl tip


Free Robot & Cat bookmark

Since school’s back and some of us may have a lot of books to read, I just made a 2″ X 5″ Robot & Cat bookmark.
You may click on the bookmark image above to download it via my Flicker account. It’s in 300 dpi, so it shouldn’t be a problem with your home printer. 🙂
I’m really getting into robots, lately. :-p
Hope you’ll like it!

Illustration + embroidery= ♥

I love how embroidery and illustration blends so well together. Sure you can always use one of Sublime Stitching amazing patterns, but there’s nothing more personnal than using your very own art.

Here are some of my favorites embroidery + original illustration art on the Embroidery Flickr group

From Kittykill.
Simple designs are always very effective.

From Edisonrex.
Here’s a lovely match of print + embroidery.

From Audie
One day, I’ll learn how to fill my patterns!

From Mrs. Gibson
It must have taken so much time but the result is impressing.

From Laura Amiss
I am absolutely in love with this mixed-media piece. Illustration combined with fabric and embroidery. How more crafty can an illustrator get? 😀

From Apple & Eve
And I had to post at least one plushie. Think about this: Your plushie design + embroidery details= pure piece of art! This one’s details are amazing.

From Spicy Shots
You’ve problably seen this one from other blogs. In the following year, my little finger tells me Alice and her counterparts will be very trendy. Gee, I wonder why! 😉

I think the “lesson” we can learn from this post, is to always think out of the box. Think further of what you can do and never be afraid to combine crafts. The results may just surprise you!

Fresh raspberries popsicles

We’ve been having a heat wave in Montreal, this week-end. So what better time to make some fresh raspberries posicles?

Once again, I found the recipe in Bust magazine and it comes from Lindsay,the Fresher than fresh snowcones owner. If you don’t know her business, I recommend this Design*Sponge interview with her.

2 cups
of fresh raspberries OR blackberries
1 cup of sugar
1 1/4 water

2 tablespoon of fresh or dried lavander (Optionnal but sooo good.)
Juice of 2-3 lemons
Popsciles molds or icecubes trays
(You can poke some coffee sticks in the icecubes trays to make popcicles. Make sure to put some foil between the pops and the sticks so they stay in.)

Bring berries, sugar, lavander (optional) and water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
Mash the ingredients with a potato masher to extract the most juice possible.
Let cool your mix in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and add lemon juice.
If you added the lavander to your mix, make sure your strain your mix through a strainer.
Pour the juice into the popcicle tray.
Put your trays in the freezer for 4 hours and voilà! Fresh pops! Mmmm!

Feel like making more summer treats/ food?
Martha Stewart has some very interestings recipes especially for summer!

Computer dinosaur

I just started my second session of online graphic design class and one person in the class said she is following the class because she is a “computer dinosaur” and wants to get better with software. The way she said it was funny and it gave me an idea!

Once in awhile, on the blog, I will draw funny expressions that people says. 🙂

The only thing I am not sure is if people uses this expression in english? I know it’s very used in french. Do you uses it?

Art vs is the blog where arts & crafts are no longer fighting!
It's about illustration, crafts & related events.

My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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