The subway stations are great locations for perspective drawings, so I attempted one the other day. It’s interesting to see how the stations look like compared to the ones I was used to back in Montreal. Here in Toronto, some of the platforms like at the Union Station, are very narrow and there’s not a lot of space to move around. Other stations are also really cold as they are not all fully enclosed or are essentially open to the outdoors. One the other hand there are a lot of stations, which is very convenient, and there are a lot of new ones under construction, which will be even more convenient. It will be interesting to see how the new stations are designed compared to the old ones.
Alice in Mushroom Wonderland
I thought it would be fun to explore the use of mushrooms in popular culture as a continuation of the discoveries I made so far based on John Allegro’s book. One of the most obvious is the story of Alice in Wonderland when she meets the caterpillar smoking a hookah on top of a mushroom. He tells her that one side of the mushroom will make her grow while the other one will make her shrink as an effect from ingesting it.
TOUSK Meetup #6 : Balzac Coffee
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : Illustrated (Part 6)
During easter, there’s a tradition for kids to go find decorated eggs hidden mostly outdoors. Some believe that this activity originated from the search of the amanita muscaria mushroom. If that’s the case, it would explain the reason for decorating the egg in the first place.
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : Illustrated (Part 5)
The next stage of the mushroom cycle is compared to the mythological Phoenix, a bird known to die by fire and to be reborn from its ash cyclically on its own. Some say the mushroom at this stage resembles the open wings of the bird and just like the bird, dies and is reborn again on its own. Interestingly, the phoenix was adopted as a symbol early in Christianity and its ability to die and be reborn again can be compared to resurrection.
TGIM sketchnote 29
Alternative holiday supplies
Last year I was inspired to draw my own version of a Santa Claus and his reindeer after finding out what some believe the be real origins of Christmas. One of my friend who saw my drawing thought it would be a great for a Christmas card. Can you believe I hadn’t even though of that at the time? Good thing there’s always another Christmas. So now the art is available as cards and a couple neat little items that are sure to spark interesting conversations over the holidays! So go and get some and be sure to order them on Cyber Monday : Shipping is free worldwide.
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : Illustrated (Part 4)
Last week, on my way to meet other urban sketchers to sketch at the Art Gallery there was an issue with the subway. It took me an hour instead of 20 minutes to get to my destination. Good thing I was planning to get there in advance, so I wasn’t too late. Nevertheless, I used this opportunity to really take my time sketching this man who got a little shut eyes while waiting for the subway to bring him to his destination. He barely moved, which was great for me.