BC Children’s Hospital Holiday Card Program

The Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital chose one of my designs for their season holiday card program.  I am incredibly grateful that something I made would help funding their initiatives! You can purchase yours here

About the 2017 Holiday Card Collection:

“BC Children’s Hospital is proud to present the 2017 Holiday Card Collection. When you order these attractive, high quality cards, you are not only expressing your holiday sentiments with style, you are also supporting brighter futures for BC’s kids.

The Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital supports the areas of greatest need at the hospital by funding vital programs and services essential to providing the absolute best in pediatric care to the children of British Columbia.

Volunteers of the Auxiliary to the BC Children’s Hospital continue to serve our patients and families with a multitude of skills, dedication and compassion. Volunteers are involved in every level of a family’s experience at the hospital.

Volunteers provide hands-on support to parents and children throughout the hospital in the outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and through support to siblings and family members. The number of clinics continues to increase and volunteers are increasingly needed to provide support to families who struggle with days filled with appointments.”

(From www.bcchholidaycards.com)

Sketching Glen Keane

Animation legend and nice human being Glen Keane recently visited SPARKCQ in Vancouver, and I was very fortunate to volunteer and sketch at the event. I know! How can I NOT sketch when Glen Keane is talking, gesturing, explaining and drawing! The night he received his lifetime achievement award, I only carried markers and some immigration forms… and I did not hesitate: I sketched on them 🙂 The next day though, I came prepared with the sketchbook I use when sketching with markers.

During his talk, entitled “Thinking like a child”, not only he shared his thinking process behind his designing the Beast, sweet family anecdotes, fun memories from the time he worked at Walt Disney Studios and wise advice. He also showed what a humble, sweet, caring person he is.

My wish is that Glen Keane’s set of values will soon constitute the new normal, so it will feel safe to explore ideas, passions, enthusiasm and vulnerabilities in a creative environment, without fear of rejection or judgement.

Thank you Mr. Keane!



Sketching dancers!

Arts Umbrella organized recently a free 4-hour life drawing session with two dancers, during BC Culture days at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver, BC). These amazing dancers would perform at different speed and stop at a given time for 1, 2, 5, 10 minutes. They changed costumes as well, giving me the rare opportunity to sketch some ruffles and tutus… which was, I confess, my favorite part.

These are some 3 minute poses:

These are some 5 minute poses:

These are some 1 minute poses:

This a 10 minute pose:

Oh, this also happened…


Precious Frogs: the Exhibition

My wandering salamander Evangelina, based on photographs by Todd Pierson, was accepted into the ‘Precious Frogs’ exhibition! ‘Precious Frogs’ is an art exhibition and fundraising event happening at Science World (Vancouver, BC) from September 29th until December 15, 2017.

“A variety of threats are causing amphibian population declines both globally and within our own province. Currently 20 species of native amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders) live in British Columbia and half are of conservation concern. The Precious Frogs project aims to inspire artists to be a bridge between scientists and the broader public and to promote awareness and action for the long term conservation of our amphibians”

(Source: Science World and Precious Frogs: https://www.preciousfrog.ca/)

Sketching at Taiwan Festival: Part two

Studies in gouache

I had watched a documentary on the making of Disney’s animated feature Sleeping Beauty, and I got fascinated by the background art and the gouache possibilities. To be able to paint with brighter stones on top of darker ones with a matte finish. So I decided to experiment. I first made a quick pass in watercolour and then started to build with acrylic gouache.

A night (sketching) at the opera