Monday, December 27, 2010

Simon Roy

3rd year ACAD Illustration and design student Simon Roy has a comic strip in the latest issue of Heavy Metal magazine. Sweet!

Simon has a great blog here:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Process, Animatics for The Illusionist

NY Time features some lovely behind the scenes process for the animated feature "The Illusionist".

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kelly Sutherland

Last weekend I was thrilled to hear ACAD illustration grad Kelly Sutherland's Seven Story Redhead on CBC Radio 3. Later I stopped by my neighborhood magazine shop and found him again in the literary and arts magazine Filling Station. The latest issue (Nov 2010) is littered with his work including an artist feature. You will also see his work around town in the next month or so advertising this years One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo. This is the second year he has worked on this exciting project.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Line by Line

Illustrator James McMullan has been doing a wonderful series on the basics of drawing for the New York Times.
Click below to check out the series of 11 installments.
Great reading for all artists, from beginners to pros.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Shannon Morgan

A heart touching tribute by Kathy Briant the mother of Shannon Morgan, an Alberta College of Art and Design graduate of the Visual Communications Design program who committed suicide in 2009.
The Calgary Herald article is HERE

Please take a moment to visit the website about Shannon and her artwork

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Geoff Mcfetridge

ACAD grad Geoff Mcfetridge directed/animated the latest OK GO Video. Cool!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Governor General's Literary Awards 2010 - Renata Liwska

ACAD alumni and faculty member Renata Liwska is a finalist for this years Governor General's Awards in the category of children's literature - illustration. She is nominated for The Quiet Book written by Deborah Underwood which debuted last spring at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was on the list for 13 weeks. She was also recently awarded a gold medal from the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York where she took the top prize in "The Original Art" an exhibit celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration, which is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from October 20 through November 24, 2010.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Birds of a Feather

Illustration + Character Design + Animation Show featuring alumni and 4th year VCD major students.

October 25 - Nov 5th 2010, Alberta College of Art + Design - Lower Main Mall 1407 - 14 Ave NW Calgary AB

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lincoln Agnew

Lincoln has the unique accomplishment of earning a degree in both photography and illustration from ACAD. His first children's book Harry and Horsie written by Katie Van Camp was published by Harper Collins in 2009. He was awarded the founders award from The Society of Illustrators Original Art 2009 for most promising talent in children's book illustration. He is currently working on a sequel.

Here is a nice interview:

From his publisher

Friday, October 8, 2010

Battle Drawings

Something fun from a group of 3rd year VCD students:

Remember when you were a little kid - those big, flat drawings of death an destruction that could keep you going for ages? Me and a few other artists, as kind of a weekly relaxation ritual, go out and draw these big collaborative battles, complete with sound effects and blood spatters, occaisionally. After full days of drawing strictly designed, tightly thought-out stuff, it's super-relaxing to let go like this. One of the key parts of it, though, is that you have to draw direct from brain to paper - no time to think about what you're doing, and the coolness of it. Just DRAW!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Brett McEwen

The Longest War Trailer from Brett McEwen on Vimeo.

ACAD alumni Brett McEwen is premiering his film "The Longest War" on Saturday Sept 25 at The Calgary International Film Festival. He produced and directed this documentary about the struggle of the Karen people in Burma (Myanmar). The film was written and filmed by journalist Nelson Rand. Originally from Calgary, Mr. Rand recently returned from Thailand to recover from injuries sustained from being shot while covering the Red Shirt Uprising in Bangkok that occurred earlier this year.

About the film:
The fight for an independent homeland automatically brings to mind the bitter and bloody clashes in places like Tibet, Palestine and even Quebec; but few will be familiar with the plight of the Karen of Burma, and their hard-fought battle for a Karen State in eastern Burma since 1949. Filmmaker Brett McEwen and cinematographer Nelson Rand risk life and limb documenting the world’s “longest war,” and bear witness to war crimes, human rights abuses and the destruction and murder of entire villages as the brutal military regime of Burma seeks to eradicate members of the Karen National Liberation Army and its supporters. This is a raw, first-hand account of a people struggling to free themselves from oppression in an area of the world most Canadians can’t find on a map.

