A higher-quality publication about the oil & gas business in the province, Alberta Oil is aimed more at the head offices than the people in the field. I art directed two issues before deciding to leave the publishing business – for the time being – at the end of this month.
My favourite story while working on Alberta Venture was about Alberta’s first mall, Westmount. Archival images, a timeline, and a re-creation of the shopping centre’s first layout. I just wish we had more pages. Grey box is where an ad was.
Canadian comic publishing flourished during the Second World War due to an embargo on foreign paper goods as part of the Wartime Measures Act. This virtually eliminated American comics from the Canadian market until the end of the war.
The grade nine science trip to Calgary was pretty cool. Four-and-a-half hours by school bus (without seatbelts, woohoo) from Cranbrook to Calgary at some god awful early hour. A visit to the planetarium, another to the zoo, and a stop at a shopping centre (I think it was Chinook, but I can’t really recall), and then four-and-a-half hours in the school bus back across the mountains. It was a very, very long day.
When I was a younger man, I thought being book smart made me smart in life, but I was absurdly ignorant about the latter.
At 21, I was years away from understanding anything about myself, and I was at the end of my first three years at the Alberta College of Art (now The Alberta College of Art & Design : ACAD). College was not like high school, and the visual communications program demanded a level of maturity, discipline and talent I did not have at that point in my life. And not being able to deal with it, my behaviour was disruptive and not appropriate for someone who was hoping to become a contributing member of society, let alone a creative professional.
For this annual feature in the magazine, I created a strong overall design language to unify the variety of content included in the package: photos, illustrations, articles and listings. The package is built around isometric drawing language and electrical path traces. The grey boxes are where ads went.
Having not drawn my own characters for a good number of years, I thought it a good idea to sit down and reacquaint myself with them. The first couple were a bit off, but after that they all went pretty smoothly. Costumes have been tweaked a bit. All were drawn in scale to each other. Yes, the robot is big. Eight foot tall.