Earth Day 2016!

For INSTUDIO’s April illustration feature, 2015 grad Lynden Joudrey celebrates the goodwill and diversity of our planet. View more of Lynden’s work online.

Earth Day 2016!, Lynden Joudrey
Earth Day 2016!|Lynden Joudrey, 2016
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Congratulations to Illustrator Jody Hewgill

Hewgill Courage Illustration
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:45pm

Associate Professor Jody Hewgill garnered two American Illustration awards, the pieces will be featured in the American illustration 35 book  an illustration on the theme of Courage commissioned by Middlebury College, and a portrait of the musician Courtney Barnett for Rolling Stone Magazine


OCADU Illustration Podcast - episode 2

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:30pm

The OCADU Illustration Podcast (our working title) 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 our second episode, we join Assistant Professor Jon Todd and thesis instructor Shea Chang in their studio.

If you'd all like to share it, you can on Facebook by visiting our Page here: and clicking share by the post at the top of the page. You can also share the direct link to the audio by sharing this link:  Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions or suggestions (we are interested in finding a forever name for this, for example!) at

Artists Profile - Hanna Barczyk

Illustration of hands holding red flowers
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:45pm

Illustration Alumni Hanna Barczyk’s “Artist Profile” is in this month’s American Illustration.

A better tomorrow

For INSTUDIO’s March illustration feature, 2015 grad Deshi Deng rejects the dystopian, offering her take, instead, on a better tomorrow. View more of Deshi’s work online.


A better tomorrow, Deshi Deng
A better tomorrow|Deshi Deng, 2016
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"Monsters" in The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate

Illustrations of Monsters
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 5:00am to Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00am

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an artist’s multiples project that distributes works by Canadian creators and makes art affordable for everyone.

"Monsters" by 3rd Year illustration students: Bree Main, Shevon J. Lewis, Wenting Li, Natalia Nowacki, Jenna Piechota, Dalbert B Vilarino, Vicky To, Mary Kate Spencer & Aliya Ghare  is the 18th edition released via The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate.

Look for "Monsters" in the gumball machine at the top of the spiral staircase at 100 McCaul – get 'em while they're hot!

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is curated by Prof. Catherine Heard.  Proposals from students and faculty are welcome!

Venue & Address: 
the gumball machine at the top of the spiral staircase at 100 McCaul

Illustrator Blair Drawson's show TRIO

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:00pm

TRIO: Works by Blair Drawson, Jeff Jackson and Anita Kunz
Jan 27 to Feb 7

Venue & Address: 
The Papermill Gallery Todmorden Mills 67 Pottery Road, Toronto

Society of Illustrators honours Design professor

Courtney Barnett (by Jody Hewgill)
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:00pm

Jody Hewgill’s portrait of Courtney Barnett was recently honoured with an Award of Merit by the Society of Illustrators. The picture appeared in Rolling Stone (March 26, 2015) alongside a review of the Australian singer’s album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Hewgill’s work is currently on display as part of the Illustrators 58 exhibition in New York City.

“I wanted this portrait to reflect Courtney’s gift for turning seemingly mundane subject matter into humorous and clever lyrics,” says Hewgill, an assistant professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Design. “I chose to illustrate the background scene upside down to reflect her clever observations and unique perspective on the world around her. It’s also a nod to her hometown, Melbourne, which is on the opposite side of the planet from us.” The painting – acrylic on wood panel – measures 10” x 16”.

This is far from Hewgill’s first pop-culture commission. She has been working with Rolling Stone for 15 years and, in 2015, Hewgill received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for her painting – Before Midnight – commissioned for Entertainment Weekly.

Gary Taxali's Award winning illustration

Gary Taxali's illustration
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 2:45pm

Gary Taxali's illustration, a private commission for Chef Thomas Keller (owner of the famous restaurant, The French Laundry) won an award from The Society of Illustrators. The opening Exhibition is February 5 at The Museum of American Illustration, NYC. This is the Society of Illustrators annual juried competition. The award reception/opening of the exhibit will take place at the Society of Illustrators on Feb 3rd in NYC. Here is more information:

Museum of the Street Exhibition

The Museum of the Street Poster
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 3:00pm to Friday, February 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

Illustration Faculty: Sandra Dionisi; Blair Drawson, Doug Panton (and many other illustrators) are having an exhibit at the John B. Aird Gallery

Venue & Address: 
John B. Aird Gallery 900 Bay Street