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Sarah Taylor: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Sarah Taylor and her illustration for the May Buzzer.

The illustrator for the May issue of the Buzzer is Sarah Taylor. We think her image of a Penny-farthing bicycle is quite enchanting! Read more about her in this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!
I am currently studying design and illustration at Capilano University’s IDEA Program. My style is always changing as I experiment with different mediums and art forms. I strive to continuously grow as a designer and artist.

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?
I began by sketching out different concepts until a few appealed to me. From there, I defined those ideas into tighter sketches (which included various bike-themed illustrations). My favorite of the bunch was the penny-farthing illustration and the folks at The Buzzer liked that idea as well.

What kind of work are you doing lately, and where can we see it?

I’m in university full-time with one more year until I graduate. So, a lot of my time has been dedicated to school projects and not as much personal artwork as I would like. However, during the summer I hope to catch up on my painting and illustrating! I have an online portfolio you can check out.

Do you have a regular transit route that you take? And do you have a favourite seat on the bus or SkyTrain?

Almost everyday I take the skytrain then two buses into North Vancouver for school. Window seats are my favorite because I love to people watch.

Thanks for all the hard work Sarah!

Check out more interviews with our past illustrators here:

Andrea Wan: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Andrea Wan's illustration for the April Buzzer, and her self portrait entitled The Wait.

Note: This is a scheduled post as I’m away this week, returning Monday April 11, 2011. If you need to reach TransLink info or staff, see this post!

This April, we are happy to have the work of local illustrator Andrea Wan on the Buzzer’s cover. Find out more about her in this interview!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I’m an artist and illustrator, born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. I graduated from the Film program at Emily Carr and studied illustration and design in Denmark. My art explores subjects such as landscapes, memories and the subconscious.

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?

Since the #14 Hastings trolley route is back, I wanted to create a cover illustration showing that the neighborhood is welcoming back the old bus. I did a few other variations on this concept, but with people in it. I finally decided to choose a design showing an important landmark on Hastings—Woodward’s. [Editor’s note: here’s the other concepts on Andrea’s blog!]

What kind of work are you doing lately, and where can we see it?

I’ve been working on personal drawings and a couple of commissions. My work can be seen on my website and blog.

Do you have a regular transit route that you take? And do you have a favourite seat on the bus or SkyTrain?

I live in East Vancouver and I often take the B-Line or the SkyTrain to my studio. When I take the SkyTrain I often like to stand by the door so I can look out the window.

Thanks so much Andrea!

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Patrick Wong: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Patrick Wong and his March 2011 Buzzer cover illustration!

Again, we continue the tradition of interviewing our Buzzer cover illustrator! Here’s Patrick Wong, who drew the illustration on the cover of the March 4, 2011 Buzzer.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I’m a digital illustrator here in Vancouver and my background is actually from graphic design where my experience was in print production and printing. I do stock and assignment work which focuses much with lifestyle – fashion imagery influenced by postwar magazine illustration from the 50’s and 60’s.

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?

There wasn’t an editorial this month so the theme only needed to be centered around Vancouver and the TransLink system. Concepts where created for bus, skytrain, and seabus separately all conveying the notion of positivity while traveling to work or school.

What kind of work are you doing lately, and where can we see it?

I’m currently working on a series of health and wellness images which should be completed by the end of the year and examples of my work can be found at www.patrick-wong.com.

Do you have a regular transit route that you take? And do you have favourite seat to sit in on the bus or SkyTrain?

I regularly take the Canada Line and the #17 – with no favourites for sitting.

Check out more of our past illustrator interviews here:

Stephanie Wiriahardja: Buzzer illustrator interview!

The February 2011 Buzzer cover illustration and its creator, Stephanie Wiriahardja!

And so we continue the fine tradition of interviewing our Buzzer cover illustrator :) Here’s Stephanie Wiriahardja, who drew the illustration on the cover of the February 4, 2011 Buzzer this year!

Tell us about yourself and your art!

I’ve always been a design and idea enthusiast and I’m currently in my final year of study (hopefully!) in Interactive Arts at SFU. I love embedding meanings and I aim to reflect my whimsical flair to all of my designs and photography works.

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover?

Hhm, I just started drawing some of my signature characters on Illustrator and modifying them. Then, I added some things I would like to see happening in the neighbourhood, such as people waving to each other and saying hi as they stroll, bike, bus through the area.

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Allison Koberstein: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Allison Koberstein with her lovely cover illustration for the January 2011 Buzzer!

Ack: I kind of fell off the wagon with interviewing our Buzzer illustrators last year, but for 2011, I’m restarting the tradition!

Here is an interview with Allison Koberstein, who drew the lovely illustration on the cover of the January 14, 2011 Buzzer this year.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I’ve been drawing pretty much forever. I love it. My illustrations tend to be stylized, lighthearted and whimsical and I take a lot of my inspiration from pop culture. If you peek into my sketchbook, you’ll mainly see girls, animals and monsters – in various styles and combinations.

