2015 Royal Winter Fair poster illustrated by OCAD U alumna

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Is the cow photobombing the picture, or taking a selfie? The playful painting We are the Champions by alumna Janice Ykema (BDes Illustration, 2005) has been chosen to represent this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

In 2014 Ykema had a commercial booth at the Fair so her work was known to organizers. This year she was one of three artists who was asked to submit a proposal for the 2015 poster.

Ykema enrolled at OCAD U (then OCA) when she was 17 but left her studies to raise a family. Twenty years later she returned to finish her degree. Many of her works feature animals and nature and are done primarily in acrylics.

When asked for words of advice for current students, Ykema responded:

“You are there to learn, so don't be satisfied with a B+, learn more. Practice, take risks, make your mistakes work for you and recycle the rejects!”

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Poster for 2015 Royal Winter Fair
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Is the cow photobombing the picture, or taking a selfie? The playful painting We are the Champions by alumna Janice Ykema (BDes Illustration, 2005) has been chosen to represent this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

In 2014 Ykema had a commercial booth at the Fair so her work was known to organizers. This year she was one of three artists who was asked to submit a proposal for the 2015 poster.

Ykema enrolled at OCAD U (then OCA) when she was 17 but left her studies to raise a family. Twenty years later she returned to finish her degree. Many of her works feature animals and nature and are done primarily in acrylics.

When asked for words of advice for current students, Ykema responded:

“You are there to learn, so don't be satisfied with a B+, learn more. Practice, take risks, make your mistakes work for you and recycle the rejects!”