October, 2017 - It's Gallery Time! It's Magic time! Take a peek and injoy a little magic to get your October started off right. And while you're at it, we've got a brand new Toronto Illustrator Spotlight, Mike Carter. He's one of our OG members and has done work for many A-List international brands. You will not want to miss his interview!

September, 2017 - Welcome to new Toronto Illustrator, Jhoselyn Figueras! Jhoselyn specializes in digital children's illustrations. You will love her colourful and energetic style.

August, 2017 - Welcome to new Toronto Illustrator, Olha Tkachenko! Be sure to check out her amazing storybook work!

March, 2017 - We are proud to announce that Toronto Illustrator, Giovaninna Colalillo has created the Ontario Federation of Labour's 2017 International Women's Day poster and pin. Check it out here and support a great cause!

March, 2017 - Welcome to new Toronto Illustrator, John Fraser. John Fraser has been creating illustrations for editorial, advertising and publishing clients for over 25 years. His ability to capture the personalities of his subjects sets him apart in his field. He works digitally from his home studio in Toronto. Check out his work and prepared to be impressed!

November, 2016 - The latest Gallery is LIVE! A Wall Through Fall Leaves is up and ready for your viewing pleasure. Take a look!

October, 2016 - Welcome new and awesome member, Ryan Garcia. Just a year into his illustration career, Ryan's work is amazing and has already been featured by some major clients. Be sure to check him out!

May, 2016 - The "Year of the Monkey" Gallery is live. Check out the great submissions from our members and friends! Our new spotlight artist is Diane Kolar. Enjoy!

March, 2016 - Photographer Bo Huang and Toronto Illustrator Giovannina Colalillo won the CAPIC Double Vision art show contest for the Popular Vote.

October 29, 2015 - The "Harvest" Gallery is live. Check out the great submissions of Toronto Illustrator Members and Friends! Our new spotlight artist is Angela Vaculik. Enjoy!

June 6, 2015 - Welcome new Toronto Illustrator Angela Vaculik! Gorgeous realistic illustrations that will inspire your imagination.

January 5, 2015 - Welcome new Toronto Illustrator Diane Kolar! Great work and experience worth checking out!

November 22, 2014 - The "Season's Greetings" Gallery is live. Enjoy!

November 5, 2014 - Welcome to Toronto Illustrator Jackie Besteman! Amazing patterns and colourful illustrations abound!

July 18, 2014 - Welcome to our latest Toronto Illustrator, Danesh Mohiuddin. If you are not familiar with Danesh's work, check it out. Some amazing cartooning here!

July 10, 2014 - Check out our latest Gallery, Dog Days of Summer. Thank you to all who joined in!

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Mike Carter

Website: www.mikecarterstudio.com
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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