Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kayak Art Director

Kayak Issue 35
I have recently taken on the responsibility of being the Art Director for Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. While completing our awards season campaign my boss came into my office and explained to me that Kayaks Art Director had resigned. Before I could think about it, I confessed to wanting to take over the role. I believe that as an artist and a designer the nature of the work I do outside of my professional position works very well with Kayak which is a fabulous magazine. It was a great experience. I had to work throughout the holidays to get it completed but as I gaze at the latest issue, with that fresh off the press smell, I can't help but think it was worth it.

I got to work with some great illustrators on this issue. Namely Scott Chantler who you have heard me gush about on more than one occasion, I had the chance to interview Scott some months back about some of his other projects you can listen to those here Interview 1, Interview2.

Some of the other illustrators were Thadeus Maximus, Anthony Brennan and Kendyl Lauzon. These illustrators were incredible professional and fast, making working on tight deadline much easier.

Finally I got to hire some local talent a, Mr. Justin Currie, who is an up and coming illustrator from Winnipeg. He did a great job working on the pirate spread in this issue.

If you are interested in engaging your youngsters on canadian history please feel free to get a subscription, you can click here.

This latest issue is full of games and interesting articles concerning Canadian Treasure Hunters, Dinosaur Discoveries, Pirates, Gold Rush Fever and so much more.

4 comments:

D. Gillespie said...

James,

Wonderful job! I can't wait to see it and touch it and smell it.

love ya.

Sophia said...

Gosh, James. I am seriously impressed. What a fine job and a perfect role for you! :) I have a couple of friends that live in Canada and I am going to forward them the link. :)

Sophia said...

Dude --- where you be?!?!

:D

Hope you and your family are well.

Mmm said...

Oh you wil be so good at this, James. Wish you all the best.