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Here’s a video (yes, I’m making you click thru for a good reason) about the importance of caricature and political cartoons, in relation to a petition for better public recognition in the form of awards just like our fellow artists get.
I have been publicly critical for some time about Canada Council’s structure and dated policy, which excludes “commercial artists” (never adequately defined) from support. Illustrators of all stripes are prevented from applying for the art funding, with the exception of graphic novelists under Literature, and that’s a recent change that doesn’t go far enough. In my opinion, the lack of research & development opportunities perpetuates the very aspects of “commercial art” that the policy-makers disliked some half-century ago when they put this policy in place: reliance on safe, market-driven, or American precedents.
Now, Canada’s political cartoonists have mobilized to make change and get the recognition as a serious art form and social force that they deserve. Sign the petition, and make all the arts equal.

Here’s a video (yes, I’m making you click thru for a good reason) about the importance of caricature and political cartoons, in relation to a petition for better public recognition in the form of awards just like our fellow artists get.

I have been publicly critical for some time about Canada Council’s structure and dated policy, which excludes “commercial artists” (never adequately defined) from support. Illustrators of all stripes are prevented from applying for the art funding, with the exception of graphic novelists under Literature, and that’s a recent change that doesn’t go far enough. In my opinion, the lack of research & development opportunities perpetuates the very aspects of “commercial art” that the policy-makers disliked some half-century ago when they put this policy in place: reliance on safe, market-driven, or American precedents.

Now, Canada’s political cartoonists have mobilized to make change and get the recognition as a serious art form and social force that they deserve. Sign the petition, and make all the arts equal.

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Reunión de ilustradores de Buenos Aires
¡Hola Buenos Aires!
He estado de visita en vuestra hermosa ciudad de Buenos Aires por dos meses ya (sólo unas pocas semanas más!) y tenido el gusto de conocer a varios ilustradores locales. Ahora, me gustaría tener la oportunidad de conocer más aun!
La idea es tener una reunión casual, una noche de la semana próxima (probablemente en un resto-bar del barrio Palermo). He escogido dos fechas (28 de marzo, y 5 de abril) para que sea más fácil para todos. Voy a mantendremos informados sobre todos los detalles. Si están interesados, inscríbanse en Facebook (ahí es donde voy a publicar detalles adicionales, como el lugar exacto. Tal vez: Si saben de un buen lugar, que pueda tener más de 20 personas, por favor hágamelo saber): 
March 28: https://www.facebook.com/events/320570751337661/
April 5: https://www.facebook.com/events/267807839969414/
Luego publicaremos fotos del evento, y links a los portfolios de cada uno, aquí en Drawn! :)
Luc
Gracias Leonardo Falaschini por ayudarnos con la organización y la traducción! N.del T: Thank you guys!
Buenos Aires lllustrators’ MeetUp
¡Hola Buenos Aires!
I have been visiting your beautiful city for two months now (only a few more weeks to go!) and I have had the pleasure of meeting several local illustrators. And now I’d like a chance to meet more of you! 
I’d like to suggest a casual meet-up one night next week for drinks (probably at a bar in Palermo). I picked two dates—March 28, and April 5—to make it easier for everyone. If you’re interested, sign up on Facebook (which is where I’ll post additional details like the exact location). Also: if you know of a good location, one that might hold more than 20 people, please let me know: 
March 28: https://www.facebook.com/events/320570751337661/
April 5: https://www.facebook.com/events/267807839969414/
Afterward, I’ll post photos of the event, and links to everyone’s website here on Drawn! :)
Luc
ps: Thanks to Leonardo Falaschini for helping with the organizing and the translation!

Reunión de ilustradores de Buenos Aires

¡Hola Buenos Aires!

He estado de visita en vuestra hermosa ciudad de Buenos Aires por dos meses ya (sólo unas pocas semanas más!) y tenido el gusto de conocer a varios ilustradores locales. Ahora, me gustaría tener la oportunidad de conocer más aun!

La idea es tener una reunión casual, una noche de la semana próxima (probablemente en un resto-bar del barrio Palermo). He escogido dos fechas (28 de marzo, y 5 de abril) para que sea más fácil para todos. Voy a mantendremos informados sobre todos los detalles. Si están interesados, inscríbanse en Facebook (ahí es donde voy a publicar detalles adicionales, como el lugar exacto. Tal vez: Si saben de un buen lugar, que pueda tener más de 20 personas, por favor hágamelo saber): 

  1. March 28: https://www.facebook.com/events/320570751337661/
  2. April 5: https://www.facebook.com/events/267807839969414/

Luego publicaremos fotos del evento, y links a los portfolios de cada uno, aquí en Drawn! :)

Luc

Gracias Leonardo Falaschini por ayudarnos con la organización y la traducción! N.del T: Thank you guys!


