Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Migrant Worker Blues

This illustration is about a news article I read here: http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/05/11/MexicanUnionBusting/

In short, it's about migrant workers fighting to be able to unionize on BC farms. The workers are trying to unionize, the Mexican government is throwing up obstacles- according to the article, anyways. My illustration mixes its metaphors, but there are just so many to choose from. The fight for workers' rights is ancient, and there is a lot of imagery to go along with it. Think of the revolutions, Che Guevara, guilds, secret fraternities... the issue is ripe with amazing design, symbols, posters, logos, etc. I suppose workers' rights are just that fundamental. You don't need to read a language to know what the hammer and sickle stand for. Unless you've never harvested a crop or hammered a nail. If not, lucky you.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ultramarathon Man

I entered this image to a contest. Entrants had to depict one out of a list of Canadian athletes. I picked Ray Zahab, an ultramarathoner. He also does, you know, some motivational speaking, personal training, taking part in charitable runs, raising awareness for environmental and other issues. In 2005, he placed first in the Sahara Race: a six-day, 250-kilometer footrace across the Sahara Desert. What does that mean? A normal marathon is 42.195 km, or 26 miles. So that's basically a marathon a day, by my calculations. I can't imagine the endurance required for such a feat.

But that's not even the most peculiar thing about Ray Zahab. Forget the physical part of it, as incredible as it is. He used to smoke a pack a day. Then he made a decision not to do that any more. He ran instead. So simple, right? I wonder what gives some of us the tenacity to stick to it, reach that pinnacle of achievement that is so rare? What makes some of is reach our goals and some fall short?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Life Drawing

A quick update today. I spent Sunday morning (and part of the afternoon), in a life drawing class. It was a long pose, so I took the time to do some painting. The painting wasn't great, but it's not about the final product, it's about the process: fun, frantic, and somewhat frustrating. In the end, it feels like I've done some real work, the work I am meant to be doing. Can't ask for more than that.

MATS Bootcamp 2019

For the first time, I’m participating in a Make Art That Sells course online, with Lilla Rogers. This particular course leads illustrators...