Elmo sticks around to party in Vancouver

Elmo sticks around to party in Vancouver

What we discovered on both the trips, is that Elmo decided to stay extra days in Vancouver. On the way in to Amsterdam, he stayed for 36 hours, and on the way out he stayed for a couple of days before getting back to Auckland.

I had a blast doing this cartoon, as it had so much colour.

About this cartoon

Usually once I hit a rough spot, and suffer, the next illustration is almost always to my utmost satisfaction. Once I bounced a bit on the Brrr Amsterdam cartoon (and redid it) the ones that followed were hugely satisfying for me. This one, however, I wanted to take extra care to get right. And that’s when you usually get it wrong. All the same, I did my due diligence. I pulled out a photo of what turned out to be Toronto (not Vancouver).

But it worked just fine because I was able to get the exact colours of the sky, the sea and that made for a great background. Now I was on my way. The foreground with Elmo was a lot easier.

I’m almost glad Elmo stayed over in Vancouver, or this cartoon would never have existed.

P.S. That horizon line looks a bit angled at the far end. It’s not. Horizon lines need to be absolutely straight. The reason it looks that way is because of the angle of paper. Well, that’s what I think,¬†anyway.


  1. Zander · July 11, 2013 Reply

    Having lived in both Toronto and Vancouver for many years, the background you chose doesn’t singly identify either one of them, and so could easily work for either… really nice job!

    • Sean D'Souza · July 11, 2013 Reply

      Yes, I mostly chose it for the colour of the sky. But I did notice the tower (The Toronto Tower) in the photo. Well, that didn’t matter too much because I was really after the sky and the reflections. It’s a whole different ball game copying a real scene vs. just drawing what’s in your head.

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