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Autumn’s Arrival πŸ‚πŸ — Oct 1, 2019

Autumn’s Arrival πŸ‚πŸ

The temperatures are coming down, and so are the leaves on the trees. Autumn has arrived! πŸ‚πŸ

After the heat of the summer, cooler days are back again. But the cold of winter hasn’t set in yet, so it’s the perfect time to have some autumnal fun in the forest!

To celebrate the new season, I’ve drawn not one, but two artworks. While the characters differ between each one, they are basically the same, both being in the same forest. These are a sort of follow-up to the artwork I drew for autumn last year, but with more focus on the natural environment.

The Big Canadian Three's Autumn Adventure
The Big Canadian Three’s Autumn Adventure

The first picture stars the big Canadian three – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. I’ve tended to be drawing them more in recent months, in an attempt to go beyond Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces. They’ve also received a major re-design – Toronto is now of South Asian descent, and Vancouver is of English and Chinese/Korean descent, which more closely matches their real-life demographics. Montreal, while still staying white, now has some Irish and Scottish in him in addition to French Canadian, and he now wears Montreal Canadiens hockey wear. They all have suitably warm yet breathy clothes for the cool autumn breezes. In his hand, Montreal holds a red maple leaf – the everlasting emblem of Canada everywhere. πŸπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

The Denoons' Autumn Adventure
The Denoons’ Autumn Adventure

The second picture stars the Denoon family – Pictou, Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton, Like Montreal, Pictou also holds a leaf in his hands, but it’s three leaves rather than just one. I like to think that there’s one leaf for each member of the family. 😁

All the leaves were drawn by hand, so no two are the same, giving each one a unique shape. They were also each coloured individually, vividly creating the fiery reds, oranges, yellows and earthy browns of autumn – the last burst of natural colour before the greys of winter.

I’m posting this on the first day of October, which means it’s also time to get spooky! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

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Truro and Yarmouth’s Wedding Party (2019) — Jul 16, 2019

Truro and Yarmouth’s Wedding Party (2019)

Truro & Yarmouth's Wedding Party
Truro & Yarmouth’s Wedding Party

The ceremony’s been held. The rings and vows have been exchanged. The marriage’s been made official. Now for the fun part – party time! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸΎ

Taking place a few hours after the wedding itself, the guests and the happy couple have moved off the beach into a large private garden, filled with hydrangeas, wisteria and roses. Now they can really let themselves go with dancing, drinking, eating and more dancing. Providing the entertainment are the Cape Breton fiddling trio – Judique, Campbell and Lime Hill – and Mabou.

In keeping with Pride, there’s a distinctive rainbow theme to Truro and Yarmouth’s wedding. The banner decorating the arch is dyed in the myriad colours of the rainbow, as are the balloons which sway in the gentle midsummer breeze. The arch is again adorned with lilac cascades of wisteria, and the Nova Scotia and Pride flags, just as it was at the actual ceremony. The wedding cake has tiny wax figures of the happy couple on its crown, and was baked by Pictou (seen here carrying a tray of burgers) in rainbow shades. 🌈🍰

Some guests who didn’t appear in the previous drawing are here – Lunenburg, Halifax, Eskasoni and North Preston among them. (This was so I could sprinkle in a little more diversity.) Unfortunately for Pictou, some unwanted guests seem to have gatecrashed the party – and they seem to be enjoying the music. Kemptville, Kentville’s father, can’t seem to stop crying tears of joy either. (He’s been crying since that morning!)

