Practicum Week 4

For this week, when I was finished designing and illustrating for the backdrop. I got Stacey and Jana to look over the design before sending it to Leigh and Grant for to look over (they are also going to the conference!). I also needed to get their approval before printing the backdrop as tiles and taping it together at the actual size. For the backdrop, I had an illustration Grant and Leigh at the bottom of the backdrop as part of the design. When Leigh got back to me with comments about the design, she said she’s not sure about the characters at the bottom of the backdrop because they might not be going to the conference next year, but they would like to reuse the backdrop. So, I took out the characters and put more textures and patterns at the bottom. After the design got approved, I printed the backdrop at the actual size as tiles and taped the papers together. (This process is similar to when we were designing and taping our grad booth together.)  I was taping the booth at a working desk at the beginning because of the meeting room was being used at the time. It was quite a workout for me because the booth was around 7.5-foot tall haha, but it was a nice change to stand up and move around a bit! After the I put the booth all together in the meeting room (once the meeting was over), a lot of people help to taped the booth to a blank wall near the entrance so we can see what it looks like from a distance. I went back to adjusting the design (moving and changing elements) once Stacey and others pointed things out. Once the changes are made, I sent the booth design to Jana, Leigh, and Grant for approval again. Now, with approval, the booth had been sent to print and I can’t wait to see it!

Currently, I am working on 4 placemats for La Carreta. The hours are short for this project, so I have to work quick!

This Thursday, it was my turn for the class’s Instagram Takeover! This is to showcase our experience at the practicum and it was a lot of fun to do. I had the Canadian P. Eh (Personal Ehssistant hehehe) as the “tour guide” around the studio. It was also a lot of fun to have others in the studio to participate!

Few screenshots of photos taken for Instagram:


The Canadian P. Eh himself







Timesheet (Week 1-4):

It is recorded as 7 hours in the time schedule because it does not include lunch and breaks.

Week 1


Week 2


Week 3


Week 4

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Practicum Week 2 (Repost)

Practicum Week 2

For this week, Stacey and I had a meeting on Monday with the production manager, Sandy. We checked in to see where we are with our current projects and talked about what projects I would be doing after Jimmy Changas. Stacey said they check in with Sandy every Monday to see where we are with our projects. Near the end of week 1, I was assigned to Gringos (a sister company of Jimmy Changas). When both of the projects were completed, I sent the 1st proof of both projects to Sandy (who is also our internal). For smaller projects, the studio sends all the 1st proofs to Sandy for proofing. For larger projects that have a larger amount of texts, the studio outsources proofers from outside. On Monday, one of the outsourced proofers decided to pay a visit to the company (apparently, it was the first time she ever came to the studio and she worked with Kidzsmart for years).


Later in the day, Sandy got back to me with corrections to be made for the projects. After Sandy approved the corrections I made, I send both projects to Michelle, our account manager, who contacts with the client directly. Along with the project, I sent along a Proof Confirmation form for the client to sign off. Now, I am waiting for the clients’ feedback/approval.


While I was working on Jimmy Changas and Gringos projects, I encountered some technical issues with the Adobe software where I couldn’t open up InDesign files. It was a little frustrating because it slowed down workflow a little bit. But the problem was resolved later in the afternoon, so all is good.


After Gringos and Jimmy Changas, I worked on an illustration about World Ocean Day that will be used for Kidzsmart’s social media accounts. Kidzsmart has a list of national days for artists to illustrate for social media. I worked on that project for 3 hours before when I got assigned to an activity book project for Chevy, a Mexican restaurant, which has an upcoming deadline ( the illustration for social media was less of a priority and World Ocean Day is not until June 6th). For Chevy, I have to complete one of the interior spreads (one of the interior spreads and the cover is already completed by artists from the Gibson office). So, I will be continuing with this project the upcoming week. This concludes the second week of my practicum!

Practicum Week 3

For this week, I heard back from the client about Jimmy Changas and Gringos project The client said one of the game I made for Gringos was too difficult for children. Therefore, I need to create a new game that is easier for the age group. After I made the changes, I sent them off to proofer, then to the client again. Afterward, we received approval for both of the projects! So now, both projects are going to be proofed once again by Sandy (our studio proofer) before sending the projects to print!

Meanwhile, I have also finished one of the interiors spread for Chevys activity book. For this project, the other interior spread and the cover were done by another artist, Stephen (who is located at the Gibson office). At the Gibson office, they were having printer problems where the text was overlaying for the printouts. Therefore, when Sandy told me about the Chevys’ activity book having overlaying text, we had to double check with the printer in the Vancouver office (but all was good!).


Our meeting room.



As I wait for feedback about Chevys, Jimmy Changas, and Gringos, I am currently working on a backdrop for Kidzsmart. The sales team will be going to a convention (either be in April or May). Therefore, we are currently creating promotional materials. One of the conventions they will be going to is called the National Restaurant Association (or the NRA hehehe). For this project, I am working with Jana, the Associate Creative Director. Because she is working on the banners and other elements, we communicate with each other on Skype in order to make the artwork and design cohesive.

One of the highlights of this week was our production manager’s, Pierre, birthday! So, the day before, we were all secretly signing a birthday (which was kept in a document envelope and passed around haha). On his birthday, Grant, the sales manager, gave him the card and a box of chocolate cupcakes. To celebrate, we all ordered noodles from Noodlebox using Foodora for lunch. That day there were only 5 people in the office, so we all ate lunch in Pierre’s office (which he shares with Jordan, our accountant/Human Resource). That day, Grant and  Dan, our creative team lead, also said the studio gained a new client that day. So, it was a very eventful and happy week!


Pierre’s Birthday Card


100 Day Project: Day 100


The end of the year is coming and this concludes the end of the 100 Day project! I started this project started to draw something every day. This project took a longer than I thought but I was glad to get it done in the end. There are a lot of things going through my mind right now at this point, but thanks so much for everyone’s support, and hopefully you will stick around for more to come!