Thursday, June 30, 2011

howling…on a midsummer night

wolf pen,ink,wash illustration by sandra santa lucia/6/30/11

Wolves howl to assemble the pack (usually before and after hunts), to pass on an alarm (particularly at a den site), to locate each other during a storm or unfamiliar territory and to communicate across great distances. Could these wolves be howling at the antics of a midsummer night?

This week's illustration friday's topic is "Midsummer Night" suggested by Emily Dimov-Gottshall ( "Why this is very midsummer madness" - William Shakespeare

Thursday, June 23, 2011

launched — banff tourism bureau

new banff tourism bureau pen and ink cartoon by sandra santa luica/11/3/11
In the spring of 1992 the launch of a new Banff Tourism Bureau took over the duties of the Banff Chamber of Commerce's duties. The Banff Lake Louise Tourism bureau has done Banff proud serving the Town of Banff, Banff National Parks administration as well as the many vibrant businesses and citizens alike. It was at this time while working in the Production department of The Banff Crag & Canyon I was given the opportunity to create a cartoon illustrating the demise of the Banff Chamber of Commerce. Above is my first cartoon for the newspaper. My then cartooning career was launched!
This week's, June 17 - 23's, IF topic is "launch" suggested by Susan Sorrell Hill"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, June 16, 2011

swept off their feet

Cougar cubs are born spotted and gradually change into the sandy brown adult form. They live in dens with their siblings for about two months and remain close to their mothers for about a year. One notable difference between a cougar and other big cats is that the cougar can hiss, scream, and growl but it cannot roar.
cougar, cubs and chipmunk pen and ink illustration by sandra santa lucia/6/11
cougar pencil sketch by sandra santa lucia
This week's topic is "Swept" suggested by ssnchan ("You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own." ~ Clarence Day elephant sweepint

Thursday, June 9, 2011

casting a shadow

pen and ink illustration of a lynx by sandra santa lucia/5/9/11

Casting a shadow on the tree branch the Lynx spotted a hare below.
Lynx live in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, but not just anywhere in those parks. They establish home ranges in high evergreen forests occupied by snowshoe hare. Further north, in the boreal forest, hare populations rise and fall dramatically every 10 years, shadowed closely by lynx populations.
Lynx pencil sketch by Sandra Santa Lucia/4/84
This week's topic is "Shadows" suggested by michael (

"I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene." ~ Grandma Moses

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

the big sleep

'asleep' ink cartoon illustrated by sandra santa lucia and published in The Banff Crag & Canyon June 23/93
I drew the illustrative cartoon above for the local newspaper — The Banff Crag & Canyon. Below a clip from The Crag explains what happened or didn't happen to that particular Time Capsule.

This week's topic is "Asleep" suggested by Little Pixy Boots

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb

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