Buenos Aires lllustrators’ MeetUp

¡Hola Buenos Aires!

I have been visiting your beautiful city for two months now (only a few more weeks to go!) and I have had the pleasure of meeting several local illustrators. And now I’d like a chance to meet more of you! 

I’d like to suggest a casual meet-up one night next week for drinks (probably at a bar in Palermo). I picked two dates—March 28, and April 5—to make it easier for everyone. If you’re interested, sign up on Facebook (which is where I’ll post additional details like the exact location). Also: if you know of a good location, one that might hold more than 20 people, please let me know

  1. March 28: https://www.facebook.com/events/320570751337661/
  2. April 5: https://www.facebook.com/events/267807839969414/

Afterward, I’ll post photos of the event, and links to everyone’s website here on Drawn! :)

Luc

ps: Thanks to Leonardo Falaschini for helping with the organizing and the translation!

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Franke James vs Government of Canada

With the founding of the Canada Council for the Arts over 50 years ago,the government of Canada has always recognized the fundamental importance of supporting a diverse range of artistic practices at “arm’s length”, meaning that no political party ever has the right to dictate to artists what they can do, even when supported by public money.

Until now.

Franke James’ work is political, yes. But in a democracy, this is desirable. The critical examination of policy through the arts opens up discussion in a way that ultimately helps make stronger, wiser policy.

Unfortunately, the current regime has decided that censorship is ok. I’m embarrassed my country is being lead by such anti-intellectual fascists, and I’m worried. These are not the values this country was founded upon.

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Our Co-op Roots (by MECVideos)

This charming little animated history of Canada’s MEC (“Mountain Equipment Co-op”), is full of hippie goodness. It’s drawn by cartoonist Pascal Colpron (who totally got the sickly-hospital-green colour of the Dominion Building’s walls right!). Peace out man.

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Cool little known reference books on vintage postcards

Since we Canadians are coming up to an election I thought I’d share something patriotic. Unless you are a postcard collector you probably won’t come across these books. They’re produced by Michael J. Smith, who has been collecting vintage Canadian postcards for a loooong time. Although written for collectors and focusing mainly on cataloguing, the book I just bought has 900 colour reproductions of cards from 1903-1920 or so. (Image here is from vintagepostcards.org)

You can also read an essay here by Michael on vintage postcard collecting.

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Art Threat | political art & cultural policy

Based out of Saskatoon (possibly one of the most fun cities to say out loud), Art Threat is:

…a leading media outlet devoted solely to political art and cultural policy. We write about art that seeks to interpret, influence, or reflect upon society. We discuss policy as it pertains to culture. And we showcase artists whose work inspires social change.

This is what I love about art, how there’s room for everyone; from the light and fluffy to the serious and heady. 

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illustratedvancouver:

Old Hotel Vancouver, a sketch by Charles Hepburn Scott circa 1929, featuring the Art Gallery steps and the second Hotel Vancouver (now the site of the Sears building). From the VAG’s 1989 Charles Hepburn Scott publication.

It was a happy surprise to stumble onto Jason Vanderhill’s Illustrated Vancouver blog. It’s pretty straightforward: he shares old illustrations, photos, and paintings about Vancouver. 

illustratedvancouver:

Old Hotel Vancouver, a sketch by Charles Hepburn Scott circa 1929, featuring the Art Gallery steps and the second Hotel Vancouver (now the site of the Sears building). From the VAG’s 1989 Charles Hepburn Scott publication.

It was a happy surprise to stumble onto Jason Vanderhill’s Illustrated Vancouver blog. It’s pretty straightforward: he shares old illustrations, photos, and paintings about Vancouver. 

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Buying art supplies and paper online in Canada?

This is a tad meta, but I noticed one of us posted this on our Twitter stream and thought Tumblr’s ability to let readers reply here would be even more helpful: 

Canadians: what are the best options for buying art supplies and paper online in the Great White North?

Thanks in advance for your help! 

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Fellow BC artist Luke Ramsey has a new site.

Fellow BC artist Luke Ramsey has a new site.