Happy Birthday, America.

Red, white and blue is a delicious colour scheme, no? Created with: iPad, Apple Pencil, three colours, and one pen type.

Visual Adventure: A Digital Study of Hokusai’s Wave

The movement in Hokusai’s iconic painting, The Great Wave off Kanazawa, has given our eyes a workout for decades. The presence of its several prints in Western collections (the Met and British Museum included) have allowed folks on my side of the globe the pleasure of accessing its foreboding beauty. Normally I wouldn’t deign to…

Google Doodle? Meet The Littlest Hobo.

If you’re a child of the ’80s, you may recall The Littlest Hobo, a charming Canadian television series airing on CTV starring, well, a dog. It’s a cult favourite and, as I don’t see it becoming the star of a Google Doodle anytime soon, I took it upon myself to make it happen. The star-dog…

#VisualPeople: Cassie Ackerman on the Mega Power of Art in Long-Term Care

by Samantha Mehra This week in the Visual People series: Meet Cassie Ackerman, a Toronto-based recreational therapist working to improve the lives of those in long-term care. We talk art education, healing through doing, and the impact of inviting the visual into the worlds of seniors. SM: First, let’s talk “journey”. What led you into…

Animation 101!

Another goal for 2018? Learn the basics of animation. Today I took an initial stab at it, using Animation Desk for iPad. Oh, what a time I had. This initial animation took about 3 hours or so, but the program is incredibly intuitive (in my opinion) and makes life a bit easier for the noob…

Hockey Revisited: Google Doodle #2

Google Doodle attempt #2! This time with the Habs (Montreal Canadiens) as a theme. Honestly, this is a great way to build illustration and lettering skills, and be imaginative in small ways. Draw on. -SM