Twitter power: Local artist Justin Maas holds his sketch of Howie Mandel that drew a fast

Twitter power: Local artist Justin Maas holds his sketch of Howie Mandel that drew a fast

Tweet gets quick reaction

Salmon Arm artist Justin Maas got an immediate reaction when he posted a sketch of a celebrity on Twitter last Thursday night

Salmon Arm artist Justin Maas got an immediate reaction when he posted a sketch of a celebrity on Twitter last Thursday night.

The drawing shows comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel with many hands touching his head and the caption, “Sometimes the judges ‘need a hand’ too.’”

“Justin Maas is great at drawing scary pictures,” posted Mandel on Instagram Friday morning.

Mandel suffers from mysophobia, a pathological fear of contamination or germs, to the point that he does not shake hands with anyone unless he is wearing latex gloves.

As of Tuesday morning, the post had  garnered 4,819 likes and 56 comments.

Maas, who has been a full-time professional illustrator, fine artist and graphic designer for nearly 20 years, teaches art courses at Okanagan College.

He has had a Twitter account for three years but has been using Facebook as the outlet for his art.

But about a month ago, Maas came across an article on social media and art and began tweeting his drawings.

“I started with (Scottish actor) Ewan McGregor,” says Maas. “He liked it and retweeted and it ended up in a Scottish newspaper.”

Maas says on nights when he is not painting, he has been doing random sketches of celebrities.

Before Mandel, Maas sketched America’s Got Talent judges Mel B and Heidi Klum because his daughters love the show. And while the celebrities did not acknowledge his tweets, the network did and Maas tweeted a sketch of the fourth judge, Howard Stern, on Friday morning.

“I am a nobody and I get 500 notifications a day, it’s almost overwhelming,” says Maas of social media. “It’s definitely an interesting outlet, I just haven’t got a handle on how it all works.”

Maas, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, UBC and earned a degree in visual communications at the Alberta College of Art and Design, works primarily in pastel, acrylic and watercolour and has been producing commissioned pastel portraits.

His work is on display at various art galleries and other locations in the Interior and has been sold to private collectors across North America, Europe and parts of South America.

Uncomfortable with the big-city pace, Maas moved to Salmon Arm eight years ago.

“It’s a good place, it’s been been good for the family and my career,” he says.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Machinery could be seen working to clear land behind a pair of houses on Main Street for the future site of the Shuswap and Secwepmc Healing Centre, a medical facility on Friday, April 9. The Sicamous Fire Department has been using the buildings for training exercises ahead of their demolition. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
Snapshot: Clearing space

Land is being cleared for a new medical centre on Sicamous’ Main Street.

Winter driving conditions returned to the Coquihalla Highway on April 10. (ICBC image)
Coquihalla motorists warned of fresh snow

Five to 10 cm of snow is expected today for the mountain highway.

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

School District 83 trustees are leaning towards an option in the school district’s Long Range Facilities Plan that favours making Salmon Arm Secondary’s Sullivan campus and Jackson campus (pictured) both Grade 9-12 schools. (Google maps image)
Letter: Two high school option for Salmon Arm will create ‘have, have not’ situation

Writer concerned with E5 option, says transparent talk about implications needed

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.[CDC]
More COVID-19 exposures reported at schools in Kelowna

Interior Health added additional schools and dates to their list of exposures

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Sun Peaks is tracking rising COVID-19 cases. (Kamloops This Week Photo)
Sun Peaks sees spike in COVID-19 cases at end of ski season

On April 9, there were 15 positive cases confirmed.

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

Penticton Christian School. (Facebook)
COVID-19 exposure at South Okanagan independent school

The exposures are the latest in a quickly growing list in the Interior

Most Read