HS Doc Club – Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk Robert John Paterson Illustration Design Toronto

This month the HS Doc club is showing Angry Inuk, a new doc showing the Native side of the seal hunting ban. That’s right, a pro seal hunting movie. Controversies aside, I wanted to make an image that showed the seal in both respect and sadness.

Im quite happy with the illustrated solution I came up with, probably my favorite HS Doc poster so far. The icy landscape is in the rough shape of a seal with the head haloed by the setting sun, with the abstract reflection implying blood in the water. The canoe based hunters are returning to land with their catches, providing for their families. The intent was not so much as to show a dieing seal in the water, but an ingenious community living off the land and traditions that have supported them

“In her film Angry Inuk, Inuit director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Though most commercial sealing is conducted by Inuit in the Arctic, anti-sealing activism has created a perception of the industry that denies their central role in the sealskin market. To reinsert themselves into the international discussion, these Inuit activists must inconvenience the fundraising campaigns of animal groups by using all the tricks in the social media book, and invent some of their own along the way, like “sealfies.” Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities.” – National Film Board of Canada

For more information, check out HS Doc Club

Craft Ontario Anniversary Illustration

Craft Ontario has over 1,500 members (representing craftspeople, designers, educators, collectors) and through their guides, catalogues, events and various collaborations reaches over 10,000 people a year. To celebrate Craft Ontario’s 40th Anniversary I was commissioned to create an illustration for the annual members show and market this fall.
To represent allllll the forms of crafts and makers, it was agreed very early on this piece would be comprised mainly of hands, tools, and items. Although it would be impossible to include everything and everyone, I tried my best to get as much stuff in as tasteful as possible.
Learn more about Craft Ontario and how they support Canadian artists and crafts people here.

New Cottage Series for Pixel and Bristle Designers Market

Very excited to be selected to showcase my work at Pixel and Bristle’s first design and typography market. I decided to use this event as an excuse to create a new series and promote the event as the first place these prints will be available to the public.

These theme came to me while staying in the studio over the May long weekend sketching while my friends all went away for the weekend. I wasn’t necessarily bummed, but it did bring up a lot of memories from being a kid and going away was a regular thing. These pieces are about the trip there, the long nights, and the break from the ordinary.

Pixel and Bristle Design Market is on Saturday June 25th at the Drake Hotel 1150 Queen St W Toronto. Check out their website for full vendors list and more information www.pixelandbristle.combear IMG_2065