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My Story… — July 7, 2015

My Story…

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

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.


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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Life Update for 24/04/2018 — April 24, 2018

Life Update for 24/04/2018

Just updating you all on what’s been going on in my life lately.

I accidentally broke my iPad’s screen by dropping it onto some barbells, and tried to get it fixed. Unfortunately, it’s now become a brick, so for now I’ve gotten hold of a spare (non-Apple) tablet to keep me entertained on the go.

To help me raise some money for a new iPad, I’ve been thinking about opening commissions. This is the potential price list, though my prices may change as I think over it more (all prices are in British pounds):

Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Simple pencil/pen sketch: £2
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Coloured pencil/pen sketch: £3
Orange Dot Bullet - F2U! Simple digital sketch: £3
Dot Bullet (Orange) - F2U! Coloured digital sketch: £4
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! A4-sized coloured traditional artwork: £10
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! A4-sized coloured digital artwork: £30

(The weekly exhibition will be postponed to next week to help me recover.)

📚🌹Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2018!📚🌹 — April 23, 2018

📚🌹Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2018!📚🌹

By Hook Or By Book


Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

~ Hazel Rochman ~


In honor of this year’s World Book Day, Amazon is offering nine Kindle books from around the world for free! This offer is good through Tuesday. Check them out here:

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Westville in the April Showers (2018) — April 17, 2018

Westville in the April Showers (2018)

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Given recent weather conditions, I had to draw a rain-themed artwork sooner rather than later. But rather than just grey skies, I decided to add a bit of colour with a character who I’ve drawn in many of these conditions before – Westville from A Nova Scotian Way of Life.

Westville dances in a field of lush green grass, helped by the rain, while carrying an umbrella in all seven hues of the rainbow. There’s more than just rain falling here, however – small flowers of cherry blossom add a touch of spring hope for warmer, sunnier climes.

To make the raindrops stand out against the bluish-grey sky, I drew each one in using a blue glitter pen. I used a gold glitter pen to colour in Westville’s belt buckle, and a silver glitter pen to colour in the top of his umbrella. The cherry blossoms at the very top of the drawing were coloured in with a Copic Ciao marker in Pinkish White (colour code R00), which closely resembles the colour of real-life cherry blossoms (or ‘sakura’ in Japan).



In a rather ironic twist, I drew this artwork on a relatively sunny day. Isn’t weather unpredictable? 😆

Alphablocks: P in Markers (2016) — April 9, 2018

Alphablocks: P in Markers (2016)

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In 2017, I made a dramatic change to my art style that I hadn’t made for the good part of a decade and a half: I switched my colouring tools from coloured pencils to markers. I had been attempting to make my art look more realistic with shading, but I decided to go back to a more ‘cartoony’ look and use brighter colours that stand out amongst black ink outlines. I’ve now started a serious collection of markers from both the Winsor & Newton and Copic brands.

To celebrate, I tried out some of the markers in a few drawings. As my collection wasn’t very big at the time, I used the art store as a kind of library where I could ‘borrow’ the colours I needed for a specific drawing, then simply return them once I’d finished.

As it’s been some time since I last posted anything about them, I’ve started with an Alphablocks artwork, or more specifically P/Petunia. Her design made it perfect for trying out blending colours into a gradient, for which I used several shades of green, blue and purple. (I didn’t know about the metallic markers at this time, so the stars all over her are coloured in a very pale grey to look silvery.)

As I kept trying out the markers, I grew my collection to fit my needs and cover the whole spectrum. As there are several hundred colours in each range, it might take quite a long time – and a lot of money and searching – before I can call them complete:




Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks — April 2, 2018

Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks

I don’t usually reblog posts from other people as I always strive to create my own content, but this is a special post for World Autism Awareness Day (today) and why Autism Speaks, one of the world’s leading autism charities, is generally reviled by autistic people themselves.

Instead of mere awareness, we also need acceptance. That’s why, from now on, I will call April ‘Autism Acceptance Month’ rather than just ‘Autism Awareness Month’.

Neurodivergent Rebel

Why Autistic People Generally Dislike Autism Speaks – A few thoughts and a little history on Autism Speaks. #actuallyautistic #neurodiversity

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