Blair Kelly Shares His Favorites


Blair Kelly grew up in a world surrounded by all things Crayola, Lego and Play-Doh, so it was inevitable that he would end up loving art class in high school and eventually attending art school.  Blair graduated from Sheridan College’s (Oakville, Ontario) illustration program in 1999 and has been working ever since.  His work has been used in a variety of applications such as magazines, newspapers, annual reports, packaging, t-shirts, posters and animation.  Blair shares with us his two favorite images.


Altpick Connects: Blair, you chose the above two images as your favorites,  why?

Blair Kelly: I am always into my recent work most I guess.  One piece is about technology and TV viewership for the cover of Marketing Magazine, the other is about travel tips for UCLA Magazine.  I had lots of fun doing both pieces.

AP: How would you describe your work place?

BK: My work space is fairly small, computer on one side, desk on the other, some toys for fun and lots of bulletin boards for inspiration.  Here are a few pics, one of which features one of my dogs; Oliver, who will occasionally join me while I work.  And one of my favourite toys, Black & White Astroboy, a gift from my best friend. The space works for now but hoping to have something more expansive in the near future.

AP:  Three words to describe your style?

BK:  Hmm, 3 words might be: Bold, thoughtful, evolving.

AP: If could you live anywhere in the world where would it be?

BK: If I could live anywhere in the world it would definitely be London, England, a great city with such history and beauty.  It has a really great vibe, from the cool street style to the pubs, galleries & royalty, it’s a great mix of old and new.  I also happen to love all the different versions of the accent.

To see more of Blair Kelly’s work go to his website and Altpick page.

About altpick connects

Established in 1992, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and animators in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook (1992-2005) became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. The Alternative Pick Deck (2009-2012) offered a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, The Altpick Awards (2003-2011) introduced yet another way to provide a platform for talents to shine. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, was launched in 1996 and presently provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2021, remains a premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.
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