As for me, I’m into personal development, vegan baking and the Internet, and I’m currently studying Interactive Arts and Technology over at SFU. Pleased to meet you!

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?

To come up with the concept for the cover, I brainstormed different images that came to mind when I thought of “birthdays”, since it was the SkyTrain’s 25th birthday. Confetti, presents, parties, little cone shaped hats, candles, cake, banners.

I ended up sketching many variations on the cake theme (like a SkyTrain on top of a cake, a SkyTrain MADE of cake… mmmmm). I did try drawing SkyTrain-shaped candles, but it just looked like the SkyTrain was on fire. (It’s kind of a faux pas to draw your client’s system in flames. Oops.)

I eventually settled on the cupcake design because the shapes were easy to recognise at a glance. And who doesn’t like cupcakes?

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Tobias Ottahal: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Tobias sent along this self-portrait, which I've put next to his Great Ride illustration!

Tobias sent along this self-portrait, which I've put next to his Great Ride illustration!

The fine tradition of interviewing our Buzzer illustrators continues! Here is Tobias Ottahal, who drew the cover of the April issue.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I’m a Swedish native who came to Vancouver about five years ago to study design, but started out as an illustrator. My career began at my junior high newspaper :)

How did you come up with the Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?

Since the theme was related to the “Bike the Blossoms”-ride, I wanted to do something that conveyed the massive change from barren tree branches to the explosion of leaves and cherry blossoms that occur around this time of year. The general idea was to let the blossoms have centre stage
and to see it from a Stanley Park-visitor’s perspective.

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Jesse Williams: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Jesse Williams and his illustration for the March 2010 Buzzer!

Jesse Williams and his illustration for the March 2010 Buzzer!

Once again, here’s an interview with the illustrator behind the latest Buzzer cover. This time we’re talking to Jesse Williams, who drew the illustration for our March Buzzer!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I am 24 years old. I live in North Vancouver. I am a freelance graphic designer and a graduate of the IDEA program at Capilano University.

How did you come up with the March Buzzer cover? Can you talk a bit about the other concepts?

I did a lot of quick thumbnail sketches….The illustration just evolved from those.. Vancouver felt really happy and positive during the Olympics, I tried to capture that feeling in an illustration.

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Chloe Lan: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Chloe Lan and her illustration for the January/February Buzzer!

Chloe Lan and her illustration for the January/February Buzzer!

Let’s keep going with the fine tradition of interviewing our Buzzer illustrators! Here is the delightful Chloe Lan, who drew the cover of the latest issue (she describes it as a “Transformer-type of lineup” of our services, as you’ll see :)

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

I’ve always been curious about anything fun and creative since I was a kid. I enjoy playing, trying, and creating things I haven’t seen before. That’s why imagination significantly outweighs reality when it comes to the content of my work.
I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to Canada when I arrived from Taiwan at the age of 13. I discovered the power of images and icons to bridge gaps that language could not when I started making friends with my drawings as I first arrived in a school that was completely foreign to me.
I love working on projects that allows me to communicate to the public with sincerity and imagination. Inspired by my mentor, Craig Redmond, I want to listen to the public and create works that will be heard. I want my work to take me to places.

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Justin Chen: Buzzer illustrator interview!

Justin Chen and his illustration. (Justin said he needs a haircut, so an illustrated self-portrait will have to suffice!)

Justin Chen and his illustration. (Justin said he needs a haircut, so an illustrated self-portrait will have to suffice!)

Continuing the fine tradition of interviews with the Buzzer cover illustrators, here is Justin Chen, who drew the November cover this year. (He’s posted about the cover on his blog today too!)

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art!

My “actual” illustration career is actually quite brief; I’ve started taking in assignments after my graduation from School of Architecture at McGill in 2008. But I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. My style is a fusion of everything I enjoy; children’s story book, cinema, architecture and fiction.

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The June 2012 Buzzer is out!

The June 2012 Buzzer is now on board all buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express!

Most of the Buzzer is devoted to the bus service changes happening on June 25, 2012—all of the changes are online here. There are regular seasonal changes, as well as changes coming as part of the service optimization project that we talked about in 2010. (See a couple of interviews on this topic from April, and June 2011.)

And I’m pleased to share a profile of transit operator and actor B.K. Singh Rakhra, who was nominated for an award this year! Check out the print Buzzer for more info.

Again, we’re quite proud to have a cover from a local illustrator: this time it’s Jeffrey Ellis. Thanks Jeff!

If you can’t get the Buzzer on the system, you can always read it in PDF form on our website. Visit our Buzzer PDF archives, or grab this direct link to the PDF.

Remember to enter the FareCard contest too! You can win a free FareCard in every issue of the Buzzer: read the issue, then email in your info and the answer to the trivia question by Tuesday, June 26 at 9 a.m.. We’ll pick a winner from all the correct answers, and that person will be notified by phone shortly after the draw.

Enjoy the latest Buzzer as always! Comments are welcome below.