Art has been a constant in my life since I could grasp a crayon. Through various dabbling in other pursuits, drawing never went away, and it took me seventeen years to realize that it was what I wanted to do the rest of my life.
My first four years in post secondary, I took visual arts at Augustana, part of the University of Alberta, learning how to paint and pushing myself to do things I never thought capable of. Once I'd finished there in 2013, it became clear that I wasn't done with school, so I enrolled at Alberta College of Art and Design in the Design/Character Design program. It was an amazing, gruelling, brain cracking three years that in the end made me feel happy and ready to draw every world that came into my head.
It's what I've been doing ever since.
University of Alberta, ‘13: Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts, double Minor in English and History
Alberta College of Art and Design, ‘16: Bachelor of Design, focus in Character Design
Applied Arts Student Award, 2016, Illustration
CURRENT PROJECT: Anu and the Wolves
This was an end of the year project that expanded into something that I've worked at diligently for the past two years. She was initially inspired by my grandmother, and has since grown into her own person.
The story follows the adventures of a young girl living in the wilds of Estonia with her wolf family. When a young soldier from a new country in the old United States comes to her home on a research mission, everything they've known is thrown into question.
All photos and artwork copyright to Pauline Brennen