Sunday, August 30, 2015

Drawing for charity auction, plus a random sketch

Happy Sunday!

Today, I finally finished a small drawing for the Animal Alliance of Canada, a local animal charity who is planning an art auction for October as a fundraiser. All artworks are to be 4" x 4", so I decided to create a drawing of Ran (mother's dog) in a snowy background, since he's mostly white and would look cute surrounded by snow. Here is the drawing (below):

Pen and pencil crayon drawing of Ran
Two versions of the dog drawing












I started off with the puppy more centered on the page, but decided to make him bigger and closer to the bottom for the final. I might finish the other one off in a similar colour and give it to my mother in a few months (when it's actually snowing). Ran is pretty photogenic–always smiling and happy. I based this painting on a photo of him that I took last week, below (with the red body harness). This is how he looks ALL the time. 

Ran the dog--just over a year old
In other non-dog related news, I also did a small drawing of Matt walking into a flying cicada. It was pretty funny to see, as cicada's only come out once every 17 years (!) and they're humungous. We were heading out to a new bar in our neighbourhood when this happened and I remember it was totally weird to see such a large insect flying drunkenly into his face. Matt recalls the insect having "red eyes" and making a loud noise as it heading directly for the side of his eye. Bizarre!

Cicada hitting Matt on the side of his face.

Anyway, wish me luck with the auction! Woo-hoo!

Also, I've just created and Instagram account, so feel free to follow me there too. I haven't posted anything there yet but I'll start doing so real soon. Have a great week!



Friday, July 10, 2015

Drawings for our parents

Over the past month, I spent some time making illustrations for my mother and M's parents, for no particular reason (see below).

I have more free time these days, so I thought that they would be nice gifts for our parents, since they're easy for me to make but personalized enough that they might enjoy them. I always feel a bit awkward that M's parents are always so nice to me and I never really do anything for them in return (except show up at their house). Hopefully these small contributions can act as a form of appreciation, as I know that it's difficult to accommodate a finicky vegan city girl at the best of times. 

In other news, next week is Ran (the dog)'s first birthday! Yay! He is the light of my mother's life and such a wonderful companion that we decided to buy him a cake and celebrate in the park. Awwww.....dogs are such amazing creatures. 
M's parents with Shelby the dog

Drawing of my mother and Ran the dog

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday drawing

Sundays are always the best for drawing in cafés. Today was a slightly overcast, mid-temperature spring day, which prompted an americano at our favourite spot and a walk in the park.

Here is a drawing of M, working on a drawing for the Mutek music festival. Happy Sunday!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

More drawings from 2013

Here are two more drawings from 2013, February and April respectively.

Celebrating Matt's birthday at the Rhino, Feb 2013.

Our visit to Homossassa in Florida, April 2013.
The original idea for these drawings was to create a calendar for 2014. However, the cold winter and sheer laziness made it difficult for Matt and I to be organized enough to make it happen in time, so we decided to just draw one image a month for the rest of the year. This weekend, we will be working on May!

Another great thing that happened this week is that spring is finally here, hurray! The days are getting longer and the trees are budding. Such a great thing to see after so long a winter.

So this coming weekend will be my last weekend in Montreal--next Friday I am driving a car (with all of my stuff) back to Toronto. It's a bittersweet return, and one with which I have mixed feelings. In the first place, I wasn't planning on staying in Montreal longer than my contract of 8 months, but since I've been here I've come to realize what an amazing city it really is. Montrealers seem more relaxed and friendly than in Toronto, and there is so much more history and pride with Quebecers than there ever seems to be with Ontarians. It's nice to live in a city where people are excited about being who they are, and where they still partake in historical customs from the past. While living here, I never felt like I was missing out on anything, and I totally understand why Quebecers choose to stay here. 

Honestly, if there was any chance for me to find a permanent job here, I would have considered staying. I suppose Quebec is like a cool secret that one can only find out about if you speak the language fluently (which I sadly do not). Big sigh.

On a different note, here is a photo of a cool little depanneur that opened up near my apartment:
What's cool about this shop is that the same shop was drawn in the story of "Paul en appartement"by Michel Rabligiati. His story takes place in the 1980s, but the store looks exactly the same, which is super awesome!

If I have a chance, I will post it later on. 

Hope you have a great week, and happy spring!

.M

Monday, April 21, 2014

Drawings from 2013

Time flies when you're constantly moving. Last year, I moved 3 times (!) and it has made me never want to pack another box as long as I live. With all the organizing, packing, moving, unpacking, and apartment hunting, there wasn't much time for drawing or painting. I also changed jobs, enrolled in an intensive French language program, and travelled constantly. What a year!

Now that it's April 2014, things are finally setting down. Thus, to commemorate the busiest year of my life, I have started to do drawings for each month in 2013. Below is the first one for January, when my boyfriend and I moved him to Montreal from Toronto (on January 1, in a blizzard!).

Drawing of our move to Montreal in January 2013...

I'll add some others for February and April soon, as well as some photos that I took over the long weekend during our visit to the old Biosphere (leftover from Expo '67).
Sadly, I'll be leaving Montreal soon, so my stay here hasn't been well-documented, but hopefully I can make up for some lost time by posting a few events posthumously.

Happy Easter et Joyeux Paques tout le monde!




Friday, August 10, 2012

Owl Painting!!!

Last weekend I finally finished the owl painting for T and J. It was a present for their wedding, which took place over one and a half years ago (!) Better late than never, but due to being in school, moving every three months, and not having my painting supplies or easel, I wasn't able to work on it properly until now. However, it has been burning a hole in my conscience the entire time, so I'm glad that I can finally hand it over to them and take back the "placeholder"wolf painting, which I gave them to hang in the meantime. (here it is, below)



















I was super jealous of Tasia last weekend, as she attended the Osheaga music festival in Montreal! Normally I would have gone too, but I was just in Montreal a few weeks before, and I'm also planning to go to PEI next week to visit Linda, so I had decline due to budgetary constraints. But no fear! I needed to clean up my place because I'm moving again soon (sigh), and I also finished off some projects, such as the owl painting and planning for my first Indie Pop Night at Fountain Bar. If anyone in the Toronto area is free on the 25th, I hope to see you there! (: Can't wait to play my new favourite song from my new favourite band, Little Dragon. So awesome!


Little Dragon

Sunday, May 6, 2012





A warm Sunday, a birthday, and a painter

This weekend has been super busy. It was E's birthday, so we went out for all you can eat sushi, and then went (again) to Fountain bar afterwards, to hang out and listen to Mr. Furious spin some tunes.





















Today was a nice warm day, but I was busy running around looking for a new apartment, and was also hung over. Also, the streets were packed with shoppers! Toronto can get totally nuts as soon as the warm weather starts (:

On a side note, here is a painter who I love: Christer Kaarlstad from Norway, amazing oil on canvas (see images below).


Check out his website to see more of his awesome work: http://christerkarlstad.com.



Have a great Sunday!
xx makiko