Janice Kun - Black History Stamps

Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver's Hogan's Alley and Halifax's Africville.  

Working closely with designer, Karen Smith, Janice Kun created the background watercolors depicting historical churches, central to these communities.  Typical of Janice Kun's style, the pairing of the paintings with supplied historical photographs is a delicate dream-like balance between these real people and remembered communities.

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Print and Pattern features Katy Dockrill!

  SURTEX is only a few days away, and we are super excited to share the post Print and Pattern featured on Katy Dockrill.  If you would like to see more of her bright and beautiful work in person, please visit us at booth #340 at the Javits Center in NYC from May 19-21.

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i2i art welcomes illustrator and surface designer Katy Dockrill

  i2i art is proud to welcome Katy Dockrill into our family of artists.  Her work is fresh and fun and full of irresistible personality!

Below is a small sample of her illustration and surface designs.  To see more please visit Katy's new i2i art portfolio here.

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Friends_©KatyDockrill_i2iart

This image (above) called Friends, caught my eye when I first saw it screen printed on a tote bag!

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Cover_Up_©KatyDockrill_i2iart

Love the retro car in this illustration!

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FamilyPhotos_©KatyDockrill_i2iart
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animalbooks_©KatyDockrill_i2iart

This is one of her lovely surface design patterns.  Can you just imagine it on children's bedding or curtains?

Ian Phillips for The Government of Canada

Art director, Paul Bonsell of Manifest Communications had a vision to create a light-hearted infographic to illustrate the serious business of the Get Cyber Safe web campaign sponsored by the Government of Canada.  With his vivid imagination and fun style, Ian Phillips was just the illustrator to deliver the faux pirate's map!  The infographic's goal is to help the general public get smart on Phishers who lurk in the deep waters of cyber space, gathering personal information--banking info, credit card numbers and passwords etc.  For more information visit getcybersafe.ca.

Betsy Everitt: Play App Art for Participaction!

  We were really excited when Hambly & Woolley approached us to have Betsy Everitt create the art for an app called Bring Back Play.  We could immediately see how Betsy's vibrant and playful art would lend perfectly to Participaction's mission--encouraging unstructured and imaginative play.  Participaction is a national not-for-profit organization who's vision is to get Canadians active.  We asked H&W to tell us more about their involvement in the Bring Back Play campaign and this is what they had to say:

"(We were) initially asked to come up with a print piece, but instead conceived of the idea for the interactive app. It seemed to be a better idea to help Participaction reach a broader audience with the message that we have to get kids moving. "Bring Back Play" relies on a nostalgic tug at the heart to get parents, care-givers, teachers, counsellors, etc., engaged in games we used to play. The app allows the user to post comments, upload video and photos, rate games, share games and add new games. We worked through the experiential aspects, through the wireframe, design and development -- in both English and French. Betsy Everitt's charming and colourful illustrations provided the friendly personality of the app and the functional wayfinding icons. It has been released to much acclaim and press coverage."

Credits for this project are as follows: Barb Woolley: Design Director, Dominic Ayre & Nik Firka: Designers, Andrew Ryther: Project Manager, Betsy Everitt: Illustrator, Summit: Developer.

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Bring Back Play illustration ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart
Bring Back Play illustration ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart
Welcome! illustration ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart
Welcome! illustration ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart
Games illustrations ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart
Games illustrations ©Betsy Everitt/i2iart

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Kevin Ghiglione: Fine Art Opening

There are so many sides to Kevin Ghiglione.  For those who have not been introduced to his fine art, you are in for a treat! FableKevin's most recent body of encaustic paintings, opens at  MUSE Gallery this Friday October 19th from 6-9pm and runs through November 8th, 2012.  Fable is about stories that conjure the wonder of discovery and for those local folks who would like to drop by the gallery to see his art in the flesh, Kevin says, "The true life of the artworks can only be fully experienced in person where one can delve into the luminosity of layered wax and passively feel the three dimensional qualities exposed with incidental light.".

Sarah Beetson: Interview with Russell Brand

Sarah Beetson was illustrated a double page spread for UK Magazine Nuts', interview with the provocative Russell Brand.  Below is her sketch with type and the final art.  We think her 'out there' approach to the illustration is a perfect send-up for Mr. Brand! For a peek at the process below is Sarah's art at the rough stage.

Here is the final art.

Monika Melnychuk for Dogbook iPhone App.

Monika says, "I have been a dog geek forever.  When I was a teenager I drew x-mas and birthday cards with dogs.  Then I worked dogs into any assignment I could.  For example in first year illustration we had to design a shopping bag and mine of course, was all dogs. Before I became an illustrator I tried being a dog portrait artist.  Wow, I am a nerd, but I just love dogs!"  Fast forward... Geoffrey Roche, partner at Poolhouse, saw some of Monika's dog drawings and he had to have her illustrate the landing page for the new Dogbook iPhone App.  Can you spot *your* dog?  If you're looking to connect with like minded doggie lovers get the free app here. Also below, see a recent piece on the theme, created for surface design applications.

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We think it would make a cool wallpaper or fabric for your favorite dog house.

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Monika and her dog Boogaloo share a breathtaking moment in their beautiful world.

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Monika_Melnychuk_and_Boogaloo

Tracy Walker for Taproot

Tracy created this powerful illustration about how a father and daughter connect through bedtime storytelling in the July issue of Taproot Magazine. Without getting literal in her conceptual way of weaving together elements, Tracy tells a story that we think is worth 1000 words! Art directed by the lovely Amanda Blake Soule, editor of Taproot Magazine.

Jillian Ditner: TIFF 2012 Walking Map for Timberland

A little while back marketing agency trevor peter communications contacted us about a walking map for Timberland, an official sponsor of TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival).  When Jillian Ditner was chosen, we were pretty excited about this great opportunity!  Creative Director, Alexandra MacDonald and Jillian, along with Josh McKellar, Marketing Manager for Timberland, began the collaborative process of creating the first ever eco friendly tool for navigating TIFF. The initial direction was for Jillian to create her own artistic interpretation of Toronto, the TIFF ‘playground’ and the area venues downtown that host the Festival.  One of the key objectives for this user-friendly map was to inspire TIFF-goers to ‘get outside’, walk the festival, and connect with the community.  The finished map below is available as a downloadable pdf at the Timberland online Community here.  Enjoy the Festival!

Here is a glimpse into Jillian's process.

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