Blair Kelly

Blair Kelly - Designer

Toronto, Canada

Award-winning illustrator and designer specializing in bold, conceptual images.

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Overview

I'm an award-winning illustrator and designer whose work incorporates both traditional and digital media. My images have appeared in major magazines, newspapers, on posters, pillows, t-shirts, toys and packaging.

I specialize in bold, conceptual images that avoids cliches, forcing the viewer to think twice and take a second look. Regularly contributing to business and financial publications such as Worth, Boss, Forbes, Bloomberg Markets & CPA Magazine I can quickly develop images for complex subject matter such as taxes, investments and legal issues. Health, fitness and sports are recurring themes for clients such as The New York Times, Scientific American, Runner's World and Golf Digest. Many colleges and universities such as Harvard, Brown, UCLA and Tufts have also commissioned my work for articles regarding teaching, learning and student issues.
Social issues are also a personal favourite.

Major projects include:
Collective Arts limited edition beer can featuring my 'Pumpkin Ride' image
Poster series for Johnson Controls on growth. Pieces of the images were also animated as part of this international campaign.
Texas Monthly moo-cow toy label sent to subscribers to promote their annual Bum Steer Awards

Other clients include Time Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsweek International, Reader's Digest, Cottage Life, Business Week, Golf Digest, Scientific American Mind, Hemispheres Magazine, Cigar Aficionado, Fortune, Macworld Magazine, Out, The KRW Awards, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, LA Times, Wine Spectator, The Bend Independent Film Festival, Matador Records, National Post and The Globe & Mail.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Psychology
Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Awards

  • American Illustration
  • 3x3
  • Applied Arts
  • KRW Awards

Work experience

Illustrator & Designer

Self-employed
May, 1999 – Present (over 21 years)

Graduating from Sheridan College's Interpretive Illustration in 1999, I have 17+ years experience as a freelance illustrator and designer.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

A Kite at the Edge of the World

Katy Grant

It had been a great day. Perhaps the Best Day…A seaside village many years ago.A boy makes a new friend who says he has always wanted to come to the seashore. This is his last wish, to see where the world ends and the blue begins—because he is dying. “Then we should do something fun today,” the younger boy announces. Fun! With all the doctors and hospitals, there’s been little time for fun. Bu... read more

It had been a great day. Perhaps the Best Day…A seaside village many years ago.A boy makes a new friend who says he has always wanted to come to the seashore. This is his last wish, to see where the world ends and the blue begins—because he is dying. “Then we should do something fun today,” the younger boy announces. Fun! With all the doctors and hospitals, there’s been little time for fun. Bu... read more

Pearl

Brian Kindall

Pearl can’t move. She’s never wanted to, until now. Life above the waves beckons to her as she watches the boats moving along the surface of the water above her. Pearl is a statue carved of milk-white stone that has stood on the floor of an ancient sea for a thousand years, but she’s waking up, and she wants more. As desire builds within her, it propels her on a journey that takes her to an ex... read more

Pearl can’t move. She’s never wanted to, until now. Life above the waves beckons to her as she watches the boats moving along the surface of the water above her. Pearl is a statue carved of milk-white stone that has stood on the floor of an ancient sea for a thousand years, but she’s waking up, and she wants more. As desire builds within her, it propels her on a journey that takes her to an ex... read more

Blue Sky

Brian Kindall

Blue Sky can climb like an ibex. She was raised in the highest peaks of the Alps by the herd and named for the color of her eyes. They say her father was a fallen alpinist and her mother his beautiful dying dream… and so, as you may guess, she’s somewhat magical – strong and sure-footed on the peaks, and natural as an ibex in this harsh environment of wind, rock, and ice. Until one day when sh... read more

Blue Sky can climb like an ibex. She was raised in the highest peaks of the Alps by the herd and named for the color of her eyes. They say her father was a fallen alpinist and her mother his beautiful dying dream… and so, as you may guess, she’s somewhat magical – strong and sure-footed on the peaks, and natural as an ibex in this harsh environment of wind, rock, and ice. Until one day when sh... read more

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Katy Grant
It was great working with Blair. He was always prompt to respond, and he worked hard to give me the best cover possible. He sent me several initial sketches, listened to what I liked and what I wanted modified, offered me various color palette choices and font types. It was a process of the two of us working together to go from my vision of the cover to his final artwork and design. Some advi...
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Katy Grant, June 2019


Brian Kindall
Wonderful working with Blair. We love the work he did, and it all went smoothly with easy communication back and forth and everything done within our time frame. I highly recommend him as a designer for your project - we already have another project in the works for him.

Brian Kindall, April 2018

Blair Kelly
This was such a fun project! Brian is very open to ideas with a lot of creative freedom which was amazing. Looking forward to the next one!!

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