Tag Archives: Illustration

The Other Toronto Drake

I’ve been doing some decor work for the Drake Hotel  – Toronto’s landmark art hotel. Their Sky Yard is off the hook, yo.  Seriously, it is.

Drake SkyYard 2

Decor in this case, means collaborating with Drake curator/genius/queen Mia Nielsen on the upcoming event and brain-storming ideas. Mia settles on the best one, adds her experience and brilliance, orders stuff (does all the work) and then I come in and install it with some other people. In some cases the ideas involve me also making drawings. Drake Skyyard 3This past winter (you know, the one that never ended), I did some Looney-Tune-esque stuff  to compliment Mia’s Mod Twin Peaks ski chalet vibe (as seen  above and below).

Drake Winter SkyyardI made a cartoon panorama, and then we cut cute sections out of them and put windows and doors on them (as if you are inside looking out at the cartoon landscape), and those sections were printed and mounted.  Below are sections of the panorama, uncut… as it were.

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I also made a repeating background tile – the kind that cycles behind any running cartoon character – that was printed in vinyl and run along the base of the space (you can see it in the very first picture):GillianG.Mural6_Tile
Photos of the Sky Yard are compliments of the Drake Hotel Flickr.


Dress Code Cracker: The Podcast

The hilarious (seriously- so funny), smart and sparkling Sarah Innis has a thoughtful, funny and interesting PODCAST! Not only have I been interviewed for it (ahem) but I made her some print materials.


It’s about style and clothing – but in a SMART way, you guys: “far outside the confines of mainstream consumer fashion culture, we consider pop culture, politics, modern art, and feminism in discussing style as a means of personal expression.”

See photos of interviewees and pictures of their inspiration, as well as sound files HERE:  dresscodecracker.com

Here’s the square version that you’ll find on itunes (and libsyn), where you’ll no doubt subscribe and share with all of your fashionable friends:




A Reddish Dress

Shaunna_Cropped.LRez Shaunna.Rough.LrezMy pal Shaunna is my latest unknowing inspiration/model. Thanks Shaunzie!


Lazer Pointer


This is one of those times where I like the rough a little better than the final. The painting is fine, but the who-gives-a-shit expression on the sketch got away from me a bit.  This is a sort of inspired-by portrait of journalist, karaoke savant & all-around-awesome person Kelli Korducki and she did not give me her permission to draw it, so let’s hope she likes it.

Shameless Magazine

I have an illustration in the most recent issue of Shameless magazine!


As the tagline says, the article is about , “Why ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ is more of the same”. Karen Ko, a personal trainer and weightlifter, talks about her initial optimism for this new message and her eventual disappointment in discovering that “Strength” as advertised, is just another impossible ideal; one that continues to ignore queerness, women of colour, motherhood, older women, and trans-identified people.


I feel like Ko addresses a lot of the questions that don’t get included in conversations about women’s fitness and body image. But don’t take MY word for it. Check out the new issue of Shameless (subscribe online… there’s an app too!) – read the whole thing of course… but Karen Ko and I are on page 13.

The Double Play Pass


I made this logo recently for the delightful  Twentysomething Theatre in Vancouver. So if you are in Vancouver, see some excellent theatre, say, two plays purchased.. with one pass. LOGOS!

To Be Or Not To Be!

Web comic king, writer extraordinaire, and all around fun guy Ryan North wrote a choosable-path adventure version of Hamlet that has been getting some sweet press (most profitable publishing kickstarter ever, Slate.com review, picture in Time magazine as photographed by my friend Doody) … and MORE IMPORTANTLY, I have an illustration in this book. 


I have modified the illustration using the most popular photoshop filters to entice you to buy the book, to see the original unaltered majesty on page 634.

Glowing edges!

glowing edges

Graphic Pen!graphicpen


Plastic wrap!Plasticwrap

JUST JOSHIN’! Here’s the real deal:

Hamlet_WrkgFile.72dpiTo buy the book:

In Toronto: Go to the Beguiling. It is awesome there!

Anywhere Else: Nag your local comic store to get the book in. Or  Amazon.  As much as I dislike an e-reader (I dislike an e-reader SO MUCH), this is an optimal book for this format, with all of the choice-making and page-turning.

Last One Asleep

Was it just me? I’ve never been good at sleeping (falling asleep, staying asleep, wanting to sleep) so sleepover parties often landed me alone in dark basements with an active imagination, a.k.a. The Nightmare Scenario.

LastOneAsleep_LrezThis poster did bring up the mind-bending quandary: Which is it:

Last one ASLEEP at the sleepover party


Last one AWAKE at the sleepover party.

Answer: BOTH WORK.  Weird, isn’t it.

Hurricane: the board game


Several years ago a few friends conceived a fantastic homemade board game called HURRICANE!  Players are caught in the aftermath of  – duh – a hurricane and must fight their way to the arena where they hope safety awaits.  I illustrated the cards players pick that represent their findings on the path to the arena. Most of them are not pleasant and lead if not to despair, to madness!  Enjoy:


(I edited out the NSFW cards, but should the game be made public, it will only be more incentive for you to purchase it.)

Waterlogged family album.



My camels! Too soggy to be traded in prison for protection.Hurricane_Camels

Waterlogged corndogs. Waterlogged is an ongoing theme.

Finding a loved one! It’s not all bleakness here. Hurricane_LovedOne

Buuuuuut sometimes there is spoiled meat… Hurricane_Meat

…and human excrement. Hurricane_Poop

And finally, this might be the favorite thing I’ve ever drawn, and I don’t especially love drawing animals. Hurricane_Cat

Illustrators Sending Postcard Promo Mailers

I am preparing to send out postcard mailers and in my efforts I used my internet research skills to find other illustrators and glean wisdom from their advice. I thought I might post the links to their various blogs on the topic (with a screen shot of their posting), to inform others and for my own reference later.

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Some of the most pertinent information I got from these posts was covered in both Trade Secrets and Jeff Szuc’s postings:  that the US postal service will potentially reject and return postcards with graphics darker that 7% greyscale in the bottom right portion of the card where the address goes. That’s a big one, considering that if your cards are sent back, both your print and postage costs are up in flames.  There are other printing details of that nature that they both mention.

I am sure there are many more great posts on this topic and if so, I’d love to hear about them.  Happy mailing!