Rose Ring Rework

By heather at 9:06 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Illustration by Heather Castles Image Craft Inc.

This greeting card design (V08172 for Image Craft card line) is a rework of this graphite illustration I created for Image Craft, Inc.

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Twisted Sister | Princess Leia Electric Guitar design

By heather at 8:58 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

lllustration Heather Castles

I had the morning free today and enjoyed working on an idea I had a couple months back and hadn’t got around to… another design for Threadless.com: Twisted Sister. How cool would it be if Princess Leia got out her angst with electric guitar! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a notice when the design was posted up for voting and it all ended before I had a chance to blog about it… SAD!

Twisted Sister - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

If you like this post, you might also like to read this New York Times article about Recycling Used Guitar Strings : How Rock Bands Go Green

This time around I decided to spend more time sketching before I started drawing on the computer… and I’m glad I did, am much happier with the result than my Kantina illustration. Drawing on the computer just isn’t the same as working with pencil…it’s a great tool for rendering, but I don’t find it to be a good starting point. Below are a few of my of the illustration in progress as I vectorized my sketches in Illustrator CS2… (Read on …)

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Rose Ring Wedding Card | Graphite pencil artwork

By heather at 9:16 pm on Monday, February 26, 2007

Illustration & Design by Heather Castles Image Craft, Inc.

This is probably one of the most versatile illustrations I created for Image Craft, Inc (SKU#W88539 Thoughtful Moments). I got the idea from an 80’s greeting card that was in archives at Image Craft, Inc. The photograph of roses in a ring was very outdated, but thought if I illustrated it, it may look classy. So I spent an hour or so illustrating a ring of roses in pencil, (Read on …)

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Shell Mosaic #3

By heather at 10:12 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2007

I just finished my third shell mosaic… I really like the white on white, and tried a smaller one this time (a quarter of the size) compared to the mosaics I’ve done in the past… I also have a few more shell mosaics in progress.

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Creating Seashell Mosaics

By heather at 10:30 pm on Friday, February 23, 2007

I’m just getting started on a few more shell mosaics. Went to IKEA and they were sold out of the large frames! So I’m doing four little guys. And I’m gettin’ smart after a couple of these… (Read on …)

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Parks Canada | Georgian Bay Signs

By heather at 11:10 am on Friday, February 16, 2007

These are the finished signs I illustrated & designed for Parks Canada, Georgian Bay National Park. I’m really pleased with how this project turned out, and had a lot of fun working on it! It was a super quick turnaround, I had to burn the midnight oil to complete these paintings in two weeks (from research to sketching to painting to scanning to graphic design.) Whew, I’m really ready for the weekend! The four signs (1.5 x 2 feet each) are going to be posted this March 2007 at the Georgian Bay National Park, to explain why the new boardwalks have been put in to protect the Canada’s beautiful natural beaches. I tell you it made me really homesick working on this while I’m here in Australia!

…and here are some close ups of my favourite bits, I had so much fun painting these.

My husband made it his personal duty to make sure that the bass looked beautiful!

…and this is my favouritest favourite bit of all, Mr. Toad.

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Parliament of Canada | Open House Guide

By heather at 12:40 pm on Thursday, February 15, 2007

Illustration by Heather Castles Parliament of Canada
I’m FINISHED! I had the pleasure of working with a couple of friendly people at the Parliament of Canada on an Open House Guide for tourists. I haven’t created a final product entirely with digital illustration before, so was a challenge! Each of the rooms is completely vectorized illustrations in Illustrator CS2, (discovered transparencies in Illustrator, it’s now my new best friend!) so (Read on …)

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Happy Valentine’s Day | Lovebug

By heather at 9:12 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Illustration Heather Castles (a.k.a Ebony Miller)

Published at Northern Cards, 2003

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Good Dog Design & Novanet Matchmaker Game Launched

By heather at 5:40 am on Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I’m so excited, today was launch day for Good Dog Design’s new game ‘Matchmaker,’ an member-only game for Novanet members. I was on the team at GDD collaborating with the concept for this game, and contributed some written content for the game… our sick sense of humour comes out here and there! The game will run for the next couple weeks, and lots of great prizes will be won. It’s an absolutely fantastically fun game, where you play as a Love God, and the object of the game is to match up as many mortals to form couples as you can! Ever wonder if William Shatner & Angelina Jolie would hit it off? The game is based on meddling in other’s love lives and seeing how good you are at making a match. And to top it off…you can meddle in other people’s games too, stealing their hot singles, or breaking up their couples, just for the fun of it! Ah, it’s a fun game.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

By heather at 5:33 am on Wednesday, February 14, 2007

(Illustration by Heather Castles Hallmark)

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