Since I'm new to Nanaimo, although I've visited the city many a time, I found myself in a unique position of being able to judge how Nanaimo had changed recently. I decided that my banner art would coalesce around the idea of Nanaimo rising, improving and taking flight in the eyes of it's inhabitants. I drew out a pretty and colorful butterfly then added swirls & curlicues to represent flight. The butterfly would be on one side of the light standard and the swirls below would span both silken panels with the light standard in between. Opposite the butterfly I wrote "Nanaimo Rising".
|My inked butterfly|
So here's my submission to the now completed banner project, of which I didn't win, lol. No, I'm not upset in the least, I thoroughly enjoyed participating and I had a niggling feeling that I wouldn't be chosen because my theme seemed so different from the other year's picks. But one must follow one's heart and I submitted it, hoping that they would see where I was going with my idea. I am certainly happy for the winner who is a professional graphic designer and who's been working in the field of illustration and graphic design since 2007. I'm betting he's come up with a brilliant piece of art that will beautify all the light standards around town for the upcoming year, I can't wait to see them this summer. It was a a pleasure being a part of a community project, even if I didn't win. Because of my participation, I feel closer to my new city and this is such a good outcome! I'm glad to be a new member of my community, I feel a part of the people of Nanaimo instead of an interloper. Maybe this was just what I was supposed to get from doing this project.
|My submission to |
Nanaimo's Banner Project
|Nanaimo's boardwalk||Nanaimo Harborfront|