Illustration Instructor Rick Sealock Awarded for Images in Maisonneuve Magazine

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Rick Sealock was contacted by Anna Minzhulina, the art director of Maisonneuve magazine, to create illustrations for an article titled ‘Wild Justice” in the Summer of 2012. The article discussed “how a bull was burned at the stake, a swarm of locusts excommunicated – animal trials were once surprisingly common. What does the strangest phenomenon in legal history say about our relationship with creatures around us?” Anna became aware of Rick’s illustration style when his work was published in Work/Life, an Uppercase directory of Canadian Illustration & Photography back in 2008, which featured a banjo-playing cowboy serenading a boar, surrounded by crazed chickens. She thought his work would be a perfect fit for the article “Wild Justice,” due to its dark and twisted animal subject matter.

Rick produced “an insane amount” of sketches for Anna, and she selected six images for publication. The process from first sketch to final publication required numerous consultations with Anna and stylistic refinement based on her requests. “Due to the rawness of the story, Anna wanted the drawings to dominate and reflect this in the final art,” Rick explained. “She asked if I would also limit the palette usage in the images [because] with many of my other illustrations the colour can become too frenzied and chaotic. In these images I employed more line work and splattering to emphasize the expressions of the characters, balance the limited use of washes, and convey the emotional tone of the article.”

The success Rick enjoyed from these illustrations has been threefold. Some of them have been accepted into American Illustration 31 and SILA 51, he received an Applied Arts 2013 Photography and Illustration Award, and the illustrations have also been directly responsible for garnering further commissions, such as a series of illustrations on Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention for an article titled “Fear and Loathing in Tampa” by the Miami New Times.

Rick has been a sessional instructor in the Illustration Department at Sheridan since 2005.

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