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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

The December 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Winter Service Changes.

There is update from Compass for Monthly Pass users. Remember! December is the last month to use a traditional paper FareCard. Starting January 1st, all Monthly Pass users will be required to load their pass onto a Compass Card.big

Also in this issue is a quick wrap up from our Transit Network Consultation survey and some winter safety tips for pedestrians from Transit Police.

And as always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of  the Buzzer will be out in April 2016!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Meghan Latta

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Meghan and her illustration!

This September issue was all about fall service changes and we were lucky enough to have Meghan Latta illustrate the cover!

Capturing our seasonal shift into autumn, Meghan’s work perfectly depicted our move into fall and the service changes that this time of year brings.

Here’s a brief interview we did with Meghan to learn more about her and her work.

Tell me a bit about yourself

My name is Meghan, illustration is not my day job, but I try to work it in whenever I have spare time.

How would you describe your illustration style?

I usually do things that are pretty detailed and realistic. I have been working on more pattern-focused illustration in the last year.

What inspired your illustration?

I knew that the emphasis of this issue of the Buzzer was going to be about fall service changes, some of which included night bus service, so I wanted to do something about the night and the transition from day into night. I really wanted to include some raccoons, but they didn’t make it into the final design.

Have you ever drawn transit before this gig?

I have not.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?

I take transit every day! I live in a really well connected part of town, so it is easy to get anywhere from my house, and that is great. I don’t take the Canada Line as much anymore because it is not on my everyday route, but I do really like that train.

Did you have a good summer? Any fun fall plans?

Summer ended kind of abruptly and I am thinking a lot about fall and fall clothes. I’m wondering if I can get away with wearing a blanket around outside all of the time. Also, pie? Pie is in my fall plans. Both the making of and the eating.

Thanks Meghan! If you haven’t picked up the latest Buzzer you download it or find it on the system!

Author: Laura Tennant

The September 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

Much of this issue is dedicated to Fall service changes that began September 7th.

There’s also information on Compass Card and upcoming bus anywhere with one-zone fare changes.

Details on International Walk to School Week (IWALK) can also be found in this issue.

And as always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of  the Buzzer will be out in December 2015!

Author: Laura Tennant

Buzzer illustrator interview: Hiller Goodspeed

Illustration and Hiller!

Illustration and Hiller!

This summer we put out a Special Edition of the Buzzer to celebrate both I Love Transit Week and 125 years of transit in the region!

While one side recounted the history of Metro Vancouver’s transit, the flip side was dedicated to the I Love Transit colouring contest created by illustrator Hiller Goodspeed.

His beautiful illustration depicted many of  Metro Vancouver’s landmarks as well as captured the spirit of our transit system!

To learn more about Hiller and his illustration style, we did a quick interview:

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a 27-year-old who is originally from Florida, but now lives in Vancouver by way of Portland, Oregon. I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Library and Information Studies at UBC and have a background in illustration and design. This time of year I enjoy hanging out around a BBQ and eating popsicles to beat the heat.

How would you describe your illustration style?
My work is filled with lumpy shapes and little faces and cute things, but not too cute— I try to keep it a little weird. I work almost exclusively with pencils because I think they are the best.

What was your inspiration for the I Love Transit illustration? Was it your LOVE of transit?
Yes! I love public transportation and use it every day. Riding the bus gives me time to reflect and process all kinds of things, and I get some of my best ideas while riding public transportation. I like that a few dollars can take you to a place you’ve never been before, isn’t that cool? Sometimes, I wish I could live on the bus.

The colouring page is so detailed! How long did it take you to create?

I drew three different versions of the cityscape, the last of which was an amalgamation of the first two. I also reserve time to daydream before I start working, which is an important and necessary step in my creative process. All in all, I probably put 8-10 hours into developing my illustration. Plus many more hours if you include all my time spent on the bus as preliminary research.

How did you pick which iconic parts of Metro Vancouver to include in the drawing?
I tried to include as many references to my favourite places in Vancouver as I could: the downtown VPL branch, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, and of course, the sculpture from Dude Chilling Park. These places are all integral to what makes Vancouver so great. There’s even a Nardwuar reference hidden in the illustration because Nardwuar is the coolest.

