Now Or Never

The power of the pencil: Why we should all draw more

A well-crafted drawing, sketch or painting can send a powerful message with just a single glance.
A sketch of host Ify Chiwetelu, on left, done at a 'Drink and Draw' meet up group in Toronto. (Hanzhen Guo)

When was the last time you pulled out a piece of paper and just drew

If it was back when you were a kid, you're missing out!

Drawing lets you communicate thoughts and feelings that can be hard to put into words. A well-crafted drawing, sketch or painting can send a powerful message with just a single glance. 

On this Now or Never meet people who are getting creative and realizing the power of the pencil... Or paint brushes, or pens — you get the idea.

During their interview, Nishant and Trevor drew sketches of each other. (Nishant Jain/Trevor Dineen)

Nishant Jain is a self-proclaimed sneaky artist, drawing people as they interact with their surroundings without them ever knowing. For Nishant, his urban artistry has found him a following and provided the key to getting to know his new city of Vancouver. 

Michelle Luis and her mom, Daniela, show off her superhero alter-ego. (Submitted)

Meet The Incredible Michelle! After years of being bullied, nine-year old Michelle Luis — who lives with cerebral palsy — is fighting back. With the help of The Superhero Project, an organisation that pairs artists with children with disabilities and complex medical needs, Michelle is moments away from opening the package delivered to her Toronto home and meeting her bully defeating alter-ego. Watch the magical video here!

Kiara Hare shows host Trevor Dineen the virtual reality experience inspired by her artwork. (CBC)

Kiara Hare, 19, is discovering a world of 3D animation, connecting to her Indigenous culture, and becoming a leader, as she uses her art to create a virtual reality game... before she graduates from her Winnipeg high school.

Ify Chiwetelu drops by the Toronto 'Drink and Draw' meet up group, where strangers gather to sip and get creative. (CBC/Ify Chiwetelu)

In a downtown Toronto bar the drinks are flowing, music playing, and drawings are being drawn. It's just a regular gathering for the Drink and Draw Meetup Group. Ify joins them to find out what drawing with a group, and a few drinks, adds to the experience.

POV | 21 of my friends died from fentanyl overdoses, now I paint murals to stop others

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In 2016, Vancouver street artist James Hardy (aka Smokey D) lost 21 friends to fentanyl overdoses. Now, he paints memorial murals in parts of the city where people get high in an effort to stop them from doing the same.

When we met Vancouver street artist Smokey D, he was determined to memorialize the 21 friends he had recently lost to drug overdose. For Smokey D, every alleyway and building wall is an opportunity to bring awareness.

Would you spend hours drawing on the sidewalk, only for it to be washed away? (Submitted/Nikki Sirett)

With chalk in hand and sidewalks as her canvas, Nikki Sirett is stepping out of her comfort zone in hopes of meeting new people and sharing her art one colourful animal at a time.

Trevor and Ify put down their microphones and pick up some pencils and go head to head in a game of pictionary.


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