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Ash Illustration

The art of Ashley Cruikshank. Ash is a Canadian illustrator residing in Toronto. When not drawing, she enjoys hanging out with her three cats, Kali, Trixie and Evie and frustrating her boyfriend, graphic designer, Phil Roberto.

Updated: 2015-09-16T15:03:00.041-04:00


All things come to an end...


Big update. Lots of things going on. Self discovery and realization. More to come...

Big Update

2011-10-18T21:04:25.857-04:00 will now redirect here, once the domain registration and forwarding is done.


. Moved back to Toronto, housed with some roomies for a year, then purchased a condo with Phil. Living by the lake is nice.

. Adopted a new kitten named Evie. She's all white with one blue eye and one green eye. She is the David Bowie of all kittens.

. Started writing and illustrating my illustrated short story book.

. Got back into art. Just recently. Let's hope it continues. I missed you art.

. Com'on, get on with it. The art.. THE ART. Fine. Here it is.

First Illustration from my book

Commissioned drawing

Charity piece for the Durham Region Roller Derby.



So, if it's not one thing, it's another... lol I broke my foot, so I haven't been working. I SHOULD be painting and drawing more, but it's like all of the motivation has been sucked out of me.

This is like.. Week 5? now, and i finally painted something. I got new xrays last week, I haven't even begun to heal (which is apparently normal), so it sucks. Big time. The pain isn't bad unless I walk around a lot, hence the reason I cannot work right now. Me calf muscle feels like it's on the stretcher, from being contorted different ways to accomodate my foot.

In the last year, I've injured myself and needed hospital treatment twice now. Lame. lol


Swallowed, 2010
8x10 acrylic on wood.



Here is a drawing I did too, represent Sada Abe. You can google her if you don't know about her. I dare you. Just a warning, it's pretty messed up.


Both are for sale on my Etsy shoppe in either print form or original



Okay, so I haven't been around much... Been working two jobs, plus my freelance work... And my computer DIED about a month ago, just got it up and running once again.. So I'll try to blog more, but I'm the laziest blogger in history.

Uh, yea... So, here's some art.


Half Price Prints!


I'm selling my prints for HALF the price for this week, for the end of summer. :) Originally priced at $10/print + shipping, they are now....

$5 +shipping!!! Awesome.

Check it out!

The Amazing $5 Print Sale



I should spread this around, cause I want to Custom stamped sterling silver ring is the prize.AMAZING.

Nest Blossoms

Good luck!

HUGE Update! Paintings and Plushies, OH MY!


So, I'm alive, i have paintings and I've been dabbling in plushies. I've started my new job.. Sorta.. I hope they give me more hours, my poor credit card hates me right now...

So, here's som recent work, all is available for sale at my Etsy store, both original and prints as well as the plushies! I also have a HUGE (okay, sorta huge) amount of ACEO collector cards, both original and prints for sale at my Etsy store. All for under $17.

Vireo.Etsy.Com - Original Art and Toys

Elenor the StarFish


Igor the Love Monster


Sleep Little Owl - 3x4" mini painting


Panda Star - 3x4" mini painting




Go visit Mesha's Blog

Mesha's Blog

And enter her contest, kay?

Some new paintings



Not much to saaaay.... FOR SALE ETSY SHOP

Some Beautiful Jewellery


Check out miasophia@Etsy for some really stunning jewellery!!

Join the Etsy Chatters team

One more commission


Another, finished last night

Some Commissions


Some commissions I've finished while I've been between jobs.


Mermaid commission 1/2


1/2 Of a mermaid commission on Etsy.




You never know what you'll see in the watery depths.

8"x10" Hand painted Beechwood cradle board.

Acrylics on Beechwood

Finished with slight iridescents(not visible in photo) and high gloss varnish for generations of enjoyment.

Sides are finished with a coat of white paint and varnish, so that it is ready to hang upon arrival.

Available for purchase from my Etsy Shop


Deer Me


A painting.

3"x4" acrylics on beechwood.

For sale at my Etsy Shop.





Did this painting on some 4x6 canvas board that I bought.

This painting is for sale, $30US + shipping. Email me, if interested ash.cruikshank at

Will O' Wisp - FULL COLOUR


Finally completed this. my hand is looking and feeling better. Down to two bandages. Polysporin is awesome stuff.

Expect more from me towards the end of the week.



Hey!! Look what I did!


View at own risk, blood and grossness. This means you do not click this link KS. Yes, you. GROSS

Yeah, i did that while washing a glass that broke in my hand. i spent over 2 hrs in the clinic today only to find out that i waited too long for stitches that i now,it's going to take me longer to heal and i'll get a nasty yeah... my right hand is useless and it's my dominent hand...thankfully my instructors (so far) have been understanding. kindof hard to paint when cannot hold hand is wrapped like a mummy. hence the lack of caps....i have to shower with a bag taped to my wrist. :(

anyways, art is on hiatus until further notice.

Will O' Wisp - Sketch


Ooooh, the workings of a new piece.

Will O' Wisp

The actually depictions of the will o' wisp will be those blobs in the BG. Will o' wisps are lights that would leave travellers astray. Also known as witch or fairy lights, there were said to be held by mischievous fairies. Once getting a traveller totally lost or near the edge of a cliff, the fairy would snuff out their light, snicker and leave the traveller lost and alone.



Unari. Mixed media... watercolours, inks, gold gel pen, markers, soft pastels.

Melusine Final



Finally done. Now I get to work all day on the next one.. So behind!

AND it continues...


The bad luck, that is..

So, I go to prepare a portfolio for my big job interview on tuesday... Only to have my back-up hard drive with ALL of my recent work (minues Merrow, Melusine, Kelpie and Vireo arts, THANKFULLY!!) not work.. And I mean, not work.. As in, it won't spin, and therefore won't let me access my files... So, yah.. I thought I was screwed, but THANKFULLY I remember that most of my work is on as prints at dA... Just, I enabled downloads for those pieces and got them. They are in JPEG format, unfortunately, but atleast they are atleast 300dpi, if not 600dpi.

Just add it to the list....

Melusine WIP



WIP of my Melusine.



Okay, so I sliced off a chunk of thumb and finger at work yesterday.. Nice.. Miss Holly and I went and searched for the chunk, found it and threw it out. Nasty. So, I'm all bandaged up. You don't realise how much you use your non-dominant thumb until it hurts like hell..

ANYWAYS, here's a sketch. Cheers.

Updated Melusine Sketch



Not too fond of these next few sketches, but we'll see where they lead to. This thrusday is the first day that I get to meet the student I'm mentoring. That should be interesting. Hopefully I'll be able to lead in the right direction.

Bad luck continues.. Cats broke one of my few wine glasses, toilet over flowed... AFTER I peed (nice, I know), and now the power button on my desktop broke off, so I won't have a desktop for the next few weeks.. Thankfully, I have my laptop. Looking forward to next week, as my interview is approaching.

Here are the sketches. These are for my encyclopaedia as well.. I don't know, just not to fond of them at this stage.

Will O' The Wisp


This is a portrait of my friend Ty ( he made fun of me for drawing something in 'chibi' style. He makes for an adorable 'chibi'.