Friday, September 18, 2009

Shaman you!

Just thought I'd share a drawing I did for an upcoming book on magic (title not yet finalized but will let you know when it's out!). This is a shaman making the sun go dark! (ie. an eclipse ;-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two educational mini comics for Scholastic

It's been an age since I've updated my art blog, and that's mostly due to having had a baby! Little Yolanda leaves me just enough time to post a recipe once in a while, or make myself a cup of tea, but time to draw? Not a chance!

But, here are two small comics I created for Scholastic last year that are now being distributed to schools. These were two very fun projects, the first being an info comic about garbage and recycling. My inspiration for Garbage Strike was the real garbage strike we had here in Toronto around 7 years ago -- what a mess!

The second comic is also informative, introducing Galileo to young readers and the birth of astronomy as we now know it.

I grew and learned very much working on these books, which I had to research, write, lay out, draw and colour, all for professional publishing as opposed to personal work. I hope I do more of them, and hope the kids enjoy them.

Friday, June 06, 2008

My latest illustrated fiction


Some months back I wrote and drew a 6-page comic for the Toronto-based literary magazine, Taddle Creek, and have been since wanting to post the art here but gave the magazine a chance to publish it first. Actually, I'm not sure if I should post the whole story -- maybe when the next issue of Taddle Creek is out, I'll put the whole thing online!

(The cover, by the way, was drawn by my insanely talented husband Michael Cho. See it on his blog.)

Meanwhile my story, called The Grass Seed, was recorded as an audio clip by the magazine which you can listen to here. Above is the first page of the story, plus a few of my favourite drawings from it below. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to create this comic story, for an older audience, and of a topic of my choosing -- in this case, thinking about life within the perspective of the universe, and how we and everything in existence are basically made up of the same wonderful, elemental stuff.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chocolate Cartoons

I design the wrappers for a local chocolatier who has Chocoland's How Sweet chocolates, all fair trade, organic and hand-made. For her booth at the Green Living Show this weekend she asked me to draw some cartoons to display her chocolates, which were glued onto the art and framed in a shadow box. Here's the result! I think it's a super cute idea with the wacky text and all.

Inked with Pitt brushpens on watercolour paper and coloured with watercolours. Here's a close-up of my favourite panel...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I love nature...

And yet, I've often strugged with drawing wildlife like birds and trees and horses and dogs and cats... but my latest episode of Luz surprised me! I'm really happy with how this chirping bird in the bare early-spring branches turned out, with the perspective of looking down to the sidewalk and Luz's front stoop.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I had a dream...

Nothing revolutionary, I'm afraid. But I had found a long-lost child of mine who I welcomed with open arms and assured would have a loving home with my two children. I tucked them into a large bed in a big room with a great fireplace. This picture is a snapshot of my dream in the early morning when the fire's gone out and the ground outside is covered in snow.

Monday, September 10, 2007

If I fail to update this blog frequently enough...'s because I'll be spending a lot of my free time drawing my new online web comic, Luz: Girl of The Knowing. Here is Luz.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

ShopFeeble is Online!

Good news everyone, my new online shop is now open! Now you can order copies of SPOILED or the silkscreen prints posted below, plus
the mini-sketchbook of my talented husband through our site at You can also follow the banner link at
the side of this page. All payment will be handled via paypal and delivered via the post -- we're going to try and keep things as low-tech and simple as possible.

Right now, the site features 3 different items for purchase and ordering but we'll be adding more items regularly. If you've got suggestions on what you'd like to see for sale, please let me know
and I'll try to add them to the list!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Silkscreened art posters of Spoiled!

Debuting at my spOILed book launch the Thursday before TCAF (see post below), I'm preparing a limited edition of silkscreened two-tone posters of the last spread in the comic. Masterfully printed by Yasmine Louis on cold press 100% cotton watercolour paper with deckled edges.

Visit my online store if you'd like to purchase a print!

SPECS: art 9x12", paper 12x16"
$25 plus shipping
PayPal available

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

SPOILED book launch at the Toronto Comics Art Festival on August 16th

Click to enlarge

Good times! I will be having a book launch event for SPOILED along with Toronto author Jim Munroe and Montreal artist Salgood Sam who together created THEREFORE REPENT!

The three of us will be in attendance, with our original artwork from the comics on display. Books, original artwork and silkscreened posters will be on sale. This event kicks off the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which culminates in the weekend fair of international artists on the U of T campus.

Come to Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W., upstairs) on Thursday, August 16th from 8pm to 10pm. It's free! And you can get your copy of SPOILED!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

A 1-page comic about a sweet deal for the U.S.

My comrade Jeff Berg of the Toronto Post Carbon group has written a witty comic for me to illustrate about the sweet deal the U.S. has with Canada. Basically they have priority in getting our oil in times of shortage or crisis. Gordon Laxer of Alberta's Parkland Institute is going to discuss this in a few weeks, where we'll be handing out copies of this comic for fun.

More general info at The Coalition for a Green Economy, Green Enterprise Toronto, and The Parkland Institute. : )

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

Introducing my comic about peak oil!

Those who know me also know I'm a doomsday fanatic about the end of the petroleum era. As such, I felt compelled to make my first comic book all about that. It is called SPOILED and will be coming soon to TCAF!

Here is a sneak peak...

For a photo of the cover, more info, or to order a copy,
visit my my online store.


