VIBE Arts Desire Lines

Visual Storytelling Workshop with Serene Illustrations 2022

About Desire Lines Workshop

Before people learned how to write, they would tell each other stories. We, ourselves, are a collection of stories through our experiences, cultures, and ancestry. This course teaches you how to story-tell in your art through world-building, character design, storyboarding, and creative brainstorming. Students will learn how to incorporate inspirations from mythology and their ancestry, and learn the basic principles of art in order to create their own visual story.

Participants will learn the following:

  • Exploring taking inspiration from everyday life and your own culture
  • Hands-on learning on world-building, creature and character design
  • Explore visual storytelling through composition and colour
Desire Lines Imagery

Dates: March 22 – April 12, 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Online – Zoom

Price: Free

For this program, you need to have access to a device to use Zoom with a working camera and microphone, as well as be comfortable with having your video camera on during the workshops. These workshops will be participative and you will be asked to provide your opinions and feedback throughout the program.

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Program Lead: Serene Illustrations (VIBE Desire Lines Artist: Visual Artist)

Serene (she/her) is a Chinese-Canadian creative and an expert daydreamer, who utilizes her passion in storytelling to produce digital and traditional imagery that provokes child-like wonder and captures nostalgia. Her work draws on her interest in mental health, East Asian history and mythology, and all things fantasy. Serene has worked as a freelance traditional painter and digital illustrator for 6 years, supporting other independent musicians, writers, and artists. She strives to create awareness in the beauty of Asian cultures and otherwise marginalized communities. When she isn’t painting, you can find Serene working with her hands- sewing, making resin crafts, and thrift flipping.



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Julián Carvajal (he/him) is a Toronto-based award-winner creator & producer of experiences. This Queer Latinx Colombian Canadian Arts Manager/Producer has over 21 years of experience managing, curating and delivering arts festivals and cultural events. He is the Event Producer of the largest PanAmerican Food and Music Festival in Canada, Mentor in Residence at the Neighbourhood Arts Network while working at North York Arts, StreetARToronto and producing "In My Element(s) Symposia" for ArtWorkxTO.

Julián has collaborated with organizations and artists from 5 continents on multiple artistic projects. He has mentored over 400 self-identified artists for the past 10 years. He is passionate about building meaningful relationships; helping others to navigate the art sector in the city while collaborating with others to co-create an anti-oppressive and more diverse and inclusive vision of the art sector in Tkaronto.

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