When I had sketched this in my sketchbook, I had originally planned for the party to be held inside, like in a community hall. But with the wonderfully warm summer weather, I changed it so it would be outside instead, so everyone won’t deprive themselves of some much-needed Vitamin D while they enjoy Truro and Yarmouth’s happy day. β˜€οΈ

A new chapter has begun in Truro and Yarmouth’s lives, and they’re sure to remember it for many years to come. May their marriage be a long and joyful one. πŸ‘¬β€οΈοΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

Announcement: New Canadian Boys Wiki — Jul 3, 2019

Announcement: New Canadian Boys Wiki

The New Canadian Boys Wiki is a revamped, renewed and rebooted version of the Canadian Boys wiki. Over the years, I’ve been changing the designs of some of the characters, some so dramatically that you couldn’t tell they were once a different person. For this reason, I’ve decided to start afresh and re-populate the new wiki.

Over time, the new wiki will become the new home of the Canadian BoysΒ fandom. Stick around and it’ll be full of new information on all your favourite characters!

Toronto Lester, Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau & Vancouver Burnaby
Toronto Lester, Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau & Vancouver Burnaby
Truro and Yarmouth’s Wedding (2019) — Jun 25, 2019

Truro and Yarmouth’s Wedding (2019)

Truro and Yarmouth's Wedding
The Wedding of Truro & Yarmouth

It’s finally arrived… the day Truro and Yarmouth are officially declared husband and husband! πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ‘¨

Just as planned, the wedding takes place on the beach, just like that one episode of Steven Universe. The red carpet has been rolled out along the shore to make the happy couple feel like celebrities. The wedding arch is decorated in rainbow-hued flowers for Pride, as well as the Nova Scotia provincial and gay pride flags, and lilac fronds of wisteria, looking like a purple waterfall.

This takes place immediately after the actual ceremony; the rings have been put on, the vows been said, and the marriage made official. Wolfville (in the lavender suit) acted as the priest for the ceremony, reading out the newlyweds’ vows and even doing the momentous deed of pronouncing them both husbands. (Despite not really being part of the clergy himself.)

A huge crowd gathers to receive the newlyweds on their special day, all dressed in their Sunday best. While many are rightfully elated at Truro and Yarmouth finally tying the knot, a very tiny minority aren’t. New Glasgow is especially jealous, as he always seems to fall in and out of love but has never got this far enough. Antigonish and Arisaig are also in their usual grump mode, with nothing ever seeming to make them happy. But you just can’t please some people. One of the onlookers – Kemptville, the father of Kentville – even appears to be crying, but those are tears of joy, not of sadness. Nevertheless, his son still comforts him. For everybody, not just the happy couple themselves, this is a day to remember for years to come.

Congratulations Truro and Yarmouth on your wedding, and may the rest of your lives be spent in wedded bliss!

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Father’s Day 2019 — Jun 16, 2019

Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day Card 2019
Father’s Day Card 2019

In celebration of fathers and father figures everywhere, I’ve made this special card starring some of my favourite fatherly characters. Fathers are often absent in popular media, but I’m working to reverse that trend.

The first father-and-son are Stellarton and Pictou, giving each other a good hug. I previously made another card starring these two for last Father’s Day. Stellarton is probably the most eminent father figure in all my works, being with Pictou since his birth and even his conception (as seen in my novel Once Upon a Time in Canada).

Second are Harold β€˜Hal’ MacKinnon and his son Sydney β€˜Syd’, my personifications of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. The reason I made Cape Breton the son of Nova Scotia is because, though it may be connected to the mainland by a bridge, Cape Breton has developed its own unique culture from its strong Celtic roots. I like to think of it as a province within a province. Syd also has red hair just like his father and his grandfather Scotland, but he doesn’t have the bushy ginger beard and sideburns like his dad.

The last father-and-son of the day are Kemptville and his son Kentville. They both have extremely similar-sounding names, which can cause confusion and even embarrassment for Kentville, who always has to rush to correct the mistake. Unlike the other fathers and sons here, Kentville is more of the caretaker, as Kemptville is rather weak physically and emotionally due to his old age. He always has to learn to be around his father when he has his breakdowns, but Kemptville also acts as a dispenser of elder’s wisdom for his son, like all good fathers are.

For dads everywhere, Happy Father’s Day!

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