Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. At 11.11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was signed in a tank, putting an end to the battles which had raged around the world for four years.
Every 11th of November is a day to remember all the troops which fell during the war, and in all wars after, including World War 2 and more recent wars. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance, its bright scarlet petals said to represent the blood which was spilled as the soldiers fought for their – and our – freedom.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning… We will remember them.”
Last year was Canada’s 150th year of independence, a huge milestone in its life. While this year is a little more muted, there will nevertheless be a patriotic, shining sea of red and white washing across the country as it celebrates its 151st birthday.
Following a similar theme to last year, I again used some of the main characters of Canadian Boys in this proud display of Canadianness. To be more precise – from left to right – Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto and Regina.
Everyone is attached to the Canadian flag in some way or another – most are carrying the flag, but Regina is wearing something slightly different from her usual garb. She’s dressed out in the colours of the flag, complete with white maple leaves (since if they were red, they would blend in and not be easily noticeable). Since Toronto is a singer, I made it appear as if he is singing the national anthem, with his hand – and flag – on his heart.
You may have noticed that the characters look slightly different to how I’ve drawn them in the past, with altered designs and differing skin tones. This is part of an initiative to diversify my characters and art more, in order to not make them all look samey and look like they were drawn by a conveyor belt rather than by a human. It’s also a great way to show off Canada’s wonderful diversity that makes it a great country to visit and live in.
Fathers helped to create us; without them, none of us would be here. Even if they’re only celebrated on one day of the year – which is today – they’ve always been around for us, even if it’s not a physical presence.
Because of this, I’ve drawn some special art for the occasion:
Probably the most famous father figure in the Canadian Boys series, Stellarton is dad to Pictou, the protagonist of my first novel Once Upon a Time in Canada. Although his mother Port Hawkesbury mostly cares for him, Stellarton does have his fatherly duties for Pictou. Here, he shares a
I had drawn a version of this before, but decided to draw it digitally to add extra effects, like the starry gradient background. The stars tie in somewhat to Stellarton, as his name starts with ‘Stella’, which is Latin for star. This reflects the etymology of the name of his hometown, which was named for a kind of coal which gave off star-like sparkles when ignited.
Easter has arrived again, and with it, a rainbow of eggs are appearing everywhere. Due to the recent frequent rainshowers, I felt a rainbow would be appropriate, and this gave me an idea…
It’s been quite a while since I last drew these guys because of me having moved on to other areas of Canada, but the Nova Scotians of Canadian Boys still inspire me every so often. They encompass pretty much every single colour in the spectrum, making them ripe to pick Easter eggs in all seven colours of the rainbow.
As you might expect, everyone carries an egg which is the same colour as their outfit. For the past year, I’ve been slowly building up my marker collection, and while almost all hues have been accounted for, some of the characters needed very specific shades of a certain colour, which made them a little difficult to colour in.
Characters shown (left to right):
Lunenburg (orange) Yarmouth (yellow)
Wolfville (violet) – never drawn before