Have you illustrated transit systems before? Was it difficult to capture the essence of an entire system?
No, I haven’t! The most difficult part was deciding which elements made it into the illustration. I really wanted to include the Alex Fraser Bridge, but when I tried to draw it, there were just too many supports and it turned out looking like some kind of spaghetti disaster.

What has been the best part of your summer so far?
In June I proposed to the most beautiful and wonderful lady in the world and she said “yes”. We’re now engaged!

Still haven’t got your hands on the Special Edition Buzzer? You can download it here.

Author: Laura Tennant

This Summer’s Special Issue of the Buzzer is Now on the System!

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The Special Edition Buzzer is now on the system!

This edition is dedicated to celebrating both our love of transit and the 125th anniversary of transit in the region!

Acting as a hybrid issue, one side takes a look at the last 125 years of transit in BC and the other is devoted to I Love Transit Week running this summer from August 31st to September 4th!

Just like I Love Transit issues of years past, half of the edition is yours to colour! And if you take part in the colouring contest and send a coloured copy our way, you could win one of two fare cards drawn on September 9th.

If colouring isn’t your thing, but you still want to participate, you’re in luck because we have a few more activities up our sleeves!

During I Love Transit week there will be contests, transit camps and opportunities to share your I Love Transit stories!

Transit camp details and how to share your transit stories are inside the issue, but you will have to check back on the blog for contest info.

Finally, this issue also includes a back issue, TransLink contact information as well as information on where to send your Compass Card questions.

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The regular issue of the Buzzer will be out later in August!

Author: Laura Tennant

Buzzer Illustrator Interview: Mouki Butt

Mouki (well, her interpretation of herself at least) and her illustration!

Mouki (well, her interpretation of herself at least) and her illustration!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…bus!

The cover of this summer’s Buzzer print edition is inspired by both transit and the Women’s World Cup.

Featuring the wonderful work of Mouki Butt, the cover of the June 2015 issue captures the excitement of the FIFA event while still remaining true to our transportation roots.

We were lucky enough to do a quick interview with Mouki about her work:

Who is Mouki Butt?

I’m an illustrator who loves to draw all things cute.

Describe your illustration style in three words.

Cute, clean, colourful.

How did you arrive at this illustration? What was your inspiration?

With such a big soccer event happening this month, and so many attendees taking transit, it seemed appropriate to incorporate both.

Have you ever drawn a flying bus before? Any Keanu Reeves/Speed inspired drawings in the past?

No, this was my first flying bus, but it won’t be my last.

In our last interview you said you love taking the SkyTrain. Still riding and taking in those views?

Yes! The SkyTrain is great! I see so many wonderful faces when taking transit. It’s very inspirational for illustrating.

Any cool summer plans?

Exploring more of BC, stargazing, and swimming in the ocean.

Thanks Mouki! Haven’t picked-up the June 2015 issue of the Buzzer yet? You can download it here!

Author: Laura Tennant

The June 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

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Much of it is dedicated to summer service changes that begin June 22.

You can also find an update from Transit Police about the one year anniversary of their OnDuty app and text line.

Don’t forget to TravelSmart to all the great summer events this region has to offer.

Finally, a thank you from us to you. Because you keep us moving!

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next regular issue of the Buzzer will be out in August 2015 but keep your eyes peeled for a special edition this summer!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The April 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

The April 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system!April-2015-Buzzer

Much of it is dedicated to the Spring Service changes that begin to take place on April 13.

There are seasonal and permanent changes to routes AND times so be sure to check out all the updates.

There is information on the Transportation and Transit plebiscite and station and elevator upgrades at Metrotown station.

We’ve also included a new series about TransLink and its operating companies called The Facts Matter.

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or you can download it here.

The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in June 2015.

***CORRECTION***
The URL found for The Facts Matter is incorrect. The full URL is: http://www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/The-Facts-Matter.aspx

We apologize for any confusion to our readers and riders!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Christel Chan

 

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Christel with her illustration for the February Buzzer

Another Buzzer issue means another ridiculously talented artist illustrated the front page! Christel Chan captured our theme for the February issue perfectly, showing the modes of transit we use across the region in a really bright and fun way! (Jealous. I can barely draw plausible stick figure!)

