Creative Quarterly 44 -- OCAD U winners

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

OCAD University Illustration Program student, Jessica Stec has one of her illustration images selected as a Runner-Up winner for the Illustration Student category by the judges and publisher and design director, Charles Hively of Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art & Design magazine and her illustration will be featured online for Fall 2016!

As well, Anson Liaw is a Runner-Up winner for The Creative Quarterly 44 and he will have multiple illustration images (5 illustration images selected) featured online for the Illustration: Professional category for Fall 2016!

Link for winners list for the Creative Quarterly 44:


Happy Birthday, Canada!

For INSTUDIO’s latest illustration, 2015 grad Paige Clark celebrates the national holiday by invoking a little Canadiana. View more of Paige’s work online

Happy Birthday, Canada!, Paige Clark, 2016
Happy Birthday, Canada!|Paige Clark, 2016
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HEADS UP Exhibition

Illustrator JC Knaff along with Claude Miceli's exhibit will take place June 23 to July 10
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to Monday, July 11, 2016 - 12:00am

Illustrator JC Knaff along with Claude Miceli's exhibit will take place June 23 to July 10, with the Artist's Reception Thursday, June 30th, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Venue & Address: 
Mirvish Village 588 Markham Street, Toronto

Happy first-ever Pride Month, Canada!

For INSTUDIO’s June illustration, 2016 grad Kyle Stewart wishes you a joyous and peace-filled Pride. View more of Kyle’s work online

Happy first-ever Pride Month, Canada!, Kyle Stewart, 2016
Happy first-ever Pride Month, Canada!|Kyle Stewart, 2016
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Art Below presents its 2016 Summer Show

Destiny illustration photo of framed portrait illustration of Prince Anson Liaw
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

Illustrator Anson Liaw, who resides in the Graphic Design Program, is one of 25 artists to exhibit 2 pieces of illustration artwork for the Art Below Summer Show 2016 in London, England.

Art Below now in it's 10th year presents its 2016 Summer Show featuring a variety of work by 25 emerging and established international artists. 

The Summer Show will open with a Private view launch event on the 28th of June at the Tabernacle Gallery in Notting Hill, West London. For two weeks time and during the show at The Tabernacle art gallery, a different selected piece of artwork created by each selected artist and aside from the artwork shown at The Tabernacle gallery will also be available to view on billboard spaces across major London Underground stations. 

Heralded as 'The Taj Mahal of Kensington', the Tabernacle was originally built as a church in 1887. Today the Tabernacle serves as a cultural arts and entertainment venue, including a theatre, meeting rooms, music studio, art gallery, bar and kitchen, conservatory and a garden courtyard. 

Anson is pleased to have his selected illustration artwork entitled, Destiny to be on exhibition and available to view for two weeks time as a large size print on a billboard space within one of the major London Underground stations from June 20 to July 3, 2016 and to have his selected framed portrait illustration of American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor, Prince Rogers Nelson, entitled, Purple Rain Forever to be on exhibition as a framed piece of artwork at the Tabernacle art gallery.

Private View - Tuesday June 28, 6.30 - 9.30 pm

Visitor Information:
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Exhibition opening hours: 11am - 6pm (including weekends) 
Exhibition runs from June 20th to July 3rd, 2016

Selected artist List: 
Nasser Azam
Francis Akpata
Jim Anderson
Louise Barrett
Holly Carlson
Olly Chaplin
Noah Da Costa
Anthony Ferreira
Nina Fowler
Carne Griffiths
Keith Haynes
Natalie Ioannou
Antoon Knaap 
Robert Lee Davis
Anson Liaw
Alex Lovell
Leo Moore
James Mylne
Ernesto Romano
Eloise Wall
Amanda Wigglesworth
Kerry Zacharia

"Directional art with an unorthodox backdrop lends Art Below its fresh, original edge thats currently causing a creative awakening amongst commuters."


Venue & Address: 
London Underground stations The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY, United Kingdom

OCAD U Illustration Podcast - Jody Hewgill

OCADU Illustration instructors Lauchie Reid and Christina Sealey
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:15pm

The OCADU Illustration Podcast is a joint initiative of OCADU Illustration instructors Lauchie Reid and Christina Sealey. Through studio visits and free-form conversations with faculty members and alumni of the university’s program, the podcast aims to illuminate and familiarize our listeners with the ins and outs of the illustration industry, the realities and challenges of studio and professional practices, and a more casual insight into best practices and the personalities of some of Canada’s best illustrators.

For the final episode of our inaugural season! We went and did talking with Jody Hewgill, a hugely talented and prolific illustrator and one of our Thesis instructors at OCADU. Jody works in a home studio in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and let me tell you: it feels like a cool treehouse. Also she provided really good snacks and was a real pleasure to talk with. 
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Annual Illustrated 2016 Exhibition & Event

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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 9:00pm

OCAD U Faculty member Anson Liaw is honoured to be selected by the judges to be 1 of 25 Illustrator artists to exhibit 10 pieces of illustration artwork for the annual 2016 ILLUSTRATED 2016 exhibition & event held in London, England at the Old Truman Brewery which is East London’s cultural and creative hub. 

ILLUSTRATED 2016 exhibition & event will take place this year from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th, 2016. 

ILLUSTRATED 2016 brings together a collection of the brightest visionaries in contemporary illustration and street art. Showcasing not only some of the biggest names in the business, but also offering a glimpse beneath the surface into tomorrow’s most promising artists.

Between June 10th to June 12th June against the backdrop of The Old Truman Brewery, ILLUSTRATED 2016 brings its collection to the heart of Shoreditch – East London’s revolutionary arts and media quarter.

There will also be interesting and exciting industry events with quality content; a well curated program of seminars, workshops, live art & music all within an informative, engaging and vibrant arena.

Here’s a link for you to review an interesting video from last year’s ILLUSTRATED 2015 exhibition & event:



Venue & Address: 
Truman Brewery, London England

School’s out!

For INSTUDIO’s May illustration feature, 2016 grad Marie Cherniy celebrates a winning end to the academic year. View more of Marie’s work online

School’s out!, Marie Cherniy, 2016
School’s out!|Marie Cherniy, 2016
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Relaunch of

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:30pm

I am delighted to announce the relaunch of, showcasing thesis portfolios of the Illustration Program's 2016 Graduating Class!

Congratulations to student representatives and designer Garry Ing (OCADU 2009 ) on the beautiful redesign of this site and for carrying on a program initiative that began in 2009. 

In addition to this year’s crop of talented artists, visitors can view archived work from previous graduates, as well as connect to their most current sites.

I encourage you to take a look. It is a wonderful collection of images to mark OCAD U’s 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition!




Museum of American Illustration

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 1:30pm

Good luck to Francesca Chan (3rd Yr) and Meaghan Way (4th Yr)!

Francesca and Meaghan are exhibiting their winning illustrations in New York’s Museum of American Illustration next month when scholarship winners will be announced. 

The Society awards over $50,000 in scholarships ranging from $100 to $5,000! In addition, their work will be published in the Society’s annual, Illustrators 58.