Mark Hoffmann for Cooking Light

Not an easy task, illustrating a story about love, loss, and fruit salad. The author and copy director for Cooking Light, Susan Roberts McWilliams, "wanted the article to have a lot of hope and thankfulness to it." Mark Hoffmann's illustration was the perfect compliment to this touching story about how we respond with food when someone loses a loved one.

Delight in the details and composition of these richly painted down-home pieces. Feature art directed by Sheri Wilson and 2015 winner of the SPD merit award for Single/Spread Illustration in the Lifestyle, Travel/Food/Shelter category.

SPD merit award for Single/Spread Illustration

SPD merit award for Single/Spread Illustration

Love, Loss & Fruit Salad

Love, Loss & Fruit Salad

Friends, Family and Casserole

Friends, Family and Casserole

Pot Pie With Love

Pot Pie With Love

Home is Where the Slow Cooker Is

Home is Where the Slow Cooker Is

Katy Dockrill for Oregon Home

Illustrator Katy Dockrill is often inspired by the color, texture and lines found in her garden, so the "Tiny Gardens" article in Oregon Home magazine was a great opportunity to emulate nature's flora. Art directed by Snow Blackwood, Katy imagined four different tiny garden spaces and with a lot of attention to detail and her gorgeous hand lettering Katy educates us on the right tiny plants to fit each space.

Want to see more? Visit Katy Dockrill's portfolio

Clare Owen: Paris Card for Papyrus

Clare Owen illustrated all things Parisian to form the handmade calligraphy for Paris on this greeting card. It features delightful icons which form the letters including a croissant, baguette, the Eiffel tower, a post lamp, champagne and a delicious café au lait.  Beautifully produced by Papyrus, the special finishes bring Clare's art to life through the use of 3D tip-ons, foil stamping and glitter accents. Love the croissant pattern on the inside of the envelope--just one last delicious detail to make this card a perfect gem. 

Want to see more?  Visit Clare Owen's portfolio.

Katy Dockrill for SHE magazine

Illustrator Katy Dockrill had the opportunity to contribute again recently to SHE Magazine, published by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

For this poignant piece on the struggles women still face Katy used the symbol of the quilters.  The visual is perfectly paired with a quote by Rosemary Brown, pioneer of 20th century Canadian politics, who devoted her life to the cause of justice and equality for women and minorities.

See more of Katy’s inspired illustration. Represented by i2i Art Inc.

Katy Dockrill for SHE Magazine

Katy Dockrill contributed this illustration to SHE Magazine published by the Canadian Women's Foundation.  We think this illustration tells a remarkable story of strength and optimism with Katy's confident line and hand lettering over the brilliantly optimistic yellow background. When we asked Katy about her inspiration she said: "I felt it was important to illustrate this list of women's accomplishments:  Being a woman in 2014 is very different from being a woman 150 years ago and I have all the women before me to thank. I take all these hard won freedoms for granted because I grew up knowing no different. I think that's where we need to get to in order to check off the others on this list, keep voicing opinions and share the dialogue with our children."

To see more of Katy's hand lettering and illustration, check out her updated portfolio here.

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Greg Stevenson: Exploring Paris

Greg Stevenson recently worked on a large, yet to be unveiled project which featured this clean line art style.  Feeling inspired by this and his love of Paris, Greg has created this map/infographic of Paris and spin-off poster designs.  To see more visit Greg's portfolio here.

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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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Tim Zeltner for the Riverdale Farm

When the Riverdale Farm's Stewardship Group first approached i2i art to commission a whimsical yet functional map of the Riverdale Farm, Tim Zeltner was chosen for his rich hand painted folk art style (actually painted on wood), and the journey to discover and depict the Farm in all it's wonder began!  Below you will see Tim really captures this gem in the heart of downtown Toronto.  The map illustration will be used on marketing materials and a give-away map for visitors.  To see more of Tim Zeltner's magical paintings visit his updated portfolio here.  

Recently I attended the wonderfully successful Riverdale Farm Aid 2014 benefit, which thanks to all the enthusiastic support and dedication of it's volunteers and the community, raised the grand sum of $24,000!  At the event, the map (commissioned by the RFSG) and created by Tim Zeltner was unveiled. and large archival prints were auctioned off to benefit the farm.

Tim Zeltner donated the original painting below to The Farm where it will be housed in the main 'Residence'

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©Tim Zeltner_TZ444_i2iArt

Below is one of the large archival quality prints Tim donated being auctioned off at the event!

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Riverdale_Auction

There was a terrific crowd and the fundraising was a big success!

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Riverdale_Audience

An awfully cute wooly resident of the farm, not too bothered by the crowd that night nibbles on some fresh local produce.

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Riverdale_Farm_Sheep

The fabulous Lemon Bucket Orkestra:  A big hit!

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Riverdale_Music_Parade

Tour the Farm, visit the animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores.  It's a delightful way to spend a day in the 'country' without leaving the city!

More information here:  Riverdale Farm's Facebook page | Riverdale Farm (City of Toronto Web site)

Congratulations to the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group and thank you for caring so much and working so hard to preserve this very important part of the city of Toronto!

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?)

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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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New from Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi

Love these images by Eili-Kaija!  We're proud to share her exciting updated portfolio with you here. The limited sepia palette and soft blush background with a splash of color in her gorgeous hand lettering is so evocative.

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©Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi_EK511_i2iArt

Note the way this rich watercolor/mixed media piece playfully and sensually suggests the 'nose' on this wine...

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Spring Is In The Air

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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

Greg Stevenson for Canadian Living

Combining Greg Stevenson's hand lettering, info graphic icons and layered photo-illustration adds a fun, upbeat mood to these stories of courage, art directed by Stephanie White.  In this recurring feature, called A Year of Firsts 2014, meet and be inspired by the people who embraced a whole year of trying new things, whether facing fears or embracing change.  Peruse more of Greg's illustration here.

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Theresa Albert

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Katy Dockrill for National Drapery

When art director Lila Graham first contacted us to work on the new website she was designing for National Drapery, it was an exciting opportunity for Katy Dockrill to bring her flair for sewing and love of home decor to an illustration assignment!  The new ND website was the inspirational vision of Natalie Hartman, who was a delight to work with.  Visit the ND homepage and see how Lila and Katy literally brought Natalie's vision to life here.

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The new website design also included a series of drawings to highlight the many custom products National Drapery offers.  Katy adores creating for surface design, so when Natalie asked her to include an indication of patterns to depict various textiles and bring some flair to these more technical illustrations, she was happy to oblige.  The result?  These little gems...we've combined a few of our faves here:

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