As I continue on my journey exploring Canada’s Music Greatness I am astonished as to how many amazing musicians have helped create the Canadian musical landscape. I know we have an abundance of great musicians in Canada but was not mindful of the vast numbers until I starting exploring the Canadian music world. Just when I thought I had compiled an extensive list, I would receive a message or email with a couple new names. That is amazing, and I love it!
At some point in an artist’s career, they are unknown. What is that pivotal moment when they move from just a singer to a household name? Singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, Michael Bublé had such a moment.
Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1975. As a child, he had a passion for singing. His musical talent allowed him many performing opportunities and even talent show wins. He recorded three independent albums. The wheels of change were set in motion when Michael McSweeney, a former aide to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, saw one of Michael Bublé’s live performances. He played one of Mr. Bublé’s independent albums for Prime Minister Mulroney, who then decided to hire him to play at his daughter’s wedding. As it just so happened, Grammy-winning producer David Foster was also in attendance at the Mulroney wedding. Meeting David Foster set a new trajectory for Mr. Bublé’s career. Many albums, hits, tours, television appearances, awards, and specials later, Michael Bublé is a household name known worldwide.
Michael Bublé has been a favorite singer of mine for years. His soulful and classical jazz performances are mesmerizing, helping to reinvent and keep the classics alive.
Thank you for joining me on my journey as I continue to celebrate Canadian Musicians. Please feel to comment below who you would like to see next.
Diverse and rich, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday this past summer. This focus led me to explore many facets of Canada’s history. As I journeyed through some of its histories I was reminded of the countless Canadian musicians that have laid a rich musical foundation for our society. I love music – all types of music. Celebrating some of these musicians through drawing seems like a good fit.
Working with Tan Paper
With a variety of subjects in mind and a goal set out, I have decided to explore the warmth and tone that tan paper can add to a drawing. After purchasing a new Strathmore Toned Paper sketchbook and grabbing my charcoal pencils, I set out to sketch and learn more about the various artists that have enriched Canada. Three Canadian Artists portrait’s that I completed this summer include Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Terri Clark. Each of these musicians has helped shape Canada’s musical landscape. I will post more information on each artist in the upcoming weeks.
Canadian Musicians/Hand Lettering
Deciding that I should continue to develop my hand lettering skills, I plan on incorporating hand lettering with each portrait in upcoming posts. As I continue drawing portraits of more Canadian Musicians, I will incorporate hand lettering. The hand lettering will give more information about each artist. Although Canada is only 150 years old, it is wonderfully rich and a diverse musical country which should be celebrated. I look forward to exploring more Canadian musicians as I grow and develop as an artist.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to seeing where it will lead.
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Hand lettering is a beautiful art form which is easy to fall in love with. Its power has great impact on society. Yes, fonts and lettering are functional, helping us communicate words, but there is so much more. Fonts can evoke emotions, tell stories, influence our mood or choices, and even trigger memories.
Here are a few examples of my hand lettering adventures:
Gaining skill in any new art form takes practice; muscle memory must be created to allow for lines to flow. Remember the numerous pages of practice loops in elementary school when learning cursive writing? Consequently, all that practice made for quick, beautiful letters which required very little thought in creating.
Adobe Illustrator and Hand Lettering
Along with learning letter forms and styles of hand lettering, I decided to explore adobe illustrator. I’ll be honest, it was the source of many headaches for me. Determination builds strength! I persevered, and even though I still have tons of learning to do it is getting easier. …the headaches are less frequent.
In this practice piece I incorporated hand lettering with illustrator. It was fun playing with the different tools that illustrator has to offer. Some days I felt like a kid in a candy store – too many choices. How would I ever decide?
Portrait drawing is an art form that I can completely lose myself in – hours feel like minutes. Sometimes however, I have an innate desire to learn more and try new techniques, that is the case with lettering. Follow my weekly progress on Instagram @eisycindy to see where my hand lettering journey takes me.
A few weeks ago I did a quick morning sketch of a dancer and posted it on Instagram @eisycindy. After posting, I had numerous inquires to purchase this piece. The quick morning sketch was done on a cheap piece of tracing paper, not something I would sell. The interest in this piece gave me a chance to play with Hahnemuhle Sumi – E fine art paper. The paper has a beautiful, delicate texture that I feel suits this type of drawing well.
Utilizing open lines in both the hands and the skirt helps to create a feeling of movement. Since I have been studying letter form lately, I wanted to include words in such a way that would add to the feel of the dancer and not distract. Softly incorporating color in the skirt helps to increase dimension, which adds to the free-flowing feel of the overall piece.
Moments are precious, especially at Christmas when more time is set aside to get together with family and friends. This is by far my favorite time of year. I love the change in focus, in pace, and in activities. In our fast paced world time marches forward at an ever quickening pace making it even more important to be deliberate about setting aside time for family and friends. For me this is a constant struggle, but relentlessly I will keep trying because I treasure those moments spent with family and friends.
Enough about me, let’s talk about the wood projects. I really enjoy taking old wood, that no longer serves a purpose and is usually unsightly, and transforming it into something meaningful and beautiful. Sometimes the wood pieces that I find have great character due to weathering, age, and flaws; those pieces are the ones that become the most beautiful. I am sure there is some philosophical connection that could be made to humanity — I won’t go there, but feel free to explore those thoughts and let me know.
By far, the clock is my favorite piece. Although both pieces hold a certain charm, the character in the wood pieces from the clock really give it an old world almost antiquities feel. Incorporating wire art in the pallet projects is fast becoming a favorite for me. I like how the rustic look of the wire plays off the old recycled wood.
Clock: 20 X 20 pallet wood
Faith Plaque: 13 x 16 pallet wood and wire
A couple quick notes on the process.
Make sure your pallets are safe to use and know where the they come from.
Barn wood also has a lot of character and works well for wooden art projects and has not been used to ship chemicals.
Pictured are the two pallets cleaned, cut, and glued together. (Thank you to my husband and son.)
To avoid having the paint bleed when doing the lettering or numbering I covered the surface with a light coat of Mod Podge.
I warmed up the color of the boards with acrylic craft paints mixed with Blending Gel. The blending gel allows me to control where and how much paint I work into the wood grain by slowing the dry time down.
With the surface prepared, the sky is the limit — create away.
When I was happy with the lettering I applied a thin coat of Acrylic Wax – Flat to help protect the artwork.
That is a quick rundown of the steps I used in creating the two pieces here. For the next projects I will add a more step-by-step version including some tip and tricks when working with wire.
Rusty nail holes, knots, weathering, scrapes, and scratches give recycled wood personality and charm. This Christmas I decided to do recycled projects for gifts. For me, giving gifts that require time, thought, and creativity are more fun to give and get.
I appreciate character pieces, both in the subjects that I draw and materials that I use. Old pallet wood art adds charm to any decor. If the wood could talk…
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The above piece I did for myself. After-all, I had to practice on something. I am excited that I have one more piece to paint. I wonder what it will be?