Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Monsters and Clothing Exhibition by Eunice Lai and Becky Wu

Monsters and Clothing Exhibition by Eunice Lai and Becky Wu, 2019Monsters and Clothing, featuring new works by OCAD U Illustration Students, Eunice Lai and Becky Wu.

Monsters and Clothing Exhibition by Eunice Lai and Becky Wu, 2019

Come and see the unique character designs from the imagination of two OCAD illustration students, Eunice Lai and Becky Wu. Enter their world of wonderful monsters and creatures, and an array of extravagant and modern outfits. This exhibition also features a collaborative four piece painting of two giant monsters!

Monsters and Clothing Exhibition, Eunice Lai and Becky Wu, 2019

On at the Learning Zone Gallery until March 2

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02 2019

See The Forest Through The Trees: Illustrative works of Cleopatria Peterson

See The Forest Through The Trees, Cleopatria Peterson, 2018

See The Forest Through The Trees is a series of illustrations and zines by Cleopatria Peterson, which spans her creative career.

Cleopatria enjoys diverse storytelling using detailed ink and pen illustrations in her artwork and zines, exploring the complexities of experiencing trauma, and of healing through nature, from a perspective of a marginalized person.

Each meticulously inked piece touches back to nature; and how it can heal you. Pages are stand-alone illustrative works or taken from narratives

Cleopatria Peterson Zines, 2018

Zines on Display:

Haunted House Call No. PER112M
Kingston is for Lesbians Call No. PER113M
Intrusive Thoughts Call No. C381M
Resin Call No. C380M
Pact Call No. C379M
Illustrated Works Call No. A222M
Weeds Call No. C175S
Illustrations Call No. A193S

Cleopatria is a Toronto based Illustrator and comic artist studying Publications at OCAD University.

On at the Learning Zone Gallery until October 27

Cleopratria Peterson Exhibition, 2018

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10 2018

Relax, read a zine

Relax, read a zine poster

We always get excited when a new zine display is installed in the Learning Zone, especially when created by one of the LZ Student Monitors.

Hi Nikole,

LZ: What’s your relationship with zines?

N: I used to love reading books and also spend hours looking at illustrations. With zines I can enjoy those two worlds together!

Relax, read a zine display, 2017

Tell us why you selected these zines for the Relax, read a zine display.

Just like with books, I trust in great opening lines, lines that capture your attention and invite you to keep reading. I also selected entertaining zines, that can take you away from worries for some minutes of pure fun.

With the zines that I selected, I found Study Buddy by Chu/Michy and Coffee Hunters by Bill Bedard very funny relatable — most of the people that I know are addicted to coffee.

I love illustrations so when I opened Frequently asked questions about threesome by Hyein Lee, the illustrations were so cute and unexpected. For me the most daring illustrations were in A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters but overall, all of the illustrations from the zines that I selected were beautiful.

All of the zines have interesting stories and comics, they keep you hooked and have a very happy tone.

Thanks Nikole, for sharing some of your favourite zines with us.

Zines on display:

Coffee Hunters: Book One: The Hunt by Bill Bedard

Study Buddy by Chu & Michy

A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters

Boredom Pays #6 by Jason Bradshaw

Obviously Quo-tes Ontario

Coordinates by Beth Hyland

Papercutter #4

Frequently asked question about threesome by Hyein Lee

Pope Hats No. 1 by Ethan Rilly

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06 2017

Student Profile: Dylan North

Dylan North, OCAD University Illustration student

Dylan North is currently finishing his 3rd year in the Illustration program at OCAD University. Dylan’s main focus is primarily in 2D digital illustration, he also enjoys experimenting with many different digital image production techniques including 3D animation and sculpting, motion graphics and music production.

Learning Zone: How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this is something you want to pursue as a career?

Dylan North: I’ve always been interested in art but it wasn’t until later in high school that I started devoting a lot of time to expanding my technical facilities beyond simply cartoons and Flash animations. That said, I did not think this was something that I would do as a career. Then I stepped back and looked at what I had been doing ever day for years and realized I was making a lot of images and enjoying it a lot. I guess around that time I started leaning away from a potentially strictly academic post-secondary study and started thinking about a career in the arts.

What influenced your decision to major in illustration?

I wanted some sort of structured environment to hone my skills at. I wanted to be a part of a community of creatives where I’d hopefully learn about techniques I had never explored. I wanted to get out of my miniscule farming town, so I chose Illustration at OCAD U. I felt that I would fit most comfortably in the design stream.

What is your creative process? 

Right now it’s usually pencil thumbnails to work out composition then really loose linears then I scan those in and start a tight linear in Photoshop. Sometimes my vision for an image isn’t clear enough in my head to draw it so, I’ll use 3D software to bash elements together and fly around the scene until I see something that clicks. An image can come from a whole multitude of processes though. Often I will explore an assignment in every medium I can and cross-pollinate the ideas until there’s some clarity to my vision.

