The Clue Experiment

Hello there!

So a few weeks ago I started a personal project, totally for fun. I started designing my own "Clue - The Detective Game" playing cards. I loved "Clue" as a kid, and played the game with my sisters very often. 

Of course, the game has been done and redone by many artists over the years and each edition has it's own style and beauty. This experiment was about seeing what I could do with the game if I was given the chance. I wasn't commissioned for this and I only did 9 of the 18 original cards. 

Designing Board Games
In the past, I have designed assets for many online games, but this was the first time designing cards for a board game, which was in some ways similar and in other ways different.

What's similar? The need for unity and harmony between the cards, you need to set your mind on a visual signature very early on and keep it while you're making each card.  For that reason, I recommend sketching all the elements before starting to color anything. Also, after you've done sketching you can experiment with a few different colors and treatment. I like to do this, because it keeps me from doubting my choices later on during the process. Once you've settled on a way of doing things, it will be much easier and faster to go through coloring all the cards. Here's a few ideas on Scarlett's character. And the overall style I've chosen for the different types of cards.

What's different? Board games do not belong on a screen, but rather on your kitchen table surrounded by your friends, in your young and not so young hands! Because of that you interact very differently with them and the size and level of details are very important. While working on this project I kept going back and forth between a zoomed view and an actual size view of each card. That way I avoided working on details that would not show up later on, and saved a lot of time. I also kept and updated file of all the cards next to each other, to make sure they were consistent in style. Finally, contrast and colors are also big issues, and if I wanted to print these, I would probably have to test the colors until I found the best settings. 

In conclusion
Not surprisingly design board games is a labor of the heart, because It's a long process that demands focus and vision. Surprisingly for me, as I usually prefer to draw characters, the room Cards were the most fun! Designing environment can be as fulfilling as designing a cool character! I definitely want to design more projects like this!

If you've read through this post... WOW, you're amazing! Thank you and feel free to comment below and let me know what you're up to! What's your current board game design project? What should I re-design next?

See ya!

Sanaa <3

Treasures In the Attic

I was so happy this morning as I was going through an old storage disk and found so much old illustrations! It gave me the chance to look back at work from 3 to 6 years ago and see how far I've come since then. It brought back all the trials and errors and reminded me of the fact that when you're an Artist you never stop honing your craft. I could see the path (not a straight one) I took to find my own voice and illustration style. 

Also, I remembered where I was when making those illustrations... for some, I was still in school learning animation and not sleeping very much for others I just started my first Studio Job and was inspired by my coworkers. Images can definitely take you places, but when you're the author of those images, they can also take you back in time to a younger self. 

I made this Lady Gaga inspired illustration for a contest on mostly to practice drawing sexy ladies. I had so much fun and ended up winning the opportunity to be published in their monthly magazine! 

3 years ago I took an amazing Class with Louis Gonzalez, and learned to draw better character poses. I made this little mouse when I finished the course! I love it's simplicity and cuteness! 

This last one, I made while taking the Make Art that Sells Boot-camp with Lilla Rogers. That course opened me up to what was possible in the field of Illustration and made try my hand at projects that were completely new for me! I was inspired by some vintage paper dolls I found in a shop around my neighborhood. 

I hope to never stop learning and trying new things! Looking back at how much I've improved, I'm excited to see were hard work will take me! 

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See ya! 


Princess Duo

Greetings to you!

I've been wanting to draw princesses for a while now! It has been a dream subject since childhood, I really can't help it! It's been real fun to draw the dresses! Here I've been inspired by rococo clothes, as I've watched Sofia Coppola's Marie-Antoinette for the gazillion time and tried giving it a simpler more graphic twist! 

Bonjour à vous!

Cela fait très longtemps que je voulais dessiner des princesses! C'est un thème de rêve depuis la tendre enfance et pourtant je n'en n'avais jamais fait! C'était très amusant à faire, et ça m'a donné le goût d’illustrer un livre sur le sujet! J'ai revu dernièrement, pour la millième fois, le film de Sofia Coppola, Marie-Antoinette,  et c'est toujours aussi beau et inspirant! J'ai tenté ici d'en faire une interprétation plus simple et plus graphique. 

Greeting Cards

Hello there!

It's been a while since I shared some of my actual work so here's a few birthday cards I made a little while ago. They'll be available for purchase at Peaceable Kingdom and in stores this summer! I had so much fun making these and working with their great creative Director Jenny Rez!

I'll make sure to show you guys once I get my samples, which will be very soon!


Favorite sketch


Today, I'd like to share an illustration I just made available on my shop!

