Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October is almost here!

© Holly DeWolf- Boo Trio in progress


Today I decided to do some warm up doodles for Halloween to jump start my work day. I had InkTober on my mind so I wanted to play with some Pilot drawing pens. I sketched this happy pumpkin and then came the ghost and a bat wearing glasses. I really like this boo trio so I think I'm going to keep it going. It feels like a story so I'm definitely onto something fun! I just love this time of the year, don't you? 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sweater weather!

© Holly DeWolf- Sweater Weather


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus

It's true, I'm a total Autumn girl. I'm ready for sweaters, Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes. I hurry up to enjoy it because as they say, nothing gold can stay! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What's on my desk- an Autumn illustration

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Happy Autumn. What I love about this time of the year: the leaves, the great light plus it is sweater weather! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Port City Champ!


© Holly DeWolf- Port City Champ


This past summer I created a studious little character named Port City Champ. His happy purpose was to help promote a summer reading program for The Port Of Saint John and a reading program at the Saint John Public Library. 

This grey seal is quite a haberdasher with his big Samuel de Champlain hat. 





The above photo is of Port City Champ on the big screen. It's nice to see the cute fella in the spotlight! 

Design Inspiration spotlight & a look back!



This month I had the pleasure of being interviewed once again by Design Inspiration. The last time was way back in 2005 and boy,  has a lot changed for me since then. I recall being VERY pregnant with my second child while still living in Ontario. My hair is shorter and I look younger. I was a different women then. 

I think it's really important to do interviews and to be spotlighted. First of all, it's good to look back in order to see our progress. This is the point where we get all nostalgic. We may even pat ourselves on the back. All those hurdles, all those challenges, failures, baby steps and successes all come flooding back. Time flies when your building your creative dream. 

There are many benefits to being interviewed: 
1. You get to connect and meet others in your online community. 
2. You get to expand your online presence.
3. You get to talk about yourself and what you do best in a down-to-earth way. Sharing little bits of ourselves has a way of helping others relate to what you do. 4. You get more exposure to your work, ideas, website, like pages, twitter pages and blogs to a much bigger audience.
5. It's good advertising for you! You get to be put in the spotlight and become worth talking about. Goodness knows we need to expose more talent. Hiding in the creative bubble is no longer an option. 
6. It's great for your promotions, newsletters, online content and your artists cv. 


When you get a moment, grab a cup of coffee and read all about the great talent Design Inspiration shares. It has new look with so many great spotlights. Let's celebrate 9 years of inspiring design! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

What we learned about this week: Bacon!



This week the girls wanted to learn all about natures candy meat- bacon! 

Bacon (noun) the main reason we are not vegetarian. 


Reagen's Super Bacon! 


Hannah's Bacon being attacked by Toby!  

Idioms: 
"I've got to bring home the bacon."
"I almost lost my bacon."
"Today I saved someones bacon."

No one describes bacon better than comedian, Jim McGaffigan. 

“Bacon’s the best. Even the frying of bacon sounds like applause. Yay BACON!”





"I just had some bacon. Anybody ever had bacon before? It's good. Oh, my greasy lover, bacon. It's the best!"

"You wanna know how good bacon is? To improve other food, they wrap it in bacon. If it weren't for bacon, we wouldn't even know what a water chestnut is. "Thank you bacon. Sincerely, Water Chestnut III.""

"And bits of bacon, bits of bacon are like the fairy dust of the food community. "You don't want this baked potato? Brrring! Now it's your favorite part of the meal. Not interested in the salad? Bibbity bobbity BACON. I just turned it into an entree.""

"But once you put bacon in a salad, it's no longer a salad. It just becomes a game of 'find the bacon in the lettuce'. It's like you're panning for gold. Eureka!"

"There is something dishonest though about putting bacon in a salad - it's kind of like smoking while you jog. "I want the BLT, but I'll just get a salad with bacon and tomato. Can you put it between two pieces of toast and stick a toothpick through it? That'd be great...""

"It's amazing the shrinkage that occurs with bacon. You start with a pound, you end up with a bookmark."

"But bacon is that good. I bet if you put bits of bacon on a strip of bacon, you could travel back in time. It's like a tasty vortex."
More bacon quotes: 

“I’ll have the smiley face breakfast special. Uh, could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair, bacon moustache, five o’clock shadow made of bacon bits and a bacon body.” - Homer Simpson


“When you have bacon in your mouth, it doesn’t matter who’s president or anything…Every time I’m eating bacon I think, I could die right now, and I mean it. That’s how good life is.” - Louis CK


“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” - Doug Larson

Bacon has become quite a craze: ThinkGeek as a great bacon collection! 




