December 1, 2013 - Welcome to our new Toronto Illustrators, Farida Zaman, Bernice Lum, and David Anderson!

November 30, 2013 - Thomas Dannenburg will be at the OCAD Book Arts Fair this Saturday. If you're in downtown Toronto, drop by. Lots of people displaying and selling Book Arts Goodness! OCAD U's Great Hall, 100 McCaul St.

November 2013 - Richard De Wolfe's coin "Pond Hocky" is now available from The Royal Canadian Mint. Congratulations Richard!

September 7, 2013 - Thomas Dannenburg will be at the Small Press Fair, taking place today at the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library (in the Robarts Library building), from 10 am to 5 pm.

It's the culmination of the summer-long exhibition of fine and rare books.

September 5, 2013 - Check out the latest Toronto Illustrators Gallery to see our Illustrators favourite portfolio pieces.

July 17, 2013 - Welcome new Toronto Illustrator, Andrea Farrow, to the site. Beautiful work you shouldn't miss!

April 4, 2013 - Toronto Illustrator, Richard De Wolfe is featured for April on the Savvy Art Market Blog. Great interview, Richard!

February 14, 2013 - Check out the latest Toronto Illustrators Gallery for a dose of Valentines love. I think this is one of my favourite galleries to date. And don't forget to look at our latest Toronto Illustrator Spotlight, Huan Tran. Enjoy!

February 9, 2013 - Magda van Tilburg, a regular Toronot Illustrators Gallery Contributor has created a new childrens story site. Check it out!

February 8, 2013 - Check out Toronto Illustrator, Charlene Chua's solo exhibition called, "Aspects of Love and Lust" in Hamilton until February 27th, 2013.

Love Lust is a visual exploration of the two most prominent elements of romantic love. The emotional spectrum that occupies the space between the idealism and physicality of this experience are expressed through stylised renderings of the female form. 

November 1, 2012 - Toronto Illustrator, Richard De Wolfe, has been commissioned by The Royal Canadian Mint to create the 2013 twenty dollar silver coin. Congratulations, Richard!

October 31, 2012 - Visit the latest Toronto Illustrators Gallery, just in time for Halloween nightmares, it's, "Witches, Goblins, and Ghosts! Oh my!". Enjoy!

August 26-28, 2011- Natalie Rachel Rawlins will be displaying and selling some of her artwork and t-shirts at the first ever Scarborough Town Jazz Festival. This event will be held in the Burrows Hall Community Park and Chinese Cultural Centre in the Progress Ave/Sheppard Ave E and Progress Ave/Milner Ave area.

Please come out and support this event, as well as a local artist!

July, 2011 - Visit our latest Gallery, Summer Nights. We hope you're making the most of yours. These images will inspire you to get out there and enjoy, either way! Also, be sure to check out our latest spotlight with Scot Ritchie!

June, 2011 - Toronto Illustrator, John Mantha, recently designed four coins for The Royal Canadian Mint. The Full Moon $5 Sterling Silver and Niobium Coin Series. Gorgeous work John! Check them out here.

May 31, 2011 - Welcome new member Sue Todd. Check her colourful and creative work out here.

May 21, 2011 - Welcome to new member, John Mantha. Check out his great work, here.

December, 2010 - Giovannina Colalillo and Amy De Wolfe particpated in the 2010 OCAD Who Dunnit show. Check out Giovannina's contributions here and here. Check out Amy's here and here.

July, 2010 - Rachel Natalie Rawlins is showing 3 pieces at the Caribana, ROM "From the Soul" Scotialbank Carabana Art Exhibit. Join her at the opening on Thursday, July 2, 2010 from 6:15 to 9:15 pm at the ROM, 100 Queenspark, Toronto. RSVP by July 15, 2010 to

May 1, 2010 - Visit our latest Gallery, "Flowering". Beautiful and just in time for summer weather!

January, 2010 - Welcome new Toronto Illustrator, Mike Carter! If you aren't familiar with Mike's work, don't miss out! Take a peek right now, and spoil your eyes!

December, 2009 - Anne Stanley has been kind enough to let us know about her upcoming show, the CAPIC Double Vision Portrait Show. Friday December 11, 6-10pm at the Toronto Image Works, 80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 207, Toronto

"We have been paired up: illustrator illustrates photographer and the photographer photographs the illustrator. What fun! You can cast your bean for the pair you like the best. There will be food, wine and lots of interesting conversation!"

November, 2009 - Giovannina Colalillo and Amy De Wolfe are taking part in OCAD's "Whodunnit? Mystery Art Sale", November 18-21 at 100 McCaul St., Toronto. Tickets are onsale now and proceeds to to supplies for students.

Check out the latest Toronto Illustrators Gallery, "Winter Sports".

September, 2009 - Check out our latest Gallery, "Waiting". Some great submissions so be sure to check it out.

August, 2009 - Welcome new member Scot Ritchie!

Check out Rachel Natalie Rawlins printed pieces on display and for sale at Drool at 198 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market.

Please join Patricia Storms in celebrating the launch of her new picture book, ‘The Pirate and the Penguin’. This time she is author as well as illustrator! The launch takes place on Saturday, September 12th, at the Yorkville Library Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, from 2-5pm. There will be plenty of pirate and penguin fun, as well as munchies, cookies and cake. Patricia will be signing copies of her book, so please note that she will only be accepting cash or cheques for those who would like to purchase a copy of her book.

Patricia will also be performing a skit of ‘The Pirate and the Penguin’ at Toronto’s Word on the Street Sunday September 27th, and she will also be signing books and doing a presentation at McNally Robinson in Don Mills on Sunday October 18th, at 3:00pm

July, 2009 - Welcome new members John Stuart and Qin Leng! Also, be sure to check out our latest member Spotlight Feature, Rachel Natalie Rawlins!

June, 2009 - Welcome new members Stefan Valent and Cai Sepulis!

April, 2009 - Patricia Storms has a new illustrated book just out, entitled 'Edward and the Eureka Lucky Wish Company' written by Barbara Todd, and published by Kids Can Press. She's also got a new picture book coming out this fall, in which she is both author and illustrator. The book is called 'The Pirate and the Penguin' and will be published by Owlkids Books.

Patricia Storms has also won for Cartoon of the Year (over 10,000 circulation) for the Ontario Community Newspapers Association 2008 Better Newspaper Awards!

She will also be one of the lucky artists who will be taking part in TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2009.

September 29, 2008 - Giovannina Colalillo created 32 illustrations for the "Teach Me Torah" book series, for Behrman House Publishers. Check it out here, here and here!

September 4, 2008 - Toronto Illustrator, Anne Stanley is showing her work at the 13th Annual SpeakEasy Illustration show at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel. Check it out from 8pm - midnight, September 4th at 1214 Queen W., 2nd Fl Lobby & Studio Rooms. Pay what you can ($4 suggested donation).

March 15, 2008 - Congratulations to Toronto Illustrator, Patricia Storms, who just let us know that she was the winning artist in the Toronto Public Library's search for this year's TD Summer Reading Club illustator. We are proud to have been able to offer this opportunity to our illustrators, and even prouder that Patricia earned it! Great work!

October 16, 2007- Check out the newest Gallery, "Fall Fare". Fantastic submissions from around the world!

August, 25, 2007 - JOB POSTING! Toronto Public Library (pdf)

June 27, 7pm, 2007- Contracts & Negotiation for Illustrators, CAPIC Event. How to get the best terms and payment for your work.

May 21, 2007 - Welcome to our newest member, Kinga Zak!

May 20, 2007 - Toronto Illustrators has launched a brand new blog! Members will post to their heart's content... stay tuned!

May 9, 2007 - Check out our latest Gallery "Spring in Your Step". Thank you to all who participated with some beautiful work!

May 9, 2007 - Welcome to new member Marshall Robinson. Have a look at his great work now!

April 15, 2007 - Welcome to our 2 newest members, Richard De Wolfe and Charlene Chua. Be sure to check out their excellent work!

November 26, 2006 - Our latest Gallery "Music" is here! Check out submissions from some great international artists. Thanks to Giovannina for organizing the Gallery and to everyone who participated!

June 25, 2006 - Giovannina Colalillo has won a Gold award for the Holiday Inn illustration and a Merit for Stretching and injuries, Tell me where it hurts and Sleepiness Illustration from

April 11, 2006 - Giovannina Colalillo is proud to announce the unveiling of her new portfolio website, Be sure to check out her vibrant work!

January 25, 2006 - Amy De Wolfe's artwork is now available as selected prints through Shop now!

