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Omar – Art show – Toronto

This is not a love song

I’m a busy fella. So when a close friend of mine called and asked me to do some illustration work for a concert, I politely passed. That is until he mentioned that the concert in question was: OMAR.

It’s been 10 years since his last performance in Canada. And as of one of my all-time favourite artists, I could not pass up the opportunity to reconnect.

8 years ago, I sent him some artwork from Canada to the UK. He responded with a signed CD that read:

From one artist to another – Omar.

It has been perched on my magazine shelf in my office ever since. A reminder that whatever I do to make ends meet, at my core, I’m still an artist. Read more:


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 4



If I was going to acquire venture capital, I would need to “step it up”

That started with the Vectorvault Store.
With the help of a trusted friend, we redesigned the store and it’s product pages. In addition to new vector tools, I also introduced a line of customizable vector art prints sized to fit IKEA frames perfectly.

Eventually, I resurrected some art from my past. Anything to expand the brand’s reach.

Search. Find. Buy. Go.

We kept it simple. Fast.

Presenting Vectorvault as a financial investment

I’m an artist. Always have been. I wish that I had a better head for business but I’m afraid that I’m just not fully wired that way. I can’t help it. That’s why I was so appreciative when Joseph Lan of Venturcon agreed to help me define this brand’s potential. Together, we shaped an idea into an attack plan.

I wanted to build the first search engine of its kind

Not easy to do or cheap. I had to convince others that I was worth taking a risk on.

I educated myself about the stock image market


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 7



The past 10 years have been very eventful. Both personally and professionally. Vectorvault has punctuated many of the benchmarks in my adult life.
– Adam


Artist Profile – Adam Jarvis – 20’s


This is who I was half a lifetime ago. I do not accept responsibility for the pretentious media kit photoshoots and bond-villan hairstyles. The truth is, underneath that glaze of hair gel and $4 cologne, I was a nice guy who just loved to paint.


Like getting a message from your younger self.

I’ve unarchived a series of art from over half a lifetime ago.

I haven’t seen some of these images in years. Luckily for me, I grew up with a group of young photographers who were kind enough to capture these pieces before they left my life forever. And a couple of pretentious looking media photos on the house.

Stumbling upon a box of photography slides of old paintings of mine was a delightful surprise. But finding a high resolution transparency scanner in Toronto is like finding a unicorn. Eventually, I did. Last one in the city actually. And that’s what’s prompted me to write about the person that I was when I painted them. Looking at these slides over a light table really brought me back to the person that I was. Underneath it all, I’m an artist. What a rewarding thought.

I hope that you like them

I’ve got somewhere over 30 paintings. I’m releasing them slowly. And I’m taking my time processing the quality to be at it’s highest level. How high a level?
* I’ll demonstrate by bench pressing my roommate from 20 years ago.

I’ve always loved art

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been compelled to capture images. I always carried my Moleskine and a pen when I rode the train. I drew little masterpieces between stops, then folded them up in the seats. Thousands of drawings.
But painting was a sacrament for me. It had a beginning, a process and a conclusion. There is just something really great about blending colours in my own apartment. Listening to the radio. Long before the internet got it’s hooks in me. When the only person I was responsible for was me (and my cat I suppose). Only a parent can truly understand and appreciate that. Before I started a family, I was in training to be a good person. Still at it.

Capturing a single moment

My art helped me to overcome my shyness. It gave me the confidence to not only ask some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met to pose. But it also helped me to acquire the most inspiring response an artist can ever hear: Yes.

Could that shirt be any tighter. Sheesh.

Could that shirt be any tighter. Sheesh.

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Wesley’s Chocolate Factory – Eatertainment Events

*pardon any spelling, I’ll catch up later : )
Toronto, Canada

Legendary Toronto Event Dynamos Do it Again

So when the team there was tasked with making the “ultimate desert room” for kids, they naturally turned to the classics.
With inspiration from the beloved story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, they orchestrated an event not soon forgotten.

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.”

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder)

What better setting to stage a fantasy?

Toronto’s legendary Sunnybook Estates provided the perfect venue to overlay the theme. As an admirer of classic architecture, let me just say that this building is a gem. And rather than cover it, Lead Creative Director Sebastien Centner challenged his team to work in harmony with the surroundings. An instinct that paid off.
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I’m 40.

Know what? Feels pretty good.

Reflecting on Forty years

Normally, I don’t put much stock in birthdays. But today is a different. Today I turn 40. For me, it’s a milestone marked with joy, sadness, creativity, dramas and pure bliss. No one should be so fortunate.

