Today, the first day of July 2017, Canada turns 150 years old. While that may sound pretty old to most people, they’re still young compared to some other countries, like their southern neighbours and their fathers right across the pond. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

Nevertheless, during their young lifespan, Canada has already built up an amazing reputation which many other countries admire and aspire to, in part thanks to their beautiful landscapes, friendly people, and life-changing inventions – such as the discovery of insulin by the Canadian duo of scientists, Doctors Best and Banting, in 1921. This enterpreneurial spirit stays strong even today, with a special variation of tulip in patrotic shades of red and white and a maple leaf-like pattern being grown for the big birthday.


As well as entrepreuneurialism, Canada’s 150 years of confederation has also sparked the flame of creativity in its people and others, which includes myself – and I’m not even Canadian, I just hold a deep love for it. 😊

To commemorate this very special day and year for Canada, I’ve drawn a sketch – or rather, two versions of the same sketch using different art materials – of some of the characters from the Canadian Boys series celebrating in a patriotic manner. These are actually a kind of redrawing of a doodle that my sister Melissa drew back in 2011, which is when I began to work on Canadian Boys.

Ottawa Carleton, Vancouver Burnaby, Victoria Johnson, Toronto Lester & Regina Bethune

The drawing is pretty simplistic in its layout and design, because crowds are a difficulty for me to draw. Ottawa, being the capital, takes the post of flying the flag, while Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Regina stand beside him to see the red-and-white streaming across the air.

The drawing is decorated with red glittery writing celebrating Canada’s 150 years as an independent country, with a tiny Canadian flag. Also, try to spot the minute maple leaf on the other side! πŸ˜‰ 🍁

Ottawa Carleton, Vancouver Burnaby, Victoria Johnson, Toronto Lester & Vancouver Burnaby
Ottawa Carleton, Vancouver Burnaby, Victoria Johnson, Toronto Lester & Vancouver Burnaby

Here’s to Canada, and to the next 150 years.

Long may Canucks reign!

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