Still Alive and Creative

It has been awhile since visiting processhaus – never too late they say.
I have been busy and will try my best to get caught up.
For now – to show you I am alive and creative – a quick snap of my sketch book.

Something for the poet and the play write, something for the youth in all of us and of course that lover of design. 3 characters from my psyche.

Batman, Shakespeare, and icaribou.


Story Telling – Illustration

It may not be obvious but it is true – my passions are in the world of illustration and story telling. Corporate identities tell stories – true –  but not always as poetically as in the organic form of illustration. The following series of illustrations tell the story of “the False Creek Tressel Bridge” that was there up until just before Expo 86, I have mapped False Creek with a hand drawn Type style map outlining some points in the history of False Creek, the industry and the bridges, and then 3 images (illusrtation) showing the Vancouver Mayors’ that played Key Roles in the Tressel Bridges construction, its alterations, and of course its eventual removal. Next time you come from the West end to Granville Island look over the South side of the boat and you may see some of the Tressels concrete remains.

A University Graduate

Graduation 2008 was a wonderful affair with superb speeches from our Honorary Doctoral Recipients, and a particularly poignant speech from Bob Rennie. All the students and parents present were proud of our new status, not the least because recent press coverage has confirmed how necessary the new mandate will be to our identity and to what we do. Much of the coverage has focused on us as if we were never a degree granting institution. The coverage has revealed the extent to which the public and the press have not adjusted to the fact that we have been a post-secondary institution for over 80 years. None of the institutions who received university status over the past two weeks even existed when we started with four-year diplomas in 1925. In the 1960’s numerous requests were made to government to recognize our status and nothing was ever done. So, for us, the change simply means a recognition among the public, government, press and community leaders for what we have always been doing. Watch out for an Op-Ed by yours truly in the coming week in the Vancouver Sun. (Ron Burnett)

This was written on the Eciad Site

What does it all mean to me, I will be posting more about the exhibit soon, but all I have at this point is a few images of my Green Book, a book of inspiring stories about people who ride their bikes, and for now that is what I am going to do, ride my bike and create a story or 2.

Have a great weekend



Emily Carr University of Art and Design has a really big show on for the next week and you are invited. I will be hanging out with my newly polished Green Book, and and looking forward to seeing all the other great art and design pieces – Oh ya; and having a drink or 2, the bar is open Saturday night which is the opening night and Cam Dales will be spinning the tunes.

The link here is for the online Grad Show, my project is completely different from what you will see here, it has come a long way and is at the point where I am feeling pretty good about  the entire project. Visit the Grad site for 2008

Stay tuned for new images of the Green Book or come by ECI this weekend.

Illustration – If its not exciting – make it interesting.

I have been making bike drawings (Illusrtrations) for as long as I can remember and these are perhaps the most static, at least the most static that in some way or another actually resemble a bicycle. The article that I am doing these for is fairly technical in nature, and the author was pretty sure he wanted the drawing to reflect that. I wanted 3D, he wanted flat—flat it is. Let me know what you think, the article will be the next issue of Momentum Magazine. Inspired by some illustrations a few months ago in Good Magazine.

Woo Magazine – Emily Carr Institute March 2008

I was able to be a part of great publication, an institution in itself really – OK maybe. Woo Magazine has four or five issues a year and over the last couple years the design and art direction has been great so when Florence asked if I would be a part of this one I wasn’t about to say no. I should thank Alan for the referal – Cheers.

I have included a couple images in this post but be sure to stop by the school and get your own copy, its well written this time around which is not always the case – you be the judge. I hope no-one was offended by their portrait. Karianne was my favorite one to do.


If you visit Florence Trouong, you’ll see the this issue in an animated form.