Illustrations by Ella Manor Lapointe

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'M' is for Mask

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This weeks Illustration Friday Challenge was the word 'Mask'.

I have been interested in illustrated letters for a while now and thought I would give it a try. It was both challenging and interesting to try and create a specific character even though her face is completely covered with an oversized mask, similarly to balance a recognizable letter of the ABC that would still feel like it was something else as well, maybe a ginger cat... 


'M' is for Mask,  a watercolor illustration by Ella Lapointe

'M' is for Mask, a watercolor illustration by Ella Lapointe

Illustration Friday: 'Temptation'

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This week's topic was the word 'Temptation'. 

As a child whenever we had cake in the house, which was not very often, I would ask: "what's this cake for?". Hoping the answer would be something like:" oh, we can eat it right now if you like!'. Alas, this was seldom the case. and so I would have to wait patiently until the time of the event which the cake was intended for. It may have only been an hour or so away but it felt like eternity to resist the temptation… Maybe that's what this little girl is feeling...

'What's this cake for?!' a watercolor illustration by Ella Lapointe.


*I originally created this illustration for the word 'Refrain' but did not have a chance to post it to IF at the time.

Illustration Friday: 'Vanity'

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Visiting my sister in London. She kindly gave me free reign to cut into her piles of Bridal magazines, left over from when she planned her wedding about five years ago. It's funny how I originally had the idea to play with the contrast of big very extravagant figures and a small plain one, I was thinking about an urban setting and a little girl, perhaps a clothes store?! As my idea evolved further I landed at a well known fairytale which enabled my imagination to go wild... Can you recognize it?

Cinderella's vane stepsisters getting ready for the ball.


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This week's illustration Friday challenge was the word Prehistoric.

I thought to myself: "hmm… 'Prehistoric', that's a tricky one… Cave drawings?! People wearing animal skins?!" 

I found myself gravitating more and more to over thinking and unnecessarily complicating the whole thing, wishing I knew more about those ancient times (before recorded time), oh well… Seen as Valentine's Day is fast approaching and it is much too easy to forget that friendship is a very special and precious kind of Love, I decided to draw a boy who has a green dinosaur as his best friend.

A prehistoric best friend

Illustration Friday: 'Energy'

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This week's challenge was: "Energy". I had a few ideas mostly involving children or pets and their seemingly unlimited energy in contrast with the adults in their lives... Upon further consideration however,  I felt inspired to take it in a different direction and focus on a more inward, subtle kind of energy. I thought of the invisible and inexplicable, yet very real,  healing effect of a mother's kiss. This poor little boy fell off his bike and is rather upset but don't worry! soon he will feel much better.

"Mother will kiss it better", an original watercolor illustration by Ella Lapointe.

Illustration Friday: 'Creature'

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This week's Illustration Friday challenge was the word: "Creature". It has been a very busy week and the laundry keeps piling up, in various evolutionary stages, waiting to either be washed, folded or put away. Well, at least it provides inspiration!!! My two year old niece, in London, just loves messing up a hamper of freshly folded clothes... Here's what I came up with.

 "Creature", a mixed media illustration by Ella Lapointe.

Illustration Friday: 'Entangled'

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Oh Boy what a week it has been!!! I've been entangled in so many different projects, pulling me in every possible direction… I can't believe I somehow managed to make something for this week's Illustration Friday challenge: Entangled. Here's the pen and marker illustration I came up with.

 "Entangled", a pen and marker illustration by Ella Lapointe.