Pilot illustrations

I recently provided some illustrations for Pilot Pocket Books, a Toronto-based literary and artistic journal. I like the concept behind Pilot: Each short story author is matched with an artist. Artists are asked to provide a title page, some spot illustrations, and a portrait of the author.

I illustrated David Burke’s tragic-comic story Assiniboine Girl, whose story takes place around a ski lodge:


For the title page, I researched National and Provincial, and State Park signs and created an amalgam of their typefaces and layouts:



I also drew a chairlift because I like drawing clunky machines:


Pilot’s artists are asked to draw the author based on a provided photograph. This is David Burke:


The author is also asked to write a paragraph describing the artist based on a provided photo:


This is what David Burke wrote: “I see no man here, only a stylish shirt, bobble-head sunflowers, black-rim glasses and a coffee mug whose clever caption I can’t quite read. Is this all part of his diabolical plan? What powers, besides invisibility and artistry, doth he possess?”

Pilot XI is available at better newsstands.

By Rob

Rob Elliott dispenses creativity under the moniker Swizzle Studio.

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