Vancouver sky-line 1995: before the wall! by Roger Kemble.

Expo 86 Beer Stein made in 1983 in Japan, via ebay.

Evening on False Creek by Paul Goranson, a print from 1935 when False Creek was an entirely different place, as you can see from all the billowing smoke stacks.

Evening on False Creek by Paul Goranson, a print from 1935 when False Creek was an entirely different place, as you can see from all the billowing smoke stacks.

Concept illustration for False Creek flats, part of the Re:CONNECT competition from the City of Vancouver (page 8 of this PDF), via SpacingVancouver.ca. I presume this rendering was completed by someone at Perkins+Will, but I’m not certain; perhaps one of you know? In total, the competition generated:

104 SUBMISSIONS13 COUNTRIES75% GENERATED LOCALLY1,500 ONLINE COMMENTS15,000 ONLINE VOTES

I do believe that reflects just how much you all really care about this city.

Concept illustration for False Creek flats, part of the Re:CONNECT competition from the City of Vancouver (page 8 of this PDF), via SpacingVancouver.ca. I presume this rendering was completed by someone at Perkins+Will, but I’m not certain; perhaps one of you know? In total, the competition generated:

104 SUBMISSIONS
13 COUNTRIES
75% GENERATED LOCALLY
1,500 ONLINE COMMENTS
15,000 ONLINE VOTES

I do believe that reflects just how much you all really care about this city.

From Granville Island, a canvas by artist Jack Campbell. From his website:

For fourteen years Jack taught drawing and painting workshops for the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Outreach Program and for eight years taught full time at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson. He continues to teach at various summer schools and art organizations through the province. Raised in New Westminster B.C., Jack has been a painter and graphic designer since graduating as an honor student from the Fourth Year Program of the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design).Jack has had over 30 one man exhibitions in British Columbia of his drawings, paintings and paper sculptures. He also has participated in many group shows in Western Canada and Washington. His work is in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

From Granville Island, a canvas by artist Jack Campbell. From his website:

For fourteen years Jack taught drawing and painting workshops for the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Outreach Program and for eight years taught full time at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson. He continues to teach at various summer schools and art organizations through the province. Raised in New Westminster B.C., Jack has been a painter and graphic designer since graduating as an honor student from the Fourth Year Program of the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design).

Jack has had over 30 one man exhibitions in British Columbia of his drawings, paintings and paper sculptures. He also has participated in many group shows in Western Canada and Washington. His work is in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

Science World parking lot mural on the side of the Graphic Arts Building, 45 East 8th Avenue (just a block away from the Anza Club). The mural was photographed by Rick Chung on April 3, 2012. Thanks to Soph for pointing this out to me. Much like Alicia Fashionista had inspired Rick to set off to find and photograph this secluded urban mural, I had been meaning to shoot this one for a while. I’m glad Rick has tracked down the important details in his post! The mural is by Raymond Boyer, but what really surprised me was the date on the artwork. It says 1999. Really? It’s been there this whole time?! Why have I only noticed this piece in the last year? I guess I don’t go biking down 8th Avenue often enough!
Science World parking lot mural on the side of the Graphic Arts Building, 45 East 8th Avenue (just a block away from the Anza Club). The mural was photographed by Rick Chung on April 3, 2012. Thanks to Soph for pointing this out to me. Much like Alicia Fashionista had inspired Rick to set off to find and photograph this secluded urban mural, I had been meaning to shoot this one for a while. I’m glad Rick has tracked down the important details in his post! The mural is by Raymond Boyer, but what really surprised me was the date on the artwork. It says 1999. Really? It’s been there this whole time?! Why have I only noticed this piece in the last year? I guess I don’t go biking down 8th Avenue often enough!
Almost Home, False Creek by James Koll in 2011. Watercolour, 10”x14”. This piece will be on display in a group show at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island from January 24 to February 5, 2012 as part of the Works on Paper exhibition.

Almost Home, False Creek by James Koll in 2011. Watercolour, 10”x14”. This piece will be on display in a group show at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island from January 24 to February 5, 2012 as part of the Works on Paper exhibition.

A comic by Stuart Morris from the cover of New Directions magazine, Vol 1 No 5 from April-May of 1986. I thought this comic would be suitably fun for Friday the 13th! I was tipped off about New Directions magazine by Bonnie Beckwoman, one of the original contributors of the Georgia Straight who later also contributed comics to New Directions. The lead story of this issue from 1986 was titled The Bad BCers’ Guide to Expo, and it was written by Larry Kuehn. While most of my Expo86 posts have been rosy nostalgic, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the event. You can read the article at the VPL’s periodicals reference desk. Or tweet me!

A comic by Stuart Morris from the cover of New Directions magazine, Vol 1 No 5 from April-May of 1986. I thought this comic would be suitably fun for Friday the 13th! I was tipped off about New Directions magazine by Bonnie Beckwoman, one of the original contributors of the Georgia Straight who later also contributed comics to New Directions. The lead story of this issue from 1986 was titled The Bad BCers’ Guide to Expo, and it was written by Larry Kuehn. While most of my Expo86 posts have been rosy nostalgic, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the event. You can read the article at the VPL’s periodicals reference desk. Or tweet me!

Tintin Expo 86 poster, from the Belgian pavilion. I am offering this poster for sale to any of my followers. Thanks to all those who expressed interest; a new home has been found for the poster!

Tintin Expo 86 poster, from the Belgian pavilion. I am offering this poster for sale to any of my followers. Thanks to all those who expressed interest; a new home has been found for the poster!

Selected panels of Vancouver from the 13 page comic book, Archie at Expo 86 in “the Archies in Motion” penciled by Daniel S. DeCarlo, inked by Dan’s son Jim DeCarlo, lettering by Bill Yoshida, and coloring/production by Barry Grossman. There is a forthcoming documentary in the works on Dan DeCarlo, so watch for that! Dan also has a great Wikipedia page to help you get acquainted with his life story. More about the comic, from bobbea’s Expo 86 site:

In this rare “The World of Archie” comic book, Archie and his friends leave the confines Riverdale to visit Expo 86. In another issue around the same time, the gang visited Victoria’s famed Empress Hotel for high tea. It has been said that throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Vancouver and Victoria had the largest Archie comic book readerships (per capita) than any other city in North America.

Archie’s biggest fans in Vancouver and Victoria? Who knew!?

Thanks, Darren!

Illustrations by Bob McIlhargey and Lori Brown, pre-Expo 86. This particular rendering shows BC Place and Northeast False Creek, speculating on redevelopment of the land after Expo, before it had even been built. As I mentioned previously on Illustrated Vancouver, architectural illustrator Bob McIlhargey, along with his wife and associate Lori Brown were largely responsible for much of the concept rendering work commissioned for Expo 86 from 1982-86.

Cross-posted with additional text to VancouverIsAwesome.com.

View under Cambie Bridge, Vancouver, a watercolour from September 14, 2011 by Jeckenzibbel via flickr. I have always appreciated this location, and evidently she does too:

I have been meaning to draw this view under the bridge, which I love. There is a playground/skateboarding rink on the other side from me under the bridge. Great idea with the tendency to rain in Vancouver, plus it makes this bridge pleasant to hang out under, which you can’t say of all bridges.

View under Cambie Bridge, Vancouver, a watercolour from September 14, 2011 by Jeckenzibbel via flickr. I have always appreciated this location, and evidently she does too:

I have been meaning to draw this view under the bridge, which I love. There is a playground/skateboarding rink on the other side from me under the bridge. Great idea with the tendency to rain in Vancouver, plus it makes this bridge pleasant to hang out under, which you can’t say of all bridges.

The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, Vancouver, a watercolour painting by Edward Goodall. Image from a printed note card. “The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, founded 1968…was designed in the 1960s by architect Gerald Hamilton to house what was then called The Centennial Museum. The planetarium was added as part of a pre-construction re-design.” [wikipedia]
As mentioned previously, Edward (Ted) Goodall “…began drawing pen and ink and          pencil postcards of  Vancouver Island and started the successful “Goodall’s          Pencil  Postcard Series.” …In the early fifties he produced a British          Columbia  calendar of scenes from the west coast first in pencil drawing           but over the years eventually replaced them with paintings. source
This watercolour is perhaps a good example of his later work, and those who can recognize which towers grace the skyline will be able to accurately date this view’s vintage. Edward Goodall passed away in September of 1982.

The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, Vancouver, a watercolour painting by Edward Goodall. Image from a printed note card. “The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, founded 1968…was designed in the 1960s by architect Gerald Hamilton to house what was then called The Centennial Museum. The planetarium was added as part of a pre-construction re-design.” [wikipedia]

As mentioned previously, Edward (Ted) Goodall “…began drawing pen and ink and pencil postcards of Vancouver Island and started the successful “Goodall’s Pencil Postcard Series.” …In the early fifties he produced a British Columbia calendar of scenes from the west coast first in pencil drawing but over the years eventually replaced them with paintings. source

This watercolour is perhaps a good example of his later work, and those who can recognize which towers grace the skyline will be able to accurately date this view’s vintage. Edward Goodall passed away in September of 1982.

In honour of I Love Transit week, this week’s posts will be transit related!
Tea Pirates of False Creek, by legendary lowbrow comic artist Colin Upton, 2009. From the 6th Annual Lowbrow on the High Seas Pirates show, September 2009 at the Tart Gallery.
Once again, a reminder Colin will be appearing in the panel below at the Emily Carr University event  Emily Con, a one-of-a-kind comic book convention this Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 11:00am - 4:00pm. This one day event is free and open to the public. Details of Colin’s panel below:

Make Your Own Damn Comic! 1:30pm - 2:30pmPanel by Ed Brisson, Kevin Leeson, Todd Ireland, Colin Upton, independent comic book publishers

In honour of I Love Transit week, this week’s posts will be transit related!

Tea Pirates of False Creek, by legendary lowbrow comic artist Colin Upton, 2009. From the 6th Annual Lowbrow on the High Seas Pirates show, September 2009 at the Tart Gallery.

Once again, a reminder Colin will be appearing in the panel below at the Emily Carr University event Emily Con, a one-of-a-kind comic book convention this Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 11:00am - 4:00pm. This one day event is free and open to the public. Details of Colin’s panel below:

Make Your Own Damn Comic! 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panel by Ed Brisson, Kevin Leeson, Todd Ireland, Colin Upton, independent comic book publishers

MALLARD PRIEST CRANE by Ehren Salazar, depicting False Creek, circa 1886. Graphite drawing on paper 19” x 24”, 2009. Also recently in the CARDED show last month.

MALLARD PRIEST CRANE by Ehren Salazar, depicting False Creek, circa 1886. Graphite drawing on paper 19” x 24”, 2009. Also recently in the CARDED show last month.