Posts Tagged ‘hand lettering’

New from Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Love these images by Eili-Kaija!  We’re proud to share her exciting updated portfolio with you here. The limited sepia palette and soft blush background with a splash of color in her gorgeous hand lettering is so evocative.

©Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi_EK511_i2iArt

Note the way this rich watercolor/mixed media piece playfully and sensually suggests the ‘nose’ on this wine…

©Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi_EK505_i2iArtSpring Is In The Air


Ian Phillips maps a tasty treat!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Persian’s are a delicious treat Ian encountered in Northern Ontario.  Fascinated by the phenomenon, he illustrated this map highlighting where Persian’s can be found.  Ian says, “Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s a Mr. Bennett baked the very first Persian in honour of a guest visiting from the Middle East. A conflicting story declares the delicacy was named after its American cousin, the Pershing, which was named after General Pershing. Others claim the Five Star Bakery originated the special treat as a means to sell day-old cinnamon buns.  Debate over the secret ingredient in the icing — whether it’s raspberry, cherry, or strawberry — also continues to this day.  Although Persians now abound throughout The Lakehead region, confrontations over which bakery produces the most authentic pastry have created a permanent melee throughout The Great Northwest.”  To see more of Ian Phillip’s maps and other illustrated treats visit here.


Greg Stevenson for Canadian Living

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Combining Greg Stevenson’s hand lettering, info graphic icons and layered photo-illustration adds a fun, upbeat mood to these stories of courage, art directed by Stephanie White.  In this recurring feature, called A Year of Firsts 2014, meet and be inspired by the people who embraced a whole year of trying new things, whether facing fears or embracing change.  Peruse more of Greg’s illustration here.

GS687_A_Year_of_Firsts©Greg Stevenson_GS691_i2iArtTheresa Albert
©Greg Stevenson_GS689_i2iArtChristina Campbell

Katy Dockrill for National Drapery

Monday, February 10th, 2014

When art director Lila Graham first contacted us to work on the new website she was designing for National Drapery, it was an exciting opportunity for Katy Dockrill to bring her flair for sewing and love of home decor to an illustration assignment!  The new ND website was the inspirational vision of Natalie Hartman, who was a delight to work with.  Visit the ND homepage and see how Lila and Katy literally brought Natalie’s vision to life here.

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The new website design also included a series of drawings to highlight the many custom products National Drapery offers.  Katy adores creating for surface design, so when Natalie asked her to include an indication of patterns to depict various textiles and bring some flair to these more technical illustrations, she was happy to oblige.  The result?  These little gems…we’ve combined a few of our faves here:

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2_©Katy Dockrill_cornices

5_©Katy Dockrill_headboads_WEB



Greg Stevenson for: Positive Side

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Greg Stevenson was commissioned by the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) for their publication called The Positive Side.  This illustration is about how a low viral load can cut the risk of HIV transmission was art directed by David Vereschagin to have an overall optimistic tone.  Greg says, “The candle was meant to imply a ‘re-kindling” of desire in both partners (one positive and one negative) while practicing safety and awareness.”  Notice how the very subtle (‘Rothko-esque’) variations in the background add beautifully to the mood of the piece.

©Greg Stevenson_GS679-b_i2iArt

Bring on Spring!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013


Time to look forward to sunny days in the garden!

See more of Katy Dockrill’s sunny illustrations here.


‘In the Garden’ by Katy Dockrill.

Greg Stevenson: Sin & Self-Improvement

Monday, February 25th, 2013


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards and we are delighted that this cover art created by Greg Stevenson for art director Kim Larson, is one of the award winning covers.


Alberta Venture initial sketch ©Greg Stevenson-i2iart

 Feeling inspired by the subject matter, Greg went to town covering all the sinful bases with his first sketch (above)!

(we just thought you’d enjoy this behind the scenes sneak peek into Greg’s process)

Alberta Venture Final ©Greg Stevenson-i2iart

And this is the award winning cover art! 


Thom Sevalrud: Big Data

Monday, February 11th, 2013


The Wikipedia definition of Big Data is:  “a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools…”


Thom Sevalrud has a way with taking just this type of complexity and in his very unique visual vocabulary communicating the idea clearly, like no other.  That’s why  Brian Donahue of Be Design called upon Thom to illustrate Why Big Data is a Big Deal for Macalester Today.  Brian is also a big fan of Thom’s hand lettering so he also asked him to illustrate the headline for this feature as well.




Aaron Bihari pops!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013


We asked Aaron Bihari what fueled his fire in creating his piece, ‘VW Love’.

“I’ve loved psychedelic pop art since I was a kid. It’s the saturated colours, the playfulness, the intensity, and the freedom to mix different kinds of art together. In a way it’s the original mash-up tradition, pulling from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Surrealism, Mid-Century Modern, photography, comic books, and pretty much whatever it encounters.


In my own work, the style gives me permission to be more outrageous. The colour can be so intense that it vibrates, and I’m always reminded when I’m being too serious and brought gently back to a lighter, playful touch. It can be surreal, use odd juxtapositions, be raunchy and playful at the same time.

Besides, I don’t think there’s anything more important than peace & love.


VW Love is from a ramble I took one day in the hills of North Devon (UK) and came across this old VW van in the road. Maybe someone spiked the air, but I just felt the groove & wanted to play. The background photo is from that walk, although I recall the hills being a slightly different hue. More magenta, maybe…”

VWLove illustration

Philippe Béha for VIV Magazine

Thursday, January 17th, 2013


Philippe Béha illustrates 5 Bogus Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Working with VIV‘s art director, Vickie Vidana Ellman, Philippe injected a healthy dose of whimsy and humor into his depiction of the mythical excuses women make as to why they are unable to lose those extra pounds after age 40.