Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 20

Inu Hariko

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Posters, iPhone cases, T-shirts of this design now available here! When I visited the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Japan, a few years ago, I fell in love with the traditional clay dog figurines called “inu hariko.” The figurines are very simple and rounded, and decorated with bright coloured paints in blues, reds, and yellows. They …

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May 13

Business card stamp tutorial: Part 2

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Click HERE for Part 1 of the tutorial Last time I left off when I finished carving the stamp, but had yet to mount the stamp on a handle. Well, I went to my local hardware store and got a piece of FSC-certified (sustainably harvested) wood: I held up the stamp to the wood and …

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May 11

Bubble Girl

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I drew this one for fun while listening to a language learning podcast. It ended up being totally different than what I had originally intended, since I started out drawing it by smudging colours around with a regular brush tool and ended up cleaning it all up using the pen tool again. I’m a bit …

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May 10

Sushicat

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This is Sushi, my neighbour’s adorable old tabby cat. She’s “deaf,” but can mysteriously hear the sound of a cat food package being opened. She’s also very good at lying on my patio and doing a perfect impression of a cat-shaped-puddle… like so: Cats don’t normally like me, so it’s a pleasant surprise to have …

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May 05

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May 05

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After weeks of overcast and rainy days, it was finally sunny again today. The birds were chirping happily and the flowers were swaying in the spring breeze… it was just glorious.

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May 05

Business card stamp tutorial: Part 1

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The other day, the talented photographer Sherry Lu asked if I could make a business card stamp for her. After asking her a few questions about what she wanted on the stamp, I set to work. Here was the initial sketch: Sherry wanted the stamp to promote her Instagram page, so I made a simplified …

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