VanCAF Report

What a blast this weekend at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! Here are some highlights from the event, from my point of view:

-Meeting other awesome artists such as Elaine Will, Katie So, Wei Li, Cindy Chiang, Cloudscapcomics, and many others. Make sure you click on the links to check out their work!

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-Am impromptu performance of the music in my new comic “My Eurydice” by three strangers!

dino_simpson_a-I am now a Simpson’s character, how cool is that? Courtesy of James Lloyd, who has been pencilling the Simpson’s comics for the last almost-14 years. I told him I look like a fusion of Edna and Milhouse, hah!

-Having worked on a project called Haikucomics, it was wonderful meeting Jessica Tremblay, who has been making cartoons about haiku since 2007!

Finally, it was great to be there to meet the gracious people who told me they enjoyed my work or bought my book. Many thanks to the new and old faces who showed up and showed their support <3

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Dr. Sketchy Vancouver

So I finally made it to this “Dr. Sketchy” thing I’ve been hearing about all over the place. It’s a life drawing event at a local diner / bar that features a burlesque model. This month’s theme is the TV show Breaking Bad, which unfortunately I can’t say I’m familiar with.

01The venue was packed with fellow drawers. I loved the beautiful wallpapers. The sun shone brightly through the doors – perfect day for a beer (or two).

02Started off with some one-minute poses. I love quick poses, they really get your adrenaline pumping! The quickness forces you to stop thinking and just react to what’s happening in front of you. These quick ones often set the tone for the rest of the session.

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It was my first time at a Dr. Sketchy’s event, and I really enjoyed the sequential aspect of it. The model started off covered in a yellow plastic suit and a pair of goggles, and in fun and dramatic fashion took off her clothes from pose to pose, allowing great storytelling potentials.

04050607The model had a very retro, pin-up, look and feel, so I tried to incorporate a little Jules Chéret and Alfonse Mucha into some of the designs.

08During the intermission the model came out and did a little strip tease dance. It was the funnest part to draw!

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The session ended with some longer poses. At this point the beers started kicking in so I just relaxed and drew.

What a way to spend a Sunday evening – friends, drawing, burlesque, and beers!