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Nova Scotian Valentine Cards — Feb 10, 2019

Nova Scotian Valentine Cards

’Tis the season to be loving! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’ve made a collection of Valentine cards starring the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life (ANSWOL). They can be downloaded, printed out and sent to your Valentine, or any loved one!

Love doesn’t just have to be of the romantic kind. :love:

small heart - pink small heart - hot pink small heart - red small heart - orange small heart - light orange small heart - yellow small heart - light yellow small heart - lime green small heart - green small heart - teal small heart - aqua small heart - blue small heart - dark blue small heart - darker blue small heart - purple small heart - magenta  Flag of Nova Scotia Emoji


Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018) — Oct 12, 2018

Nova Scotian Halloween Costumes (2018)

‘Tis the season to be… spooky! 🎃👻💀

Halloween has arrived again, meaning ghouls, ghosts and goblins are all out in full force. Wacky costumes are making the rounds, and no-one’s more ready for it than the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life.

I’ve concocted a witch’s brew of terrifying Halloween costumes that are set to make this scary season a memorable one, at least in the province of Nova Scotia. Each costume is connected in some way to their hometowns (with the exception of a few), furthering their purpose as geographical personifications. This work is split into two parts.

Part 1

  • Halifax – Old Clock Tower
  • Dartmouth – zombie teacher
  • Jollimore – Hawaiian vacationer (inspired by Life is a Beach) 🌺
  • Cole Harbour – hockey player (birthplace of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Syd Crosby) 🏒
  • Waverley – jellyfish
  • Sambro – Highlander
  • Peggy’s Cove – lighthouse
  • LunenburgBluenose II
  • Mahone Bay – scarecrow (annual scarecrow festival, usually held in September-October)
  • Riverport – sea captain
  • Bridgewater – lobster 🦞
  • Liverpool – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Lockeport – fish man 🐟
  • Yarmouth – lobster (largest lobster fishing grounds in the world 🦞)

Part 2

  • Berwick – apple (apple capital of Nova Scotia 🍎🍏)
  • Kentville – jack o’lantern (pumpkin festival 🎃)
  • Wolfville – grapevine (wineries 🍇🍷🥂)
  • Truro – train station attendant (railway hub 🚂🚆🚉🛤)
  • Masstown – lobster 🦞
  • Amherst – Esther Cox (the Great Amherst Mystery 👻)
  • Springhill – miner (former mining town ⚒⛏)
  • Joggins – archaeologist (fossil cliffs 🐚🦖🦕)
  • Parrsboro – dinosaur (Fundy Geological Museum 🦖🦕)
  • Oxford – blueberry (blueberry capital of Nova Scotia 🍇)
  • Pugwash – Captain Pugwash (get it?)
  • Tatamagouche – cow (dairy farms 🐄🐮🥛)
  • Pictou – Highlander (high Scottish population and heritage 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿)
  • New Glasgow – New Glasgow Nebula, from the Stellarton Starman cartoon and comic series
  • Stellarton – Stellarton Starman, of the eponymous series
  • Trenton – The Tin Man (steel mills 🔩⚙🔧)
  • Westville – Georgie, the boy who is kidnapped by the clown Pennywise in the Stephen King book and movie It
  • James River – beaver (because his last name is Beaver Meadow)
  • Antigonish – Highland warrior (Highland Games 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏋🏻⛳🏌🏻)
  • Arisaig – also a Highland warrior (as above)
  • Port Hawkesbury – witch 🧙🏻‍♀️
  • Judique – moose (high population of moose 🦌)
  • Campbell – Doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit
  • Lime Hill – Also doesn’t celebrate Halloween, so he just wears his formal outfit.
Inktober 2018 — Oct 5, 2018

Inktober 2018

I’ve decided to participate in this year’s Inktober!

(If you don’t know what Inktober is, I’ve written this handy post. It’s a couple of years old, but it gets down the basic facts about Inktober.)

This gallery will be updated as I draw for the challenge, which will eventually make a 30-day visual calendar of ink drawings. And as it’s also the season to be spooky, some of the drawings will also be Halloween-themed. 🎃👻💀

Nova Scotian Autumn Extravaganza (2018) — Sep 21, 2018

Nova Scotian Autumn Extravaganza (2018)

Summer’s high heat starts to fade away, giving in to cooler temperatures, warm clothes and browning leaves blowing in the fresh breeze. This makes the perfect conditions for an explosion of creativity, allowing me to experiment with more muted, earthly tones – and drawing characters in outfits that are more suited to the season.

Continuing a series of seasonal artworks starring (most of) the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life, which I began in the summer, the greens, yellows and blues of the sunny season transition dramatically into the browns, oranges and reds of the autumnal season.

A Nova Scotian Autumn

Mushrooms sprout up from the damp soil and wooden logs, a classic harbinger of the fall, and the trees turn a beautiful, bright shade of red matching that everlasting Canadian emblem – the red maple leaf. Horse chestnuts also break out of their spiky green shells, revealing shiny auburn conkers that always litter the leafy floor at this time of year.

As per the season, everybody’s dressed up in warm coats, scarves and hats – Stellarton gets a golden star on his fall sweater, alluding to the first half of his name meaning ‘star’ in Latin, while the Scotsmen of the clan wear matching tartan trousers under their kilts (to prevent any neverending jokes about what they wear ‘under there’.)

Every leaf you see in this drawing was individually drawn and coloured, reflecting the uniqueness of every leaf in real life (though I did cheat somewhat and coloured in several of them with the same colour). I tried to give them different shapes in addition to the classic ‘maple leaf’ shape, like oak, birch and horse chestnut. There’s also some Maritime touches – fiddlehead ferns, a delicacy in New Brunswick, and mayflowers, the provincial flower of Nova Scotia.

Judique Glencoe-Mills, Campbell MacInnis & Lime Hill Marblemount

Taking place in the same forest, but a little further down the path, the Cape Breton fiddling trio of Judique, Campbell and Lime Hill have a leisurely autumn stroll by themselves. They wear sleek black flowing scarves and trenchcoats with their kilts underneath, but surprisingly no trousers or visible undergarments. (I can assure you that they ARE wearing something under there – they’re really short shorts.)

I experimented a little bit with perspective in this drawing, giving the impression that the trio are walking towards the ‘camera’, or the viewer. This is another way I get up close to my viewers – making it seem the characters are interacting directly with them, and that they’re not just ink markings on paper. It makes them more human.

The Wedding of the Year 2018 — Jul 11, 2018
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