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Regarding Commissions from September 2012-December 2012
As it's now approaching the busy season for me, turnaround time for commissions has grown longer.
Any houses drawings needed for December 20 should be ordered by September 30th.
Other commissions will depend on complexity, but I anticipate at least six weeks turnaround.
Thanks for your understanding.
Here's my 2011 Holiday card design. I've done this one slightly differently this year, it's now a smaller format (4.25" x 5.5") and involves a "non-real" happening, wheras previous cards had focused on at least plausible scenes. The card (along with previous designs) is available in the shop.
The sun was out enough that I was barely warm enough to sketch. There were 500 people in the park at any given time and likely double or triple that passed through over a few hours. There seemed less than a dozen police, and they walked amicably through the crowd with little issue. This was good to see, and a wise course — rather than having lines of police on the sidewalks intimidating the crowd. One of the most notable things about the OWS movement in general has been the lack of violence (on part of the protesters) and that was certainly the case in relatively calm Ottawa.
For those in Ottawa who may still be looking for a house drawing commission, the season for doing these on location is almost up. Essentially in early October I stop sketching outdoors regularly as the weather becomes so unpredictable that it's hard to be able to commit. Naturally I can work from photographs if need be, but my preference is to be on site. If you have been considering commissioning a house drawing, do get in touch soon.
One of the corner stores I illustrated has replaced it's sinage in the past week or two. The store is Giovanni's, and the old sign was rusted, with crumbling paint, and two vintage 7up logos on either side. In between the logos, there was so much decay, the name of the store had long since washed off. It was, in a word, gorgeous. I knew the signage was going to be changed after speaking with the owner earlier this summer. I understand why he felt this was a necessary thing to do, and I hope it helps his business. However, I feel like removing the crusted old sign was removing a landmark, and I'm glad (in a melancholy sort of way) that I illustrated the place before the change was made.