Drawing and sketching on the go is a great way to help me warm up, entertain me and practice my art skills while outdoors (as long as the weather’s good). I recently got myself a few sketchbooks and a set of sketching pencils, so they can be easily carried around in a backpack or tote bag and taken out whenever I feel a pang of inspiration.
Due to the hot weather in recent weeks, I’ve been out of the house nearly every day, usually at the park. It gives me some much-needed exercise and vitamin D, while at the same time still allowing me to gain inspiration from the surrounding land and cityscapes.
This doodle was just one to be drawn out in the sunshine; it came about when I was reading a book on Canada (as you may have expected), and I imagined the ten Canadian provinces as literal personifications of stereotypes popularly associated with them. To keep it minimalist, I didn’t write the provinces’ names, but rather identified them by their flags. I also didn’t draw the territories as there wasn’t enough space.
I was mostly influenced by my time with Project Canada, but I also used some of my own knowledge of provincial stereotypes and symbols to doodle these characters.
- British Columbia – hippie, weed smoker, coffee fanatic, outdoors enthusiast (rollerblades)
- Alberta – cowboy, rancher
- Saskatchewan – wheat farmer
- Manitoba – eternal winter
- Ontario – bigwig, loves money, politician
- Quebec – French speaker, smoker, snobbish, arrogant, proud
- New Brunswick – sailor, lumberjack, fisherman
- Nova Scotia – Scottish, bagpiper, fiddler, wears a kilt with sporran
- Newfoundland (& Labrador) – fisherman, great sense of humour, can take bad jokes
- Prince Edward Island – small, red-haired, loves Anne of Green Gables (doll), potato farmer
Since non-Canadian readers may not immediately recognize the flags, I’ve put up this handy reference: