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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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Short Story: Vancouver’s Married Nightmare — October 19, 2017

Short Story: Vancouver’s Married Nightmare

Dawn was just about breaking. Salmon-pink sunlight filtered through the scarlet curtains, bathing Vancouver in a soft warm early-morning glow as he dozed upon his bed, fully clothed and with his shoes on. Suddenly, his whole body started twitching sporadically, rustling his bedsheets beneath. Vancouver began to dream.

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Inktober 2017 — October 17, 2017

Inktober 2017

Since finding out about Inktober last year, I’ve tried to participate in it each year afterwards, using only black and white to create artistic masterpieces. This is my second year participating in the challenge, so I’m still trying to grasp the concept of drawing using only a pen and no other colour.

(To find out more about what Inktober is, check out this post from last year, which also contains some of my previous ink work.)

Edinburgh and Glasgow: The Official Magazine – Issue 3 (2014) — October 16, 2017

Edinburgh and Glasgow: The Official Magazine – Issue 3 (2014)


Edinburgh & Glasgow – The Official Magazine – Issue 3

(Click on the link above to open the book in your browser. You will need Adobe Reader installed to view the magazine. If you don’t have it, you can download it for free at

The third issue of the Edinburgh & Glasgow magazine was also the last (as of now). Although I had a fourth issue planned – it would have a Halloween theme – by this point I had begun to move back on to concentrating on the Canadian Boys series. This effectively ended the Edinburgh & Glasgow series after only a few months, as I had created it mostly just to cash in on the Scottish independence referendum and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

That’s not to say the final issue wasn’t filled with the usual fun, funnies and games. Because it was the all-important referendum that month, I focused it on that, making the comic story (named Viva La Independence) all about it, and even an ‘Ask Alex Salmond’ column featuring the former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader answering (fictional) questions from readers.

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Edinburgh and Glasgow: The Official Magazine – Issue 2 (2014) — October 9, 2017

Edinburgh and Glasgow: The Official Magazine – Issue 2 (2014)


Edinburgh & Glasgow – The Official Magazine – Issue 2

(Click on the link above to open the book in your browser. You will need Adobe Reader installed to view the magazine. If you don’t have it, you can download it for free at

With its inaugural issue being shown off last week, I planned for a monthly release of the Edinburgh & Glasgow magazine. Although I would eventually only create three issues (with an unfinished fourth), I did enjoy coming up with wacky storylines for the titular trio – and others – to get involved in, as well as writing and drawing all the things ‘sent’ in to the mailbox.

The second issue introduces two ‘new’ characters, Leith and Paisley, who were the series’ first female characters and were hinted at in the first issue. The comic story, Not Without My Festival, had actually been an idea I’d had churning around for some time prior to beginning the magazine, where Glasgow, driven by jealousy for Edinburgh, decides to ‘steal’ his Festival and set it up as his own.

In this issue:

  • Introduction
  • New character profiles – Leith & Paisley
  • Origins of the kilt
  • Name that Scottish Town!
  • Gotta Get to the Festival!
  • Comic: Not Without My Festival
  • Scottish Cross-Ladder
  • Picture Panic!
  • Mailbox
  • Next time…




World Teachers Day 2017 — October 5, 2017

World Teachers Day 2017

Me: Happy World Teachers Day!

Dartmouth: Again?! Oh God, no.

Me: Yes, again, Dartmouth.

Dartmouth: (sighs angrily)

Jollimore: (cheerfully) Hey Dartmouth, at least be grateful that we get a day celebrating us!

Great advice from Jollimore. This is an updated version of the gallery from last year’s post on World Teachers Day, which of course stars the teaching two, and includes the twins Rockingham and Boulderwood, and my Easter surprise from earlier in the year:

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