As many of you know lately SNL celerated its 40th anniversary and made a very long special to commemorate it's best sketches and comedians. I enjoyed it very much and it inspired me to draw a tribute of some of my favorite characters! If you're an SNL fan you probably know this character as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker played by the late Chris Farley. Chris Farley had many amazing characters but this one is by far my favorite! Here he is with his famous catchphrase... in a van, down by the river!

This print is also avalable on t-shirts and hoodies, as well as pillows and tote bags!

Let me know what you think, should I make a series?



Improv Poster

It's been a while crocodiles!

The Start of the year went fairly slowly for me. It was a nice change from the busy busy holidays! Now we are almost spring and things are getting back to their normal pace! As many of you know, working as a freelance illustrator can be fairly lonely, and so, to get me out of the house and with people, I've been doing improvisational theater!

Improv is great! I recommend it to everyone, specially people who want to get out of their shells, laugh and learn with other comedy lovers! I have been taking wonderful classes at the Montreal Improv Theater for about two years, and so I was thrilled when they asked me to make a poster for one of their events called "Ketchup Moutarde", an improv duos show in french held monthly! If you're in the Montreal Area please check out their calendar for more amazing shows in French and in English!

I'm proud to present their new poster, inspired by that lovely condiment couple that is Ketchup and Mustard!
Making Posters is really fun!

See ya!


Journal Cover Design

Hello Internet!

What's up wth me? As some of you know, I'm always on the look out for things to learn and classes to take. With Lilla Rogers's Make art that sells Bootcamp I've been doing just that. And so, I have made a Journal Cover design inspired by nothing else than Edwardian brooches!

I really had dun with shapes and I got to practice making shiny gems! I also really enjoyed making my own lettering!

Take a look at my design!
Would you buy a journal like that?
Would you use it for something specific?

Let me know below!


Free Printable Advent Calendar DIY

Hello Internet!

Xmas will be there soon, and to celebrate the season, and also add some color and fun to my apartment, I have made this colorful advent calendar! I got inspired by monsieur + madame, and made my own patterns and drawings to print out and use to make little paper bags! They are perfect to put candy and surprises in! Just hold them on strings using clothespins and your done! See below for instructions! The download link is at the bottom.

Please enjoy and share!

- Sanaa

You'll need...

my printable advent calendar, scissors, a glue stick, masking tape, some string ( I used yarn) , 24 clothespins, and candy or goodies!


1- Print my free printable advent calendar .pdf file.

2- Cut all the pages in half, and discard excess paper.

3- Fold the paper bags following the line guides.

4- Fold and Glue the back end using a glue stick.

5- Fold and tape the bottom of each bag with masking tape.

6- Trim the top of the bags with scissors. (you can also use craft scissors to cut a fun pattern in the paper)

7- Place your bags on the strings holding them with clothespins.

8- Fill them with goodies, and you're done!

Cute Xmas List + Free printable

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing very well! Let's face it, Christmas is coming soon,  and to avoid getting all stressed out on December, we better start planning now! That's why I made this cute and free printable Christmas to do list! You can use it to write down the things you have to prepare or all the wonderful activities you're going to do on the Holidays!



Xmas To Do List (Yellow and Blue) - Download

Xmas To do List (Red and Green) - Download

Free Halloween Printables!

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing well! Halloween is just around the corner, and for the occasion I have made some free printables for you to enjoy and use on whatever you'd like. They can be used as cupcake toppers, napkin rings, cups, favor tags, envelope stickers, party hats, water bottle labels, and more!! If you happen to use them, please let me see!!! Either tweet me the picture @LSanaa or post it on my facebook page! Also if you'd like to see more stuff like this, let me know, and I'll try to make more of them for Christmas and other Holidays! :D


Typo Play #Halloween

Hello Y'all,

I have been gone for a while, me and my other half were on vacation, trying to enjoy the last days of sun before the constant rain! Meanwhile, I did find some time to draw and explore, specially with hand lettering. It was really fun, although much harder than it seems! I managed to complete this Halloween Poster (my first!) and I'm pretty happy, because it turned out better than what I expected! I tried to use many different styles of writing while trying to keep it harmonious. I would love some feedback from you guys, as I'm really trying to improve my work! What do you think of the lettering and of the color scheme!? Also Halloween is around the corner!!... any costume ideas? I have to say I think I'd like to be a witch this year! Check out this pinterest board on the subject! Long live the classics! :)

Fall is Here!

