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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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Remembrance Day 2018 — Nov 11, 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. At 11.11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was signed in a tank, putting an end to the battles which had raged around the world for four years.

Every 11th of November is a day to remember all the troops which fell during the war, and in all wars after, including World War 2 and more recent wars. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance, its bright scarlet petals said to represent the blood which was spilled as the soldiers fought for their – and our – freedom.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning… We will remember them.”

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I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2018! — Nov 1, 2018

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo 2018!

Writing notes

What’s NaNoWriMo? No, it’s not some weird-sounding alien word – it’s short for National Novel Writing Month, running from the 1st to the 30th of November!

As the name implies, it’s all about writing a novel in the space of a month. There’s a pre-determined word count limit of 50,000 words, which is the average length of a novel. While you don’t need to hit 50K exactly, you can write at your own pace, or do timed exercises called word sprints – for which you set yourself a time limit and try to write as many words as you can before it’s up. You can also join a worldwide community of fellow novelists who can give you good advice and commentary on your writing and progress.

I’ve created a new profile specifically for NaNoWriMo, for which I’ll be revisiting, redrafting and rewriting an old novel of mine:

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/novabrunswick

Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters (2018) — Oct 31, 2018

Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters (2018)

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Nova Scotian Trick-or-Treaters

It’s time to be spooky! Continuing from the last exhibition, it’s time to see the Nova Scotians in their Halloween costumes out in action!

To keep things a little simpler, I didn’t include all the costumes from the previous artwork, but a select few which I thought were the scariest or the most Halloween-ish. The kids all carry pumpkin pots, ready to collect any treats which they hope to collect from willing neighbours, while the adults join in the fun with costumes of their own. Night scenes are somewhat difficult because everything is darker, especially when drawing traditionally, but on top of my Bonfire Night artwork from last year, it’s good practice.

In case you’ve forgotten who’s who, here’s a small-ish rundown, going from left to right on each row:

  • Halifax – Old Clock Tower
  • Westville – Georgie from It
  • Dartmouth – zombie teacher
  • Jollimore – Hawaiian vacationer (his legs must be cold with just those shorts on!)
  • Tatamagouche – cow
  • Parrsboro – dinosaur
  • Joggins – archaeologist
  • Pictou – Highlander
  • Port Hawkesbury – witch
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  • Wolfville – grapevine
  • Oxford – blueberry
  • Berwick – apple
  • Kentville – pumpkin
  • Mahone Bay – scarecrow
  • LunenburgBluenose II
  • Riverport – sea captain
  • Liverpool – witch
  • Cole Harbour – hockey player (modelled on Syd Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins)

Before I leave you to enjoy your stash of candy you’ve probably been going trick-or-treating for, a little history lesson:

Halloween has its roots in a Celtic festival called Samhain – pronounced So-when – which is when the spirits of the departed were said to come out and roam the world of the living. Halloween itself is a shortening of All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day (first day of November), which traditonally marked the beginning of winter. The celebration of the dead is why Halloween is associated with spooky stuff.

With that all said, have a very Happy Halloween – and don’t overdo the candy!

🎃👻🍭🍬🍫

Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1 — Oct 18, 2018

Riverport’s Rambles: Chapter 1

The amber sun peeked its blazing head above the horizon, shimmering golden rays illuminating the vast sea in ultramarine. It beamed through the front bedroom window onto Riverport’s bearded face, flashing behind his closed eyes.

“Oh, that must be the mornin’ comin’ in.”

He snorted loud enough to wake himself up, peeling back the covers and slipping his bare feet into his favourite pair of slippers – white and bright blue stripes with a golden anchor print. He went over to the window and opened it slightly, letting the cool sea breeze inside.

“Ah, nothin’ like good ol’ sea salt. Speakin’ of which…”

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Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018) — Oct 12, 2018

Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018)

‘Tis the season to be… spooky! 🎃👻💀

Halloween has arrived again, meaning ghouls, ghosts and goblins are all out in full force. Wacky costumes are making the rounds, and no-one’s more ready for it than the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life.

I’ve concocted a witch’s brew of terrifying Halloween costumes that are set to make this scary season a memorable one, at least in the province of Nova Scotia. Each costume is connected in some way to their hometowns (with the exception of a few), furthering their purpose as geographical personifications. This work is split into two parts.

Part 1

  • Halifax – Old Clock Tower
  • Dartmouth – zombie teacher
  • Jollimore – Hawaiian vacationer (inspired by Life is a Beach) 🌺
  • Cole Harbour – hockey player (birthplace of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Syd Crosby) 🏒
  • Waverley – jellyfish
  • Sambro – Highlander
  • Peggy’s Cove – lighthouse
  • LunenburgBluenose II
  • Mahone Bay – scarecrow (annual scarecrow festival, usually held in September-October)
  • Riverport – sea captain
  • Bridgewater – lobster 🦞
  • Liverpool – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Lockeport – fish man 🐟
  • Yarmouth – lobster (largest lobster fishing grounds in the world 🦞)

Part 2

  • Berwick – apple (apple capital of Nova Scotia 🍎🍏)
  • Kentville – jack o’lantern (pumpkin festival 🎃)
  • Wolfville – grapevine (wineries 🍇🍷🥂)
  • Truro – train station attendant (railway hub 🚂🚆🚉🛤)
  • Masstown – lobster 🦞
  • Amherst – Esther Cox (the Great Amherst Mystery 👻)
  • Springhill – miner (former mining town ⚒⛏)
  • Joggins – archaeologist (fossil cliffs 🐚🦖🦕)
  • Parrsboro – dinosaur (Fundy Geological Museum 🦖🦕)
  • Oxford – blueberry (blueberry capital of Nova Scotia 🍇)
  • Pugwash – Captain Pugwash (get it?)
  • Tatamagouche – cow (dairy farms 🐄🐮🥛)
  • Pictou – Highlander (high Scottish population and heritage 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿)
  • New Glasgow – New Glasgow Nebula, from the Stellarton Starman cartoon and comic series
  • Stellarton – Stellarton Starman, of the eponymous series
  • Trenton – The Tin Man (steel mills 🔩⚙🔧)
  • Westville – Georgie, the boy who is kidnapped by the clown Pennywise in the Stephen King book and movie It
  • James River – beaver (because his last name is Beaver Meadow)
  • Antigonish – Highland warrior (Highland Games 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏋🏻⛳🏌🏻)
  • Arisaig – also a Highland warrior (as above)
  • Port Hawkesbury – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Judique – moose (high population of moose 🦌)
  • Campbell – Doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit
  • Lime Hill – Also doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit.
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