Design Drink Discuss Imposter Syndrome recap

Imposter’s Syndrome For Creative Professionals Recap

Inspirational talks can take all sorts of forms. Here at E3C, we like to keep things informal and cozy! In November we held our first “Design Drink & Discuss”. This new talk series brings designers and other creative professionals together. The purpose? To be inspired by the experiences of other local creatives.

“The Imposter Syndrome: How to make it when you feel like you’re faking it. A talk for creatives” was given by Sunil Sarwal of The Small Monsters.

Sunil spoke about his own journey dealing with Imposter’s Syndrome, and how it affected his education and career. Starting with his time as a design student at NSCAD, his first job, his life as a freelancer, and finally as the head of an agency, he showed how Imposter’s Syndrome was both the cause of suffering and anxiety, and the driver behind his success.

 

Talk Highlights

Some key takeaways from Sunil’s talk and subsequent Q&A include:

  • It’s okay to not know the answers. It’s not okay to let that isolate you. Ask those around you for help.
  • Many, many people have Imposter’s Syndrome, but we can choose if it will push us forward or hold us back.
  • ‘Fake it ’til you make it’ is real. Keep working, keep improving, and one day you won’t be faking it.
  • Your old work looks bad now, not because it was bad, but because you’ve gotten better by doing it.

 

 Photos by Shannon Ellis

 

Everyone Can Relate

In attendance were graphic designers, animators, programmers and illustrators. Students, professors, freelancers and enthusiasts. All coming together to bond over the common feelings that Imposter’s Syndrome brings. No matter their background, people nodded their heads in agreement at key moments in the talk.

We look forward to delivering more speakers to the Halifax creative scene in the new year. If you’re interested in giving an informal talk about your creative journey, we’d love to hear from you! No experience necessary, just a readiness to share your experiences with others.

"Imposter Syndrome" Design Drink & Discuss

Nov Meetup: Design Drink & Discuss

Date:
Thursday, November 1, 7-11:30pm

Location:
The Foggy Goggle Pub, $2.00

A meetup for all designers: graphic, product, web, game and UI/UX. Meet other local designers in a non-networking setting: this is all about fellowship and getting to know one another. The meetup starts with a presentation, followed by Q & A and general mingling.

Talk Title:
The Imposter Syndrome: How to make it when you feel like you’re faking it. A talk for creatives
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In a casual talk for designers and other professional creatives, brand consultant Sunil Sarwal will discuss Imposter Syndrome, and how it affects creatives and their careers, both for bad, and for good. With examples and lessons drawn from his career as Creative Director of Montreal’s award-winning branding and packaging agency the Small Monsters, we’ll see how we work with it, work despite it, work because of it, and sometimes, work through it.

 

 

Design Drink Discuss: Imposter Syndrome Poster
Event poster design by Sunil Sarwal.

First JeopARTy Trivia Night At The Dart Gallery A Hit

Thank-you to everyone that came out for our first crack at the “JeopARTy” can. Seven teams went head to head to try and solve our quandaries. There was a mix of art-related trivia, easy-but-strange drawing challenges and some multi-media stumpers as well. Up for grabs: $25 cold hard cash to the winning team for each round. Sure beats winning drink tickets, eh? Lots of laughter.

As always, special thanks to The Dart Gallery for hosting us and Picnic At Dart for the wonderful food and drink specials. Propeller Pumpkin Ale and many wines were flowing that night. You GOTTA try Picnic’s mussels the next time your in there!

 

 

JeopARTy Questions: how many do you think you could have scored?

 

Round One

  1. How many cats are featured in Maud Lewis’ famous Black Cats painting?
  2. What was the subject of the earliest known paintings?
  3. In 30 seconds, draw BART SIMPSON from memory. Closest or most hilarious wins.
  4. Who wrote the original code for Photoshop?
  5. Study this image for 1 minute [shows whole room, then puts it away]. Draw it from memory.
  6. Objects along a horizon meeting at a single common point on a centre line is called what?
  7. Who is the “father” of modern design and pattern?
  8. Guess what’s in the bag [one person to feel variety of strange objects concealed in bag with their eyes closed.