Hello Internet,

Don't know about where you live, but here in Montreal it seems like Summer's officially gone and that Autumn is here. The change in temperature was pretty drastic too, going from 20 to 0 overnight! Although summer left us without a warning I am pretty excited for the new season. Fall is definitely my favorite time or the year. The weather is not too hot, not too cold and I get to wear my favorite coat and take long peaceful walks in the woods. I love all things autumn like pumpkin soup, cinnamon cocoa and all the colors that nature brings! I like to enjoy all those things knowing that winter will come soon and beware... because winter in Montreal is not for the faint hearted!

And so, to celebrate Fall I have made this themed greeting card design; Meet Gumbo Jones, the banjo playing Frog and his friends the Worm Trio! Happy Fall Y'all!

Bonjour Internet!

Je ne sais pas où vous vivez, mais ici à Montréal il semblerai que l'été a définitivement plié bagage et que l'automne soit bien installé! Du jour au lendemain la température a chuté de 20 à 0 degré. Malgré le départ soudain de l'été je suis très enthousiaste pour la nouvelle saison; l'automne est définitivement ma saison préférée! La température n'y est ni trop chaude ni trop froide et j'ai enfin l'occasion de porter mon manteau préféré et de prendre de paisible marches à travers les bois. J'aime tout ce qui est automne; la soupe à la citrouille, le chocolat chaud à la cannelle et les belles couleurs dont la nature se couvre. J'aime profiter de toutes ses choses sachant que l'hiver arrive à grand pas... et attention l'hiver Montréalais n'est pas fait pour les petites natures!

Et donc, pour célébrer la saison, j'ai réalisé ce design de carte de souhait, Je vous présente Gumbo Jones, la grenouille joueuse de banjo et son Trio de vers de terre chantants!

Happy Fall Y'all!

My postcards are here!

Hello Internet!

I am exited to say that I finally got my promo postcards! And it's a big deal because they are my first ever! As I am trying to make it in illustration, I have had to plan a promotion calendar and build mailing lists! Which is was little stressful, but in a good way! I can't wait to see what jobs will come my way by using this tool! I'm happy with how they turned out, still continues to impress me with their quality! Also I'd like to give a big shout out to Holli Conger who helped me in the past two months to get myself started and create a facebook page, resurrect my website and who has all around taught me a lot!


Dandy Bones is back!

Hello Internet!

Like I already shared last week, I've had so much fun creating that character! So here's a new illustration showing Dandy's favorite activity, sipping on some Absinthe in his drawing room! Funny enough, I've also had a craving for retro horror movies! 1992's Dracula anyone?

Bonjour Internet!

Comme vous le savez, le perso de Dandy Bones, m'a collé à la tête, et donc le revoici dans une illustration où il adhère à son activité préférée; déguster un petit verre d’Absinthe prêt du feu. Aussi, j'ai drôlement envie de regarder des vieux films d'horreur ces temps ci! Dracula de Coppola (1992) ?


DB Sketch

So I really had fun with my previous character, Mr. Dandy Bones! And so, I'm working on a new illustration! uhmmm what colors should I use?


Mr. Dandy Bones

Hi Internet,

It's been a few! So I've done an illustration Friday Piece this week! The theme was skull and I've had a lot of fun making this little illustration of my character, Mr. Dandy Bones. HE GOT SWAG!


Global Talent Search 2014

Hello internet people!

I'm so excited today, because I submitted my Global Talent Search piece. This year the assignment was to make a wall art piece either for the adult or children's market using the theme of terrariums! It was super fun, and really made THINK about color a lot! Would you hang my piece in your little girls room?

Bonjour internet!

Je suis si heureuse aujourd'hui, puisque j'ai soumis mon illustration pour le concours Global Talent Search! Cette année il fallait créer une pièce déco murale soit pour enfants ou adultes, en se basant sur le thème des terrariums. C'était très amusant et ça m'a forcé à vraiment réfléchir à mes couleurs. Est-ce que vous accrocheriez ma pièce sur le mur de la chambre de votre enfant?


Postcard Design

Hi everyone,

Here is a little postcard design I made for myself. I'm pretty happy about how it turned down, I might even print a few copies! Anyone interested?

Bonjour à tous,

Voici un petit design de carte postale. Je suis assez satisfaite de ce ça a donné, je crois même en imprimer pas mal d'exemplaires. Quelqu'un d'intéréssé?


Cooking with Dad

Hello everyone!

Just made a new illustration! Moments between dad and daughter are so important, specially when it's to make Mom a surprise! Have a nice day! For more content like this follow me on facebook at Sanaa Legdani Illustration.