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Buzzer illustrator interview: Kalena Mackiewicz

Kalena and her illustration!

Kalena and her illustration!

Our December issue of the print Buzzer was illustrated by the talented Kalena Mackiewicz.

She not only captured the holiday spirit, she wrapped it up! Her bright and brilliant illustration perfectly embraced our winter service changes while still offering a festive seasonal feel.

To learn more about what makes Kalena tick, I checked in with her for a quick interview.

Who is Kalena Mackiewicz?

I’m originally from Calgary, but now live in North Burnaby. I’m an Emily Carr University alumni and have perfected making cabbage rolls in a slow cooker.

How would you describe your illustration style?

My style stems a lot from my experience with cartooning and animation. I like my work to have humour and colour, and seem as if it’s going to come to life any second. The style of illustrations I do now are kind of like if a rainbow bouncy castle was a sophisticated art gallery.

What tools do you use?

I work entirely digital with a tablet for the final work, but the initial idea phase is all hands on. I do pen doodles on napkins or receipts using markers, crayons and hi-lighters.

Your Buzzer cover literally gave the gift of transit! What was the inspiration behind your illustration?

When you’re a kid, opening the biggest present is the most exciting! My main influence was those commercials for cars with the big red bow that are always on around Christmas. I also thought it would go well with the new Compass Card ads.

Do you ride transit? If so, do you have a favourite mode?

Since I moved here in 2005, I’ve used transit almost every day. It’s my ride! I’ve travelled by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and Aquabus, but still have yet to try the West Coast Express.

Any fun plans for the holidays?

Riding the West Coast Express!

Thanks Kalena!

If you haven’t got a copy of the latest Buzzer you can download it here.

Author: Laura Tennant


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