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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©Greg Stevenson_GS691_i2iArt

Theresa Albert

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©Greg Stevenson_GS689_i2iArt

Christina Campbell

Sarah Beetson Explores the Darker Side of Fame

  As Oscar buzz mounts to a frenzy with the upcoming Academy Awards, we share with you this piognant body of work by Sarah Beetson based on the theme "Homage to Hollywood".  Beetson created a series of larger than life paintings (some of them over 5 1/2 feet square), for the group exhibition held at 19 Karen Contemporary Art Gallery in Australia.  Sarah's series, entitled The Lost Boys, explores the turbulent nature of child celebrity.


On her inspiration for the show, Beetson said, "I wanted to look at the darker more destructive side of fame. The seven subjects (Corey Haim, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Brad Renfro, Christopher Pettiet, Jonathan Brandis and Sage Stallone) were a generation of boys all born in the 1970s or early 80s, who all began acting in childhood and all died due to substance abuse or suicide in their 20s and 30's. I grew up watching them in Hollywood movies like, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, Stand By Me, License To Drive, The Never-ending Story II, Rocky V, Sleepers and 10 Things I Hate About You. ".


Photos courtesy of Mark Bermingham.  Below is Sarah and her 'Mad Hatter' friend Patrick having a blast at the show opening in front of two of her giant paintings.  (Everyone attending the show dressed up as their favorite Hollywood characters.)

Sarah Beetson 'The Lost Boys' opening

The child star Cory Haim, notably from the film, The Lost Boys, 1987.

Corey Haim illustration ©Sarah Beetson/i2iart

River Phoenix from the hit film Stand by Me, 1986.

River Phoenix 'The Lost Boys' art ©Sarah Beetson/i2iartHeath Ledger,  The Joker in The Dark Knight, 2008, who died before the film's release.


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.

Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi for 'Folk!' Website

Eili-Kaija's illustrations are woven into the new website for Folk!- an advertising agency based in Helsinki. She created the portraits that accompany the staff bio's and a map on the contact page. The handmade, approachable quality of Eili-Kaija's work was chosen to help brand the site with the company's down-to-earth and participatory work style.


"Face It" Show - Portraits by Harvey Chan

Harvey Chan has been busy this past summer exploring realism and revisiting the magic he finds in oil painting and portraiture.  A series of the portraits he has created will be on display at The Bunky Studio: 135 Tecumseth, Unit #2 (ground floor) in Toronto - one block west of Bathurst, between Queen and King. The Opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 10 pm. The work can also be seen Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 to 5 pm

To see a selection of the portraits go to Harvey Chan's portfolio and click on Portfolio 2.


Sarah Beetson's "I Dream in Celluloid", opens in Ottawa, Canada

Sarah opened her fourth solo show in February in Mermaid Beach, Queensland Australia. "I Dream in Celluloid" toured across Australia and the UK and finishes up in Ottawa, at La Petite Mort Gallery in October. Five of the images from this show won "best in book" in the Creative Review 2011 Illustration Annual.  The show, "I Dream in Celluloid",  is a collection of work based on dreams and memories inspired by and affected by Sarah's obsession with film.



Margaret Lee Illustrates a One Woman Zoo

Margaret Lee produced these dreamy, evocative images to accompany an article on Diane Ackerman's book, One Hundred Names For Love- A Stroke, A Marriage and the Language of Healing. The article, published in the Penn Stater, the alumni magazine for Pennsylvania State University, where Paul West (Diane Ackerman's husband) taught.  The book chronicles their journey through Paul's stoke and how they adapted to recover his use of language. The two illustrations were based on a chapter in which Paul mourns the loss of the pet names he used to have for Diane.  She notes "It was true. Once upon a time, in the Land of Before, Paul had so many pet names for me I was a one-woman zoo...In our mythology there were golden baby owls, ring-tailed lemurs, axolotls, shoulder rabbits, honeybunnies, bunnyskins...and many more."  She encourages Paul to re-invent pet names and endearments for her.  Some he creates are : Celandine Hunter, My Little Spice Owl, and Spy Elf of the Morning Hallelujahs.