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My Story… — Jul 7, 2015

My Story…

Since I haven’t introduced myself in the last post, I’ll do it right here.

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My Art vs. Artist

My name is Sabrina Gardiner, born in 1995 in the north of green England. From the fledgling age of two years old, I always loved to put my pencils (or at that time, a felt-tip pen) on to pieces of paper to reveal the machinations of my imagination to the outer world.

Once I’d grown out of the phase of scrawling uncontrollably about all over my canvases (which included walls), I began to morph those marks into intelligible characters. My specialism was creating fan stories of my favourite cartoon characters, personifications with flags and educational books.

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The big change came for me when I turned 11 years old and moved to the far-flung country of Colombia. During the year and a half I lived over there, some of the mainstays of my characters would develop, as with a fascination with the months of the year that would last me a good couple of years.

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As I grew into my teenage years and returned to England, I needed to create more realistic characters while at the same time keeping that unmistakable fantasy feel. At this time, I had re-ignited my interest in geography after going on a road trip around the south of England, and so began on a mission to personify every place in every country, beginning with my green homeland.

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Completing (or mostly completing) my personification throughout England, the next logical step would be to go stateside and get on to personifying the United States. But I added a new twist that I hadn’t done with England – personify each state as well as the cities and towns they contained. This allowed me to explore even deeper into the country’s geography by looking at the cultures of each state to see what made each one different.

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But the real passion of mine started with me taking a detour at the cinema when the movies I was watching got mixed up. From there, I came across Canada.

Initially creating just one character as I did not expect to become too interested in Canada, the country suddenly began to take over, effectively ending my exploration of the States. At first I did not want to become interested as I wasn’t too much into Canada, but it then grew on me, eventually becoming my most favourite country.

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As I began to work more and more with Canada, a personal goal of emigrating over there began to form, which I still hold today and hope to realize in the near future. Every new artwork I create for the country makes my wish stronger and more determined to make my Canadian dream a reality.

Although I’ve been drawing characters for as long as I can remember, I only recently started to bring them to life on the screen. Initially creating short animations to hone my animating skills, these then evolved into fully-fledged episodes, one of which I am hoping to create a voiceover for. My ultimate dream is that these will eventually transfer to the small and big screens to capture the imaginations and inspire generations of animators to come.

And live in Canada, of course.

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Books on Crystals — Sep 16, 2019

Books on Crystals

Continuing from my previous post, here’s some useful reference books for those who – like me – are just getting into the crystal scene. 💎

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Since I’ve been down, unsure about life and stressed I’ve been trying lots of new ways to calm myself, ground and centre me. I’ve taken up yoga and meditation classes which are helping a lot, and also taken a keen interest in crystals and crystal healing. I’ve always been interested in crystals my first one was a rose quartz then I got some blue algate, then people gave me some crystals and after beginning meditation my collection began more and I wanted to gain more knowledge about these beautiful and powerful crystals.

IMG_6668The Power of Crystal Healing
By Emma Lucy Knowles

This book was the perfect “starter” book, it gave simple ways on how to cleanse, use and purchase crystals. The book has beautiful imagery and photography throughout. Emma lists lots of crystals and also alternatives which have similar properties. The one thing I didn’t like about this book is…

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💎 How To Identify A Crystal — Sep 9, 2019

💎 How To Identify A Crystal

If you’ve been looking through my Instagram feed lately, you’ll have noticed quite a few pictures of crystals. I recently got back into crystals – possibly thanks to Steven Universe – and I’ve now started my own collection. (I say “got back into” because I’d previously been interested in gems when I was 10.)

Seeing all the different shapes and colours of crystals can be confusing to first-timers, so I’ve reblogged this useful post from Tumblr identifying many of the popular crystals found in collections. (This doesn’t include the commonly cut and faceted gems, such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.)

Steven Universe: Even More Fusions (2019) — Aug 28, 2019
Steven Universe: More Fusions (2018) — Aug 20, 2019

Steven Universe: More Fusions (2018)

In celebration of the release of Steven Universe: The Movie, I’m showing off all the fan art I’ve made for this amazing series! I actually drew these two last year, but the hype surrounding the movie means it’s a perfect time to revisit them.

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Steven Universe: The Movie – Steven and the Crystal Gems (2019) — Aug 6, 2019
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