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What do you enjoy most about studying illustration?

I enjoy the people the most. Studying illustration can be a really personal thing because you are constantly trying to find out how you uniquely visually communicate but then you go into class and realize everyone is going through a similar developmental process and there’s always laughs to go around.

What inspires you?

Used books stores and libraries – you can find old text books, monographs, journal articles that all inspire you in certain ways. The Internet, movies, comics and manga, history, language, memories… everything! It’s good to be learning something and be inspired to make an image at the same time.

Where are you most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space.

My creative space is in a small apartment in a room that can’t hold all of my things but it’s a good environment to work in because I can play some music, have a video playing, flip through books I love and work at my own speed. I’m most productive in a place where I have sources of inspiration at hand.

What are two of your favourite tools that you could not live without?

My tablet and computer.

What is it that excites you most about the tools you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like working on a computer because I can infinitely iterate. While retaining old versions I can skew and distort the work without anxiety of ruining it. Of course, I enjoy painting and drawing so I’m always working on getting better at traditional art techniques. I want to embrace mediums like acrylics, gouache and oils but I don’t have a consistent command on them yet.

Working digitally lets you take the image in the direction that you need to go in a short time plus material cost is low and you don’t need much physical space.

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Has attending art school helped you to develop your own personal style? If so, how?

Whatever style I may inherently have will come naturally through creating many images and through my personal execution of an idea. Art school helps you see how varied we all are as artists and I guess it reveals to you the kind of styles you’re not interested in pursuing.

Is there any illustrator or artist from the past or present that have influenced your style?

Too many to name. I think every image I’ve seen has influenced me in some way.

Last year you were an exhibitor in Zine Dream, how did you get started in zine making?

I decided that I wanted to give a try because I like how open the DIY/zine scene is to personal expressions and reflections. I had some illustrations and comics that I thought other people might enjoy so I got some risograph prints and stapled up short zines. I had a lot of fun. It was really inspiring to meet the other artists and a few people actually bought my things, that was cool.

How do you promote yourself?

I try to maintain an active social media presence, Dylan-North.com.

Is there anything else you want to share with us, any final thoughts?

Thank you for asking me about my experiences here.

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07 2016

OCADU Zine Fair 2015

Last week (Thursday, March 12) was the 7th annual OCADU Zine Fair. A mixture of students and Toronto-based zine makers gathered to share their work with the OCADU community.

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For the uninitiated, zines are self published creations that take many different forms: small magazines, art books, comics, journals, how-to guides… the list continues to infinity. The Learning Zone houses a zine collection and is the meeting place for OCADU’s Zine Collective. The annual zine fair is but one of the Learning Zone’s zine initiatives, and it is the best opportunity to meet other creators face-to-face.

Meet some of the vendors at this year’s zine fair:

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Jay Chau is a photography student at OCADU.

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Jay (who was sharing a table with fellow student Grace Brooks) was displaying work such as these embroidered genitalia journals, and some prints. Grace was showing t-shirts (featuring Billy Balogna from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse!) and sculptures of two-headed animals.

 

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Worn and The Wheelhouse were neighbours this year. The aim of The Wheelhouse (left) is to bring together a community of people who are facing barriers to accessibility. Through intersectional activities — including a zine distro — The Wheelhouse provides resources, learning opportunities and safe spaces for marginalized people.

Before it closed up shop at the end of 2014, Worn was a progressive fashion journal that looked deeper into fashion, covering questions like what is behind our relationship with accessories, what is the relationship between religious identity and underwear and what connections are there between clothing and activism. Though there will be no more new issues of Worn, back issues from its 10 years of feminist fashion insight are still available online.

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Whitney French is a Toronto-based zine maker and one of the editors behind the zine series From The Root. The series documents stories, images and testimonies from women of colour in Canada. The first issue’s focus was hair, and the newest issue — which had its Toronto debut at the zine fair — focuses on stories and experiences around the theme of the body. The body issue has its official launch March 22 at Beit Zatoun on Markham Street (4-6pm).

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Kimberley Dewing was representing the work of a group of 4th year illustration students. Much of the work was themed around goblins. They have plans for a next venture which will focus on witches.

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OCADU alumna Emily Waknine was here representing the artist collective Carrier. To raise funds for future exhibitions, Carrier was selling work such as collage zines, prints, jewellery and cassette tapes.

If you missed the zine fair, you may yet have a chance to see the work of these artists. Many of these zines will be added to the OCAD Zine Library so stop by the Learning Zone to check out our collection. And follow the links above to find some of these zines for sale online.

 

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03 2015


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