Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alberta Illustration Alumni Profile #1

As Sept 26th nears I will be posting about the super artists that are in the show. To begin,
one of the most illustrious alumni of Alberta:

Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge is the featured cover story in this month's issue of Juxtapoz magazine. The article discusses the transition of his work since he was last featured in the magazine, about six years ago.

Geoff talks about his creative process and the change of his focus from design to art. Geoff exemplifies how to successfuly pull off this complicated transition in an artists career.


Fiona Staples

Despite its name the San Diego Comic-con has become less about comic books and more about films and movie stars. An exception is the comic book world's big hit series SAGA written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Calgarian Fiona Staples.

SAGA was one of the big winners of the 2013 Eisner Awards awarded at the comic-con and was featured in io9, the Washington Post, and Time.

Fiona's distinctive modern comic book illustration style is created in a distinctively modern way - it is drawn entirely on the computer using a wacom cintiq pen display.


Karen Klassen

Karen Klassen's fashion inspired artwork is a perfect match for this recently released Folio Edition of Truman Capote's Breakfast with Tiffany.

Karen's work has previously been seen extensively in Calgary advertising Bankers Hall and can be seen currently representing this years season at the Calgary Opera.


Tom Porostocky

Where is illustration headed? With our constant race for change this is a perennial question worried over even in the days of Norman Rockwell. An answer for todays generation may be found in the multidisciplinary work of designer Tom Porostocky. And a look at his impressive client list adds support to this theory. It includes HBO, Wired, NY Times, Nike, National Geographic, and Ford - to name a few.


Carolyn Fisher

Carolyn Fisher's next picture book Weeds Find a Way written by Cindy Jenson-Elliot will be finding it's way into bookstores on February 4, 2014.

Other books by Carolyn include Good Night, World written by Willa Perlman and The Snow Show written and illustrated by Carolyn. Carolyn has also been active in the community, visiting schools throughout Alberta to talk to students about her adventures in picture books.


Scott Carmichael

Super Motherload is an official launch title from Edmonton game maker X-GEN studio for Sony's upcoming new console, the Playstation 4. Scott has been working on the game since he graduated from the Alberta College of Art about 4 years ago. Scott's illustration style is a huge part of the games aesthetics and has influenced the direction of the games narrative. Super Motherload has been garnering good word of mouth and Scott's work is front and center.