Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thursday November 5, 2009

It is exciting to have Illustrator and ACAD graduate Sam Weber visiting the Alberta College of Art and Design for a Public Lecture next week on Thursday November 5th at 7:00 pm in the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre.

Also that evening the Annual Student and Alumni Show in the Main Mall of ACAD will be having an opening, well actually a closing celebration for the show from 5-7 pm.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vehicle Calgary Launch Party

As posted previously, Graduate Tyler Jenkins has started up a magazine featuring a whole whack of ACAD alumni.
They are having a launch party this Friday. A Five dollar cover includes a copy of the magazine.
Go here for more info:

Vehicle Magazine will be hosting its first Calgary event at Art Central on the 23rd of this month. There is lots o’ fun to be had, an art auction, drinks, eats, awesomeness, and an airplane race (please see invite for instructions). Please send us your e-mail or address to to get your extra special invite today!


Vehicle Magazine Art Central Event

Calgary, Alberta - October 16, 2009 - Vehicle Magazine is proud to present the debut of the second issue of their publication. To celebrate, the creative team is throwing a release party on October 23rd, from 6-10pm at Art Central (205-100 7th Avenue SW) in downtown Calgary. Live music by Lindsay Clinton for ambiance and refreshments for your comfort. Bid on both original and print artwork in the silent auction and earn your title as Top Airplane Ace in the Paper Airplane Race extravaganza!

Vehicle Magazine is a locally produced publication advocating local and international talent in the world of modern narrative. In its short life, Vehicle has garnered critical acclaim and earned a Joe Shuster Award nomination for works included in the premiere release. Vehicle is soon to be distributed across North America and Europe in January, 2010.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cam Christiansen

This week, Cam Christiansen, a designer/motion graphics artist/animator/inventor (in general, a superbly motived creative innovator) spent a day inspiring the students of Kevin Kurtnik's animation class.
Cam, a 1993 graduate of the ACAD painting department also gave a comprehensive overview of his career and experiences. Beyond enjoying the great work that Cam has done in the commercial and art field I really got the sense of how passion, creativity, dedication, and hard work leads to success as an artist.

If you missed it, Cam has generously included a link to the content he showed in the presentation here:

Also visit Cam's Digital and Design sites, lot's of superb work film and graphic:

This image from his Sundance Film Festival Officially Selected short film I Have Seen the Future:

Below is a post from Cam's blog offering insight on his trip to ACAD:

Spent the day with ACAD students and Kevin Kurytnik who invited me to sit in on critiques and present. It is always refreshing to hang out with students and I enjoyed seeing there motion graphic work. Many interesting projects and fun to see the thought processes behind the work.

I often feel reluctant to dive too far into critiques as have some scars from past experiences (beware of black turtlenecks) and not always convinced that the process was all that helpful. Generally I have always felt it is better to find like minded people who are passionate about what they do and just make stuff you are into and not worry about criticism. The idea being if you do not share similar values you can sometimes get derailed and or confused by the critique which is what I feel happened to me in the past. You can get scared to make things , self doubt takes hold and you start to hear other peoples voices in your head. Generally I think its better to develop a strong viewpoint and personal perspective. Punk hated Pop, Pop hated Rock, Rock hated Techno, Techno hated ? ?? etc.... Sometimes being opposed to things is a galvanizer but can yield strong perspectives. I realize this is an unusual view on education but looking back is what I think if honest.

Anyway that said I found this class critique had very productive tone and was impressed by the way it was set up all credit to Kevin Kurytnik. It was a good experience and made me feel less hard core and stubborn about the usefulness of critiques. Perhaps if I had more experiences like that I wouldn't be so cranky. It was a pleasant surprise and nice to be proven wrong.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mark Gervais + Hallowindow

I've posted Mark's work previously, but it's the perfect time to look at some more. Here is a link to a brilliant idea of his:

Quoted from the Hallowindow site:
"My name is Mark Gervais and I’m an illustrator and animator living in Calgary, Canada. A few years ago I had the idea to try decorating our home on Halloween with some of my animated art work. Using a projector was the only way to make the animations large enough and with the snow that year I had to keep the projector inside. Hence, Hallowindow was born."

He had me at the word Zombie.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Another Tamaki (Lauren)

Student Profile: Lauren Tamaki

This illustration/typography done by Lauren Tamaki for Shoppers Drug Mart new beauty shop experience "Murale", is starting to show up in their advertising. An exciting experience for a student currently entering her 3rd year in the VCD program of ACAD.

Check out Lauren's website at:

It's also on the inside of their bag, fun!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jillian Tamaki - Reject-O-sketch

Jillian has posted a gallery of rejected sketches on her blog. Pretty interesting.

Quoted from Jillian: It's a collection of Rejected Sketches. Perfectly acceptable, "actually pretty nice!" sketches that never see the light of day, unless I can shoehorn them into somewhere else (which sometimes works).