A series of throw-back images commissioned by the Toronto Entertainment District
What better way to pass the time than marathon Twin Peaks and curl up in this illustrated map of the town. Features all iconic locations like The Double R Diner, One Eyed Jacks, Timber Falls Motel, and of course The Great Norther Hotel. Up on Etsy now!
After spending a few months (years?) away – mostly travelling alone – coming home felt bitter/sweet. But my friends are so rad and I have been completely overwhelmed by their love and support. I made this illustration celebrating how far I have gone, and who was with me along the way. Available on Etsy now!
Spend some days at the new office for CAT Global and did a wee office mural
From my time last week painting the new office of CAT Global #muralart #illustration #toronto
Posted by Robert John Paterson on Sunday, March 1, 2020
Been a minute but I’m back to uploading Animated movie reviews to youtube!
… And. As always here are some custom artworks I made to go along with it.
Fun, challenging gig this week from Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto Canada. Make a poster for the animated Noam Chomsky documentary “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?”. Its a super stylized, psychedelic film directed and animated by Michel Gondry. It was a bit to wrap my head around at first but I found a way to make an original illustration that I feel pays tribute to the animation style and touches on some of the themes and conversation featured in the film. Thanks for looking 😉
Another obvious direction was focus on the word eye. Maybe we could do something that used eye graphics or insinuated watching. Obviously, this was too obvious and the direction was scrapped. Thats a good thing though. I always feel like exploring a bad idea and being sure is better than not touching it and second guessing later if there might have been something there.
I was making some pretty complicated collage type illustrations (like I love to do) but one of the simpler pieces of a bigger image caught the eye of the festival team. I raised fist holding a lantern. The lantern supports on each side had two faces looking at each other, to imply conversation taking place. It spoke to the open your eyes idea with a leading the way kind of feel, and the closed hand also worked as a representation of a revolution.
From there, we tried to think of different ways to handle the light rays coming off the lantern. Different patterns, hidden images, and even a few tries to bring back the kaleidoscope imagery.
We needed up dropping the taking faces aspect and making the first larger. We felt having too many pieces diluted the overall idea and the simpler, the better. Next was to start experimenting with colour and seeing where we could push thing while still staying on brand with the green and yellow.
The festival team was pretty into all the colour experiments I did and end up going with the wild card idea of using all of them. I love wild card ideas. I made up a bunch of different posters with different schemes at the festival would mix and match them for different uses. Thinking that instead of plastering the whole city with the same image, if it changed up a bit maybe it would stand out more and get extra attention.