Posts Tagged 'Illustration'

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. 😉

Fanart: Merry & Pippin from Lord of the rings

Here’s a little fanart I did, awhile ago, when I was very much into the Lord of the rings movies. :-p It’s Merry & Pippin!

I found it while scrolling a sketchbook I have, tonight. It’s an oldie but a goodie!

So, now you know I’m a big Lord of the Rings geek… althought I did give you some clues through one blog post ;-).

Now, who’s in for a LOTR movie marathon? :-p

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!

Worth-a-click blogs

I’d like to post more drawings, comics and the such but I don’t have access to my drawing table most of the time, unfortunately. I  need to find a way to organize my time a little differently. :-/
Any suggestions on how you bloggers work this out?

In the meanwhile, here are some inspiring blogs you should visit:


Over at Dabbled, you’ll find tons of crafty tutorials and ressources. This blog have been around for quite awhile but I just recently discovered it.


The name says it all, it’s the graphic fairy! Lots of vintage images for your personnal creations. It makes me want to take a look at thoses old books again.


I’ve known Nati’s work for a few years, now. She is an italian illustrator and I stumbled on her work when I was in my Anne Rice frenzy. :-p She had done some great illustrations of the novel’s characters. Now, she’s working on her own work and it’s always an inspiration. Do, check it out!


If you’d like me to do a tiny review of your blog via this serie, just let me know via the contact form.
If I like what I read and see, there’s very good chances I’ll write about it. 🙂

Drawn recipe: Easy Frittata!

This drawn recipe was taken from the french magazine Ricardo. You may know Ricardo from his show from Canada’s food network. He’s a well-known chief in Québec as he worked on TV for years, here.

This friday, I didn’t have much in the fridge and was craving for something healthy, hot and fast to make. So I made this recipe!

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce (or at your taste)
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly & separate green from white.
  • 1 clove, cut
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 box of black turtle beans
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • Juice of half a lime or at taste
  • 1 tomato, cut in small pieces.
  • 1 cup of gratted mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper

1- Preheat oven at 180 (350)
2- Butter a round 9″ baking pan.
3- In one small bowl, mix tabasco and eggs untill you have a smooth mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste.
4- Transfer mixture in the baking pan and insert in oven. Cook for about 10 minutes.
5- While waiting for your mixture to cook, tenderize onion white, clove and pepper in a large pan with oil.
6- Add in black turtle beans & chicken broth. Bring to boil and reduce until almost dry. Add lime juice and adjust seasonings.
7- Take the omelette out of oven when it’s edge is cooked.
8- Add the sliced tomato, green onions & cheese on top of the omelette. Cook in oven for another 10 minutes. End the cooking under broil, until the Frittata is golden.

Add in sour cream, next to your dish, to taste. Yum!

If you’re curious, here’s an interesting short clip of Ricardo giving advices on where to eat if you’re visiting Montreal.
Enjoy his lovely Québecois accent! ^-^

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!

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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