This isn't technically a drawing, but looks cartoonish enough to me to include on my drawing blog. :-)

My friend Christine Cosby of Swizzle Gallery (textile division) is putting together a fun group art project where participants make various parts of creatures (make a head, make legs, etc) and then she mixes them up and stitches them together, making crazy frankenventions. This is the head I made; I'll post when all the parts get assembled and showcased!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Green Living Kids energy comic

Another installation of my one-pagers for Green Living magazine. I enjoyed this one because, 1) I love drawing girls sitting cross-legged, and 2) I like how my silhouette of a polluted city with traffic turned out.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Green Living Kids recycling comic

A few posts back I presented the new generation of environmentalists, Marco and Angela. They're the protagonists of a few comics I did for Green Living magazine, who right now have their new Spring edition out with a special Kids supplement distributed to schools.

At the risk of sounding like a geezer, kids today know more about issues than we think -- they're savvy, but just need adults to set a better example of how to be aware of our part in nature.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

For Star Wars fans

My friend Mo had a theme party for her birthday recently where everyone had to wear some sort of head gear -- preferably related to the Star Wars movies, and/or pirates. My husband Michael pointed out that Han Solo and Chewbaka were space pirates, so it was settled! I found images of them on the net and re-drew them (in Adobe Illustrator), printed them out, and wore them on our faces as masks -- with the eyes cut out, of course.

They are posted size-as so feel free to copy and print to make your own mask! If, that is, the force be with you.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


An assignment for a math text book (I'm not joking), and inspired by the most indulgent, delectable cake and pastry shop in town, despite the abominable counter service. They made our wedding cake, and I'd get married again just to have more!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A new generation of environmentalists

I'm doing a comic for a kids' supplement in the next issue of Green Living Magazine and thought I'd share my drawing of the protagonists. I'll post the finished comics once it's in print!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Happy Holidays!

December brings many things... Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and various other celebrations I know nothing about. But December for me is Winter Solstice. When darkness peaks as the longest night of the year on the 21st, bringing the beginning of lightening back up, minute by minute each day, until the Spring Equinox when daylight and nighttime are equal.

Happy December to everyone. I hope we are lucky enough to get some snow, and maybe catch a snowflake, too.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Plum sugar

My upstairs neighbour, Joyce, asked me months and months ago to paint a little portrait of her grand daughter, and at last I did this for her. I am not a portrait artist in the least (as you can see from my illos on this blog), and get quite daunted at the thought of painting something by hand, as much as I love it. Doing this digitally would have been interesting and much easier, but for the love of earth and water, I've got to use my brushes!

When it comes to art by hand, I am most comfortable illustrating in pen and shading with a combination of hatching and watercolour. I usually only use the black cake to create greyscale watercolours (so simple and classy) but thought some colour would be nice in this one. Hope you like it, Joyce!

Monday, November 20, 2006

1970's romance

I thought I'd share a little black-and-white watercolour I did of my parents when they met, before getting married and having my brother and I. This was in downtown Chile, after the summer of love, when everything felt new and hopeful in the dawning of a technicolor world of peace in the age of Aquarius...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A handful of quotes

(...women have 2 choices...)
You're either a feminist
or a masochist.

Gloria Steinem

(...on where to begin with making the world a better place...)
Be the change you wish
to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

(...on troubles...)
What you resist, persists.
Carl Jung

This illo is part of a hallowe'en handout I made about the un-truths about dairy and chocolate (you know, how commercial dairy is horrible for your health and chocolate is made using child slave labour, that sort of thing.)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Lollipop girl

Ah, memories of going to those old-fashioned candy shops where huge jars were filled with colourful candies of all kinds! My favourite flavour was always CHOCOLATE! Barring that, my second choice would be... CHOCOLATE! Or orange or lemon or cinnamon but don't tease me with the cruel pointlessness of grape, mint, cherry or banana. I am happy to say that in my adulthood my palate has become more refined over time. Now I'm quite content with exotic scents of cardamom and ginger and plums and blueberries. Oh, and CHOCOLATE!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Baking with Grandma

I just finished this piece for an assignment and thought I'd post it up. I love the subject of grandmothers and kids spending time together, it's a beautiful thing that I hope doesn't get lost in the dumbness of my generation. Personally, I grew up with my grandmother living with us, and despite the in-law tension with my mom, I would never change that aspect of my childhood! :-)

Monday, August 07, 2006

More Zodiacs

Due to popular demand, I thought I'd post some more of my Zodiac calendar drawings (including Leo, HB!)

First is my brother the humanitarian Aquarius...

...then Leo (based on Ilana), the energetic multi-tasker... friend Yasmine, the passionate and determined Scorpio...

...and the warm-hearted Taurus (that's you, chancha)!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Yay! My book won an award

As I mentioned in my post below, I've worked on a book series of wacky activity books for kids by Maple Tree Press, including Boredom Blasters which won a Silver Birch Award! This award is selected by Ontario readers -- yup, by kids! There could be no greater honour :-) While I was the illustrator and designer for these books, it was written by the insanely hilarious Helaine Becker, author of many, many MTP, Scholastic and OwlKids books.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Pics from my book "Like A Pro"

I thought I'd share some illustrations from a recent book published by Maple Tree Press, called Like A Pro! It's the 3rd in a series of books by Helaine Becker (after Boredom Blasters and Funny Business) that are fun activity books to enjoy with friends. I'm currently illustrating and designing the 4th book and will post art from it when it's spring!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Permanent black-out

Peak oil has been on the mind of late. Here is a drawing I just finished of a possible vision of our future city in the absence of electricity, a permanent blackout. (See post below about my new blog relating to peak oil.)