Carousel fantastical: The return of the Ex

INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Avery Kua to help us celebrate us celebrate summer at the CNE. Watch a time-lapsed video of Avery’s creative process in Carousel Illustration Speed Draw. Or, view more of her work online.


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Doug Panton's work winner in Fine Art; Anson Liaw's work Runner Up in Illustration for Creative Quarterly 45

Title: Introvert-Extrovert. Author: Doug Panton
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:15pm

Creative Quarterly Journal is a publication that features some of the best work in art, photography, design and artists in all media from all countries.

For the Winter 2016 Edition (Creative Quarterly 45) the work of OCAD U Illustration's Sessional Instructor Doug Panton has been awarded winner in the categoy of Fine Art: Professional and the work of OCAD U Graphic Design's Sessional Instructor Anson Liaw has been selected as Runner-Up in the category of Illustration: Professional.

The winners will be exhibited in Creative Quarterly, on the newsstand Winter 2016. The winners and runner-ups work will be posted on the Creative Quarterly Online Gallery in Winter 2016.

The complete list of winners can be found here.


Illustrator Profile: Gary Taxali

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 4:45pm


Illustration Professor Gary Taxali has been featured on the American Illustration/American Photography website. 

Read more about his life, workspace, creative process, challenges and advice for students on his AI-AP's Illustrator Profile.

Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

Thom Sevalrud has once again been selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for the upcoming 2016-17 volume. The bi-annual book has just been published and will be on shelves in August.


Meanwhile, his illustration ‘Lunar Orbit’ has received multiple recognition from recent award competitions. The image which was used for the poster of a documentary film of the same name making the festival circuit right now, was a chosen winner for the American Illustration 35 annual archive, was selected as a winner for the 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual 13 and was also a winner in the Creative Quarterly  Journal  44 which will be published this fall.


More than 20 Illustration students win high-profile awards

Illustration of women walking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University students were recently recognized by the Applied Arts Illustration Student Awards, the 3X3 International Student Show and New York Society of Illustrators.

Applied Arts Illustration Student Award winners

  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration)
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration)
  • Kelly Ye (4th year Illustration)
  • Francesca Ka Yu Chan (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Su Yeon Hyun (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration)
  • Mary Kirkpatrick (1st-year Illustration)
  • Katie Liang (3rd-year Advertising)

These students will see their work published in the November/December 2016 Student Awards annual and online in November in the Winners' Gallery and Awards Archive.

Their work will also be displayed from November 8 to 9 at the Creative Futures Expo at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The exhibition is a national career fair for the visual communications sector and draws over 1500 visitors.

3X3 International Student Show winners


  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 

Distinguished Merit

  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 


  • Roman Arabia  (4th-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Jenn Woodall (3rd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean-Luc Bonifay (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean Demers (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Marcy Peterson (4th-year Illustration) 

Honourable mentions

  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Adam De Souza (2nd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 
  • JS Godfrey (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Lily Snowden-Fine (1st-year Illustration) 
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Nicolle Lalonde (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Niki Park (3rd-year Illustration)

Founded in 2003, 3X3 Magazine focuses on contemporary illustration with the goal of promoting illustration across platforms, advancing the careers of illustrators and preserving and sharing the work being done, both in print and online.

The winning students’ work is to be published in the 3X3 Illustration Annual No. 13.

New York Society of Illustrators

Finally, the New York Society of Illustrators has accepted work by Francesca Chan (3rd year Illustration) and Meaghan Way (4th year Illustration) into the 2016 Student Scholarship Competition. Their work was chosen from 8,700 entries by an esteemed jury of illustrators and art directors representing various publications, such as the New York Times and Time magazine. Chan and Way exhibited their winning illustrations in New York’s National Museum of American Illustration this past May. In addition, their work was published in the Society’s annual, Illustrators 58.



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