Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Retro Apartment Design - Interior Staging

This is a fun design for a retro inspired theme.
It is important to display collectibles correctly of it becomes busy.

Even the dining room has space for fun things
These old cabinets are cheap and very useful for displaying collectibles

Neatly organized items creates unison.

This is a modern Orange Shag carpet. Far out man!!!!

Cityscape Magazine - Pen and Ink Illustration

It always starts off with a sketch. Usually I just draw a bunch of ideas and decide which one to work with.

Here is an early sketch

This pic shows a few ideas getting fleshed out

The pen and ink process is messy, but the results are great!!

Here is the finished product ready for printing. You can see my signature on the side. Its my traditional Cree syllabics.

Self Portrait - Watercolor Illustration

Here is a Self Portrait I did with watercolors.

Here is the Picture before I painted it. I just break up the face into parts to be painted.

Lino/Block Printing - Rowlf the Dog Illustration

This was a fun project i did with a custom cut lino printer. Its Rowlf the Dog from the Muppet Show!!!

Living Room re-model

This is a re-model of a living room including a false fireplace, new furniture and paint job
This alcove had no real function, but now it is a phone centre and desk.

The lighting fixture was added for better lighting

the scheme was very warm, including these custom made beams with custom stain

This is a good option for a fake fireplace. still glows and easy to maintain

Looks great at night!!

Here is the living room before...

And the alcove before....



Click the Title for the full articles:

Aardema, Barb. Miniature Collector Magazine,Volume 35, No.3, Number 274, July 2012.

Seccia, Stefania. Windspeaker Magazine. Volume 9, Issue 2 , 2011.

Aboriginal Profiles
Assu, Sonny. Aboriginal Access Magazine, Emily Carr University, Feb:18 , 2010.


CBC RADIO - Cree artists inspires next generation of indigenous youth
 CBC RADIO - Alberta Artist creates tiny replica of "IT" house
Vern. Magazine - Alberta man creates the most amazing model replica
Action Figure Insider
Windspeaker Newspaper
Muppet Mindset

The Escapist Magazine
Some Guy on the Net
Bit Rebels
Boing! Boing!
New Design


Comments and Reviews

Lance cardinal’s passion for creativity and commitment to big ideas has caught the attention of many industry professionals. Here is what they have to say about his work:

          "I am...simply and utterly...blown away. Seriously...one of the most beautiful, most inspiring things I have ever seen anybody do…"
-Ken Lilly, on my miniature muppet theatre, Former VP of Product Development atPalisades Toys.

"Truly amazing! Soooo much love put into your projects. This is making the rounds to all Henson employees (past & present). You should be VERY proud of your work and we congratulate you!"
                   -Ed Christie, former NY Muppet Workshop VP/Manager

            “I believe Lance is going to have a brilliant career in the arts whether it is set designing, producing or performing on stage.”
   -Pat Waldron, Artistic Producer Ophidian Entertainment, Vancouver, BC

“Lance Cardinal’s production design is nursery school gorgeous. Design elements are consistently inspired.”
           -Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight Magazine, Vancouver  (Honk! Arts Club Theatre, Ophidian Entertainment)

“In many ways, Lance Cardinal’s set is the star!”        
-Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight magazine, Vancouver (The Wind in the Willows, Carousel Theatre)

“Lance Cardinal's set is a delight. It's a blue and green watery world where phantom trees and glowing fireplaces glide on and offstage.”
                           -Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier (The Wind in the Willows, carousel Theatre)

    "I was feeling a little jaded and disillusioned with life and then I stumbled across your blog...now I feel like I can do anything! Come on world is that all you've got! Thanks Lance - you've shown me there is still hope for us as a species xxx"


Lance Cardinal
Email: lancecardinal75@gmail.com                    Cell: (780) 695-0195         

Curriculum Vitae

Bigstone Cree Nation, Desmarais, Alberta, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2012 "Oilfields of Home"

Solo Photographic Exhibition, Reservation D, Wabasca/Desmaris

2011 "Pushing Boundaries"
 Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show, CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver
2011 "Grand Entry"
Aboriginal Art Show, Concourse Gallery + Aboriginal Gathering Place Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver

2010 "Foundation Show"
Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver

2010 "Bloodlines" 
Aboriginal Art Show, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver


Aardema, Barb. Miniature Collector Magazine,Volume 35, No.3, Number 274, July 2012.
Seccia, Stefania. Windspeaker Magazine. Volume 9, Issue 2 , 2011.

Aboriginal Profiles.”
Assu, Sonny. Aboriginal Access Magazine, Emily Carr University, Feb:18 , 2010.



Bigstone Chief Memorial Sculpture Garden 2008   Commissioned by the Bigstone Cree Nation School, Desmarais, Alberta


Emily Carr University of Art + Design ,  Vancouver, BC, Canada 2009-Present  
BFA, Sculpture Major - Minor:Illustration


"The Wind in the Willows", Carousel Theatre, 2007 (Outstanding Set Design)

“A Christmas Carol” Carousel Theatre, 2006 (Outstanding Set Design)



This full evening LIVE event was co-created by my Partner Jeff Cox and I in 2006 at the Caprice Nightclub in downtown Vancouver. I also Directed, Designed and arranged music for this production. Jeff Produced this one, with amazing choreography by Dawn Ewen. It was a 1970s showlounge tribute show, showcasing songs from the old Las Vegas strip.Artists celebrated included Sonny and Cher, Elvis, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Ike and Tina. Show Photos can be seen here: Lost Vegas Live! Costume Designs seen here: Lost Vegas Costume Designs


The show was Co-created by my partner Jeff Cox and I in 2007 and was so much fun to do. I Artistic Directed, Performed and arranged music for this production. It was like Tony and Tina's Wedding, but set in a disco nightclub of the 1970s. It had characters interacting with the crowds, songs sung live by amazing professional singers, solid gold dancers, and an entire evening of interactive entertainment. The script and "Live action" directing was provided by Joseph Davies (the singing Cop in this video).Pat Waldron was our producer and Choreography was provided by Dawn Ewen. Below is another clip from the Show..can you guess who we are..... I am the leather-man in this video...Jeff is the construction worker...enjoy!


I Produced/Directed/Designed and built this show as part of Bigstone Cree Nation's OPK School 10 year anniversary celebrations in 2008. The performance told the story of northern Alberta's first nations landscape from the beginning of time. The giant life-sized puppets were designed by me and created together with the students. Read more about it here: First Nations Puppetry Project

NBC REALITY SHOW, "Your Big Break!"

This was from the time I was on NBC's "Your Big Break!" Television Reality Show in 1999. I was one of only 2 Canadians picked. There was over 100,000 people who auditioned from USA and Canada!! They flew me to NBC studios in LA and I got to meet Jay Leno. This show was BEFORE American Idol, and it was my 5 minute moment as a reality show star! Such Fun! Sorry, the sound is a bit touchy....it's VHS after all!!


This is a medley of clips from a Halloween Variety Show co-created by my Partner Jeff Cox and I in 2004. I also Produced, Designed (set and costumes) Performed and Directed this one which was at the Presentation House in North Vancouver. This was part of a Halloween party and show we put on to celebrate our favorite time of year. Choreography is by Dana Kosalko. Thriller Puppetry and set construction by Jay Pynn.