Here's Saturday's batch. One more coming up after this!
I feel pretty strongly that artists (and writers) should feel that it's ok to set their work in the real places they know - not just in famous locations or in nebulous nowhere-lands. Otherwise, how will audiences learn that these real places even exist? And how will those real places gain enough confidence in their own art-worthiness? Anyway, I say thumbs up to anybody who puts the Calgary Tower on their cover. Now if you really want to read a long, boring comic strip I wrote about my own path to discovering the courage to make my hometown part of my art - you can find it here.
Really, the longest line in the Expo was probably the line to see Stan Lee (pictured here in the alphabet I drew for the Calgary Expo Program Guide)!
As I made my way through the crowds I saw a lovely display of artists' materials - a booth run by Calgary's Sketch Art Supplies. I was really just drawn in by the sight of all these Micron pens - which are the only ones I use (I'm addicted) - but later I found out a bit more about this cool-sounding shop from their website:
"Sketch Art Supplies is a unique artist supplies store and gallery located in the Mount Pleasant area of Calgary’s Northwest. Our business is literally housed in a 1910 starter home. We feature fresh work by emerging artists, artist supplies, custom picture framing and adult art classes. The owner is resident artist Ljubica Todorovic, a recent Alberta College of Art & Design graduate (BFA Drawing 2006)."
A business in a house. A new business in an old house. A start-up in a starter home. I like everything about this (I've always liked the idea of combining a home/work/client/customer space). I am glad to hear that something like this is happening in Calgary! I will have to check this out... the next time I need to get my Micron pen fix (I mostly go through the 01's, but I drew most of these Expo comics with 1's because I wanted a good, thick, visible line that I wouldn't have to go over.