Pi Co. vs. Pizza Forno

Coming out of a meeting in Toronto last week to forage for food, my colleagues and I found ourselves in the middle of a kind of pizza vortex. On one side of the street, embedded in a wall was a fresh new automated pizza machine (or vending machine) branded ‘Pizza Forno’. It promised ‘artisanal’ pizza in 3 minutes for about fifteen bucks.”

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Vigg Inspiration Interview

Montreal-based illustrator Vigg has been in the game for 20 years. His playful and joyful style is mostly divided between children’s book and editorial illustrations. For him, there is no difference illustrating between the various sources, the commonality being story-telling. “Kids are very bright and intelligent so I don’t find myself going to a lower level of storytelling when I draw for them,” he says.

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Marcus Beretta

Toronto-based photographer Marcus Beretta can break down his creative process into three steps. The first is inspiration, then explanation and finally execution. Or as he says, “This is what I want to do, this is why I want to do it and then actually doing it.”

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John Parra

If there’s one thing that John Parra wants you to know about creating children’s book illustrations, it is that they “take quite a bit of time and effort,” and that he almost never has contact with the author of the book. “I think it’s frowned upon actually,” he says.

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Cody Greco

When you ask Cody Greco how to describe his artistic style, the first word that pops into his head is “minimalistic,” and after looking at his pieces, you could argue that this word perfectly embodies Greco’s style.

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Ran Zheng

“Colour was one of my biggest weaknesses,” says Ran Zheng, a past Young Blood winner in our 2018 Photography and Illustration awards. “So I always put extra effort into getting the right colours for every piece.”

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Martin Dupuis Creates Fantasized Worlds With Latest Project

A few weeks ago we covered a first in Applied Arts history. Martin Dupuis of Montreal-based Les Évadés and his poster series entitled ‘Cinema du Parc’ were the first to win in three of our Awards programs (Photography and Illustration, Advertising and Design). To celebrate this win we talked to Dupuis about creating the series – if you haven’t read it check it out here.

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