November 20, 2005 - The latest Gallery "Winter Activities" is here! Check out submissions from some great international illustrators. Thanks to all who participated!

November 11, 2005 - Toronto Illustrator Giovannina Colalillo has donated art work for the AIGA Arizona Art Auction. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the art programs of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s new Campus for Exceptional Children, as well as AIGA Arizona’s student and professional programming.

October 10, 2005 - Toronto Illustrators welcomes new members, Giovannina Colalillo and Veronica Mackereth to the site. Be sure to check out their pages on the site!

September, 2005 - Selected images by Amy De Wolfe are now available through Workhorse Wireless for your cell phone wallpaper.

Monday, February 7, 2005 - Toronto Illustrator, Bogdan Luca, is proud to announce his participation in a new show at Whippersnapper Gallery, 184 Front St. E., Toronto. The grand opening is on February 23rd, with the doors opening at 7:00 pm. Contact Whippersnapper Gallery for more information!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Toronto Illustrator, Bogdan Luca, is proud to announce the launch of the new website for "Artists 25 - NonProfit Art Studio". Bogdan not only administers the site for this Toronto-based, open studio for painting and drawing from the model, he also generously made the new site possible. Definitely worth checking out on the web and in person!

Friday, October 1, 2004 - The second "Gallery" is now online! Fall is coming into full swing. Take a look to see what Fall brings to mind for our talented participating artists from around the world!

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - It's that time again! That's right, it's time to send in your entries for our next Toronto Illustrators Gallery installation. The topic is "Fall" and entries are due by September 30th and are open to artists from all over the world. Click the link for further information.

Thursday, August 5, 2004 - Talented artist, Antony Hare, has launched the RSVP site for his upcoming, debut art show. Opening night is September 8th, 2004, at 6pm at downtown Toronto's bistro, "Brassaii". Pass it on, and hope to see you there!

August 2, 2005 - Amy De Wolfe's imges are now available for your cell phone at Workhorse Wireless.

August 1, 2004 - I am interviewed about my work as the showcase artist at Martini Lounge.

July 2004 - Toronto Illustrator, Patricia Storms, began an 8-month contract job to illustrate greeting cards for American Greetings. We can't wait to see them Patricia!

Saturday, May 22, 2004 - The first "Gallery" is now posted! Bathing Suit Season is just around the corner and artists from around the world have submitted their take on the season.

Spring 2004 - Toronto Illustrator, Patricia Storms, illustrated her first children's book, entitled "Fifty Little Penguins"; written by Jack Booth and published by Harcourt Canada / Rubicon Publishing. Congratulations Patricia!

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - The first "Gallery" topic has been chosen. Submit your art on the theme of "Bathing-Suit Season" by Friday, May 21st. Head here for the details.

Monday, April 12, 2004 - Welcome to the launch of Toronto Illustrators!


Mike Carter

Phone: 416-425-2578

Mike was featured October 2017

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

Although I did my first commission at 14, I consider my official start as an illustrator at 26 after graduating from The Alberta College of Art.

2. Who are your biggest influences?

Salvador Dali, MC Escher.

3. What is your work process?

I do rough sketches on paper to work out ideas and concepts and then draw and paint using a tablet and Adobe illustrator and photoshop.

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

I would consider the biggest strength of my illustrations is making products or product benefit concepts look their best so my clients can have success in the marketplace.

5. Do you have any formal education in art?

I had 5 years of art college and other courses as continuing education (i.e. various drawing courses, adobe products, colour management, flash, dreamweaver, maya, etc.).

6. Where do you see the future of illustration?

Illustration will always be in need but the tools are making the playing field more level by the day - realism is merging with photography and CGI. Digital software is just a tool so traditional skills will still elevate artists who work hard at learning colour, light and form to be the leaders in their field. Even though I'm a very tight and realistic artist I still prefer to look at the work of expressive and freer forms of art - robots will replace us when it comes to accuracy but we still have time before they replace our soulful expressions (for now!).

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

I would advise anyone wanting to pursue this career to go for it with everything they've got but be prepared to be obsessed with continuous learning and improvement and sacrifice many things in order to succeed. Having demonstrable expertise in one's given field and being considered a trusted advisor to one's clients is very satisfying.

8. Last words?

I wouldn't change a thing, life is good when making a living with one's intellect, creativity and hands.

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