PANDORAYOUNG

Illustrator.
Started and finished today! I think I’ve earned my chardonnay tonight! See this piece and nearly one hundred others by forty local artists at the Carnival Show by the freakishly talented Sunny Shah this Friday at Ayden Gallery.
You Can’t Stab Me In The Heart If I Don’t Have One.
Graphite on canvas.
Pandora Young. 2014.

Started and finished today! I think I’ve earned my chardonnay tonight! See this piece and nearly one hundred others by forty local artists at the Carnival Show by the freakishly talented Sunny Shah this Friday at Ayden Gallery.

You Can’t Stab Me In The Heart If I Don’t Have One.

Graphite on canvas.

Pandora Young. 2014.

It’s a bittersweet day for me. I am excited for the future, but heartsick to leave. Emily Carr has been my home through tumultuous years and myriad changes, its students and teachers my family. It has been the honor of a lifetime to know them all and be part of it. Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday evening for the Graduation Show, and to all my fellow students, I love you and will be watching you and your creations with superlative pride and joy. I would like to present to you now an image of what I actually look like under the paint and graphite.

It’s a bittersweet day for me. I am excited for the future, but heartsick to leave. Emily Carr has been my home through tumultuous years and myriad changes, its students and teachers my family. It has been the honor of a lifetime to know them all and be part of it. Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday evening for the Graduation Show, and to all my fellow students, I love you and will be watching you and your creations with superlative pride and joy. I would like to present to you now an image of what I actually look like under the paint and graphite.

So I created an illustration of a mermaid last year to such universal acclaim that I vowed never to depict mermaids again. Not because it was’t enjoyable, but because I could, with horrific clarity, see myself overnight becoming mermaid-lady and painting nothing but gratuitously fantastical siren scenes for the rest of my career, and it being a fast track to becoming even more cynical than I already am. Never the less, when friend and fellow Vancouver artist Laiya Fownes approached me with a story she’d written about mermaids, it was so sweet and sad and beautiful I couldn’t say no:P Should Laiya put it up anywhere online to be read I will definitely be posting the link!

Sirens I & II
Graphite, Oil Paint, Gold Leaf on Canvas Board, Photoshop
Pandora Young. 2013

Little homework piece for a novel called ‘Duplex.’

Duplex
Graphite on Watercolor Paper, Photoshop
Pandora Young. 2014

Little homework piece for a novel called ‘Duplex.’

Duplex
Graphite on Watercolor Paper, Photoshop
Pandora Young. 2014

A portrait of myself with buddy and fellow Vancouver artist Nomi Chi in an homage to a mutual admired cultural masterpiece.

Art School Sucks
Gouache, Sharpie
Pandora Young. 2013

A portrait of myself with buddy and fellow Vancouver artist Nomi Chi in an homage to a mutual admired cultural masterpiece.

Art School Sucks
Gouache, Sharpie
Pandora Young. 2013

In lieue of Pandora’s Annual Vanlentine’s Day Singles’ Thermonuclear Bunker Party I decided to make all my friends a gift.

Forever Alone
Graphite on Canvas Board, Photoshop
Pandora Young. 2014

In lieue of Pandora’s Annual Vanlentine’s Day Singles’ Thermonuclear Bunker Party I decided to make all my friends a gift.

Forever Alone
Graphite on Canvas Board, Photoshop
Pandora Young. 2014

This was drawn, inked and painted shivering, hacking and blanket draped during my recent month long bout of H2N2. As someone whose speciality is the drawing of pretty girls, I’ve recently discovered the morbid joys of depicting the grotesque, though generally in a comedic, and always in a self-depravational, manner. This comic, an amalgam of anecdotes about allergies, was one such indulgence.

Paved Paradise.
Graphite, Watercolor, Photoshop.
Pandora Young. 2014.

My poster proposal for Vancouver’s Velopalooza Bike Festival involved a few different characters I designed! I’d originally had a few more, including a unicyclist, of whom you actually see a surprising number along the sea wall here in Vancouver, and a nude cyclist, of whom you also see many, usually when you least expect it.

This is the poster I was commissioned to create by Vancouver’s Velopalooza Bike Festival. While they didn’t select mine from the four finalists, I put a lot into it and am super proud of it!

Velopalooza Poster
Graphite, Photoshop.
Pandora Young, 2014.

This is the poster I was commissioned to create by Vancouver’s Velopalooza Bike Festival. While they didn’t select mine from the four finalists, I put a lot into it and am super proud of it!

Velopalooza Poster
Graphite, Photoshop.
Pandora Young, 2014.

My recent piece for SNAG Night at the Cobalt here in Vancouver.

Forest Queen
Graphite, gold leaf, Photoshop on canvas.
February 2014

My recent piece for SNAG Night at the Cobalt here in Vancouver.

Forest Queen
Graphite, gold leaf, Photoshop on canvas.
February 2014

My finished suite of pieces from my November show, Artificial Fiction, at the Ayden Gallery in Vancouver.

Art Censorship Part II - Submitted without comment.

The Sublime Details of John William Goward.

While I feel a little silly and middle school about it, a middle school dream of mine came true today. My piece Lilith was honoured with a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt today. Aw hell, I’m so damn happy and proud I could sing:)
"I was recently involved in the Artificial Fiction show at Ayden Gallery here in Vancouver, a show whose theme was the exploration of the mythology and folklore and stories in our culture. Invitation made to me, the images and the stories immediately began conjuring in my mind. All of them, I discovered seemed connected in focusing on the women in mythology I considered some of the most nobel, yet who had been scape goats or figures of admonition.
In certain Abrahamic and Gnostic traditions Eve was not the first wife of Adam, but Lilith. She was created not of him, but along side him, from the same dust and clay. Being equal, she refused Adam’s attempts to force her into submission, and to assume to “inferior” sexual position. When she made to leave him, the Creator sent after her a party of archangels to return her, and bend her to this domination. For millennia fathers, mothers, and societies, have told their daughters not to be like Lilith, but to be good wives, and to obey their husbands. I cannot imagine, looking back from our generation in history, this being something I could ever hear us telling our daughters. Perhaps this is a portrait of ourselves, a people who have chosen to empower and support women, though how successfully may be debated. I struggled to decide how to depict Lilith, whether in the moment of her subjugation or her defiance, but realized it was both states that defined her.” 

While I feel a little silly and middle school about it, a middle school dream of mine came true today. My piece Lilith was honoured with a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt today. Aw hell, I’m so damn happy and proud I could sing:)

"I was recently involved in the Artificial Fiction show at Ayden Gallery here in Vancouver, a show whose theme was the exploration of the mythology and folklore and stories in our culture. Invitation made to me, the images and the stories immediately began conjuring in my mind. All of them, I discovered seemed connected in focusing on the women in mythology I considered some of the most nobel, yet who had been scape goats or figures of admonition.

In certain Abrahamic and Gnostic traditions Eve was not the first wife of Adam, but Lilith. She was created not of him, but along side him, from the same dust and clay. Being equal, she refused Adam’s attempts to force her into submission, and to assume to “inferior” sexual position. When she made to leave him, the Creator sent after her a party of archangels to return her, and bend her to this domination. For millennia fathers, mothers, and societies, have told their daughters not to be like Lilith, but to be good wives, and to obey their husbands. I cannot imagine, looking back from our generation in history, this being something I could ever hear us telling our daughters. Perhaps this is a portrait of ourselves, a people who have chosen to empower and support women, though how successfully may be debated. I struggled to decide how to depict Lilith, whether in the moment of her subjugation or her defiance, but realized it was both states that defined her.” 

I recently had the honor of participating in Rain City Illustration Collective’s Masquerade Show at The Fall Tattooing and Gallery here in Vancouver. These are two of the pieces I contributed.