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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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Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020) — Feb 14, 2020

Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020)

Love is in the air, and my Nova Scotia-themed cards for Valentine’s Day are back! I’ve also made some new cards for the new year. 💌

To save these to your computer for writing on and sharing, simply click on a card, right-click and select “Save image as…” Then you can either print them out or post them on social media, and send them to your Valentine! 💝💘💕


Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat — Jan 27, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

Happy Chinese New Year! You might think we’ve already rang in the new year, but China runs on a slightly different calendar to ours. Chinese New Year is typically celebrated a few weeks after the Western New Year, with dragon parades, lighting up lanterns and families getting together for some good food and celebration.

Chinese New Year dragon parade

In the Chinese calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Unlike the Western zodiac, which uses constellations to roughly represent each month, the Chinese calendar uses twelve different animals for each year. The Year of the Rat begins a new 12-year cycle, which ends with the Year of the Pig.

Chinese zodiac

Chinese zodiac table

Each animal is said to have a set of personalities which defines them, not unlike the Western zodiac signs:

  • 🐀 Rat: imaginative, generous, curious
  • 🐂 Ox: confident, honest, patient
  • 🐅 Tiger: sensitive, tolerant, brave
  • 🐇 Rabbit: affectionate, kind, merciful
  • 🐉 Dragon: enthusiastic, lively, intelligent
  • 🐍 Snake: charming, intuitive, romantic
  • 🐎 Horse: diligent, friendly, clever
  • 🐐🐑 Goat/Sheep: artistic, calm, happy
  • 🐒 Monkey: witty, lively, curious
  • 🐓 Rooster: shrewd, honest, punctual
  • 🐕 Dog: loyal, honest, courageous
  • 🐖 Pig: sincere, tolerant, optimistic

What animal in the Chinese zodiac are you? I was born in the Year of the Pig. 🐷

Steven Universe: Future Fan Art (2020) — Jan 14, 2020
Welcome to 2020 at Surfing the Sea! — Jan 1, 2020

Welcome to 2020 at Surfing the Sea!

A new decade has arrived – and with it, a new beginning. 366 more days (this year is a leap year!) to make it the best year ever, to forget about the year just gone, and to make new memories.

With that in mind, here’s my resolutions for this year:

Bullet; Red Be more creative and productive
Bullet; Orange Be more open about my emotions
Bullet; Yellow Socialize more
Bullet; Green Walk with my dog more often
Bullet; Blue Start saving money instead of spending it all in one go
Dark blue bullet Be more tidy

Happy New Year, and here’s to the next ten years and beyond!



Happy New Year 2020

Merry Blogmas 2019! — Dec 25, 2019

Merry Blogmas 2019!

The 25th day of the 12th month has arrived – for the final time this decade. As a new one is about to dawn upon us, it’s a time to reflect not just on the year gone by, but also plant the seed of hope for the next ten years to come.

There’s also something magical about Christmas; no matter who you are, how old you are, your colour, your nationality or if you’re male, female or any other gender, nothing beats the feeling of a child overwhelmed with excitement on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to bring home the presents.

A very Merry Christmas to you, and I’ll see you all in the new year – which is also the start of the roaring 20s!


Decorating the Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas Tree
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