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lydia lemieux



lydia / 18 / toronto / art & design student

this blog is a creative challenge to keep me creating

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UPDATE:

This tumblr will not longer be running, I’ve moved over to another account under the same url: http://www.llmx.tumblr.com 

This is simply to base my blog on it’s own account instead of on my personal account. Please click the link above to access my new blog!

assignment || editorial illustration based on an abstract

course || illustrative concepts, first year 

medium || digital rendering, photoshop

my illustrative concepts teacher this semester has been big on practicality, most of our assignments are designed to be similar to real illustration/design jobs, which, in my opinion, has been really great practice . 

the majority of our assignments this semester will be based on creating editorial illustrations for a client, based on abstracts that we are given. the abstract used here is “An article about a woman who had been writing a newspaper column from the perspective of a high powered business man”. 

the first image is the piece i submitted to be critiqued and the second is changes i made after the critique 

assignment || ”iconic thinking”

course || illustrative concepts, first year 

medium || digitally rendered, photoshop & illustrator

a series of three icon illustrations i did for my illustrative concepts class. the assignment dealt with illustrating statistics into icons that would communicate their messages clearly. the statistics i did were: 

1. fingernails grow faster than toenails 

2. americans consume a lot of pizza 

3. 6% of proposals happen over the phone 

was a fun assignment for me because i finally got to render something digitally for an assignment. also i cried my way through this course last semester and this semester it’s been a lot of fun . looking forward to the rest of the term in this class. 

assignment || nostalgic photographic (stage 1/ experiments) 

course || media analogue, first year 

medium || mixed media traditional (gouache, india ink, oil based marker, photocopy transfers) 

a series of 6 mixed media experimental paintings I did for the preliminary stage of a Media Analogue assignment. they are all based off of a photograph with which we are supposed to create a nostalgic feeling out of (black and white only). had a lot of fun with this assignment and currently loving this class!

will be posting each image individually with a list of the mediums used, as well as the progression as i move onto the final stages of the assignment :3 

" you see the depths of my heart and you love me the same " 
chris tomlin / indescribable 
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traditional mixed media; acrylic gouache / white india ink 
made while experimenting with techniques for a media analogue assignment. i’ve always loved this quote from Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable”.
it always shocks and amazes me when i think how God can see the depths of my heart, and still love me unconditionally . just thinking about how he is a holy God and cannot stand sin, but still loves me and and loves me as MUCH as he does .. is just something that always catches me off guard no matter how much i think about it. 

" you see the depths of my heart and you love me the same " 

chris tomlin / indescribable 

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traditional mixed media; acrylic gouache / white india ink 

made while experimenting with techniques for a media analogue assignment. i’ve always loved this quote from Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable”.

it always shocks and amazes me when i think how God can see the depths of my heart, and still love me unconditionally . just thinking about how he is a holy God and cannot stand sin, but still loves me and and loves me as MUCH as he does .. is just something that always catches me off guard no matter how much i think about it. 

fall 2013 semester moments

realized i never posted up any artwork during first semester, so here are a few sadly low-res shots from off of my phone. 

first illustration assignment . painted a cup 4 different ways to evoke 4 different emotions . 

another illustration assignment . considering photographing this one properly because there was actually a lot of line work in this one and drawing all those lines was NOT cute . 

an assignment for color class where we were only allowed to use dot, plane, line and the achromatic color scheme. loved this class, mostly because the prof was wonderful . i know lots of people hated him for being hard but he is honestly one of the most dedicated and helpful teachers i’ve ever had . 

anyways, i wrote this post out once and then my computer crashed and i proceeded to cry for 5 minutes before restarting my computer and writing the summarized version of that post in approx 2 minutes . i basically explained that in retrospect of the last semester, i really want to keep a consistent effort this semester in all my projects and classes . about halfway into the last semester i got really worn out and though i did fine in all my classes, i was really disappointed in some of my performance near the end . i want to really approach each assignment as if it were a portfolio piece or a piece for a client . may or may not die in the process . jokiiingg, of course . 

more soon , 

llmx 

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"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13 

spent some time this break working with Rahab Ministry again, just volunteering this time around. the women there are so lovely and what they do is absolutely incredible, it’s always nice to work with them and i really wish i could have designed more for them this break.
not many lookbook/fashion posts coming soon. school has started and i really want to focus on illustration and painting and designing… doing fashion/style posts kind of throws me off. it’s strange because i actually really love doing them but at the same time they’re very distracting and also fairly time consuming. i always get into periods of motivation where i really want to get back into fashion/style blogging but then i always choose to take another hiatus because it’s just something that’s hard to balance with everything else i need to do . 
also i really really really need to focus on my art/design skills which, i must admit, have become quite neglected in the past three years or so. perhaps once i’ve developed a bit more in these fields and once i’ve stabilized myself in balancing the priorities in my life, i can think about taking up fashion blogging/lookbook’ing again. 

spent some time this break working with Rahab Ministry again, just volunteering this time around. the women there are so lovely and what they do is absolutely incredible, it’s always nice to work with them and i really wish i could have designed more for them this break.

not many lookbook/fashion posts coming soon. school has started and i really want to focus on illustration and painting and designing… doing fashion/style posts kind of throws me off. it’s strange because i actually really love doing them but at the same time they’re very distracting and also fairly time consuming. i always get into periods of motivation where i really want to get back into fashion/style blogging but then i always choose to take another hiatus because it’s just something that’s hard to balance with everything else i need to do . 

also i really really really need to focus on my art/design skills which, i must admit, have become quite neglected in the past three years or so. perhaps once i’ve developed a bit more in these fields and once i’ve stabilized myself in balancing the priorities in my life, i can think about taking up fashion blogging/lookbook’ing again. 

tis the season

i recently finished exams and since then the /holidays/ have started for me. it’s my first year of university length holidays- something i’ve always wanted since it’s almost double the time of high-school holidays. i now have a full month (well three weeks now) to celebrate and to relax. as always, i plan to be productive with my time and there’s plenty i want to accomplish in these weeks, but as we all know that is probably NOT going to happen and most of my time will probably slip away watching The Mentalist back to back, eating junk food and rolling around on my bed. 

it is my goal to accomplish more than that. i really want to draw, read, write, paint, you know.. do things. i also really want to appreciate the people around me. spend more time with people i care about , catch up with people that i haven’t seen in a while. but mostly i just really want to get into the season. into the /holiday/ spirit. when i was younger, the Christmas season was so essential. it was a time that was so warm and so very memorable.. it’s hard to put into words. it’s nostalgic to the point where it seeps into my bones.

the time had a feeling of it’s own, and in the past few years i have just never felt even close to that. in highschool i would finish school just a few days for Christmas so i was never able to really get into the spirit very much. now i have the time and the chance. it’s going to be a lot of Christmas movie marathons and Christmas music on repeat and hot chocolate and time with friends and family and LOTS of time with the church but MOSTLY just a lot of time with Christ in reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. 

and just a few days ago i was just having this conversation with a younger girl from my youth group about Christmas and just what it meant. the importance of this holiday season, and stripping back everything that has become attached to it. for me, this time of the year is a lot of things, but at the core, at the centre, the main point and the only thing that really matters is the celebration of my Saviour. 

i digress… or do i? perhaps that was the whole message, as it should be. i’m ecstatic to be in the midst of the /holidays/ but i have realized that i need to be more conscious and efficient with my time . as we all do from time to time, i suppose . anyways, in true /holiday spirit/ i did this very brief 10 minute shoot with Dan  the very day after i completed my final exam. and it turned out better than we had thought (funny this always happens with our shoots). 

am i cheesy Christmas card worthy yet? haha joking… not joking… more soon xx 

fall photoshoot 2013 

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Photographer/ Dan Gonzales 

Location/ High Park

A few select shots from a photoshoot I went on with a friend a few weeks ago. We hadn’t shot together in a while so we were both happily surprised with the results. 

I haven’t posted in a while but I really want to get back into it (if I got a dollar every time I said this haha). Hopefully more collabs in the future and just a consistent flow of creative work. We’ll see. 

Outfit/ 

black hat / TNA 

scarf & thigh highs / DIY 

grey dress / ardenes 

cardigan & bag / thrifted 

Ahah it’s always funny writing down my outfits because I feel like I just scrap my outfits together from the random-est of places. 

More posts coming soon. I promise. :) 

the summer post that never was

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I MEANT TO POST THIS A LONG TIME AGO BUT I NEVER WROTE ANYTHING and i still haven’t so.. here is a post-less post . 

outfit is / 

black velvet skirt (self-made), loose knit sweater (zara), chain strap bag (aldo), boat shoes (bass), sunglasses (fossil