Illustration

Profile: Adrienne Kammerer

Marbled Myths Illustrator Adrienne Kammerer delves into the depths of dark folklore and haunting creatures. Magic and mythology are channelled through graphite onto paper to form wistful portraits that are not unlike that striking moment when old horror movies get eerily quiet. Kammerer uses real and imagined references to childhood fears and fables to create these masterfully rendered drawings. She chats with OTM about fairytales, the creative process and a casual gun hobby. Natalie Kaine: Where do your ideas come …

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Attention to Detail

Living in Toronto has benefited Haejung Lee’s artwork in more ways than one. The York University Visual Arts student never has a shortage of ideas—often she will turn to the people of the city for inspiration. If you looked through her things, you would likely find an abundance of notes she jotted down during random moments of creativity. Finding a way to document the finer details in everyday life is just as important to this emerging artist as creating realistic …

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Animal Planet

A lot of times animal themed illustration is channeled through a tunnel of imagination, or creatures from a dream, double dipped in cuteness. Alternatively, Christie Lau’s creations draw out an extreme awe for the complexity of nature (and her crazy use of detail.) Lau loves to research her subjects thoroughly and it makes sense that she originally intended to be a scientific illustrator. “I want to understand humans by finding parallels in animals,” she says. As we chat Lau seems …

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Ambition

Pamela Majocha says she wants to make art that’s pretty — not provocative. The Ryerson Fashion Communications graduate illustrates settings that fit each unique individual that you see in them. Nicole Siena: Do you know if illustrating is what you want to do for the rest of your life, or are you still evolving as a person? Pamela Majocha: It’s so frustrating. Now, I’m more interested in home décor. But how long will I be interested in that? It’s a …

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Line Play

Walking into Nadège on Queen Street West, it’s hard to pinpoint to Mike Ellis amidst the crowd of customers in the store. He sits quietly in a back corner, not drawing attention to himself. But despite his quiet demeanor, Ellis’ work does anything but blend into the background — he has an impressive clientèle. His illustrations have been featured in the Quill & Quire, Globe & Mail, New York Times, and most recently were featured on the invitations and backdrop …

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Inspired Strokes

Right now the artist’s statement is a blank piece of paper. One art piece is started but only one-third finished. But come March, galleries in Savannah, Georgia and Jordan will be filled with graphic illustrations and etchings from artist Nik Duduković. Based on a formula of putting aside crippling fears of not drawing well enough and learning not to finish the last piece five minutes before the first person arrives, Duduković’s work comes together through a series of inspired quotes …

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