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Established 1995

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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IAMP/PC: Character Wardrobes (2016) — March 14, 2018

IAMP/PC: Character Wardrobes (2016)

After seeing Hapo‘s timeline for each of the province and territory characters from Project Canada, I became inspired to create ‘character wardrobes’ for each one, showing their different outfits for different purposes and from different ages. So far, I’ve only drawn three – for British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – though I did plan to do all thirteen provinces and territories.

(IAMP) British Columbia’s Wardrobe

British Columbia

  • Bathtub Race
  • Child Formal
  • Swimsuit
  • Hipster
  • 1880s
  • 1880s Alternative
  • Yoga
  • Hiking
  • 1950s
  • Adult Formal
  • Winter
  • Navy (Sailor)
  • Rollerskating
  • Provincial Flag
  • Normal
(IAMP) New Brunswick’s Wardrobe

New Brunswick

  • Sailor
  • Child Formal
  • Swimsuit
  • Belle De Mer
  • 1860s
  • Athletic
  • Mermaid
  • Adult Formal
  • Navy (Sailor)
  • Winter
  • Provincial Flag
  • Normal
(IAMP) Nova Scotia’s Wardrobe

Nova Scotia

  • Sailor
  • Child Formal
  • Swimsuit
  • Fiddler
  • 1860s
  • Post-Halifax Explosion/World War I
  • Surfing
  • Highland Warrior
  • Adult Formal
  • Winter
  • Navy (Sailor)
  • Fisherman/Lobsterman
  • Provincial Flag
  • Normal
Character Timeline: Montreal — March 9, 2018

Character Timeline: Montreal

Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau
Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau
Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau
Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau

Basic Facts

Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! Full Name: Montreal Camillien Pierre-Elliott Trudeau
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Date of Birth: May 9, 1997
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Gender: Male
Red Bullet Ethnicity: White French Canadian
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Parents: Lorraine (mother), Charlemagne (father)
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Occupation(s): Student

Early Childhood

Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! Born on May 9, 1997 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Flag of Canada
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Parents – Lorraine (mother) and Charlemagne (father)
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Older brother – Quebec (born August 12, 1994)
Red Bullet Runs into Laval during recess at school
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Laval sees him as much more than merely a playmate, however…
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! He looks up to Quebec for wisdom and comfort
Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! Speaks more French than English despite being bilingual
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Only knows basic French

Late Childhood

Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! Develops his ‘angry’ look
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Knows more advanced French
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Starts to speak English more
Red Bullet Laval has started to become besotted with him, much to his chagrin
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Starts getting ‘stalked’ by Laval regularly

Present Day

Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! He now speaks English much more often
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Still speaks French around Quebec and other Francophones
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Still looks up to his bigger brother
Red Bullet Laval now seriously wants him as her boyfriend, but he strongly refutes it
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Is regularly chased by Laval in her never-ending quest for ‘true love’

International Women’s Day 2018 — March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

I continue to celebrate women and girls everywhere this International Women’s Day through the medium of art.

This celebratory gallery includes woman-and-woman romantic relationships – something of a first for me, and paving the way towards more LGBT+ acceptance.



Hal MacIntosh (2015) — March 6, 2018

Hal MacIntosh (2015)

Hal MacIntosh

Three years may sound like an eternity, but it really wasn’t all that long ago. It was at the end of that year when I wrote up the pitch for The Hal MacIntosh Show, and I posted all the character sketches and profiles on this same blog.

As that time has now passed, it may have lain forgotten, so I’m re-exhibiting the first sketch I did for the series here. The titular character, Hal MacIntosh, was originally drawn with short sleeves as seen above – which he wasn’t supposed to have. He’s sort of a cross of one of my own Nova Scotia characters, who is named Hal MacKinnon, and Nova Scotia from Project Canada, which explains his red cap, provincial flag shirt and navy blue kilt. However, he’s much more of a slob than the other two, and a lot cruder too.

Hal has a young adult son named Syd, and a former wife named Peggy (you can probably guess why). Hal and Peggy divorced when Syd was in his mid-teens due to Hal’s dishevelled demeanour, which caused some considerable distress to the then 15-year-old Syd. Hal didn’t show much sympathy, but he still secretly misses Peggy, and wants them to be a family again.

In the gallery below, I later drew Hal with long sleeves, as he was supposed to have from the beginning. He’s also shown with his family; their character profiles have been posted on this blog before:

My 23rd Birthday — February 24, 2018
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