Illustration by John Fraser for Canadian Legion Magazine of Beaver watching TV, beaver, beaver in his dam,
Digital Illustration by John Fraser of moose riding motorcycle for T-shirt for The Great Canadian Bike Rally, moose riding motorcycle, mooseer, leathers, biker moose
airbrushed illustration by John Fraser showing polar bear sitting on melting ice flow singing about climate change, polar bear, ice floes, climate change, protest songs, Bob Dylan songs, folk singer, playing guitar
airbrushed illustration by John Fraser of aggressive fish attacking fisherman, fishing, sport fishing, the one that got away, aggressive fish, dangerous fish, fresh water fishing
Airbrushed Illustration by John Fraser for The Toronto Star called There's A Man In My Soup, flies, bugs in the food, The Fly By Nite Cafe, restaurant, cafe, eating out
illustration by John Fraser of cow surprised by flashbulb while being photographed for mugshot, mad cow disease, mugshot, arrest, incarceration, funny cow
illustration of fish in reverse pecking order by John Fraser for The Toronto Star
digital illustration by John Fraser of two Border Collie puppies named Winnie and Viola, border collie, puppies, dog portrait, cute, babies, best friends
Digital illustration of a Golden Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog sitting together in the forest, dogs, purebred dog, forest, dogs playing, playbow
Beaver Watching His Friend The Bear on TV - Canadian Geographic Magazine (Jason Duprau AD)
Moose Biker Character for T-Shirt Campaign - Merritt Marketing (Sue Chang AD)
The Climes They Are A-Changin' - Self Promotion
Bad Ass Fish - Hooked On The Outdoors Magazine (Bruce Hyer AD)
There's a Man in My Soup - Toronto Star Newspaper (Ian Sommerville AD)
Dog's Birthday Party Poster - Dogstuff Depot (Cordula Maring AD)
Weeding Out Mad Cow Disease - IT World Magazine (John Latino AD)
Pecking Order In Reverse - Infosystems Magazine (Joe Behan AD)
Winnie and Viola
Faith and Friend
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Beaver Watching His Friend The Bear on TV - Canadian Geographic Magazine (Jason Duprau AD)
Moose Biker Character for T-Shirt Campaign - Merritt Marketing (Sue Chang AD)
The Climes They Are A-Changin' - Self Promotion
Bad Ass Fish - Hooked On The Outdoors Magazine (Bruce Hyer AD)
There's a Man in My Soup - Toronto Star Newspaper (Ian Sommerville AD)
Dog's Birthday Party Poster - Dogstuff Depot (Cordula Maring AD)
Weeding Out Mad Cow Disease - IT World Magazine (John Latino AD)
Pecking Order In Reverse - Infosystems Magazine (Joe Behan AD)
Winnie and Viola
Faith and Friend
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“I wish that my little Pinocchio would be a real boy!” (Gepetto) – Giving human traits to animals and inanimate objects like puppets has amused and entertained us since a parent first told a bedtime story. Ask any pet owner if their four legged friends have voices and personalities that contribute to the household spirit in fun and memorable ways. I know the critters in our house do.

I think most people have a fascination with animals that goes beyond a simple academic interest. We relate to animals directly and honestly without pretension or emotional baggage. We project our thoughts and feelings onto them. When we give them human traits we are really speaking through them. They can become our alter egos.

It’s no surprise then that animals find themselves featured in many children’s stories, family focussed advertising campaigns and product identity systems. In these images here I have given voices and expression to our animal friends in all of these groups. Certain species have innate features that lend themselves to various roles. A lion is often thought to be fearless and mighty. They may be the opposite as in the “Wizard’s Cowardly Lion”. A coyote is sometimes sly and devious or again they may be the inverse as in Looney Tunes’ hapless “Wily Coyote”. It’s an exciting challenge to play on a creature’s natural form and come up with a new, unique character.

Norman Rockwell often said that for an artist to make his subjects believable you must love them. I don’t think anyone who looks at my work would doubt for a minute that I have a great love for creatures great and small. If you wish to see my animal samples on the Creative Shake website please click (HERE).

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