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The Buzzer illustrator interview: Stacy Lee

If you’ve picked up the fall edition of The Buzzer, you would have noticed a familiar face on the cover — Vancouver actor and comedian, Seth Rogen!

It’s the creative work of artist Stacy Lee, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, celebrating Seth as a guest voice on transit this fall.

We caught up with Stacy to learn more about her as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a freelance illustrator from Vancouver, but recently moved back to Taiwan — my home country! Last year, I graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration. During my spare time, I am either binge reading shoujo (romantic comedy) manga or watching gameplay commentaries on YouTube. What’s a social life anyway?

What do you usually illustrate?

I illustrate subject matter that spontaneously crosses my mind, which are usually inspired by everyday life. These ideas are then transformed into simple and light-hearted comics, usually told through 1-6 panels. I really enjoy telling stories to which others could relate, or to just simply put smiles on their faces!

What are your artist tools of choice?

For the past few years, I have really enjoyed illustrating digitally with my iPad, using Adobe Sketch. I usually create images with bold colours and simple lines, so it is a very convenient medium for me. However, doodling in my sketchbook with a Micron pen is always comforting!

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print edition of The Buzzer.

Since Seth Rogen is the special guest voice on transit this fall, my illustration features Seth enjoying his bus ride in Vancouver, amidst the joyous maple leaves.

Do you take transit? What’s your favourite – bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express?

Yes, I take transit daily to either run errands, meet friends or commute to work. My favourite mode of transit is definitely the SkyTrain; it is convenient and very punctual!

What’s keeping you busy these days?

I am currently still adjusting to my new life in Taiwan, but definitely feel excited to be here! I am also working on my second zine and a few other pieces. I plan on opening an online shop some time in the future as well. Feel free to stay tuned for updates through my website and Instagram!

The SkyTrain is indeed very punctual! Happy to report that through 2018, the on-time performance of the Expo and Millennium Lines has been around 96 per cent, which ranks well with our peers.

Thanks so much Stacy for taking the time to give us a glimpse into her life as an artist!

If you haven’t picked it up already, it’s your last chance to pickup this edition of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses. You can also download it here.

The next issue will be our special I Love Transit edition, featuring our annual colouring contest, which will be on the system starting on Friday, Sept. 28.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

The Buzzer illustrator interview: Marc Ramos

Photo of The Buzzer Illustrator Marc Ramos

Pick up the latest print edition of The Buzzer and you’ll have seen the creative work of Marc Ramos a Filipino artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s animation program. Marc’s illustration sets the stage for our Tap to Pay campaign, as well as packages up valuable information on Spring Service Changes and updates to Metrotown Station.

We asked Marc a few questions to learn a little more about him as an illustrator.

Tell us about yourself!

Currently, I’m working in the animation industry as a 2D Layout Artist at Atomic Cartoons. I was fortunate to get a job in this industry right after graduation. I like playing basketball, playing the drums and guitar, photography and film making and drawing of course! And I also really like cats and dogs.

What gets you inspired when you’re creating?

Whether I’m working on something or am thinking of working on something, music, especially ambient music, helps me visualize and feel inspired to create.

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?

I really enjoy drawing funny characters, but lately I’ve been interested in illustrating through storyboards, as we call them, documenting some of the interesting things that happen in my daily life.

Tell us about your illustration for the latest print Buzzer?

This illustration represents a first person view inside the SkyTrain with a number of passengers riding comfortably on it. If you’ve seen my Instagram profile, I do a lot of sketching inside the SkyTrain and that was the driving force for this illustration. I wanted it to look like it was drawn by me while on the SkyTrain.

What are your artist tools of choice?

I use my graphics tablet at home a lot these days, but whenever I get the chance to draw on the train, it’s either a fine tip pen, a broad tip pen, a ballpoint pen or a pencil.

What has been some of your favourite projects you’ve created?

The projects I am most proud of would be the animation projects I did when I was in my second year of animation school. Homework may not sound nice to some, but I really did enjoy doing those.

What are some of the fun projects you’re working on now?

Besides my daily life documentation through storyboards, I’m making video montages at the moment using my smartphone. Most of what I’ve captured so far has been the nice views on the skytrain between Edmonds and New Westminster station and on the Fraser River. Hopefully, I get good enough at making these videos so I can proudly post them on my Instagram later on.

What is your favourite mode of transit?

Hands down the Skytrain. You can’t really go wrong with the views.

Do you have any fun plans for Spring?

To be honest, I don’t really have definite “fun” plans for the Spring just yet. I plan on getting more fit. I guess we can call that a fun plan?

Thanks so much Marc for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life as an artist! We look forward to seeing your video montages and all other creative work in the future!

Grab your copy of The Buzzer on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses before they’re gone or download it here.

Interested in becoming an illustrator for The Buzzer? Shoot us an email at thebuzzer@translink.ca.

Author: Sarah Kertcher