We're excited to announce Ivy Chen, Daria Joyce, Hyunsun Park, and Gabrielle Schwartz as the recipients of the 401 Richmond Illustration Studio Career Launcher.
Ivy is a Chinese-Canadian freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto, Ontario. Drawn to the beauty of traditional media and the forgiveness of digital, her work is a lovely marriage of the two. Having been obsessed with wholesome and cute wonders her whole life has left an everlasting impression, as seen in her whimsical, nostalgic, and usually brightworks. Aside from drawing and writing fun comics, she loves taking naps and has a weakness for terrible puns.
Daria Joyce is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Vaughan, Ontario. Completing her degree in Illustration at OCADU in Toronto, she is a multi-media artist who thrives in creating interpersonal relationships, creative problem solving and collaboration. Alongside client work and illustration, she is the founder of Super Sensitive, a small business selling original prints, clothing and more. She is an active member in the Toronto art community and open to work.
Hyunsun Park: “Hi, I am Hyunsun Park, an emerging illustrator based in Toronto. I use gouache paint to create dream-like snapshots that tell stories about people, including myself. My works often carry sociopolitical themes, such as my thesis, Frugal Thriving. It is a series of illustrations that each depict an inventive way to live a low-budget, high-quality life into day’s capitalist society.
As a BIPOC and queer-identifying artist, I value inclusive visual communication that evokes empathy and sparks discussions. With humour and serene aesthetics, I hope to bridge differences and share our common experiences.”
Gabrielle Lynn Schwartz is an illustrator based in Burlington, Ontario. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a BDES in Illustration and was awarded the illustration program medal for her thesis “Saccharine Living Things” in spring 2023. Her mediums of choice are dip pen and ink, alcohol markers, acrylic gouache, and Adobe CC software. She enjoys bringing to life whimsical characters, designing stickers& posters, and trying a wide range of colour palettes. Her works are often influenced by her interests including: watching thriller b-movies, reading comics, and drinking coffee.
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