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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.

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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Fourth of July 2020 — Jul 4, 2020

Fourth of July 2020

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends! With the current political climate in the United States, it’s more important than ever to never forget the words of your founding fathers and the promises your country was built on – the promises of freedom and equality for all. I also support our American allies in their resistance against tyranny and the hope that the nation will emerge from this crisis stronger and even more hopeful. 🇺🇸

Happy 4th of July

Canada Day 2020 — Jul 1, 2020

Canada Day 2020

(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020
(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020

It’s Canada Day again! Though we may not be able to get together and celebrate it this year as we did before, the feeling of pride can be felt in homes all over the country. To celebrate the day, I’ve created some special fan art of Canada from Hetalia: Axis Powers and his provinces and territories from the I Am Matthewian Project!

While I usually draw all the provinces and territories together, I very rarely actually draw Canada with them – unless it’s Canada Day, of course, which is today. He even has his “pet” Kumajiro – a white polar teddy bear – with him, which he is often seen carrying around with him in the Hetalia anime and manga. I created the suitably patriotic background by placing the Canadian flag behind everyone and setting it to an opacity of about 60%, so that it adds to the feeling of Canadian pride without being too distracted from the main event – which is Canada and his provinces and territories.

Happy 153rd birthday, Canada! You don’t look a day older. 😊


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Day-Trip to Southend — Jun 24, 2020

Day-Trip to Southend

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Summer has now well and truly arrived. A heatwave making the UK hotter than Ibiza made perfect weather for my latest outing to the beach in Southend-on-Sea.

Southend-on-Sea, or most popularly just called Southend, is a coastal town in the county of Essex, 40 miles from London – making it the closest seaside resort to the capital. Its pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, stretching nearly two miles from the beach out to sea, and it is also home to the Adventure Island theme park, which is filled with rollercoasters, Ferris wheels and even bumper cars. (While the pier and park are usually packed with holidaygoers, on this occasion and due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it was totally empty – looking almost like it came out of a post-apocalyptic film.)

Southend Pier a mile out

Much to my surprise, the beach I went to was rather small, being only a little patch of sand and the sea taking up much of the space. There was also a natural lagoon formed out of a cove of large boulders filled with water from the sea constantly pounding nearby. Trying out the water in both, I found the actual sea was a tiny bit warmer than the water in the lagoon!

Because the beach was so small, high tide swallows it up entirely – small rocky slopes stop it coming up to dry land. As the afternoon went on, the sea started creeping up on our tiny patch of sand – and as we were leaving, it had already soaked several unlucky beachgoers’ belongings! 😱

While Southend may be the closest seaside town to London, it isn’t really much of a resort as say, Brighton or even Margate. It does have the aforementioned theme park and pier, but away from the sea, it may just look like any other town in England. Southend mostly stopped being a holiday destination from the 1960s onwards, due to the rise of holidays abroad in Spain and other more exotic locales, but it is home to many commuters who make their way to London every day for work. I’d say Southend is more for the people who actually live there, and if you want to really just relax on the beach, you’d probably be better off going to Brighton or Margate. They might be a bit more further afield, but the beaches are certainly bigger and better. 🏖️🌊

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Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020) — Jun 15, 2020

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020)

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Truro x Yarmouth – First Wedding Anniversary

Today is a very special day for Truro and Yarmouth Deuville; it’s the first anniversary of their wedding. Though it’s been a year, it still feels like yesterday that they walked down the aisle, exchanged their vows, and shared their first wedded kiss. (June also happens to be Pride Month – a double celebration for LGBTQ+ couples just like Truro and Yarmouth!) 🏳️‍🌈🌈

I drew them here in their wedding outfits as a throwback to that happy day, the memories of which are contained in this mini-gallery:

Happy first anniversary, and may you celebrate many more anniversaries in the years to come!


Copic Collection App — Jun 8, 2020

Copic Collection App

Copic Collection app New Release 2.1

The good folks at Copic always think of everything. Not only do they provide ink refills and replaceable nibs for every single one of their 360 marker colours, but they now even have an app!

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The app, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, is a handy way to keep track of all the colours you have in your Copic collection – and those you want to buy. All 360 colours are shown in the five different sizes of marker – Original (or Classic), Ciao, Sketch and Wide, plus all the ink refills. To add a marker to your collection, you simply tap on it; tapping twice adds it to your “shopping list”, so this is useful if there’s a certain colour you need but don’t yet own. You can also browse the range by a spectrum list, showing you a sample of the selected colour.

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Selecting the “Stock” option filters the view to only show those markers you own to provide a more accurate picture of your collection. You can also filter by type of pen or colour family (e.g. BV shows only those colours in the Blue-Violet family, while Ciao only shows colours available as a Ciao marker).

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The app also contains a map showing Copic stores near you (for the moment, however, it only seems to show locations in Japan, where the Copic corporation is based), and you can even select colours from a photo or an artwork and match them to their nearest Copic counterparts. If you switch or upgrade your devices, you can transfer data to the other device so you don’t lose track of your collection.

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Copic Collection App is available to download on the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Google Play Store (for Android).

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