About the Artist
Erin is a comic artist and illustrator based in the Kootenays of British Columbia. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide range of interests and skills. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, where she earned an award for the contributions she made towards the grad show and catalogue. She experimented with studio art in unique ways to include her comics. This manifested in a series of "overlays", where she took entire chapters of her comics and collaged them into one cohesive art piece. As her graduation project, she created a series of animated shorts telling surreal and bizarre stories.
Erin is currently working towards a Masters in Illustration through the University of Falmouth, with a graduation date of May 2024. The program is unique to her interests because it includes storytelling modules that are more relevant to comics than a Creative Writing or Studio Art Masters Degree. Expectations are a lot more practical than other programs, with a 70% focus on applied learning.
Her work consists of magical skeletons, time travelling warriors and cats... lots of cats! What started as a childhood obsession turned into a form of branding for Erin. She is known locally as "the cat lady" and has a wide selection of cat themed products, such as mugs, t-shirts, art prints, comics, colouring books, dice bags and even handmade plushies!
Erin has been making art for almost 20 years, and started drawing digitally in 2009. As an early adopter to digital media, she has a unique insight into how to apply studio methodology to her digital work, as well as how to commercialize pieces. Even though most of her illustrations are digital, she makes a concerted effort to produce prints and collect pieces into albums, so that she has a tangible collection of her work.
She is influenced by Japanese manga and North American graphic novels. Specific examples include Sailor Moon, Chibi Vampire, Scott Pilgrim, Ranma 1/2, Princess Knight and Ouran High School Host Club. Erin also is a fan of local comic illustrators like Celeste (@flooflebutt) and Rian & Sage (@lovespells).
Erin has a Minor in Film Studies, and is greatly interested in Film and Television. A significant portion of her work includes comments about current shows and movies. She also has an entire series of illustrations that parody popular culture. Originally, they started as cat parodies, but she has now branched out to other animals, including deer and badgers. The parodies have been so successful that she is constantly being asked to make new pieces - which is definitely a good problem to have!
When Erin is not creating art, she spends time with her family, hikes mountains, and plays video games. Some of her favourite games are Parkasaurus, Final Fantasy 9 and Rollercoaster Tycoon. She has also amassed an embarrassing amount of time into the Sims franchise, but she had to cut herself off because it was taking over her (real) life.