Sunday, 17 April 2011

     There are so many interesting people on the subway. This woman seemed a little bit sad to me.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

     Before I start to colour a design or illustration, I spend some time working out a simple palette. I pick colours that will help set a mood, add drama, and help to illustrate the idea. I like to keep my palette's to five colours, including several tones of each colour if necessary. Chosing a palette and adding colour to a painting or illustration is like adding icing on a cake!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


The work of artist Mary Blair has long been an inspiration for me. I marvel at the knowledge of colour she brought to her pieces. Mary Blair worked as an artist at the Disney Studios, and as an illustrator for children's books, ads, and designed theatrical sets. I learned a lot about shape and colour from spending a lot of time staring at her work. I remember how awed I was when I opened my copy of the Illusion of Life, the animator's bible, and saw her paintings and inspirational drawings for Disney films. I'm grateful for the archive of her work, there's just so much to draw from.

Sunday, 3 April 2011


I came across this print by Robert Lyons today. I love the lines and the colours. Gorgeous! I can't find any information about the artist on the web, which is fairly odd. I saw some of his other prints but this one stands out as the most inspiring to me.

I've been busy working on some freelance animation. The client wanted hamsters dancing like MC Hammer, which was loads of fun.   This week I'll be starting another freelance project; I had better set aside some time to work on my own designs. I like being busy!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Barred owl

Owls are such interesting creatures, scary and cute at the same time. The barred owl is from my home province, Ontario. This little guy is available in the shop.


After a few days of warm weather, with robins singing in the morning, the snow has returned with a vengeance!
Boo! Makes it quite easy to stay inside and work on illustrations, to be sure. I'm having a hoot with my latest design. ;)

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Welcome to L D R Design

Hello! Welcome to L D R Design.

I am a designer, artist and animator living in Toronto, Canada. I am also the owner of the L D R Design store on Etsy. 

Being an artist has taught me discipline, a way to see the world through a different lens, and to pay attention to details. The way a scarf is tied, the way a person moves or laughs, the colours in a sunset, and the inspiring designs in nature. I like to use these ideas in my illustrations, the way I design the interior of my home; even in cooking and fashion. It makes life fun and interesting to try a new colour, new texture, a different ingredient. With this blog I will share my designs, ideas and the things that inspire me. I hope you enjoy your visit!