This interview is from a while back (August 13th) but I thought I'd put it up here as the event draws closer...
At last, I've finally put together the event poster for our artwalk - a map of the street. I think there will probably be a few additions in the next two weeks, but this will do for now, to give everyone a general idea of who'll be there. And, it was fun to draw...
This pop-up event is coming up soon: Saturday, September 22nd! The list of participants is growing so fast that I haven't even had a chance to finalize the street map. For now, here are some images of the work that you'll be able to see at the event. I'm getting kind of excited about this! For more information please take a look at the event website.
This has nothing to do with artwork, but it looks pretty interesting.
Here's something else I should hasten to mention. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be involved in starting up a very cool project called "find it: Pop-Ups in Inglewood & Ramsay." This series of unexpected arts- & culture-based events has already gotten off to a rip-roaring start. And the next one is coming up soon, and it's right on my street! In fact, why I am working on this blog, when I should be getting that stuff organized? For more info about find it, take a look here (www.finditcalgary.ca).
Another really fun thing I've been doing during the last year is helping to edit the Ramsay Community Association newsletter. In each month's newsletter I've written a little comic strip about what's going on in the neighbourhood. This month's was more of a map. You can see the other archived strips here on my website.
This summer I also dug some paintings out of my basement to hang up for a couple of months at Waves Coffee House. I'm sure the paintings were happy to get some exposure after lying low for a while!
This summer, I had the chance to be part of the City of Calgary's cool Painted Utility Box Program. Here are some pictures from one of the boxes I painted. It's at the corner of Elbow Drive & 58th St. SW. I drew a "Calgary Alphabet" on it... and of course the letter "U" had to be a utility box!
I've been wanting to start an art/writing blog for years. I did work for a while creating my website, www.thedrawingbook.com. There is a lot to see there, but it's more of an image gallery, and not really set up for easy frequent updates about new stuff.
This didn't really bother me much, since, for a while there, I didn't have any work-related news to share, anyway. I was too busy being a new mama! But now, my son is three, and I actually have a bit more time to do some work again. So I'm looking forward to posting some updates about that stuff, here.
Where is all this happening? I'm lucky to live in Calgary, Canada, a city that's been around for 100 years, but still feels like it's going places. In fact, in some ways it feels like it's just getting started, and that's part of the reason I like being here - it's kind of exciting to think that I can be part of this generation's contribution to what the city will become. Well, we'll start with some updates about my current contributions and see where this goes! -sh
I am a graphic recorder based in Calgary. I like local stories. I write comics when I have free time. And I leave eraser shavings everywhere I go.
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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