Monday, January 3, 2011

Torontoist's Heroes and Villains 2010-The Good Guys!!!

From the top:  1. José Bautista 2. Snakes and Lattes 3. The Human-Powered Ornithopter Team 4.The Canadian Opera Company 5. The National Theatre of the World

 I decided to take some slacker time off after my deluge of pre-Xmas posts and found myself posting the follow up to my "Villains" post (here) in these early days of 2011. Where that post was all about the yin, I bring you the yang. The positive to the negative, for not all was to be frowned upon in this city of mine last year. Let's run through this lot, hmm?
1) José Bautista- My second interpretation of a sports figure and one of the bright spots in a Toronto Blue Jays season that found the team struggling for points and the love of a city too enamored with a substandard hockey team. Bautista led the American league in home runs and was the Blue Jays' MVP for 10. I depicted him as a kind of mighty hunter with his bat and a slain baseball at his feet.
2) Snakes and Lattes- I focused on pure stylization and my take on the name of a new café in Toronto in which a small $5 fee allows you unlimited time to play any board game you want while sipping on the brown water.
3) The Human-Powered Ornithopter Team- How's that for a mouthful? An Ornithopter is a human powered flying device that flaps it's wings like a bird (the idea of which goes back to both ancient mythology and Da Vinci's time). A group of U of T students had the first successful flight of such a device in August and this post honoured them. Soviet art meets the classic Superman catch phrase.
4) The Canadian Opera Company- The other COC has been staging slightly unconventional operas such as "Nixon In China" and bringing in non opera fans. This was my attempt at an opera singing caricature of Tricky Dick, although I feel it looks more like Mr. Magoo in hindsight.
5) The National Theatre of the World- Last but not least, Toronto theatre/comedy heroes whom came to prominence in 2010. I based my piece on stylized portraits of company principals Matt Baram, Ron Pederson, and Naomi Snieckus.
The entire list of heroes (and villains) can be found here and as I said in that villain post, there's plenty of fantastic illustrations to be found.

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