Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Free Christmas Tree Ornaments for YOU!

So this Holiday I thought I'd make a little free print out of some Christmas tree decorations for you. Just print them out, colour them in, cut them out, put a little thread through the top of each one and go to town on your tree. Of course now that you're started why not make a whole bunch more of your own ornaments from scratch? Give it a try! You'll have so much fun!


When I was a kid one of my favorite Christmas activities was decorating the tree. My mom and I always did it together but she pretty much let me have creative control which I totally loved. All of those precious little ornaments, each one so different and special and all of them so beautiful together in the perfect arrangement. Now as an art teacher I look back at this love of decorating the tree and think about how much it relates to what I do today. Decorating a tree is all about adding details and placing them in a pleasing composition. Just like illustration and design.

Happy Holidays! 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Our Cat Pins! The Perfect Little Present.

I wanted to make something extra special to bring to you from the Draw Me A Lion shop this season. I thought it would be fun to team up with another creative on a project. How happy was I when Victoria's mould maker extraordinaire Aaron Rossner got in touch with a collaboration idea? Very! The result is our first edition of cat pins. For now these pins will be exclusively available in our online shop and of course at the Draw Me A Lion booth at upcoming holiday markets. Come and get one for a friend! …and maybe one for yourself;)

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Craft Fair Time!

It's that time of year again! Come and visit the Draw Me A Lion booth at a craft fair near you! This year Draw Me A Lion will be part of three great markets. Starting with the lovely Strathcona Winter Fair Nov. 30th, followed by Toque Dec. 6th & 7th and last but not least Got Craft Dec.14th & 15th. If you're looking to buy gifts for the Holidays please come and support your local artists! There are always tons of great vendors at these three fairs and we're proud to be included amongst such a great collection of creative folks. 

Here is all the info you need to pick a Fair. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Fun Flags Colouring Book: Launch Photos

For some creatives the moment of success arrives when they attend the opening of a gallery show that is displaying their work. I think for me the equivalent of that moment is when I see kids and adults sitting at a table together, colour in my images and then cutting them out to make little flags out of them. Thus I'm happy to say that the launch of the new Fun Flags Colouring book was a total success! Fun was had and flags were made!

Some made one flag, some made two flags, and some made so many flags they could barely carry them all home. A big THANKS to everyone who came! It really was fun & you guys are amazing!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The NEW Flag Colouring Book Is Here! Come to the Launch!

Come and celebrate the launch of our new colouring book at one of our fav shops in Vancouver. This upcoming Sunday from 3-5pm at Collage Collage! Everything you need to make some sweet flags will be provided free of charge. 

 Hurrah! The brand new Fun Flags Colouring Book is here! Includes 80 flags that you can colour to your hearts delight. Then cut them out and tape or glue them to the included wooden sticks or get some cute twine and make bunting for your room! Stick a flag in a flower pot, in your pencil jars, or on your bike on a sunny day! Flags are so much fun!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pics from our 2 Year Anniversary

Last weekend Draw Me Lion turned 2! To celebrate we teamed up with Tin Can Studio and the Chinatown Night Market and hosted a Free Fun Activity Station for two days. There were colouring posters to colour, masks to make, pictures to draw, postcards to write and tons of craft supplies to just be creative. And as an added bonus for those who brought their furry pals to attend... I drew some free dog portraits!

The event was a total success and I had such a great time inviting kids and adults to come and make things and get to draw some truly amazing dogs. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us that weekend and to everyone who's been supporting the Draw Me A Lion shop over the last 2 years. I am truly grateful to you all! Please keep doing what you're doing.

Also extra big shout out and thanks to Jenny Craig and Caroline Ballhorn from Tin Can Studio for letting me use their awesome mobile studio for this event! Much love!

Me with some little pals and their portraits. Sooo fun! Thanks Mel! 
Cool kids like to colour and draw no matter how old they are!

Hey! Can I get my portrait done too? 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

We're Turning 2 & You're Invited!

School's back on and so are we! Starting off with celebrating our 2 year anniversary a bit early this year by doing a fun collaborative project with Tin Can Studio at the New Chinatown Night Market. Come down for some good times!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories - The Making of a Picture Book

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been teaching at Emily Carr for three years already. So many talented students took my course, and now it is my pleasure to be able to share some of the work that they produced in class with the public. The show titled ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories – The Making of a Picture Book’ presents work that Continuing Studies students created in my level 1 and level 2 Illustration for Picture Book courses.The majority of the show is dedicated to student’s interpretations of the timeless tale of little red riding hood, which is one of the assignments given in class.
There's always a great mix of people in my classes and I know that all of them are genuinely interested in the subject matter. It makes teaching so much fun. Sure, I groan about the prep and admin work from time to time but in the end every time I’m actually in the classroom and have people come in, excited to learn and with great work it’s so worth it.
This show is a tribute to all of my past students, the effort they put into the course, the work that they made, and the things that they taught me.
Come and check it out if you're in Vancouver.
Here are a few pics of the reception we had for the show:)

And here are some of the illustrations that you can see in the show. So many to look at! 

Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories

The Making of a Picture Book
June 14 – 29, 2013
Emily Carr Concourse Gallery
Opening reception 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 15
Free and open to the public daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This exhibition brings together illustrations created for Little Red Riding Hood and other stories, as well as original picture books created by current and former students in the Continuing Studies courses Illustration for Picture Books I and Illustration for Picture Books II.
Curated by Lisa Cinar.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC