Ian Phillips: The Wiggle in Your Walk Must Go

Chiropractor, Dr. Richard Robinson, approached i2i art to have Ian Phillips illustrate a cover for his new book addressing a phenomenon that he'd observed and treated for years.  Apparently the vast majority of us have a little wiggle when we walk that actually translates into back problems over time.  In his helpful guide he offers suggestions to deal with the wiggle and thus the back.  The question that begs asking is, how many of us are willing to let go of our little swagger? Ian ended up wearing both his designer and illustrator hats as he approached this assignment.  The striking illustration that emerged from his concept and evocative type treatment work beautifully to communicate what the good doctor had in mind.  Don't you just love the illustrative direction this project took Ian in?  There's a bit more realism and retro and together it's fabulous!

Ian writes in his blog:  "This was a fun project, I think I probably drew about fifty pairs of shoes before I got the right look for this! Note the continued stripe pattern in the fabric folds at the knee, the pockets, and repeated on the bottom of the shoe and on her t-shirt. Adds a little playfulness."

To see more of Ian Phillip's illustrations visit his portfolio.

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Ian Phillips: Banners

Some years back, Ian Phillips created a version of these wonderful editorial headers for a small press magazine.  They were used in the design of the various sections:  Book Review, Letters, Contributors and Editor’s Note.  

Recently I was chatting with Ian about how much I liked these lovely conceptual images and he enthusiastically offered to revisit them in his fresh new style adding text using his new hand created font.  To see more of Ian's updated portfolio please visit here.


Voila!  People reviewing books…(chop, chop)

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Not so friendly letters to the editor…(shall we say fuming?)


Ian says the Contributor's piece was based on the fact that there’s always one bad egg in the bunch. Can you guess who the spoon is? (clue:  it starts with 'E')

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Ah yes!  And there’s always the editor’s note…quite possibly signed in blood!

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Ian Phillips maps a tasty treat!

Persian's are a delicious treat Ian encountered in Northern Ontario.  Fascinated by the phenomenon, he illustrated this map highlighting where Persian's can be found.  Ian says, "Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s a Mr. Bennett baked the very first Persian in honour of a guest visiting from the Middle East. A conflicting story declares the delicacy was named after its American cousin, the Pershing, which was named after General Pershing. Others claim the Five Star Bakery originated the special treat as a means to sell day-old cinnamon buns.  Debate over the secret ingredient in the icing — whether it’s raspberry, cherry, or strawberry — also continues to this day.  Although Persians now abound throughout The Lakehead region, confrontations over which bakery produces the most authentic pastry have created a permanent melee throughout The Great Northwest."  To see more of Ian Phillip's maps and other illustrated treats visit here. THUNDER-BAY-PERSIANS-MAP-©Ian Phillips_i2iart

Ian Phillips Illustrates New (416) Amsterdam Beer Packaging

  In celebration of Amsterdam Brewery's 25th anniversary, this Toronto based brewing success story decided to relaunch their (416) wheat beer.  Named after the Toronto telephone area-code…this beer honours all things Toronto!


Creeshla Hewitt, Creative Director with St. Joseph Content, approached me looking for an illustrator who does maps and she said, "The kicker is that we'd like them to understand toronto...as it is for hip toronto haunts.", so I shared with her a link to our Pinterest board called 'Maps'.  From there she immediately saw the potential in Ian Phillips.  I knew she had made a perfect choice in Ian (a master with maps, his love of Toronto and 'inside' knowledge of hip haunts)... just a couple of great reasons.  She was also under a lot of pressure to deliver in a very tight time frame and I knew that Ian would never let her down!


The working relationship between Creeshla and Ian was a joy to observe as the art unfolded.  To find out more about his process, take a look at this juicy post by Ian himself on his blog:  http://ianphillipsillustration.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/coming-soon/

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i2i Artists Support LGBT Youth Line

i2i artists Thom Sevalrud, Ian Phillips and John Webster are 3 of 20 artists and designers commissioned by Shaun Moore of MADE  to create custom auction paddles for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Youth Line's upcoming yearly Line Art Auction taking place November 6th at the Neubacher Shor Gallery. Ian Phillips' paddles inspired by his beloved dog and muse, Fancy Polanski, RIP.

'IPAuctionPaddles' illustration ©Ian Phillips/i2iart
'IPAuctionPaddles' illustration ©Ian Phillips/i2iart

John Webster's paddles, everything Webster wonderful...do I hear bling, bling?

'JWAuctionPaddles' illustration ©John Webster/i2iart
'JWAuctionPaddles' illustration ©John Webster/i2iart

Thom Sevalrud says, "The concept for my paddles was influenced by Semaphore signalling flags. I used the Semaphore alphabet to create the word YOUTH. Then I took liberties with the designs by 'complicating' them with flamboyant and crazy patterns that I made myself. The overlaying word QUEER is meant to complete the visual statement to go along with the symbolic representations to form the words QUEER YOUTH. Defiant, colorful and individual!".

'TSAuctionPaddles' illustration ©Thom Sevalrud/i2iart
'TSAuctionPaddles' illustration ©Thom Sevalrud/i2iart


Ian Lends Whimsy to Serious Subject

Recently Ian Phillips was commissioned to bring his humor and whimsy to a very serious story about bone health for the summer issue of Positive Side magazine. The story investigates HIV-related issues with regard to bone density. Bones can be healthy, brittle or too soft… Ian says, "First Goldilocks and The Three Bears came to mind. Then the Three Little Pigs and their houses of straw, sticks and bricks flashed through my mind as a better analogy. The smart-thinking pig built his house with bricks, demonstrating a proactive role in one’s health as the better choice."


Still LOST-Ian Phillips Lost Pet Posters will be part of the "Do You Love Me?" show at the Tom Thomson Gallery

Visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound Ontario this summer to see some of the Lost and Found Pet Posters Ian Phillips amassed through a mail art exchange he ran throughout the 1990s. Also on display is some of the merchandising developed with the launch of the Japanese edition of his book LOST. A dog house video installation also chronicles some of the media frenzy that abounded at the time of the book's release. For $50 you can own your very own limited edition print of any one of the posters from the exhibit. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter, a no-kill facility. Prints are available for purchase through Ian's website.  The show runs June 25th through to September 12th.

Ian Phillips in 3X3 ProShow No. 7!

Ian Phillips has placed in both the Gallery and Self-Promotion categories of 3x3 ProShow No. 7. The listing of all ProShow winners is currently on the 3x3 blog. The actual issue won't be out until the fall - but below is a sneak peek at Ian's winning entries. Also involved in the 3 x 3 International Student Show No. 7 is Thom Sevalrud , another i2i illustrator and teacher at Sheridan Institute. Thom is one of the judges for this year's competition. (winners to be notified mid-June).

From Ian's Carnival Series -Peanuts and Popcorn placed in the Gallery Category.

Fancy in Space placed in self-promotion      49 Smiles placed in self-promotion