Article Snapshot: “Goals: How One NHL Team Scored a Customer for Life”

In my family, the Montreal Canadiens (or, the Habs) are our team. My grandfather would, twinkle-eyed, tell of the thrill of watching hockey on live TV for the first time (and seeing his hero Maurice Richard through the lens of a wavering black-and-white screen), which inspired him to water down the backyard every winter and get his kids skating at “rocket” speed.

#VisualPeople: Pa-pa-Paparazzi! [Guest Post]

This guest article, featuring new Vancouver correspondent Sharon Roberts, appears as part of Visual People, a Q&A series devoted to profiling visual creators from a diversity of industries. Keep up to date by subscribing, or following along on Instagram. Join me in welcoming Sharon to the series! Scroll down to read more about her and her…

April #Doodle: Finding my Zen.

Happy Spring 2018!  Using Adobe Draw on iPad, I whipped up this quick sketch paying homage to yoga and cheeseburgers, both of which allow me to find my zen (on occasion). -SM

Visual Adventure: Masters of the Universe Mash-Up.

This past week, I did a quick study of some iconic North American images from the 20th and 21st centuries: Obama’s Hope campaign poster, and an early but memorable cover from the Archie Comics series. To learn the principles of both, I used characters from He-Man and She-Ra (two seminal cartoons from my childhood) and…

#VisualPeople: Cassie Ackerman on the Mega Power of Art in Long-Term Care

by Samantha Mehra This week in the Visual People series: Meet Cassie Ackerman, a Toronto-based recreational therapist working to improve the lives of those in long-term care. We talk art education, healing through doing, and the impact of inviting the visual into the worlds of seniors. SM: First, let’s talk “journey”. What led you into…

Animation 101!

Another goal for 2018? Learn the basics of animation. Today I took an initial stab at it, using Animation Desk for iPad. Oh, what a time I had. This initial animation took about 3 hours or so, but the program is incredibly intuitive (in my opinion) and makes life a bit easier for the noob…

Folk(s) Art.

I came across these scanned images of doodles and artwork by my parents, the legendary Dale and Anil. Neither were artists by trade specifically, but like me, “dabbled” and put their rich skills to use whenever they could. My mother’s art teacher, and close family friend, was Eric Wesselow, a Montreal-based artist who was known…

I drew a comic (finally).

With apologies to the moon, and with great appreciation for all the comic book artists out there. I find it *extraordinarily* hard to combine humour and illustration – kudos to those who do it so easily! I’d say this honest first attempt of 2018 is “okay”. As an aside: I owe my early love for…