Round Two

  1. Name this painting
  2. Very local! Anna Leoneons is a Gallery located downtown next to NSCAD. There was a famous book about her governess life later made into a musical. Name that book/musical.
  3. Draw a circle. Draw two more smaller circles. Draw a curved line. Whoever draws closest to _____ wins.
  4. On the color wheel, what does “Tertairy” mean?
  5. Write a short poem that includes the words “hams” “plans” and “damns”
  6. Who is this famous artists [play soundclip of famous artist interview, can have clue before playing]
  7. Which is NOT an element of design? Color/Shape/Shade/Line?
  8. How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell during his lifetime?

 

We had a blast putting together the questions and their related props and hope to run a similar event soon!

JeopARTy September Event!

Where: The Dart Gallery, 127 Portland Street Dartmouth ( an 8 minute walk from the ferry terminal)
Time: 6pm doors open. Game gets underway at 7.
Cost: $2.00 at the door

Drink specials. Food specials. Cash prizes…. Yes, E3C is back and with a bang! We’re pleased to put on the world’s FIRST JeopARTy event. What the Hell is that? Here’s everything you need to know that you should block off Thursday, September 27th for one crazy night:

1) 3 rounds of 5 questions that are sure to make you flex your artistic muscle (or make it all up and win anyway)
2) The questions are the lovechildren of trivia, Pictionary, Balderdash and Jeopardy. No skill required, just a lust to WIN WIN WIN.
3) Playing JeopARTy is totally optional; feel free to come to the meetup and just hang out instead. But we recommend joining in on the fun cus you CAN WIN CASH!

So what are you waiting for? RSVP if you haven’t already: this is one meetup you don’t want to miss!

Art Bash photo collage

Art Bash 2018 Photo Gallery

On Friday, January 26th, E3C celebrated 6 years in the creative community with the first “Art Bash”.  Held at the The Dart Gallery, this party entertained and fed over 40 people on a cold winter night. There was a group art show as well as the Draw Brawl: a live drawing competition with contestants competing for prizes.

We want to deeply thank Shannon Dawn Ellis for the photography.

E3C Taxidermy Meetup

Feb 2018 Meetup: Romantic Taxidermy Still Life

7pm-Close, February 8th @ The Foggy Goggle

Back by popular demand! We’re setting up a beautiful assortment of taxidermy for you to draw, photograph or just enjoy. To get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, the arrangement will have a romantic theme… somehow.

All skill levels of drawing and photography are welcomed to come and take in this magnificent sight. Not much of a drawer or photographer? No problem – you do not need to participate in the still life if you have other creative skills or passion. There will be lots of space to hang out, converse and enjoy the atmosphere. All creative types welcomed.

$2.00 and 19+ as usual.

RSVP on Facebook

 

Last Year’s Participants

Poster for Art Bash + Draw Brawl

Art Bash + Draw Brawl Sign-Up

E3C + The Dart Gallery Present: ART BASH!

 

Art Bash Event Details

When: Friday, Jan. 26
Time: 6pm-Midnight (last ferry leaves Alderney Terminal for Halifax at 11:30pm)
Where: The Dart Gallery, 127 Portland Street, Dartmouth (view on Google Maps)
What: Party to mingle + live art battle + group art show!

In celebration of 6 years in the creative community, we here at E3C wanted to do something a little different. With the fantastic support of The Dart Gallery, we’re pleased to offer a different party experience: free food, an awesome drawing battle AND a group art show! Phew!

This (as always) is a public event, open to past E3C attendees, Dart Gallery artists and the creative community at large! Mingle with designers, illustrators, animators, painters, drawers, doodlers, musicians, game developers, writers, actors *deep breath* you know… anyone with a creative leaning. Students, professionals and hobbiests. Everyone is welcome! Complementary nibbles will be available, made by Picnic at Dart Chef Allan (“Al”) McPherson. There is a bar so this event is 19+.

We’re looking for participants in the Draw Brawl – scroll down to learn more.

For you awesome party goers, you can .

For those of you who’ve attended E3C events in the past and want to be in the Last Minute group art show, learn more here!

Draw Brawl Signup

While the Art Bash is in full swing, various contestants will be duking it out artistically in front of party goers. Similar to Ink Wars or Art Battle, our Draw Brawl is all about having fun and rising to the challenge.

