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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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My Copic Collection — Apr 3, 2020

My Copic Collection

Since I have so many Copic markers in my collection that it’s almost an obsession, it can become somewhat confusing when selecting colours that look similar to each other, or a colour may not look the same on paper as it does on the marker. In light of that, I’ve now catalogued all my Copic colours into a handy chart!

My Copic Collection - Part 1

My Copic Collection - Part 2

My Copic Collection - Part 3

You can also download all these swatches as a PDF I compiled together.

Of course, these are just the Copic colours I own, and not all 350+ colours in the range (see the Ultimate Copic Colour List for that). Of course, my collection is always growing as I add more colours, so this will be updated regularly in the future.

Speedpaint: Mega Pearl’s Fusion — Apr 1, 2020
Speedpaint: We’ll Always Be Your Family — Mar 30, 2020
My First Speedpaint! — Mar 29, 2020

My First Speedpaint!

I’ve recently joined the online art streaming community, and I’ve now made my first speedpaint!

Picarto is a free-to-join art streaming site where artists and other creatives can broadcast the process of creation to audiences around the world, like a creative version of YouTube or Facebook Live. You can find my Picarto channel here, and I’ll be sure to broadcast regularly whenever I draw something new.

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St. Patrick’s Day Around the World — Mar 17, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Around the World


Although St. Patrick’s Day marks the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, it’s celebrated across the world by everyone of Irish descent. (At one point, the celebrations were bigger outside of Ireland than in it!) The day is mostly celebrated with parades and dressing up in a sea of green, but some places have their own way of “going Irish”.

Totally Irish in London

On St. Patrick’s Day, many world landmarks are illuminated in a green light. This is a rather recent tradition, only being started in 2010, with the Opera House in Sydney and the Auckland Tower being the first to adopt it. The illuminations are part of a campaign by the Irish tourism board for the world to “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day.

Porte des Bombes illuminated in green on Saint Patrick's Day of 2014

Many cities with a river often dye the water green. The most famous “green river” is in Chicago, but many other cities also colour their rivers green, including London. In 2008, during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, the water fountains in Trafalgar Square were dyed green. However, London surprisingly does not have the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in Britain; instead, the parade in Birmingham is said to be the world’s third biggest after Dublin and New York. There are also significant parades in Liverpool, which has the highest population of Irish descent on the British mainland, and in Glasgow, thanks to a large influx of Irish immigrants in the 19th century.

The Chicago River dyed green

2009 St. Patrick's Day festival celebration in Coatbridge, Scotland

St. Patrick’s Day parades are also held in many more places around the world, including some which you wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of Irish expats. Japan has a surprising amount of parades on the day, as does South Korea and Argentina, which has the fifth largest community of Irish immigrants in the world. Despite the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is now a worldwide celebration, not just an Irish celebration, it is only designated as a national holiday in three places around the world: the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Canadian province of Newfoundland, and Ireland itself. The beer brand Guinness is part of a campaign for St. Patrick’s Day to be recognized as a holiday everywhere.

Wherever you are in the world on St. Patrick’s Day, get your craic on!


St. Patrick's Day global

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