Thursday, September 19, 2013

Alberta Illustration Alumni Profile #3

Kyle Metcalf

Kyle is one of the newest members of the Alberta illustration fraternity. He graduated from art college only a few years ago and after a short stint trying out being a designer he has put his illustration act together and started touring the magazine circuit.

And it's quite an act - subtle imagery with clever bits of storytelling gives his work a quiet depth. But pictures speak better than words in this case, so visit his website and see more like this image for Walrus Magazine.


Claire Ouchi

Until a few years ago I was not aware that applied graphics and textile designers existed as a job category in Canada. And I suspect it is artists such as Claire that have helped define the category in this neck of the woods. 

Claire began her career in Vancouver with fashion company Aritzia creating designs and graphics for the TNA team. Recently she has started her own fashion company Neon North.


Shane Hawco

For most artists creating artwork is a solitary pursuit - at least historically. That definitely seems to be changing, as more and more artists find themselves a part of a team. And while there must be a certain level of sacrifice there has to be a lot gained from working with others - you can't help but learn a ton from the other great artists on your team and together can create works that is not possible as an individual.

Shane finds himself in this situation as a lead character designer at Bioware. Together with other artists on his team such Ramil Sunga and Ryan Swanson (an ACAD grad like Shane) they create designs that are at the forefront of the gaming industry. Shane talks about it HERE.

And while your clicking check out Shane's other creative pursuit HERE.


Douglas Fraser

Doug Fraser has lit the way for many illustrators as he has shown how far an artist from small town Alberta can go. Now, after a long successful career as an illustrator, the desire to create works of a different nature and purpose began to surface. Building on the technical knowledge developed professionally as a visual communicator in the graphics world for 29 years, he began to experiment once again, without the burden of client and other constraints. This freedom enabled Doug to move beyond his past and develop a body of work which is more personal in subject.