Edmonton Artist | Laurel Hawkswell | edmonton.art@gmail.com | @hilaurel

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My Latest Roller Derby Logo Design

My Latest Roller Derby Logo Design

I've done a few roller derby logos over the last few years and here is my latest! 

It's for Sturgeon County Junior Roller Derby Association. I think the skater is pretty cute and fierce!

Why the DO NOT COPY all over it? Well it seems as though some new roller derby clubs have tried to use my art in the past. It's quite frustrating as an artist because this is how I make my living and some people think they can use it without paying for it just because they are able to copy it off the internet. Please respect the effort that I took to do it and respect the fact that SCRDA paid me for it. It is mine and it is theirs. If you'd like me to work on a logo for you, please contact me and I'd love to do something cool for you too!

Jr. Roller Derby Logo by Alberta artist Laurel Hawkswell

Graphic Art by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Caricatures for a birthday party

I was at Local Public Eatery in South Edmonton Common drawing caricatures for a birthday party. There were about 20 people there celebrating the birthday so it was a bit like musical chairs: as I finished drawing one couple, they would change seats so the next ones could come over. Luckily the table was a huge, thick table that didn't move so all so all I did was lean my board up against it. I could have done more caricatures as there were people in the bar that could see what was going on and were interested in getting one too! But I was there specifically for that birthday party and I had to leave right afterwards. People are always pleased and surprised to come to a friend's birthday party and be able to leave with a caricature!

Woman hold up her caricature at a friends birthday party

Here is a side-by-side comparison of a 'studio' caricature and a 'live' caricature

Here is a side-by-side comparison of a 'studio' caricature and a 'live' caricature. Studio caricatures are digital drawings with colour while the live event caricatures are on on paper with a Sharpie.

When drawing 'live' at an event, a caricaturist has to capture the person in a short amount of time. These events are most often at busy so, keeping their attention and capturing their smile is a challenge.  I meet a lot of people and hear some great stories.  I just wish I could get a picture of all my drawings but, there is  a line of people waiting.  I don't forget too many faces because I look at the details.  Some people get a little uncomfortable with the intensity that I need to study them.  In the end, I always love to see their reaction when I show them what I have drawn - they smile or laugh.  Drawing is a great way to meet people and make them happy.

In the studio there's more time to 'get it'! So, I like to get a good picture (I can only draw what I see) a closeup photo with their 'real' smile is best.  Often I like to draw a caricature before an event to warm up my hand and get into the grove.

I like both ways and I can tell the two slightly different styles of mine even though I don't know if I can put into words how I can tell. But, if you were to show me an older drawing of mine, I could probably guess correctly. Of course a coloured caricature definitely takes more time.

side-by-side comparison of a 'studio' caricature and a 'live' caricature

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Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Caricatures at a Kid's Birthday Party

I recently drew caricatures at a 1st Birthday Party. The theme was “Little Man” and it was all about bow ties and moustaches. It seems as though I was the only one who donned a moustache. A simple task since I also do FACE PAINTING. But I had company with my bow tie. The party was held at Cafe O’Play in Riverbend. I’d never been there before and I’m sure if it had been in business back when my kids were little, I would have been there often! I drew kids and parents while the kids played and the parents visited. Caricatures are a great gift to give out. Parents were pleasantly surprised at being able to bring a caricature home with them.

A girl shows her Caricature gift drawn at a Birthday party

Here is a picture of a sweet little girl at the party. I love her soft, kind facial expression with her smile.

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Drawing caricatures at a wedding

Drawing caricatures for Party Central at a wedding was a pleasure . The couple had travelled to from B.C. to have their wedding in the Redwater Alberta (Northeast of Edmonton) so, one of their grandmas could be there. That tells you what kind of people they are and the feel of the wedding. Here are a couple of my favourite drawings from the evening. I'm glad that I could include the drawing of the bride and groom in my favourites!
The Bride and Groom show off their Caricature

Wedding guests with great smiles hold up their caricature

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Papillon the Clown

I was invited to a Caring Clowns meeting. I was asked to draw clowns for them to use for colouring pages. Here is one of the lovely clowns I got to draw. Colouring pages are a great advertising addition for not just clowns! Have you thought of getting one done to promote your business or events? Contact me and we can come up with some great ideas together.

