TCAF

I just got back from TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) 2015 and it was a great experience. I think it’s very important for authors and artists to build a healthy relationship with their readers, and it was a great pleasure getting to meet mine (you are the best <3).

I spent the next couple of days hanging out in Toronto. This city reminds me of New York so much, half the time I was there it felt like I was in a different country. Here are a few drawings from my trip:

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Reportage Drawing Day: Bard on the Beach

topsBard on the Beach is a Vancouver thing, where plays by the Bard are performed, well, on the beach. This is my first one, and proved to be a pleasant surprise. Ladies and gentlemen – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

setEven before the play began it was apparent that the entire production design takes on a very contemporary twist. I like the direction they took. I think the updated sensibility really appeals to the west coast audience.
theseusTheseus and Hippolyta.maleIdentities, particularly the lack of them, is a prominent theme in this play. Here is an illustration of the male characters’ identities blurred together.femaleAnd the female characters’ identities blurred.

puckPuck the deceptive and mischievous prankster.

oberon_titaniaOberon vs. Titania

titaniaTitania, close-up.

assTitania loves an ass!

tops02And one more drawing of the tops for the road!

cover_mockAlso did some thumbnails for book jackets. These are coming soon!

Are You, like, into Math?

gastown_72Here’s the latest reportage drawing I did at Gastown, it’s really one of my favourite places to draw in Vancouver. I tried to include as many iconic symbols that represent Gastown as I could – cobblestones, bricks, the beautiful Victorian lamps, the Flatiron-esque building, people eating and drinking, the statue of Gassy Jack, the metallic chains and posts, and the gorgeous Vancouver fall foliage.

A stranger stopped to watch me draw as I carved the cobblestones on the ground and laid bricks on the buildings. She asked me if I was into math because she thought my drawing was “clean and precise”. I thought most random strangers would’ve said my drawing was spontaneous or messy, so that was a very flattering and interesting thing to say, it totally made my day!

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

I had the pleasure of experiencing a traditional Japanese tea ceremony a few weeks ago at Vancouver’s Nitobe Memorial Garden. The ceremony took place at a tea house located in the garden called Ichobo-an.

01“Ichibo” in Japanese means “one view”. Whereas the experience of the garden was meant to symbolize a journey through life from birth to death, the tea house offers a perfect view of the garden – a view of the journey of life from birth through death! Here’s what the view looks like from Ichobo-an.

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 We got to the ceremony relatively late, so we ended up getting a terrific view of the back of the tea master’s head.

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Everything in the ceremony had a symbolic meaning, from the decorations of the interiors to the tools and cups to the gestures of the tea master and the participants. There was a very particular way that you had to turn the tea cup before slurping the tea.

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The Japanese ladies serving the tea were very sweet.

04Here’s a look at a couple of other participants at the tea ceremony.

03Lastly, when in Rome… here are some drawings done at the Nitobe Garden.

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Well, that wraps it up for the Haikucomics related blog posts! I hope that the blog posts have increased your appreciation for the comics, and vice versa. It definitely was enjoyable for me making them. 🙂