Airships, rockets, and gyrocopters! I wanted to save this illustration until Christmas, but I just couldn’t wait! This is Vancouver imagined by Ken Steacy. Ken tells me this illustration was from the September 1994 issue of Vancouver Magazine, and was originally slated to grace the cover, but got bumped inside to illustrate an article titled “The Way We Weren’t”. Note also the work is dated ’34, not ’94. He also points out this illustration was traditionally rendered in a multi-media melange of pencil, ink, acrylic, and gouache.
From his official bio:
KEN STEACY is a Canadian Air Force brat who decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book artist. He pursued this intent until the magic moment occurred in 1974 with the publication in ORB magazine of Super Student, a two page strip that he wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered. This holistic approach has been a hallmark of his work ever since, true to his belief that specialization is for insects, not artists. He also believes that the arbitrary distinctions between Art and Illustration should go away forever. His favorite colour is currently sanguine…
You can read more about Ken here on his blog.