Showtime: Saturday, Sept 25, 2:15 pm At Eau Claire Market - Cineplex Odeon - #2
Calgary Film Festival Info

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Aaron Leighton

ACAD Alumni Aaron Leighton has an interesting looking new book out from Koyama Press.

Check it out here:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scott Kowalchuk

Alumni Scott Kowalchuk has got a quick start out of the gate. He graduated only 2 years ago from ACAD.
He's currently working feverishly on two comic books.

His work will be on show this weekend in Saskatchewan .
In support of my upcoming Image Comics series 'Rat Bastards' and Oni Press series 'Down Set Fight', Theo and the fine folks at Unreal City are hosting a snappy celebration of my work. Swing by and find original work, prints, and a limited edition illustration for sale. Plus, I'll be there. Ta-Dah!

August 21 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Unreal City
139 2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK

Scott's blog :

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Byron Eggenschwiler

Byron has been a busy bee!

Visit his site:
and his blog:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano has recently completed some pretty cool stuff for Parks Canada, see her blog to see more:
(Laura is from the same graduating year as Connor and Jessie from the last 2 posts)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Connor Willumsen

ACAD alumni Connor Willumsen has done a very different webcomic for VICE magazine.

Check it out:

More on his website:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jessie Mead

ACAD Alumni Jessie Mead has been busy producing a weekly webcomic called Fearful Symmetry. Written by Owen Stockden and illustrated by Jessie, the series is currently on it's 28th segment and counting.
Check it out here:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Shoichi Uehara

Sho is a recent grad from the character design stream at ACAD.

Check out his character designs on his blog:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2010 Applied Arts Student Awards Winners

Congratulations to the ACAD students selected for inclusion in this years Student Awards Annual.

The students are Eran Cantrell, Lionel Cipriano, Morgan Curley, Amanda Kadatz, Gry Elise Nyland, Aaron Rinas, and Allison Toohey.

Here is the official announcement:

Character Design grad Eran Cantrell -

Visual Communications Design student Morgan Curley -

Character Design grad Amanda Kadatz -

Design grad Lionel Capriano -

Photography grad Gry Elise Nyland's -

Design grad Allison Toohey -

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jillian Tamaki

ACAD alumni Jillian Tamaki has a pretty sweet Op-Art comic strip for Father's Day in this weekend's New York Times, see it here:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

G Gerald Garcia

An ACAD alumni and amazingly prolific sketcher. It is worth digging through his daily posts, a whole lot of great exploration.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Karen Klassen

Good process and lot's of it. Karen has shared some of the process for a couple recent projects. The latest post features sketches and development for her recent exhibition, LOLITA. Scroll a few post further down and you can see process for a condo project in Chicago, Roosevelt Collection Lofts.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dan Markin

Visit the world of Character Design grad Dan Markin!

His website:
And blog:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Emmanuel Obayemi

Visit recent ACAD design grad Emmanuel Obayemi's website to view his work - my favorite is the LOAF magazine layouts.
here is the link:
(note:the images take a moment to load)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Doug Fraser

Head over to Drawger and check out the full illustration of ACAD alumni Doug Fraser's recent cover for TIME. Includes great sketches and development.

Here is the link:

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Kelly Sutherland

ACAD illustration grad Kelly Sutherland's band 7 Story Redhead was a recent winner of XPOSURE 2010 on X92.9
For winning they receive air play all summer long on X92.9 and $25,000! Congrats.


Kelly's Illustration Portfolio:

7 Story Redhead :

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jessica McVicker

Visit ACAD Illustration Grad Jessica McVicker's website to view more of her paintings:

Monday, May 31, 2010

Shannon Hewlko

Scroll through Shannon's work here:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Squeeze Creative

A nice Calgary Herald Article that talks about a Calgary graphic design firm founded by ACAD grads Wilson Wong and Brianne Hamilton.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rowena Wang

Visit the portfolio of versatile illustration grad Rowena Wang here:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Claire Schulz

Claire is a recent design major grad.
Check out her work here:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Logan Anderson

Logan is an illustration major from this years graduating class.
Check out his work here: