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Drake Hotel Holiday Decor 2014: Sky Yard

For the second year running, I’ve worked on the holiday decor at one of Toronto’s cultural institutions, the Drake Hotel. Despite a sometimes… rowdy weekend crowd, the Drake has consistently excellent programming from exhibitions to performances to nebulous happenings.  Enough about the Drake! Where’s MY STUFF? Here it is Ego, so chill out:1412-Drake-SkyYard-8700_WEB 1412-Drake-SkyYard-8731_WEB 1412-Drake-SkyYard-8797_WEBYou can see my contribution in the mural of the skinny dipping polar bear jumpers, and the various snow covered trees, both 3D and 2D.

I also did a paint-by-number themed window for the lounge, which I will post photos of as soon as I have some good ones, but you can see all of this in person with a warm (or cold) drink in hand at the Drake Hotel right now and until Dec.30th (ish).

Thanks to the Drake’s Mia Nielsen (curator) and Rea McNamara (assistant curator) for generally being very awesome.

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The internet wins again.

Janeswalk_Combination_WEB Another piece I did for Normative! (click to enlarge) Technically there were about 9 different drawings, but this is a little combo platter I made for my portfolio site. Oh, did I not mention my portfolio site?  Well, it exists. It exists BIG TIME.  Have a click why don’t you. On it you will find many things you may have seen on here where they are inconveniently located several clicks away.  On my portfolio site, you can take it all in at a glance by clicking the little grid icon.  The internet makes difficult things (like looking at the internet) so easy. Enough about the internet!  It gets all the attention!  Pay attention instead to my character design above!  Isn’t that woman’s cape stylish? She sure is using her smart phone to navigate a city! And that gentleman isn’t looking at lude photographs – he too is interested in the culture of a metropolitan area!  Or in purchasing more striped sweaters. Technology wins again (the internet laughed)!

The Other Toronto Drake

I’ve been doing some decor work for the Drake Hotel  – Toronto’s landmark art hotel. Their Sky Yard is off the hook, yo.  Seriously, it is.

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Decor in this case, means collaborating with Drake curator/genius/queen Mia Nielsen on the upcoming event and brain-storming ideas. Mia settles on the best one, adds her experience and brilliance, orders stuff (does all the work) and then I come in and install it with some other people. In some cases the ideas involve me also making drawings. Drake Skyyard 3This past winter (you know, the one that never ended), I did some Looney-Tune-esque stuff  to compliment Mia’s Mod Twin Peaks ski chalet vibe (as seen  above and below).

Drake Winter SkyyardI made a cartoon panorama, and then we cut cute sections out of them and put windows and doors on them (as if you are inside looking out at the cartoon landscape), and those sections were printed and mounted.  Below are sections of the panorama, uncut… as it were.

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I also made a repeating background tile – the kind that cycles behind any running cartoon character – that was printed in vinyl and run along the base of the space (you can see it in the very first picture):GillianG.Mural6_Tile
Photos of the Sky Yard are compliments of the Drake Hotel Flickr.

 

Lazer Pointer

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This is one of those times where I like the rough a little better than the final. The painting is fine, but the who-gives-a-shit expression on the sketch got away from me a bit.  This is a sort of inspired-by portrait of journalist, karaoke savant & all-around-awesome person Kelli Korducki and she did not give me her permission to draw it, so let’s hope she likes it.

Shameless Magazine

I have an illustration in the most recent issue of Shameless magazine!

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As the tagline says, the article is about , “Why ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ is more of the same”. Karen Ko, a personal trainer and weightlifter, talks about her initial optimism for this new message and her eventual disappointment in discovering that “Strength” as advertised, is just another impossible ideal; one that continues to ignore queerness, women of colour, motherhood, older women, and trans-identified people.

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I feel like Ko addresses a lot of the questions that don’t get included in conversations about women’s fitness and body image. But don’t take MY word for it. Check out the new issue of Shameless (subscribe online… there’s an app too!) – read the whole thing of course… but Karen Ko and I are on page 13.

Postcard Mailers

I know, I know – who uses the mail anymore?  Well, I am going to a little bit when I send out these postcard mailers. If everyone in art/design school  is being advised that this is an arcane practice (they are), then it means maybe my antiquated paper promo with authentic “stamps” will be unique!  Special! Not at the bottom of a pile of similar crap!  We’ll see. I’ll send them out and see what happens. That’s like, The Secret, right? These mailers are my intentions and the post office box is the universe, and my future clients are god or something? I haven’t read that book.

Oooh! Sexy promotional piece! If you are a magazine or publisher, look out. This might be under a romance manuscript in your slush pile. Just staring off to the left of you. Asking, “What does it all mean?”

It means hire me.

Queen of Summer

Another drawing that was made as a kind of hostess gift. I made it for my friend Amy who invited me to her party. I finished it much, MUCH later than the party and am now giving it to her via this post, a la, the internet. Thanks for the Summer party, Amy!

I do declare!

Well, I do declare, it’s Brianna, our little Southern Belle! Her favourite food is meat balls and her favourite colour is Orange! She loves to stand still, watch TV, and spend time with Peaches, her Guinea pig.

 

More of these bright young things to come.  Trying to get back to the Wed/Sat posting. We’ll so how I do.

Lilly’s Lunches!

I was happy and proud to work on some drawings for my delightful friend Elizabeth Callahan’s new business. This business is the best thing to hit Toronto, perhaps ever. Why wouldn’t you want a gourmet, homemade, delicious lunch delivered by bike to your small cubicle, your slow retail shop, your downtown location?  And delivered by a sweet, charming woman, no less!

Here’s a drawing I did for her promo postcard:

Why not book yourself some delicious lunches, RIGHT NOW: lillyslunches.com

This version is for her “about” page:

 

If you or someone you know suffers from a boring lunch, a dull office experience, the insufferable monotony of the same lunch options, day in and day out, the antidote has arrived.  Was your grease-stained bag of fast food lunch made with LOVE?  I DOUBT IT.  Lilly’s Lunches are.

Follow @lillyslunches and @GillianGoerz

I love my bike.

It’s true. I do. This blog is evidence to the fact that I am somewhat immersed in biking, or at the bare minimum in making bike-related art things.  I recently did a graphic design job for Bikes Without Borders (check it out. Very worthy organization on every level), and was offered the chance to do a t-shirt design to benefit the organization.  Because I have a charitable heart (hungry ego) I agreed to help (see my design on t-shirts in a real store).  This is the design.

It’s part of a larger drawing I am working on that is a little more political. (I hope to finish it soon) I took the non-partisan part and repurposed it to focus on the experiential, elevating  aspect of cycling; namely being outside and having some chill time with yourself in nature. Who doesn’t like that?  Some politicians in the US (and Canada, who am I kidding?) would no doubt LOVE to hinder this among other freedoms, but for now, when you are on your bike, it is all you.  Let’s enjoy that.

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