We got a chance to ask Christel a few questions about herself and her work:

Who is Christel?
I am a fourth year Illustration student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. My website is christelchan.weebly.com.

How did you get into drawing and illustrating?
I’ve been drawing all my life so I cannot really pinpoint a time when I “got into it”. However, I wasn’t aware of Illustration as a field until I started at Emily Carr University.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Portraiture. I love studying faces and capturing them in 2D…it is very satisfying.

What tools do you like to use?
Recently I have been very interested in oil painting, but for a more graphic approach, I like using my tablet on Adobe Illustrator. Both media are very flexible which I enjoy.

What’s your favourite route or mode of transit?
I take transit everyday to and from school. Since efficiency is important to me (I am from Hong Kong, after all), the 99 B-line is my favourite bus line because it’s frequent and fast.

What’s next for you in the land of art?
I am graduating this May and I aspire to be a freelance Illustrator for publications and children’s books. I would also like to cultivate a gallery practice.

Thanks Christel! Pick up your copy of the February 2015 issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out April 2015 – that means the next illustrator interview will be then too!

Author: Adrienne Coling

The February 2015 issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

The first issue of the Buzzer in 2015 is now on the system!Feb-2015-Buzzer

Much of it is dedicated to the information regarding the Transportation and Transit Plebisicite taking place from March 16 through until May 29th of this year.

Transit Police are changing the way they patrol the system. Customers can expect to see more officers at major stations and they will be basing their patrols from the busiest stations and bus loops.

There’s also information about some things to keep an eye out for on the system. One is the new high visibility vests you’ll see our SkyTrain attendants sporting. Another is the prototype bus safety barrier that will be on select routes out of the Burnaby Transit Centre.

CelticFest and Cherry Blossom Festival will be in full swing this spring and you can find the all details in this issue.

TravelSmart encourages us all to make a change for good by choosing active and sustainable transportation more often. The great photo included in this section is by Steve Chou. You can see the full, colour version and what the TravelSmart booth looks like here.

As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or  download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in April 2015.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Buzzer illustrator interview: Hazel Cheng

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer's illustration done by Hazel Cheng!

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer’s illustration done by Hazel Cheng!

Oh, look what do we have here – another Buzzer illustrator interview! We were lucky enough to have Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Hazel Cheng illustrate the December 2014 issue of the Buzzer.

‘Tis the season of giving and Hazel really captured that for us in her illustration. Throughout the month of December, our Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle has been out and about spreading the holiday cheer. On December 18, the bus will be delivering toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau agencies as part of our annual Toys for Tots charity drive.

Hazel was nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about herself and her work:

Who is Hazel Cheng?
I am an illustrator living in Richmond. My website is hazelcheng.weebly.com.

Tell me about the work you do.
Right now, I am working through a children’s book that deals with some struggles of immigration. It’s something that has come to my attention recently after a trip I made this year.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
A recurring subject in my art are animals, usually small and fuzzy ones.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite route or mode transit?
Yes, I enjoy taking buses that I’ve never taken before, and going to far away places. I like the routes on the highways, speeding past the farmland with the mountains in the background.

What’s next for you?
Graduating university, and then I’d like to keep on telling stories.

Thanks for your time Hazel! Pick up your copy of the December 2014 issue today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out February 2015 – that means the next illustrator interview will be then too!

Author: Allen Tung

The December 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

December 2014 BuzzerThe final issue of the Buzzer in 2014 of now on the system!

Much of it is dedicated to the winter service changes, which begin on Monday, December 15. Highlights include 10 new stops for the 116 to better serve Burnaby’s growing Big Bend industrial area, new trips and bigger vehicles on select routes to reduce overcrowding and serve more customers.

Winter is coming – December 21 to be exact! We’ve already had our first taste of snowfall and more could be on the way, so we have some tips on how you can stay up-to-date and navigate your winter commute.