Papillon the Clown does balloon twisting, face painting, magic tricks and puppets. Great at walk a’bouts and parties of all ages, seniors too of course! Contact Patricia at +1(780) 614-5582

Papillon the Clown drawn by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

NOTE: the "Papillon the Clown" watermark was added to try to protect their art

Caricatures at the Alberta Services for Students Conference hosted by NAIT

Last night I had fun drawing at the Alberta Services for Students Conference hosted by NAIT. Here are two of my favourite drawings and a couple awesome women! It was such a pleasant evening. And for me, the organisers had brought extra chairs for people waiting in line. So at any time, if I looked over, there would be 6 other people waiting. But they all were relaxed, chatting with the person beside them, enjoying their time. I'm definitely going to suggest a line of chairs supplied if at all possible in the future at other events!

Woman at Alberta Services for Students Conference with her Caricature

Woman at Alberta Services for Students Conference holds her Caricature

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Cosmin Thanks for linking to my blog

Hi Cosmin Danila;  Thank you for linking to my blog from yours!  Your photos are so beautiful.  You sure captured a lot of great moments at their weddings - they must be very happy.


What a collection of great wedding pictures on your blog http://goo.gl/R0Ed4x

Casmin Danila takes Beautiful Photos!
Cosmin Danila

Trying New Things - Even If It's Just a New Marker!

I went hog wild recently and picked up a couple different markers [Faber-Castell PITT artist pens ]to try out for caricatures. I've drawn caricatures with Sharpies for what seems like forever but when I'm drawing on my tablet and not paper, I noticed that I'm the most comfortable with the pencil or paint brush tool. So I thought I'd try paint brush tipped markers. Here's a little doodle with the thinner, more delicate one. I think it will work well at caricature events where the client wants caricatures drawn on smaller sizes of paper than I normally draw on.  It's good to step out of your comfort zone to see if you can do something a little different. That's easier said than done when you always have ongoing work and are in constant need of getting it done. Time to practice, time to try new things, when do you squeeze that in?

Cartoon drawing with new markers

Trying something new

Makeovers and Caricatures in Edmonton today

I drew caricatures at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Meadowbrook Village Shopping Centre, 3945-34 Street in Edmonton. The event was for "Look Good Feel Better"... Raising money for the workshops for women with cancer. It's a great cause!

I had some awesome people to draw today, take a look! ....

I drew the owner and pharmacist. The gentleman with the great, curly beard in my photos. He got a big smile on his face when he looked at his caricature and joked that he was going to replace the regular photo of himself back in the pharmacy with his caricature.

One lady I drew, recognised me and my name as I had drawn caricatures for her a couple Christmas' ago for some of her staff. Another man that was in who had come by to see how the event was going, was introduced to me and recognised me for having drawn he and his wife's caricature at a Show Home Open House a month or so ago ( Homes by AVI Caricature Event ). It's a small world sometimes!

I chatted with and drew women and some teenagers who had enjoyed a make over so I got to draw some fabulous looking eyes and lips! I hope they enjoyed their makeovers and caricatures.

Shoppers Drug Mart Weadowbrook Edmonton

Shoppers customer with her Caricature

Family Caricature

A woman with her Caricature

Woman with here Caricature at Shoppers Drug Mart

Caricatures at Stantec for MS Fundraiser

I drew caricatures yesterday for Stantec Architecture in downtown Edmonton. They were doing an MS Fundraiser. A very windy day kept me inside and cozy in the lobby. I met a lot of nice people and was happy to be a part of this very worthy cause.

I need to apologise to this lovely lady with the curly blonde hair. She asked me to check the photo because she said she often ends up taking photos with her eyes closed. I swear it looked like her eyes were open! I swear! Either way, she’s still a beauty.

Woman with her caricature at Stantec Edmonton

I drew a few groups of three. They were colleagues that were obviously friends as well. So great to see, people who enjoy their time at work so much! And I definitely enjoyed my time at Stantec.

Group photo at Stantec MS Fundraiser

Caricatures by Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

Caricatures at Shoppers Drug Mart at Meadowbrook Village Edmonton AB 12-5PM

I'll be drawing caricatures at Shoppers Drug Mart at Meadowbrook Village, 3945 - 34 Street, Edmonton t6t 1L5.  Saturday May 3, 2014 noon - 5:00 PM.

You will get a complimentary caricature with a $75.00 purchase from the Beauty Boutique!

Edmonton Artist Laurel Hawkswell

drawing caricatures at St. Albert’s Art Walk

An evening drawing caricatures at St. Albert’s Art Walk. A new event being held the 1st Thursday of every month till September 2014. You’ll find artists of all kinds setup in the downtown core. 

 Here are a couple from a most pleasant evening!

Big D with Wonder Stuff

Fellow Artist Lyn Vik