Contestants will be given (1) black marker, (1) pencil, and (1) sheet of 16×20 bristol. They will have 20 minutes to create a drawing based on a theme that will not be announced until the clock starts ticking. Rounds will take place throughout the night, allowing people to mix and mingle while you’re drawing up on our little stage at Picnic / Dart Gallery.

  • All skill levels / disciplines welcome. This is about having fun.
  • We know drawing on the spot can be scary – we’re not looking for art stars, just awesome people willing to try something new.
  • You are permitted to use ONLY the tools provided. No exceptions.
  • One winner will be chosen by the audience each round, so bring friends to support you!
  • Each winner will go head-to-head in a fourth and final round to win prizes.

Draw Battle Prizes

Aside from bragging rights, we have three prizes for the audience favourites:

  • 3rd Prize: Gift Certificate to Dart Gallery
  • 2nd Prize: Gift Certificate to DeSerres
  • 1st Prize: $100 CASH (sweet, eh?)

 

Sound like something you want to participate in? Sign up below. Contestants will be selected based on number of entries and variety of style by the E3C Steering Committee members.

DRAW BRAWL SIGNUP HAS CLOSED.

Art supply drive items

4th Annual Art Drive For Elementary Students A Huge Success!

On Thursday, December 14, we gathered at The Foggy Goggle to celebrate our annual charity art drive event. Our mission: to gather as many new art supplies for the Grade 6 students at St Joseph McKay Elementary school.

Friends, you are AMAZING!

People came with armloads of stuff and we found our table (and hearts!) were full before the event even officially began at 7pm. Among some of the first to arrive was Calum Johnston of Strange Adventures Comics and Curiosities. He dropped of a tote bag chock-full of comics and learning guides for the kids. We also had anonymous cash donations; and the bag we purchased to store things in literally burst at the seams. We actually needed five bags (and a cab) to get it all home.

On Tuesday, December 19th, E3C steering members Liz Mac and Rob Cameron drove the goodies down to the school where they were received with much excitement by the staff and Principal. The supplies have gone directly to their art classes while the cash has been assigned to their Breakfast Program.

To everyone that made a donation, big or small, we sincerely thank you. To those who could not donate but sent words of love, we thank you. To those who missed this year, we’ll see you next year, and we thank you! You have ensured that at least one child will get the encouragement they need to build a lifelong love of art.

Here is a break down of what was donated/purchased:

  • 50 x sketch books
  • 2 x 96 pack crayons
  • 30 x 24 pack crayons
  • 25 x various marker packs
  • 2 x 100 pack coloured pencils
  • 19 x various coloured pencil packs
  • 8 x various drawing pens
  • 3 x conte packs
  • 1 x watercolour painting set
  • 1 x acrylic painting set
  • 1 x paint pallet
  • 10 x various paint brushes
  • 2 x colouring books
  • 1 x etching set
  • 4 x stacks of coloured paper
  • 26 x various books on comics/art/illustration
  • An assortment of various office/craft supplies (glue sticks, pencils, pens, erasers, etc)
  • $100 cash donation ($410 total donations, ~300 used on extra supplies and more art books)

From all of us to all of you, Happy Holidays!

June Meetup: Return of the Foggy Goggle

When: Thursday, June 22nd, 7pm-close

Where: The Foggy Goggle, 2057 Gottingen Street

Who: You! Anyone who is creative, artistic and looking to socialize with similar.

It’s our last meetup until September!

We are celebrating the return to our beloved home, The Foggy Goggle, and all of you are invited!

Hang out with other amazing local designers, illustrators, developers, artists and generally rad creative types.

Enjoy some nibbles on us while you’re at it.

19+ . No cover this time. RSVP on Facebook

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Art by Josh Rodgers (mushfacecomics.com) and Alison Knott (eraserheader.com)

April Meetup: Childhood drawings

Since the March Meetup was cancelled due to stormy weather, we’re holding the same theme again this April! The theme is a light-hearted celebration of our childhood selves. Bring your old drawings, stories, or crafts from your youth to share and have a laugh. Don’t have your own? Bring a child relatives masterpiece!

Note that our regular home, The Foggy Goggle, will be closed to move to their new location so we’re going to get cozy with the fine folks over at Niche Lounge (1505 Barrington Street).

..Face it, you knew that *perfect* stegosaurus drawing would be useful one day, didn’t you?

$2. 19+ RSVP on Facebook