First nude drawing

First nude drawing! 20 minute exercise.


04 Latina in the Closet

I recently bought a box set of 24 Prismacolor’s Premier Brush Fine Art Markers. Being a marker newbie I had to do some research before getting started. Here is some of the information I found Prismacolor markers:

Prisnacolor markers are alcohol based thus they do not have a toxic smell. They dry relatively quickly but have the ability to blend while they are wet. The markers have a transparency quality which could result in a patchy effect but if the edges of the pigmented areas remain wet the patchy quality can be avoided. In other words speed is important.

TOMBO Dual Brush Pens

The Prisnacolor box set that I got does not have any greys. Greys are important for blending and shadows. I went to the art store and there was a set of TOMBOW Grey Scale Dual Brush Marker set on sale.

It being the month of confusion, I thought that the two markers were both alcohol based… Even though the TOMBOW clearly says water based.  I tested blending the two at the store with semi satisfactory results. I really liked the feel of the TOMBOW. They allow for a more painterly quality while the Prisnacolor’s dry faster. I bought the TOMBOW even though they are not totally compatible with the markers I already had. I just have to get myself more of both types of markers. 🙂 You can see the difference between the two markers in the final piece. The black part of the background is Prismacolor while the bottom is TOMBOW.

Canson Pro Layout Acid Free Marker Paper Pads, Bright White
Canson Vidalon Translucent Vellum Paper 55 lb / 90 gsm

The next step was to get the proper paper. I bought a marker paper pad as well as a vellum pad. Both pads are from Canson and are acid free. The marker paper is as smooth as the vellum but less transparent.


I knew I wanted to mix colour pencils and markers for the Latina in the Closet which is why I chose to work on vellum for this particular project. I used Uthrecht Colored Pencils. The quality of the proses pictures is really bad, I hope you can still get a sense of how the piece was created.

First I sketched out the dancer with pencil on the front of the vellum. Second I coloured the dancer’s body and hair with pencil crayons. 

Latina in the Closet Progress 1

At this point I was unsure what I was going to do next. I had the option of using markers on the front or on the back of the velum for the background and the dancer’s dress. I could also use markers to fill in the dancer’s body from the back giving her skin and hair more colour.  I was also playing with the idea of keeping her dress white.

Latina in the Closet Progress 2

In the end I painted the background from the back with markers. The dress is created by using markers on the back and pencil crayons on the front. Not sure if this is what my friend was imagining but this is the finished piece.


02 Status


Thesis is D.O.N.E. I have now been a Mater of Architecture for 4 months and unexpectedly I spent most of the summer traveling. I enjoyed every moment of it, productive and unproductive.   As for the list I created in 01 Status here is where everything stands.

  • The watercolour painting is coming along. Painting is a great after-work evening activity.
  • The Architecture competitions had to be put on hold because I was not in one city long enough to be able to actually dedicate a proper amount of time to it.
  • My photo walks ended up being trip photos for the most part, but I did not really focus on photography as much as I wanted to.
  • I did not buy a new camera so I have postponed videography for now.
  • I have been focused on honing my Revit, AutoCAD and Illustrator skills. I have a apartment project I am working on. I will post stuff on this project.
  • As for posting my previous works, I can’t find them. :S They are probably sitting in storage along with a bunch of my other things.
Here is a list of current projects:

02 Competition 1

I have teamed up with a friend from school but we have not chosen our first completion. We have given ourselves one week to find a competition we are interested in and would like to do for our first collaboration.

03 Goldcrock

The adventures of Dradjicka and Goldcrock started one night when Dee and I were attending an evening event for the Ottawa International Animation Festival last year. Both of us are used to our names being mispronounced, but this mispronunciation really had us giggling. Being under strong influence of animation we immediately fashioned our superhero identities. Later on that week while at another OIAF with Erin’s Mosquito Mask was born. I do not remember the exact cause story behind Mosquito Mask, I just remember laughing extremely hard.

04 Latina in the Closet

This is a birthday gift for a friend. She is a big enthusiast when it comes to Latin American and Spanish cultures. The story behind this is a conversation I had with her.  During the conversation she proceeded to throw a bunch of Spanish words at me. Then she apologised because the Latina in her was coming out. The thing is the Latina in her was never sitting quietly in the closet. We laughed at the mental image, so why not create an actual image to laugh at.

05  CurevesMusic Logo

A client wants a logo as his opening credits for his youtube music videos. This is a challenging project because I was not given a lot to go on by the client. This is usually the case with clients but in this case I did not push to get more information because I am sure the client really does not know at all. It is a bit of a unique case as the client is still trying to establish his own direction.



We finally have a name for our inspiration collaboration team, Nivå6. The name is inspired by the beginning of our friendship. The three of us met during the Graduate Student orientation that took place on the 6th floor of the LEEDS residence building at Carleton University. 6th LEEDS soon became the official hangout for our group of friends. Thus “the 6th Floor” seemed an appropriate starting point. “The 6th Floor” morphed into “Level 6” and before we knew it we were searching for a translation in a foreign language. We became very excited about the Swedish translation. The end result is Nivå6.

The next step is our logo.

01 Journey on Colourful Waters

A very spontaneous summer did not leave me as much time to work on all the things I wanted to work on. I am getting back on track though. Here is an update on the painting I started earlier on this summer. The graphite is making its way into the painting. I am finding I am very into mixing media – may be my hip hop/graffiti influence.