When it comes to capturing the beauty of Vancouver, you don’t have to look far, says Vancouverite-by-way-of-London Marcus Wild.
Wild has always had an eye for the artistic. From a career in marketing, advertising and video game concept art, to his current freelancing, he’s always had a pen in his hand.
“I’d just bike around to find a spot, which is so easy – to find a nice spot to draw in this city,” Wild told Vancity Buzz. “Every street corner is draw-able, or the lovely vistas around the sea wall, stuff like that.”
Wild created 30 pieces focusing on Vancouver during one sunny July a few years ago. Committing to one drawing every day, he would find a place, sit down, and draw each view in a simple, but practical style.
“No pencil, no ruler, no erasers, just black pen. First line wins,” he says.
The pieces focus on capturing a Vancouver sight in the moment, whether it’s sunset at English Beach, the quiet, tree-line streets of Mount Pleasant, or the Downtown Vancouver skyline. While the prints have been popular in the past, Marcus says that one of the problems he – and many other artists – run into is consumers not understanding the relationship between a final product and the artist’ process.
“People will say to me ‘You’re charging me $70 for this? It only took you five minutes!'” says Wild. “My answer is ‘It took me 35 years and 10 minutes. Otherwise you’d have done it.'”
To learn more about Wild, and see more of his Vancouver series, visit his website.