Through My Eyes Series

By all means I do not consider myself a professional photographer, I just enjoy snapping cool places and then playing around in Photoshop.
But lately I feel like I should do more with my photos, opposed to having them just rest in my computer never to be touched ever again. Also posting them on Facebook didn’t have that extra flair I was looking for.
In the end I thought it would be pretty cool to make myself a book of my photos which led me to thinking,

“How cool would it be if I had my own photo book series of all the places I travelled!

It would be a fun keepsake for me, plus I can exercise those other skills I learned in my design classes apart from illustration.

Judging from the title of this blog post you probably already have an idea as to what I’m going to call this little book series.

Through My Eyes 

For the individual books I’m planning on naming them something like,

Through My Eyes: Seoul
Through MY Eyes: Philippines 

quite exciting isn’t it?!

Though as a major disclaimer this series is in no way a travel guide, or a tourist book (in the sense that it will not highlights cool places for tourists to see and provides detailed information about each location). This series is documenting my own journey I had while traveling through photos that show the unique things I did and saw on my trip. Each book will highlight my personal experience and how I saw the world at that time.

There’s a lot I still need to get done and to consider, but at least I have some photos from my trips done and edited. Actually I’ll give you a peek at some of the photos since you’ve stayed this long through my rambling!

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All in all, some fun stuff!

Next on the agenda is working on the book layout and cover.

Until next time!

Day-Ri Tales: A Slice of Life Webcomic

I can’t remember if I have mentioned it before but I have always wanted to do my own web comic series, and after finally getting down to focus on actually working on it, here it is! The very first episode!

Day-Ri Tales: I Don’t Like Bugs

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You can also access it here: https://tapas.io/episode/1039649

It’s honestly so exciting! I have a bunch of ideas for this fun little web series which I’m planning on updating every Wednesday on my Tapas account and on the marieedraws instagram account. So if you want to be keep up with the updates I highly recommended following and subscribing to those accounts!

I’m new to this so there’s still a lot to learn about making web comics. I’m actually planning on making a more serious series later on, but there are still plenty of things I need to finalize first before that can happen.

So stay tuned for some more fun stuff!

Until next time!

Gathering Inspiration: Make it! Edmonton

This time around for my Color + Pattern exercise the goal this time was to head to a craft fair or a market and gather inspiration. Luckily for me, Make it! Edmonton was just around this corner!

For those who don’t know, Make it! is a bi-annual craft fair in Canada that occurs in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. It’s where Makies (the term used for the vendors at the exhibition) sell their handmade goods that vary from clothing, food, jewelry, prints, knitwear, and various other finds. It’s a great opportunity to know your local artist/businesses and support them!

I’ve been there a couple of times already and I always end up having a great time! But this time around I was on a mission, though I do have to say my wallet didn’t quite appreciate it.

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There were a lot of places that caught my eye so my haul was quite impressive this time around. I would have to say my favorite find was definitely the tea towels. I loved the design of them, especially the coloring technique they used for the breakfast tea towel. It’s obviously an illustration but they still found a way to make the food look delicious. I’m quite envious of their skills if I’m going to be honest here. Though in addition to the coloring, the subject matter was too cute to pass up on, however I strongly doubt I’ll ever use them for their intended purpose. I can’t bring myself to to stain such a cute image!

I also came across several prints from Jen Gregoire Photography, Mel Hohn, and IM Paper I simply adored; they gave my great inspiration for typography treatments, cityscapes, and illustration techniques. Hopefully I’ll be able to use them for an upcoming project. But in the meantime they’ll definitely decorate my room quite nicely.

Apart from gathering inspiration I did go to check out how vendors ran their stalls, because it is a goal of mine to sell my own illustrative work. I noticed they put a lot of consideration into their displays and packaging. They all really put a lot of effort to make you feel their brand throughout your entire experience with them. From the moment you entered and he moment you left, each and every stall felt unique. I also took notice of aspects such the technology they used, like using their phones as a debt and credit machine. Like where does one even get that? There’s a whole lot to consider apart from your product if you want your stall to be successful. I guess there’s still quite a bit for me to work on. I better get started!

Before I head out I would recommend everyone to head to Make it! If you’re in the area when it comes around. There’s so much to see, plus you’ll be supporting local businesses and artists while finding something nice for yourself. There is also the Indie Handmade, the Butterdome Craft Sale, and the Royal Bisan coming up so there are still plenty of chances to check out your local business this year!

(Please note that these are all places in Edmonton, though I would still recommend checking up on craft fairs like these that are local to you! I actually found a majority of these just through Google!)

Until next time!