I've always worked as an artist, but it's been a pretty solitary endeavour. You don't meet a lot of people sitting up all in night painting in your silent studio. I couldn't resist posting this drawing from an old unpublished volume of the Drawing Book, describing my erstwhile artsy lifestyle. Like I was saying, I didn't meet a lot of people (my appearance may have had something to do with that, to judge by the picture).
So here's one of the best things about working as a graphic recorder: I get to do art, but I also get to meet a lot of people! And even better, I keep finding out about these cool organizations that are doing interesting things. I was lucky enough to get to draw some pictures at one such cool group last week, namely the Chic Geek.
Here's how they describe themselves on their website:
The Chic Geek is a Calgary based organization striving to increase diversity in the hi-tech and startup communities by educating, engaging and empowering women.
Last week's inaugural event was less about tech and more about women telling stories of "Challenging their Comfort Zones." We listened to Janie Fontaine of JanieJewels (and of Dragon's Den fame); Student Energy founder Kali Taylor; Social Venture Partners Executive Connector Karen Whiteman; and Calgary businesswoman and Startup Weekend superstar Anette Ceraficki. All of their stories were inspiring, thoughtful, and funny. But you can find a much better recap of the evening's highlights on the Chic Geek blog (which where I found the excellent photo that I've shamelessly included here).
I also got to meet quite a few chic geeks who I'm pretty sure have inspiring stories of their own, including Chic Geek founder Kylie Toh and Speak Geek mastermind Fazilah Shariff. I think I want to find out more. And there's no question I could always use some "education, engagement and empowerment" when it comes to my own little business. Maybe I could be a chic geek too! You can see I've come a long way from my days (well, nights) as a solitary nocturnal artist!
Anyway, this is about the pictures, so here you go!