Jessica Bartram Design & Illustration

I'm an illustrator and designer currently working on a BA in Graphic Design & Illustration (convenient, eh?). My work can be found here (illustration & art), or here (graphic design, mostly). Videos related to my work can be seen over on my Vimeo page


This is a blog on which process shots and final versions of both personal and school-prompted projects appear, as well as selected photographs (many from my phone - only the good ones, I promise).


If you have any questions/are interested in a commission for either art or design, please email me at jess [at] thecommonwealthstudio [dot] ca.

Canzine preview time!

I think I’ve already mentioned here that I’m once again tabling at Canzine this year (on November 1st at 918 Bathurst Centre - put it in your fancy calendars!), but here is some actual photo evidence of the work I’m doing in advance of the event.

In the top photo, I’m rescanning all the illustrations for Once Deer so I can offer it for sale for the first time ever (in an enlarged & luxurious 6” x 8” format, no less! See every detail of those forest scenes!).

The rest of the images show my progress on that re-done illustration for Frostbitten, as first discussed here. I’m already really happy with how it’s turning out, especially when I hold the old version up next to it for comparison (as seen in final photo).

This is one of those times when being a bit of a perfectionist is exhilarating instead of frustrating, and I can’t wait to incorporate this new image into the existing book!

P.S: While I was painting last night, I realized that I could happily paint ferns/moss all day. It’s Bob-Ross’s-Happy-Trees-level soothing and makes me feel like I’m wandering through a miniature imaginary forest, all cool and green and growing.

Tonight’s work: six hours spent on these two sketches (I set out to challenge myself with the illustrations for this new book. According to the clock, I succeeded).

Turns out drawing cluttered desks and people sitting at weird angles is kind of difficult when you’re not used to such things, but I powered through and now I only have one more of these to go before Monday (plus a stack of other things, of course)!

So I’ve started a Vine account and, amongst the many videos of Eleanor that will be up there (because she is always doing cute/hilarious/weird things), I’m also starting a series in which I film snippets of light/shadow in motion (something that’s always fascinated me). This is the first one - I’ll probably post my favourites here from time to time, along with any other Vines I deem artblog-worthy.

Remember this project (which only took me a year to put online)? In advance of Canzine 2014 I’m sprucing the wee book up a bit with a brand new cover and one re-done illustration!

The above photos show my progress-to-date on the new cover, which I already like WAY better than the old one (which is a bit dull, I think).

I’ll also be selling copies of this and a few other books/zines I’m making for the event online after Canzine, so if you can’t make it to the festival and want a copy, never fear! 

This —> this —> these (these being the final booklet - the wee one, 16pgs - and the process book - the big one, 28pgs*).

*I really, REALLY enjoy documenting my process. Like, SUPER ENJOY IT**

**I believe all this caps lock is a direct result of the fact I was up way too late making the above project extra-fancy. Schooltime-Keener Jess is back with a vengeance!

As promised, here are some quick snapshots (one of which is quite blurry, oops…I think the thrill of completing the thing in 20ish mins made me a bit shaky) of the zine I made along with my two other incredible team members, Elija & Michael.

I did the illustrations and E&M collaborated on the production/story. It went ridiculously smoothly and we TOTALLY WON, which was an added bonus (thanks, people who clapped super loud for our zine).

I’m doing another zine race-type thing in November at Canzine (plus I’m also tabling again, hoorah!), so if you missed this one you’ll have another chance to see me draw really, really fast (as pictured in the top photo).

b00jum:

jbbartram:

Fun fact: I will be a participant in this year’s Word on the Street festival! Thanks to the fine folks at Broken Pencil magazine, I’ll be taking part in a Zine Race alongside some pretty rad humans (see descriptions of event/other humans above).

It’s happening tomorrow (Sunday, September 21) from 12-1pm at the New Narratives tent, and it promises to be pretty entertaining, so join us if you can!

This has just happened; for those of us anywhere not-Toronto, will there be any photo postings of the zine race creations?

b00jum (and anyone else who couldn’t make it / is far away) - Broken Pencil told us that our zines would be posted online for everyone to admire! I’ll make a post when they’re up (and post a few photos from our team’s creation in a minute), as they were both SUPER awesome.

Fun fact: I will be a participant in this year’s Word on the Street festival! Thanks to the fine folks at Broken Pencil magazine, I’ll be taking part in a Zine Race alongside some pretty rad humans (see descriptions of event/other humans above).

It’s happening tomorrow (Sunday, September 21) from 12-1pm at the New Narratives tent, and it promises to be pretty entertaining, so join us if you can!

In the market for some art-prints on your walls? InPrnt is having another free shipping extravaganza and I’ve added some more art to the gallery - click here to visit & see the new stuff! 

As an added bonus, I’ve made a few of the pieces available as phone/tablet cases for those of you who need some device decoration - that gallery can be found here.

Since this is my final year at OCAD, I get to spend the bulk of my time at school working on what was once called thesis (and is now called workshop). Being a HUGE nerd, I’m basically prancing with excitement to be starting out on this brain-adventure.

If you’re at all interested in the stuff I’m looking at / being inspired by as these two semesters of work on this project unfurl, then you should probably follow my official workshop blog, a.k.a. superweird brainparty times, inc.

It can be found at http://cordyceptsinc.tumblr.com and will be updated regularly with weird things that cause various forms of workshop-related chemical brain reactions (ie. ideas, spurts of rough writing, etc.).

P.S: I’m about to (4:36 Toronto time) do a huge dump of material onto the blog - I promise it won’t always be this busy!