PRINT SUPER SALE ON NOW!! . I've got a whole bunch of older art prints I'd love to get out of my house and into your homes! I'm marking them way down to 5$ each. And to sweeten the deal... . BUY 4+ PRINTS, GET ONE FREE additional art print of my choosing! . SUPER SALE ENDS 9pm FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2019 or earlier if stock sells out. . LINK IN BIO!
This sweet little flower from when I was pregnant with my first child, dreaming of Spring. That was the year of the ice storm. My belly was huge. It took 30 minutes to manage the 5 minute walk home from the subway station in tiny ballet slippers in the freezing rain. The whole world moving in slow motion, grinding to a halt with every windy lick of ice. The next day, as we walked through the Snow Queen's garden I was struck by its glass-eyed beauty. Everything frozen and still. Statuesque. There was only the sound of trees, whose boughs weighed down with a thousand glass beads, glinted and splintered to ruin in the cold sun. It was a long winter waiting for Spring, waiting for my baby to come.
Look what arrived today! My advance copies of FIERCE by the incredible @lisa_dalrymple This book was such a joy to illustrate. Here's Marguerite de la Roque, Victoria Cheung and Ttha´naltther on the cover with more super inspiring women inside (many of whom are not widely mentioned, historically). On shelves JANUARY 29th!!
Like oppositional mirrors, life and death bloom in and out of each other, into infinity. Each new person, a tiny universe, awakening. And in every death a dwarf star glows on. . I was 11 when my lungs completely shut down. I was figure skating. I didn't see a bright light or float above but I did feel my body fall away from myself, piece by piece. Touch first. Then sound. And then sight. It was like being zipped into a spacesuit. The suit became a new skin, one I was no longer connected to, one I couldn't feel through, hear through, see through. It became a barrier to the outer world as I disconnected. Sealed up in my little capsule, pushing off on my final space walk. . No-one knows if there is a soul or life after death but there is science supporting my experience. Near death the body shuts down all non-essential organs in order to make any remaining energy/oxygen/etc last as long as possible. . Have you ever had a near death experience? Have you ever flat-lined and had an out of body experience? If so, I would LOVE to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below!
Two of my favourite colours together! Raspberries in periwinkle milk glass.
This summer NASA confirmed liquid water exists on Mars. Humans have been collectively dreaming of life elsewhere in the universe for so long, now, it almost seems like complete fantasy, the fever dream of science fiction. Isn't it thrilling to think we might actually wake tomorrow to hear of LIFE on Mars? For our kids and our grand kids to see life unfold in real time on another planet? Think of all the questions this will answer about earth, the beginnings of life, about evolution, about our place in the Universe ... And think of all the new questions this will raise about, well, everything! Science is beautiful and exciting and so very humbling. Thankyou @NASA for all the important work you do!
Is 2019 the year you want to finally MAKE THAT GRAPHIC NOVEL? Get started in my 8-week course, Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at @uoftscs with special guest Jennifer Lum (Senior Designer at Penguin Random House Canada: The Handmaid’s Tale (Graphic Novel), Two Generals, The Spectral Engine, and more). ➜ ➜ link in bio https://bit.ly/2EBc5Zd . Course runs February 5 - March 26, 2019
I call this one: Long Hair, Black Eye. One of my tiny humans socked me with her water bottle this morning. I think I hid the bruise pretty well here with the shadows and a bit of mascara, what do you think... new author photo?
The Robber Bridegroom by the #brothersgrimm Here I've illustrated Jack Zipes' translation from The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, Princeton University Press, 2016 . . . . . . . #folktaleweek2018 Day 1: Forest #willowdawson #jackzipes #brothersgrimm #folktaleweek #fairytale #darkbeauty #gothicart #evilwomen #evilmen
Rainbow Milkweed Locust! We visited @romtoronto again and this was my son's favourite bug. I've always had a soft spot for these. Apparently they gorge on poisonous milkweed and become toxic to predators! . . . . . . . #willowdawson #phymateussaxosus #buddingentomologist #entomology #thewonderofchildren #royalontariomuseum #insectbrigade #rainbowmilkweedlocust #locust
Bought this lovely little jet from @the.handwork.dept So many lovely treasures to be found there!!
Each season, a new layer of nostalgia. Beauty, sadness, despair, desolation, hope. The quiet bloomings of ghosts past. I draw flowers because they are the physical embodiment of those ghosts. Little moments remembered and forgotten. Only seen, fleeting, in the hoarfrost or a shaft of light. Resurrected by scent or by touch. What you remember isn't the reel of life itself but the breaths you take between heartbeats.
HAPPY 2019!! Wishing every single one of you health and success in everything you touch this New Year. I really think it's going to be a good one. This is an illustration from The White Snake by the #brothersgrimm In it, a servant opens a dish for the King and finds a white snake. When he eats from it he gains the ability to understand the language of animals. Let us all learn a little wisdom from wild beasts this year. . . . . . . . #2019 #happynewyear #newyearnewyou #animalwhisperer #snakewhisperer #languageofanimals #thewisdomofbeasts
#Repost @scottchantler (@get_repost) ・・・ Another highlight from 2018. This is me, David Collier, @willowdawson, @jacobs_comics, @originobscure, @oldjoeollmann, Seth, and @jaypopgun signing at @museumlondon for the opening of the “Cartoonists of Southwestern Ontario” exhibit (which you can still catch until mid-January.) #cartoonists #comicscreators #booksigning #latergram #CartoonistsOfSWO #MuseumLDN
The Hand with the Knife by the #brothersgrimm An illustration I started for #folktaleweek2018 Day 2: Magic. Copy and paste this link to read the story: https://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/the_hand_with_the_knife . . . . . . . #willowdawson #brothersgrimm #folktaleweek #fairytale #bogbodies #bogbody #mummy #magicknife #darkbeauty #gothicart #evilwomen #evilmen
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A day at the ROM last month with my little guy. We drew birds, became snakes in a wolf den, transformed into bats in the batcave, and pretended to be dinos. He held a shark jaw, baleen, bird skulls and snake skin in his small, smooth hands. There is nothing sweeter than the wonder of a child seeing things for the first time. Seeing a world full of possibility and lightness. Such a powerful reminder that the world is what we make of it. #willowdawson #wonder #somuchlove
Unicorns, merpeople, dragons, ghosts and Ghostbusters, snakes and an evil eye. Xmas sure was good to us!!