For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Canada, featuring five artists who create fantastic work, from illustration to graphic design and more! I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy!
Marie is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Montreal. She creates vibrant designs and colorful fan art mashups with some of your favorite titles. Check out a small selection of her work below or see more in her portfolio.
Captain America x Hail Hydra
Canada is a very peaceful country. We are very open minded and multicultural. It makes us a great country for this. One of my favorite pastimes is to get lost in nature. I don't do it as often as I used to do, but our countryside and nature is unbelievably rich.
Here Lies Joe x Sweven Films
Art is pretty much everywhere in many forms. We have a lot of festivals. Jazz, World festival, African, Arabic, Just for laughs, Street art. It's everywhere! Those art festivals have inspired me the most. Artists from around the globe bring their skills to a next level here in Montreal.
Hannibal x Screenprint
The Force Awakens x Poster Posse
No one I know in the art industry is playing a solo game. We all work together. We all push each other. Our roots are there in the art field and it is only growing every year. Though there are few of us in the field compared to the wide range of studios and creative people in the States, we do manage. I wouldn't trade this country for anything.
Caleb is a freelance artist based in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. Inspired by his surroundings and love of nature, his beautiful work has incredible detail and symbolism. Check out a small selection of his work below or see more in his portfolio.
Having had such a massive influx of immigrants, the ethnic diversity is a massive influence on our global outlook. My small city of 10,500 went from a mostly mono-cultural farm town to now a booming community representing people from 125 countries in just the past two decades. Our first art gallery is having its official opening tomorrow.
Rooted in the Ground of Being
Spending my early childhood on a international missionary base in Papua New Guinea also had a huge impact on the anthropological interest I have for culture and more specifically the disappearing indigenous cultures around the world. Ever since I was a kid, I have had a strong interest in the First Nations of North America. I spent a few years teaching art and music on an isolated Ojibwe reservation and that simply watered the tree of my growing layers of research.
Canada is such a huge country and still so much of it remains untouched. The vastness and wild beauty of each province offers another rich source of inspiration. There is nothing better than to disappear on a lake or river system for a canoe trip with old friends. Not only is the beauty intoxicating, but it brings me back to the easel with many new inspirations.
Shawn is a designer and motion graphics artist based in Vancouver, Canada. His animations are sleek and sophisticated with great storytelling involved. Check out a small selection of his work below or see more in his portfolio.
I love the people here. Canada seems to attract a positive, forward thinking type of people. Because of that most of the people who live in Vancouver aren't actually from here which creates a place rich with culture and different view points.
Costa - Fix Florida
Vancouver is such a creative city. It is full of artists and innovators pushing our industry forward. It's also an amazing beautiful city with nature right in your back yard. You have hiking and skiing 30 minutes right out of the city. You're surrounded by beaches and rain forest so it's easy to escape the everyday hustle of the city.
FITC: Teaser Toronto 2016
Slack - Work Simplified
Having access to the outdoors and being surrounded by the forest and water has also influenced my work. I have many friends into the outdoor lifestyle who also work in the film industry. They're always doing small passion projects and need titles or graphics which I'm always happy to volunteer for.
Lidija Paradinovic Nagulov
Lidija is a surface and pattern designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her beautiful patterns draw on her love of nature, and you may have come across her tutorials here on Envato Tuts+. Check out a small selection of her work below or see more in her portfolio.
Rose du Monde
I'm still adjusting to the new surroundings but the thing that's impressed me the most is how many different people live here, and how genuinely nice they all are to each other. I used to live in a very homogeneous society, we all kind of looked the same and came from a largely similar background. Toronto is an amazing palette of human diversity, and it makes me feel at home somehow.
Florida Tapestry - Fashion Pattern
Magnolia Bloom - Seamless Floral Pattern
Nature is such an important part of Canadian life and it's also my main inspiration. I spend crazy amounts of time at Ripley's Aquarium sketching the fish or just staring at them. I'm also a pretty regular visitor at the ROM, the botanical garden, and the Toronto Zoo. Basically since I've come here I've been drawing less from digital references and more from life, and I think it's giving my work a more authentic note.
Beauty Immortal - Tee Shirt Design
Walking around town it's easy to see the loving relationship Toronto has with art and artists, there are so many amazing wall murals, indie art stores, pop-up exhibitions, and just lots of creativity in the air. I'm glad I'm a small part of it all.
Giuseppe is a designer and contemporary portrait artist based in British Columbia, Canada. His unique portraits are textural and full of vibrant color. Check out a small selection of his work below or see more in his portfolio.
Digital Drawing No.28 - Heath Ledger
Canada is an amazing country that offers a diversity of landscapes. It’s an inviting country that loves to celebrate all cultures. I have traveled to a handful of cities in Europe, Mexico and North America and I truly believe we have so many great aspects of the world's offerings in one place. Every time I come back home from another country I realize that where I live is a great place to be.
Contemporary Portraits - Digital Drawing #26
Contemporary Portraits - Digital Drawing #20
I’m from the Okanagan Valley, located in the south of British Columbia, Canada. When I have the opportunity to get away from the busyness of life, I love that BC offers a stage for me to think about what to create next. My art style tends to be raw and organic. The unique texture and colors I use create a result rich with emotion. I find beauty in light and texture created by simple markings and layers of colors. My work is an opportunity for me to create something unique, bold, organic and fresh - mirroring BC itself.
Contemporary Portraits - Digital Drawing #19
The tech community is growing quite rapidly too, attracting a surge of developers, designers, and animators. They all approach creativity in their own unique way. This is one more reason why I love being where I am. Technology and art are merging here, and I think we'll start to see some interesting projects start to emerge.
Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below: