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Giveaway winners!

Instead of spending 5$ to use random, I decided to go “old school” and do the drawing for the 3 free Craftleftovers zine by hand!
Just like in the good ol’ days. 😉

For this, I used a good looking hat I once used for my makeup portfolio. A fun fact here, I bought it around Halloween for only 5$. May I say, best costume buy ever?

Then, I headed over to Oli so he could do the drawing for me. A playstation control pad in one hand, doing the drawing with the other one. Such coordination!

And now, drum roll, please!

The winners:

Congratulations to Rebecca,Renee G. and Shelly!
You all won a copy of the March issue of Craftleftovers monthly zine!

Thanks to everyone who commented! I really love doing theses giveaways. It’s as much of a blast for the winners as it is for me. Look for some more in the future!


Interview with… me. :-p

In case you’d like to read an interview I did for London Art girl’s blog, here it is:

Third tribe artist interview series: Fanie Gregoire.

Laura had some very interesting and insightful questions about my art and I had to take some time to answer them. I discovered some interesting things about myself as I was responding her interview. You should really check her art blog, it’s a great read!

I used to be part of the Third Tribe Marketing community. I tried it for three months but then realized I wouldn’t have much time to spend on it, so I left it. But I found they had some very interesting podcasts and ressources if you’re starting a blog or an online business. But it is also a pay per month service and I have some money choices to make. I’ll have to pay a studio, this year, so I need to save (more on this later! Wee!).  

I hope you’ll enjoy the interview! 🙂

Giveaway: March Craft Leftovers monthly

I think I am now going to call this the monthly Craftleftovers giveaway! 😉 And I mean this in a good way, of course!

So, here’s your once-again-chance to win an amazing Craft Leftovers monthly zine.

In this issue:

This month Craft Leftovers Monthly is taking a nice long look into the world of plush! Recycled stuffing, knitting, crochet, stitching, and a little corned beef and cabbage for good measure!
+Knit a panda
+Crochet a Tiger Kitty
+Stitch a Lion
+Learn about Art Tales’ creative process
+And the best recycled materials to use for the plush we love the most.
+So much more, but it’s a surprise!

To enter the contest, simply leave a message in the comments with your name and contact information (Email, blog, etc.).

3 lucky people will be chosen by a random drawing.

Good luck and… happy monday! 😉

Inspiration: Think less and feel more!

Oh, spark of creativity… where art thou?

… or how to listen to my right brain.

Since the beggining of 2010, I’ve been ongoing into a creative process. I didn’t notice this until recently. I don’t know about you but, for me, I  realized that I do a lot of thinking and have a tendancy to ratialize everything.
For examples: the life-changing decisions I make, the work I choose, the projects that get done… all of theses have been controlled by my left side brain. My rational and logical mind.

For some people, this seems to work out fine without questionning themselves too much. (At least, in the moment.) But, the problem is that my values don’t necesseraly work with theses statements.

Since I wishes to make a living in a creative field, I need to be much more closer to the right brain: intuitivity, imagination, feelings…

I wish to experience more with art and judge it less.  

If  you’d like to, join me in this promess you make to yourself. 

Here are some good books, that I recently read, to start or continue your creative journey:

  • Women who run with the wolves
    By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    (From Publishers weekly) Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women’s neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices.
  • Succulent Wild Women
    By SARK
    (From Library Journal) SARK, an author, artist, and incest survivor with many years of therapy and self-healing behind her, wishes to shine her “beacon of hope to the world” as she encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.

Even thought theses two books are very differents from each others, they both share similar messages about freedom and creativity for women.

I know they have been around for awhile, but I guess I wasn’t ready to listen to their message until recently. 😉

Please, let me know if you enjoyed them or feel free to share  more creative ressources for people, like me, who are starting a creative journey!

Book review: The colored pencil by Bet Borgeson

I found this book on a blogger’s favorite books links, last week. I’m not too sure, but I think it’s Tracey. (Correct me if I’m wrong!)
I always love when bloggers shares their favorites books and/or ressources as it always leads me to some interesting discoveries. The colored pencil by Bet Borgeson is certainly one of them.

There is a lot of interesting explanations and text in this book. It shows that the author has a great knowledge of this medium and is willing to share all she knows about it. Even thought I have been using colored pencils since I was a kid, I found it very interesting to see this medium in a different way. I think I’ve been taking colored pencils for “granted” and should have really put more time into learning how to use them well.

Mmm... cholocates drawing made with colored pencil

This drawing had me almost drooling! Can you believe this was made -only- with colored pencils? No photoshop or whatsoever technology! Good ol’ pencils and a lot of patience.
Because that’s the thing with this medium, even thought it can give great results, it does require some time to get what you want. But they are up to it.  And when you think about it, doesn’t every medium requires some time before getting a result you like?

Bet Borgeson also shows some very interesting techniques and ways to use it while creating different effects. I love the part where she explains how the colored pencil is actually translucide, just like watercolors. For some reasons, it didn’t occured to me that I could work it in this way. To juxtapose different colors so I could get a new one. To actually think before taking that black pencil. Perhaps I could use different colors to do an even more interesting one. It opened a door  and made me think a lot about the medium.

It seems like Bet and I share a mutual love for black cats. 😉 It’s funny how all black cats looks the same! Big round and expressive eyes, this could almost be Morgane!

Now, here’s my take on it. I must say that this is a small about 3″ x 3″ drawing and that it is a first test.
This is a character I’ve made for a graphic novel story I’ve had this in mind for some time. I’m planning to finally start seriously and finish it, this year. I wish I had the time to make the entire comic in colored pencil, but I don’t think it will be possible with the time I have.
But I may just make some special prints. That, I could do. 🙂

Now that I wrote about this project, this will motivate me about actually doing it. Yep!  😉

Now, go grab that old colored pencil suitcase of yours you’ve had since high school and start exploring with it a little. And don’t forget to show us your work!

Fireworks video @ Nuit Blanche

A quick post to let you know that I’ve just been very busy in the last days with the bread & butter job and life in general. Which is the reason why I haven’t been posting very often, last week.

While waiting for my next blog post, I thought you might enjoy this quick video of fireworks in the old port I took during last Saturday’s Nuit Blanche event in Montreal, during the High Lights festival. After the huge work week I had, I needed some time off with friends to decompress a little.

I hope your week is starting well! Mine is, so far! Phew! 🙂

Special Dr. Sketchy @ RVCQ in Montreal

Pictures are courtesy of Salim Khan

Last friday, I was fortunate enough to join the Dr. Sketchy Montreal gang for a special event they joined at Les rendez-vous du cinéma québecois.

Here, you can see me next to Dr. Sketchy Montreal‘s coordinator, Georgiana. At her right, you have 2 other wonderful artists, Étienne Laroche (who is known for always winning the Dr. Sketchy Montreal contests! 😉 ) and Cameron Stewart.

We got to draw, among El Diablo, Loulou and the very inspiring burlesque artist Scarlett James. She was all smiling and had some nice sparkly red liptstick which I was very fond of! (This is the makeup artist speaking here.)

Here’s my result! Made in under 10 minutes… phew! We had to draw fast for this event, it was a nice challenge!

Me, trying not to notice Salim’s camera. :p Which reminds me I need a haircut….

For some reasons, I kept drawing my womens with bigs… “attributes”. Let’s blame this on the beer.
Seriously, I’m not much of a drinker and had to go around midnight so I wouldn’t start snoozing on the table. Not that the event wasn’t fun, but I was up since 6:00am.

I’ve uploaded another drawing on my Flickr account, feel free to check it out if you liked the other drawings! (And maybe add me as a contact on Flickr? 😉 )

Thanks again to Georgiana for inviting me, I had some good drawing fun!

Oh, and if you’re interested in knowing more about Dr. Sketchy, you may check out one of my other blog post about it or the main website with the worldwide branches.

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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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