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Gary Alphonso. Digital Scratchboard Illustrator.

August 7, 2011

Gary Alphonso is a freelance illustrator based in Toronto.

In 1982 he graduated from the Sheridan College illustration program and then continued

his studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design.  His work comes across as very strongly defined,

precise, masculine and even military.  I like the way he creates shading with his use of lines.

Inspired by early 20th century wood engraving he chose scratchboard as a preferred media.

Gary has since taken his scratchboard style and adapted it to the digital realm which has greatly

broadened the restrictions of the traditional media.

His commissions have ranged from advertising to editorial and book publishing.He has also received

various awards from Applied Arts,Studio Magazine, CAPIC, 3 x 3 Magazine and Communication Arts.

I particularly like his work depicting nature and use of green spaces.

In particular the colouration and use of white to show light in the fox illustration, is beautifully done.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 8, 2011 4:41 am

    Hi There,

    As you can see, I have taken your rather awesome of a chicken and used it as my Twitter profile image. I hope you don’t mind me doing this. If you do, please do let me know and I’ll remove it – my Twitter handle is @tjh or you can email me tim[[@]]muppetz[dot]com

    Thanks, it’s an awesome image!


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