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Buzzer illustrator interview: Cheryl Swan

Cheryl and her illustration

Cheryl and her illustration

One of the highlights of putting together the Buzzer newsletter is working with a different illustrator each month. Having a new illustration each month not only sets the tone for the content found inside, it make each issues truly unique.

For our latest issue of the Buzzer, I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl Swan. Cheryl was a delight to work with and her illustration really captured both the central subject matter of the issue, September service changes, and the autumn season. Here’s more about her.

Tell us about Cheryl Swan?

I am a recent graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA Program. I’m currently the Art Director of the Capilano Courier. I grew up in Ontario and have been living in Vancouver since 2005. I’m a huge lover of animals, autumn, ice cream and down-to-earth human beings.

How did you come up with your illustration?

I came up with the Buzzer illustration through the provided guidelines. I wanted to create something simple and friendly that suggests autumn is on the cusp.

Have you ever used transit as the focus of an illustration before?

This was my first time Illustrating for Translink as well as using transit as my subject.

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

I can often be seen commuting on the #135, #16 and the #3. My favorite mode is the #135. This line takes you from A to Z quickly!

What does the future hold for you?

I cannot see that far ahead, but my goals are to gain as much experience as possible within art directing and illustration.


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