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Springhill’s Family Picnic (2018) — May 30, 2018

Springhill’s Family Picnic (2018)

Springhill Black River-Horton, Amherst Croft, Joggins McClure, Parrsboro Jenkins & Pugwash Morris

Summer is coming, slowly but surely. Heatwaves dominate the meteorological landscape, signalling the end of the long winter and colder temperatures, and bringing everybody back outside to enjoy the sun.

While many will spend it at a golden beach (as I did the other day), others may prefer to be more inland and bask out in the park with a big family picnic. That’s what Springhill and his family from the Canadian Boys series have decided to do, as seen above – snacking on lobsters, sandwiches, fresh pizza, chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

While I’ve mostly been experimenting with sketching, doodling and painting for the past month, it did feel good to finally use my cherished marker collection again. I added another colour, Grass, to the roster, and used it to colour in the background to fit the grassy landscape of the park.

The picnic blanket is meant to emulate the provincial tartan of Nova Scotia, reflecting the characters’ roots. I created the plaid effect by first drawing some criss-crossed lines in bright green and yellow, then colouring them over with navy blue. I used this same technique to colour in the characters’ kilts, though obviously using different colours. The protective blanket on top of Springhill’s hamper is technically not tartan, but gingham, as seen from its white and green checks.


As for which character is which, here’s a small rundown, going clockwise:

  • Springhill – dark green tartan kilt and bonnet with picnic hamper
  • Amherst – tan tartan kilt and bonnet
  • Joggins – red tartan kilt
  • Parrsboro – bright green tartan kilt and lavender bonnet with ice cream cone
  • Pugwash – dark yellow tartan kilt
Travel Fact File: Canvey Island — May 28, 2018

Travel Fact File: Canvey Island



Name: Canvey Island

Region: Essex

Country: England

Population (Approximate): 39,000 (2011)

Known For: Beaches, chemical industries

What I Did There:

  • Enjoyed the beach
  • Went fishing for crabs
  • Ate fish and chips
  • Walked my dog on the seashore
  • Collected seashells and sea snail shells
  • Avoided hungry seagulls

Trivia, History and Fun Facts:

  • The Canvey Island area has been inhabited since at least Roman times.
  • The town is known for its seawall, which shields it from high tides.
  • The town was greatly flooded during the great North Sea storm of 1953, and again in 2014.
  • Canvey Island has a campaign for its independence from the rest of Essex.
Copic Spectrum Marker Collection — May 23, 2018

Copic Spectrum Marker Collection


Maroon Dot Bullet - F2U! Cardinal Red
Dot Bullet (Red) - F2U! Crimson
Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Cadmium Red
Dot Bullet (Orange) - F2U! Chrome Orange
Yellow Dot Bullet - F2U! Acid Yellow
Yellow Bullet Canary Yellow
Tiny Yellow Bullet FTU Buttercup Yellow
Sea Green Bullet - F2U! Pale Green
Dull Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Pale Cobalt Green
Dot Bullet (Green) - F2U! Spectrum Green
Dark green bullet Moss
Yellow-Green Bullet - F2U! Green Grey
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Olive
Green Bullet Cool Shadow
Turquoise Bullet - F2U! Aqua
Baby Blue Bullet Pale Blue Grey
Tiny Blue Bullet FTU Pale Blue
Tiny Dark Blue Bullet FTU Phthalo Blue
Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! Process Blue
Dark blue bullet Prussian Blue
Pastel Purple Bullet Blue Berry
Dot Bullet (Pale Purple) - F2U! Amethyst
Pastel Pink Bullet Light Pink
Tiny Pink Bullet FTU Pure Pink
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U! Tender Pink
Dot Bullet (Blush Pink) - F2U! Salmon Pink
Crimson-Pink Bullet Emoticon Lipstick Natural
Peach Dot Bullet - F2U! Milky White
Orange Dot Bullet - F2U! Powder Pink
Orange Bullet Fruit Pink
Yellow Bullet Flesh
Pastel Yellow Bullet Chamois
Dot Bullet (Brown) - F2U! Brown
Dot Bullet (Dark Brown) - F2U! Dark Brown
:bulletgrey: Cool Grey No. 1
Tiny Grey Bullet FTU Cool Grey No. 5
016 | Grey Bullet Cool Grey No. 7
Bullet White Colourless Blender
Steven Universe Doodles: Part 2 (2018) —

Steven Universe Doodles: Part 2 (2018)

Part 2 of a dual exhibition on the cartoon Steven Universe. Part 1 here.

As before, this may contain spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the show.

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Steven Universe Doodles: Part 1 (2018) — May 16, 2018

Steven Universe Doodles: Part 1 (2018)

Steven Universe. The cartoon that changed Cartoon Network… and possibly the whole world.

First airing in 2013, the story of a human boy and his alien ‘mothers’ may seem like a whimsical Saturday morning cartoon to the casual viewer, but it’s much deeper than that. The titular character – Steven Universe, born Steven DeMayo – is actually half-human and half-Gem. His adoptive mothers – Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl – are Gems, a race of alien humanoids who are all named after precious gemstones.

(A word of warning – Steven Universe is heavily serialized, and many things have happened in the show since it first aired, so there may be spoilers aheads.)

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