Angela was featured Fall/Winter 2015

1. When did you start illustrating (for clients professionally?)

I started illustrating professionally over 20 years ago in addition to my work as a graphic designer.

2. Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influence initially was my mother because she taught me how to really look at things. She would let a caterpillar crawl up her arm so I could study the texture and colours on it's body. Another time she woke me up at night and with a flashlight in hand we observed the frogs laying eggs in a nearby creek. My love for drawing nature developed from those times. I'm a big fan of M. C. Escher because his work as an artist/graphic designer is technically brilliant and very inspiring. Alex Colville's paintings have always intrigued me because they tell a part of a story, but only a part of it, and the rest is left to your imagination. Ken Danby is another favourite of mine because of his attention to detail.

3. What is your work process?

My process begins with collecting reference from books, the internet or from my own photo collections. Often I photograph friends or family members who perform the action required in the illustration. The next step is to sketch out rough drawings using my reference and then refine them by hand or in Photoshop before sending them to clients. Once approved, I transfer to watercolour paper or art board. I work mainly in watercolour or acrylics, but have also created pieces using graphite, marker and ink. Lately I have been using Illustrator and Photoshop to enhance or make adjustments to my work.

4. What would you name as the biggest strength of your illustrations?

My biggest strength of my illustrations is my method of rendering and use of colour. I like to achieve the wow factor and impress my clients!

5. Do you have any formal education in art?

I graduated from the Sheridan College Illustration Program in Brampton.

6. Where do you see the future of illustration?

I think the future of illustration looks promising especially in our digital age where the choice of medium is so diverse.

7. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone considering a career in illustration, what would it be?

Persistence and adaptability are key in building a successful illustration career.

8. Last words?

An illustrator should continue to push their ability further by exploring new methods and mediums.


Angela Vaculik


Angela is a freelance illustrator/designer with over 20 years of professional experience. Her illustrations are created using traditional media - watercolour, acrylic, pencil, ink or marker, and digitally using a Wacom tablet. Her style is generally realistic, however, she can produce work using a more stylized approach.

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