Monday, November 30, 2009

One Less Paper Cup

A show I'm taking part in next week, with a great cause.
Read more about the event and it's goals, from show curator Adam Pesce:

"In the coffee community's effort to make our product as sustainable as it can be, we have come to realize that empowering and assisting women in every way possible is a top priority. The One Less Paper Cup event is just one of the many small ways we are attempting to do so.

On Tuesday December 8th, we hope you'll join us to raise money in support of Grounds for Health ( - an organization that works in the coffee-growing regions of developing nations to provide women with cervical cancer education, screenings and treatment. Coffee is grown almost exclusively in Third World countries and cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in those regions.

To raise money for GFH, we have commissioned 15 artists from across the country to create unique designs on re-usable ceramic mugs. The mugs will be the featured items in a silent auction that will begin at 6:00. The event will be open-house style and run from 5:00pm til close, with the auction ending at 9:00. It will feature celebrity barista Sam James ( crafting complimentary lattes and capps, as well as a cash bar.

By supporting Grounds for Health, we are providing the women of coffee communities with a much needed service -cervical cancer is both preventable and, when caught early, one of the most treatable forms of the disease."

Check out the show if you can, or check back here where I'll be posting my own finished mug.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bird Book

This catalogue of birds, courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman, is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen (the photographs especially).

Prepare to be amazed here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Year, Another AI Party

American Illustration
took New York by storm again this fall, celebrating some of the best images in the industry. I am honoured to have been included among such talent again this year - Kiersten Essenpries, Jordin Isip, Leif Parsons, Christian get the idea. The book looks fantastic.
And the party ain't so bad either!
See a great picture of the celebration in action on Kiersten's blog, you fail.

Can't wait 'til next year!

Fuzzy Peach

My new niece, Georgie, born October 9th, 2009 rounds out the clan and beats out Campbell as the littlest Wotherspoon. Deliciously sweet, tasty and perfect.


The sketch for GRAND Creative's blackboard wall, that I had the honour of messing right up.
Charles Bukowski's poem, Art

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Going Wild

Spike Jonze adaptation or not, I love this compendium of Wild Things tattoos...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The sheer talent of this artist is so totally mind-blowing...
See more of the work she did for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog here.

And here, I thought I couldn't be any more excited for Christmas!
thanks to Yulia Brodskaya for the inspiring work

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Step 3: Shower Them with Gifts

I'm feeling inspired by the beautiful colours and textures of the season.
Here's part of a piece I did last October, in honour of fall. See the final published piece here.
Enjoy the bounty-a pile of pumpkins!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Step Two: Show Them You Care

It's getting brisk out there, kids. Don't forget a sweater!
I wouldn't want you to catch a chill...

(you're welcome)

Step One: Admitting you have a Problem

I've been an admittedly bad blogger as of late, and feel as though I ought to enlist in some sort of 12-step recovery program. Bound to the studio with work, I tend to lose most communication with the outside world, save for the required "it's on it's way", "of course that's not a problem, I agree that shade of purple is soooo late-2008" and of course, "make it a double".
I can't promise that I'll get better, but I can promise that I will try. Really hard. Starting now.
Below is a handful of the editorial pieces that I've recently finished.
Please enjoy and please forgive.

Nick Drake, Uppercase magazine

Perspectives on Career Management and Family, Stanford Business magazine

Kawabata, The Walrus magazine

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fall Type

lyrics courtesy of Nick Drake

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Beautiful short by Alexi Parizeau.
The Parishil Boys explain:

"Over the course of two days in July Alexi Parizeau captured the process of Adam Hilborn's first solo show "HOMEWARD BOUND" at the Barbershop Gallery. The camera was capturing images every 3 seconds with a Canon 5D Mk2 and 24mm 1.4F lens, tethered to a laptop.

The first night was a special invitation "Dinner with the Artist". The Dinner was prepared by Justine and Sara Wood of Les Louises. Friends and family were asked to attend the private viewing.

The following evening "HOMEWARD BOUND" was open to the public.

This is how it went..."

Homeward Bound from Alexi Parizeau on Vimeo.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I love all of Kiel Mead's jewelry, but how sweet are these Forget-Me-Knots?

I want.

Dime Bag Online

Giant Robot has posted the entire Dime Bag Show online.
View the show and buy some art here.
Some seriously fun work to be had.

Also see pictures of the packed New York opening here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


To this day, one of my all-time favourite websites, Jonathan Harris' The Whale Hunt.
Begin the hunt here.

just beautiful.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


For my first post, I can't choose just one, as I crave, covet and commend this.

"Collectors...with an appetite for late 19th-century relics like apothecary cabinets and dressmakers' dummies, are turning their homes into pastiches of the past."
From The New York Times Home & Garden

It seems these collectors and I are cut from the same cloth as I shudder with delight at every taxidermied head, every curious antique, every perfectly thoughtful vignette.

Crave, Covet, Commend

I like things.
I want things.
I like to look at nice things and wish that I had them.
I like to come across interesting ideas and wish that I had come up with them.
Whether it be a fresh new illustrator, an innovative way to roast marshmallows, or a current favourite font, there is so much out there that deserves cred.
Thus Crave, Covet, Commend, a new feature I'm adding to the blog that will include a daily item that I crave, covet, ....well, er, you get it.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Place

See My Place in this week's issue of EYE Magazine.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Here's a super sneak-peek of the work that has happily kept me studio-bound as of late.
I may have logged about 1200 different letterforms, all done by hand, and developed a mild case of carpal tunnel due to the tight turnaround, but all in all, it's pretty much been a dream job. Letterforms and portraits and doodles, all done in nothing but pencil...heaven.
It's a huge body of work that will eventually get up on the site, once the campaign is launched and my hand has healed... In the meantime, enjoy.


Home Truth, MORE magazine

A piece I recently finished for the September issue of MORE Magazine on the struggles we face and the decisions we are forced to make in caring for our aging parents.

Dime Bag 3

Whole Lotta Love, graphite on paper and Sculpey heart.

Here's the piece I created for Dime Bag 3, another great group show curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens. Currently showing at Giant Robot in New York, it is among 294 (!) pieces of artwork contained and displayed in plastic dime bags. For Whole Lotta Love, the original 5"x7" drawing was folded down to fit into the 3"x3" baggie, allowing only a sneak peek of it's subject. Heart included.

Read a short review and see some snaps here. Check back to Giant Robot's site soon, as they will be posting the entire show online (quite the uploading endeavor!)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dime Bag 3 at Giant Robot, NY

Each artist (yes, all 240 of them) must create artwork to be displayed in a 3"x3" dime bag...
Thrilled to take part, I'll post my baggie here soon.
[Visit Giant Robot for the full list of artists]

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tie One On.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hot Press for your Hot Bod

There's no escaping it, Ladies, it's officially bikini season...
And destineau is there!

Sneak Studio Peek

I had my apartment + studio shot by the amazingly talented Talia Shipman a while's a quick glimpse into my world-even before she's put her magic finishing touch on them!


Had enough prisms yet?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Don't Be Greedy.

Illustrators Stand Up to the Google-giant.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

This kid grew up to be an Orthopod.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Destination: Summer!

{Capri maillot}

Destineau is abuzz these days as we gear up for a much-anticipated summer...
See the suits
on SweetSpot and in NOW Magazine's Hot Summer Guide (and on the cover!)
Or stop by the Destineau website to browse the suits and to custom order!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


an homage to many things past, see if you can find yourself on the Wall of Wonders!

Monday, May 25, 2009

slow work

new work for Maissoneuve,
about the Slow Movement infiltrating the technological world

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Unconditional Love

One of the handmade cards I've done in honour of Mother's Day, or any day.
Email me ( to buy one and/or to see more of the limited edition!

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Gang

In case you missed them...



Barbara Van Allen


Thanks to Elizabeth, Adam, and the guys at the Barbershop for a great show!

CMYK stumble!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I just found out that this Coldplay piece I did for SPIN was jury selected
to appear in the upcoming American Illustration Annual 28.

The Annual is published in November, but you can still get AI 27 which features work by talented friends Kiersten Essenpreis, Leif Parsons, and Ted McGrath (who also did the fantastic cover), among many others.
I'm thrilled to be included in another great annual alongside peers who inspire me to no end.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Barbershop Gallery

Monday, April 13, 2009

Barbershop Opening

Here are a couple snaps of my work at the opening of
The Northern Superlative Order of Wandering Portraitists
I'll post each member of the family here soon, but enjoy the sneak peek for now...

photos from blog t.o.

Monday, March 30, 2009


I try my hardest to provide tasty tidbits of all things illustration, art and design; when it comes to feeding myself, however, I often fall short. That's why I leave that to my friend Angus of Angus Bennett Catering-just about the greatest chef I know. Angus has been feeding my always-hungry belly ever since he moved into town, and he's now ready to share some tasty (and beautiful) morsels with all of you.

Who says art can't be eaten?
Visit his new blog LOVE FOOD to be inspired by talent of a different flavour.

Upcoming Show

The Superlative Order consists of Adam Hilborn, Elizabeth Dyer and myself.
A Portrait show opening April 8th at Barbershop Gallery; check back soon for full details as well as a sneak peek of some of the new work being shown....bound to be a good one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pass the Buck. I mean, Luck.

Some sad looking, but very meaningful, pieces of luck passed down three generations to me.
They've been through a lot. And now, I pass them on to you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Birds

A "family portrait" I recently finished for my dear friend Caroline
(whose new baby, Emma, is also my new god-daughter!)

The Walrus

A piece about the key players of history being consigned to oblivion in our over-documented, over-saturated age; in this case Ephrem Brisebois, the first French Canadian officer in the North West Mounted Police.
Brisebois Drive, The Walrus

Green Clean

Don't know about you, but I'm hopping on the bandwagon and goin' green for the ol' Spring Clean this year.
Green Cleaning, Chicago Magazine

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Group Show

In honour of President Obama's first visit to Canada...
come check it out!