Bacon bits: 

There is a difference between traditional bacon & Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is often called back bacon. 

Alternatives: soy bacon or turkey bacon. "I think we can all agree the turkey bacon experiment was a failure." -Jim McGaffigan 

It's a fact: dogs love bacon! 


There is a bacon song: 




Bacon in history: 
The word 'bacon' originated from the modern English language that 
dates back to the Saxon era in the 1st millennium AD.  Bacon (or bacoun as it was spelt then) was a Middle English-11th/14th Century, High/Late Middle Ages. Bacon refers to a traditional cut of pork meat unique to the region at the time at the time.
The phrase "bring home the bacon" was first said in 12th century England in the spirit of matrimonial harmony. Now the phrase bring home the bacon has evolved into meaning generate household income. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

What we learned about this week: The Chimera!


© Holly DeWolf- Chimera with flair! 


What do you get when you cross a lion with a goat and a snake? 


This week, the girls chose to learn about a Greek fused mythological animal called a Chimera. I should have remembered this from art history class. I'll blame it on the early 8:45 am class and not having enough coffee in my system.

Moving on...

The Chimera is a combination of a lion, goat and a snake. According to Homer's description in the Iliad,  "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire." The term chimera has now come to mean any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of many parts, or seen as wildly imaginative or implausible. So does that make a platypus one as well? Interesting! 

Chimera's in popular culture:

• Chimeras were mentioned in the Harry Potter books. In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and in the Deathly Hallows," the  Elphias Doge is said to have encountered Chimeras in Greece.

• The Chimera was featured as a story element in "Tomb Of Dracula"


• In the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, the chimera is an creature which looks like a lion with leathery wings on its back. 


•  In the RPG World of Warcraft,  The Chimaera is seen as a creature with a winged lion body, two dragon heads with goat horns and two tails that seem to have scorpion type stingers on them.


•  The Godzilla Power HourGodzilla fought a chimera.


• In The X-Files, there is an episode titled 'Chimera', which takes place in Vermont.


• Since Chimera seem to be a mix of a bunch of animals,  here is Hollywood Hybrids: The Best Chimeras on the Big (and Small) Screens



Top: Reagen's Chimera. Bottom: Hannah's Chimera. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Miscelaney Monday: a painting in progess.




For this miscelaney Monday I'm working slowly on a painting for Hannah's room. As I progress along, I'll add text and illustrations of her favourite things. I will be post the finished work when I'm done.

Friday, August 15, 2014

What we learned about this week: El Chupacabra!


© Holly DeWolf


© Reagen DeWolf- vegetarian Chupacabra 

© Hannah DeWolf- Dancing Chupacabra 

This week we decided to learn about El Chupracabra! 

If you see a El Chupacabra, should you:
a. do a Mexican hat dance while playing the maracas
b. eat tacos (drink tequila) 
c. run 
d. all of the above

What we know from the research we found, these creatures are definitely not vegetarian. 

The mythological creature also know them as the goat sucker was first first sighted in the early 1990's. Eye witnesses claim they have spotted them in Mexico, Puerto Rico and all the way to Maine! These nasty customers have supposedly left a trail of destruction with livestock and other animals. 

Some believe he has wings and others claim the creature is from outer space. Others describe him as dog-like or a reptile-like creature that has sharp spines or quills down its back. This monster has been also called the big-foot of latin America. 

El Chupacabra in the media: 



• Marvel ComicsFantastic Four released 28 December 2007, a group of Chupacabras are featured as antagonists. 



• The X-files had an episode called El Mundo Gira featuring the mythical beast from Mexican folklore. 

• And the latest is, many have claimed to have caught them on camera and caught in one Texas



Monday, August 11, 2014

Miscellany Monday's: Today Is Just Fine!



I'm trying something new: a weekly creative schedule. I'll begin with Miscellany Monday's to get the week properly started on the right foot. If I begin the week with creative freedom, this can set the right tone for productivity for the rest of the week. 

Today's illustration was inspired by a movie I saw recently- Into The Storm. It was okay, not award winning but it did promote a good idea after the destruction. At the end of the movie, one character scrapped his original bucket list idea for just living in the moment. That's a good code to live by!