'Light-hearted' and 'upbeat' may not be the first words that pop into mind when you hear the phrase 'internal government communication'. However, that's exactly the refreshing direction the folks at the Yukon Government took when they chose to collaborate with illustrator Monika Melnychuk.Read More
Always a fun choice, illustrator Monika Melnychuk brought her humor and lightheartedness to the recent Hampton's Cottages and Gardens double page spread 'Extra! Extra!'. Working with design director Jennifer Cole Monika created 11 images to highlight what people are looking for in the perfect property and a few illustrations of what they are NOT looking for.Read More
"Ride all night long in the glow of the midnight sun" is the enticing caption to this year's 24 Hours of Light. This is a mountain biking event held each summer in the rugged wilderness of Whitehorse, Yukon. Mountain biking is one of Monika Melnychuk's biggest passions--illustration being the other.
When asked to create the posters for this event Monika tapped into her funky sense of style to illustrate some out of this world bike designs along with a couple kick-butt characters. Wild pops of color, original lettering, great expression and a serious sense of whimsy typifies Monika Melncyhuk's illustration.
It always pays to be prepared! Owl Magazine, art directed by Jill Monsod, has put together a pretty handy guide to the 'great outdoors' for their Summer issue. i2i Art illustrator Monika Melnychuk knew quite a bit about this topic already, spending much of her leisure time biking through the backwood trails in Whitehorse, Canada.
And Monika's illustrations give a humorous twist on those all too important survival lessons. Have a quick read and smile along the way as Monika's characters show us a thing or two about those great outdoors.
See more of Monika's endearing characters and illustrations. Monika Melnychuk is represented by i2i Art Inc.
The Wine & Spirits 26th Annual Restaurant Poll is out this month with their famed list of the top 50 wines Americans love most. This year's cover showcases the elite bunch of sommeliers that help make these decisions. The sophisticated playfulness of Monika Melnychuk's illustration style couldn't have been a better choice to capture the group's likeness.
Armed with all the pics art director Michael Rush could get his hands on, Monika meticulously drew each somm's portrait, happily revealing a little (or a lot) of each personality and style.
Monika Melnychuk has designed and illustrated a delightful fourth sku for the growing Naked Flock brand. The premium cider maker Jonathan Hull (aka Apple Dave) says, "Our Cider is for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality." For the interesting story behind the brewers of the Naked Flock Brand, check out this post from the Great Brewers blog. Read reviews about the new Citra Premium Hard Cider here. And for those of you who missed our story on the first three skus of Naked Flock cider, check it out here.
Monika Melnychuk is known for her quirky characterizations! Recently Agency59 asked her to create the illustrations for an animated Facebook App for Gay Lea. You choose from the Cash Cow, Smartie Cow, Sleepy Cow, Hipster Cow or Granny Cow and Milk it to win weekly prizes! Wanna play? Go here. To see more of Monika's art-with-a-twist, visit here.
Monika created several frames and additional elements used in the animation. Daytime barn below.
Nighttime barn scene! Like her owl sitting on the rafter?
We are excited to unveil this special postage stamp series created by Monika Melnychuk for Canada Post. Monika's whimsical line art style serves this playful concept, which features photography of actual homeless pets, in environments that could become reality--if only they are adopted. A brilliant example where the concept is the message! The would-be homes for these pets, are left up to the viewer to fill in, by adopting a pet!
Working with Vancouver based design firm, Subplot, Monika illustrated the collectable Souvenir Sheet, Official First Day Cover, as well as the Five Collectable Stamps for Canada Post's Adopt-A-Pet campaign.
It's great to see Canada Post using their currency to help bring awareness to such an important cause. In 2010, close to 150,000 homeless pets were admitted to shelters across Canada. Partnering with the CFHS, Canada Post wanted to create awareness around the need for animal lovers to adopt from their local Humane Society or SPCA, and give homes to animals who so desperately need them. As of today, April 22 2013, the full package below can be purchased through Canada Post--the collectable Souvenir Sheet Official First Day Cover, complete with all five Canadian stamps.
Project Director: Danielle Trottier, Canada Post.
Designer, Ross Chandler, of Subplot.
Creative Directors: Roy White and Matthew Clark of Subplot Inc.
Photography by: Raeff Miles (cages) and Raina + Wilson (animals).
i2i Art was approached by cider maker Jonathan Hull of Applewood Winery to have Monika Melnychuk create new packaging for their Hudson Valley Hard Cider, which was to be relaunched under the new name, Naked Flock. The product name was inspired by a very colorful, visual folk tale about a pastor who plants some poppy seeds and a flock of geese who eat the poppies and fall into a deep sleep. Thought dead the geese are plucked for their feathers--hence the name Naked Flock. Read the whole tale on Applewood Winery's website.
Monika says, "This is one of my favorite projects to date. And the first project I have been hired to do the illustration and design as well. Naked Geese? The story is hilarious, so when I approached the project I wanted to create something funny, but a bit edgy as well."
Monika designed the logo and labels and illustrated all three skus of Naked Flock Hard Cider: Original, Draft and Pumpkin.
After illustrating the Dogbook app, Monika Melnychuk was asked by Geoffrey Roche, of Poolhouse Enterprises, to dress up the dogs for the 'howlidays'! Monika had tons of fun doing the illustrations (cards designed by Poolhouse). To check out the poodle sporting a string of holiday bling to the mischievous gift ripping duo, and the adorable Chiuaua aka"Rudolph's brother from another mother", click here to get to visit the Dogbook Facebook page (and while you're there go ahead and send a free e-card to your favorite 'pet'!).
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.
We think it would make a cool wallpaper or fabric for your favorite dog house.
Monika and her dog Boogaloo share a breathtaking moment in their beautiful world.
Monika was asked by New Jersey Monthly to contribute her expressive narrative style, to a serious issue around social ostracizing and bullying in NJ. Under New Jersey's strict new anti-bullying law, any school employee that hears of a bullying incident must tell the principal, which starts the clock running on an investigation. Gregory Crippin art directed the piece, which appeared in NJ Monthly's May 2012 issue.
This was a super fun project for the Marquis Wine Cellar, a specialty wine store in Vancouver, BC. They wanted to show off Vancouver's amazing attractions and culture with a twist. So, we had wine be a part of each illustration. From downhill skis in the shape of wine bottles to Inukshuk's holding wine glasses. The art featured on the van creates an eye catching 'out-of-home' advertisement for Marquis.
The November issue of Parenting has a feature on tech toys (just in time for holiday shopping). Amanda Bardwell, the art director, asked Monika Melnychuk to illustrate the retro 'equivalents' of the toys, which were presented in contrast to the photos of the modern tech toys being recommended in the article. We think this is another great example of how illustration combined with photography makes a very compelling layout.
Two of our illustrators - Monika Melnychuk and Margaret Lee, contributed to The Green Issue of Owl Magazine. Monika illustrated the cover emulating chalk writing on a green-board with her fun hand lettered type. Margaret approaches a more technical article called How Solar Power Works with a kid-friendly illustration that's used more like a diagram.
Monika Melnychuk created these fun characters for a guide by RIFSSO - an organization that helps the Ontario Francophone community access health and social services provided in French. The guide is for parents to help their teens investigate careers in health and social services, and the necessary education for each option.
What type are you? The RGD Ontario has been doing a national survey of Design and Communications Professionals on billing and salaries. To make it fun, they set up a site called stoptheguessing.ca where you can take a quiz to find your own "professional archetype". Monika Melnychuk created the fun illustrations for each "archetype". Those that continued to take the survey on billing and salaries were entered in a draw for free registration at this years DesignThinkers conference 2010, to be held in Toronto on November 11 and 12.