40 years ago, I was born in a warm tropical climate, into a special family. My Grandparents raised 12 children to be good, honest, kind people. Alas, my Grandfather (who I share my middle name with) died before we could meet. My Gran, carried on his legacy with the help of a grieving family. Supporting each other. Loving each other as families are supposed to do.

My mother found that out herself, when her first marriage ended, leaving her with 2 young boys and pregnant with a baby girl. At 3, my young my body was not prepared for Winter. But along with her mother, brothers, sisters and young children, my mom leaped into the unknown for a chance at a better life in Canada.

My mom is in the polka dots:

My mom tells me that when we landed in Toronto in February, I refused to put on a snowsuit. But after one step in front of the automatic door to the cold Canadian Wind, I knew that I was far from the warm sea. That feeling has stayed with me my entire life. I miss it.

My family

We all lived the traditional Canadian Immigrant story. Too many people living in a tiny town house with only love to keep them going. I could remember a feeling of separation from my father. A sadness that was replaced when my mom met a great guy who lived a couple doors down. They fell in love with each other. After they married, we moved in with him and he gave me what I needed more than anything: A Father. A real one. Love you pop. And I love you Mom for choosing such a great guy to share your love and life with.

My brothers and sister are very precious to me. How lucky I am. Truly. And for those who have passed, I miss you every day. Gerald. Gran.

I have seen things. I’ve gone places. I’ve had some adventures. All and all, it’s been a great ride so far.

All good things…

I’ve lost some friendships along the way. Some things are just not meant to last I suppose. Like it or not, they have all left a mark on my soul. I learned something from each. I’m leaving that all behind in my thirties along with any regrets. I’m certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. Know what – I’m actually alright with that.

And if I have ever offended you or rubbed you the wrong way: sorry. Hanging on to those feelings are pointless, because that guy is long gone. I’m pulling a “Command-Z” and starting fresh. Not New Years Eve Fresh either. A whole new chapter.


(VIDEO) Khan Academy – Education Revolution


Rethinking the way we think about education.

A couple of weeks ago, I met this brilliant young entrepanour name Kyron Baxter. Even though, he is almost half my age, he was twice as smart as me. An impressive individual who is embarking on the task of changing the way that we approach education.
Tonight on 60 minutes, they did a remarkable story on Salman Khan, the man behind Khan Academy. I immediately thought about Kyron. Both of them have shot to the top of my “hero list“. Kyron, I hope you saw this.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational organization created by Salman Khan. Shantanu Sinha is the President and COO of the Khan Academy. With the stated mission “of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere”, the Academy supplies a free online collection of over 2,000 videos on mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and economics.

The Khan Academy also provides a web-based exercise system that generates problems for students based on skill level and performance. Khan believes his academy points to an opportunity to overhaul the traditional classroom by using software to create tests, grade assignments, highlight the challenges of certain students, and encourage those doing well to help struggling classmates.”

Source: lasdandkhanacademy

“In the September 27th issue of the New Yorker, columnist Nicholas Lemann wrote about the state of American education. He called it, “a narrative of crisis.” In my personal equation, education is better served up as “a narrative of conflict.” Anytime I indulge my need to fill the gulf between classroom teaching and my child’s learning I am usually trapped within a quagmire of blame and denigration. One high-schooler, who requested anonymity, touched on some of his issues with classroom education: “The teacher goes too fast. She covers one section a day and the next day she leads from where she left off. Other kids seem to know what she’s saying, so I don’t ask questions. I plan on coming home and figuring it out.” But, as the teenager experienced, “catching up” becomes the catchphrase for the entire quarter, semester and then the year. So the question becomes, is the (public) school system weighted down with teachers intent on teaching the material, and not teaching the kids?”


Salman Khan has developed a project that is sweeping the world like wildfire. His teaching style and charm have captured our attention here at Vectorvault. We want to learn more. Hit continue to take a closer look from his talk at TED 2011:

Interview with Vectorvault Creator – Adam Jarvis

This has been an incredible week. After the speech I made last Saturday at the RasTa launch party, I was feeling really great. Suddenly, the planets began to align, and for fear of “jinxing” it, I just tried to stay one step ahead of that wave.

I put together a very important presentation package for a very important person. For 5 days I worked strong hours to get things just right. I had some close calls but at the end of it all – It came together quite well. I am pleased.

Luck favours the prepared.

This week is also perfectly timed with an interview that I conducted with Sean Hodge down at VectorTuts+.

It was really nice to be asked questions about vector art and what I love about it. As you already know, we are already big fans of the Envato Network. A fine operation that inspires the design world.

Thanks Sean,
Let me know what we can do for you folks there. Anytime.

Read the interview here.