What’s a sure sign of the holiday season in the Lower Mainland? Sightings of our Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle! They are now out and about spreading the holiday cheer throughout Metro Vancouver. Tweet us your pictures and post them to Instagram using the hashtag #ReindeerBus!

On December 6 and 13, in exchange for a new unwrapped toy, you get a ticket to ride the West Coast Express Santa Train! The holiday season is also wonderful time for celebration and Transit Police has tips on how you can stay safe.

There’s also information about holiday transit service! Christmas Day and Boxing Day will operate on a modified Sunday/holiday schedule to better reflect demand. As always, rides will be free on New Year’s Eve from 5 pm until the end of service. New Year’s Day service will be a normal Sunday/holiday schedule.

Starting on December 6, Train2Main will no longer operate, which means you can take any train to Main! The Burrard Otter II made its maiden voyage on December 1. As always, we have our favourites – Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events!

Happy reading! Pick it up today on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express or download it here. The next issue of the Buzzer will be out in February 2015.

Author: Allen Tung

Buzzer illustrator interview: Julie Liu

Julie's Grey Cup illustration

Julie on the right and her “TravelSmart to the Game” illustration on the left!

One of the things that makes each issue of the Buzzer unique is the illustration on the front cover! Each month, we have a different artist illustrate it for us and for the November 2014 issue, we reached out to Julie Liu.

She illustrated a cover for us that really captured the theme of our issue with the football fans, BC Place Stadium and the SkyTrain! We had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Julie:

How did you get into illustration?
I doodle a lot, especially in class. So my friends encouraged me to build a website to showcase my artwork and that was how Jubes Comic Blog started. It was just for fun in the beginning, but I loved it so much I just kept doing it until now.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
My characters, Ja and Ju. They represent my boyfriend (monkey) and I (rabbit), where we live out the ups and downs of life together. We try not to take life too seriously all the time.

What’s your favourite colour?
Pink! I was excited when I found out the November Buzzer’s color scheme was pink.

Have you ever drawn transit before this gig?
Yes, I have drawn a few weekly strips featuring Vancouver’s Transit system. You can see them on my website!

What’s next for you?
Other than working part time in the health field, I have recently started a custom mug business. I hand-draw and tailor your ideas as illustrations onto ceramic mugs for people. Be sure to visit my website for details! I hope to expand this business and pursue it for many years to come. Bringing everybody’s crazy ideas to life excites me.

Thanks Julie! Were you able to pick-up the November 2014 issue of the Buzzer yet? If not, you can download it here to check out Julie’s marvellous illustration!

Author: Allen Tung

Come find a snowman and celebrate winter service changes 2014

Find the Snowman for the chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes!

Find the Snowman for the chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes!

Swapping out your sunglasses for a scarf and mittens? TransLink’s transit services are making some changes too!

Beginning December 15, you can expect new travel options, increased trips and service to better match customer demand. Translation…there are 10 NEW stops and improved service on 8 routes this winter!

Service changes can affect many routes, so “know before you go” and use TransLink’s trip planner to check if your route’s changed.

Highlights

  • NEW trips on the 49, 410, 555 and C28 to reduce overcrowding. This is made possible by shifting service hours from routes with low customer demand.
  • Bigger vehicles on the 188 and C98 serve more customers; conventional buses replace community shuttles on these growing routes.
  • 10 NEW stops for the 116 to better serve Burnaby’s growing Big Bend industrial area.
  • The 404 now ends at Riverport Recreation Complex; passengers travelling to or from the Ladner Exchange can access multiple travel options for various destinations.

Buzzer readers, to help thaw the winter chill, we are hosting a contest with three transit prizes (make sure to check out the terms and conditions)! Visit our Facebook page weekday mornings, from December 1 until December 22, every day after 9 am for a clue to where the Snowman icon is hiding on the service changes page. Once you solve the clue, click on the Snowman to enter the contest. Happy Snowman spotting!

Learn about all the travel choices in your community by visiting TransLink’s TravelSmart program for information, resources and tips.

How else can you stay in touch? Sign up for Transit Alerts at translink.ca/alerts, visit translink.ca, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Angela Salehi