More than just a doodle

Calgary illustrator, Rob Milton can handle your illustration needs with creative concept development and a whimsical illustration style. He has experience with corporate illustration and private commissions including: logo design, advertising illustration, promotional marketing material, decorative product designs, character design, children’s book illustration, cartoon strips, infographics, landscape illustration, editorial illustrations, mural painting, chalk board drawings, and magazine cover illustration. Most of Rob’s work is digital, but can he create in traditional mediums such as acrylic paint, pen and ink, or even carpentry when the project calls for it.

Local food producer's caricatures in the cover illustration for Savour Magazine Calgary

Cover illustration for Savour Calgary Magazine

When local culinary magazine, Savour Calgary set out to introduce local food producers to Calgary’s foodie’s, they knew they needed engaging cover art. Rob’s caricatures present the individuals involved in local agriculture while expressing the passion they put into providing food for the community.

Illustrated community members floating in the air, following the smell of coffee to The Roasterie with the title Follow your senses

Promotional Illustration for The Roasterie

If you’ve ever walked through Kensington (Calgary) when the coffee was roasting, you know the oh so tempting smell, and exactly where it’s coming from, The Roasterie. This small business has been around for years and is a landmark in the community. Conceptual illustration like this is great for advertising and marketing in print and digital formats.

Photo of artist Rob Milton beside his mural of a girl skateboarding with 90's graphics and colours.

"Skateboard Dancing girl "mural - 6'4" by 8'

Dropping in a whole lot of vibrancy, this skater girl mural adds a lot of interest not just to the wall but to the atmosphere of the surrounding space, and the energy of Calgary. Rob can paint murals on interior or exterior walls, on rectangular surfaces or odd shaped spaces.

Illustration of excavator digging a whole and filling a dump truck with a calgary cityscape in the background

Illustration for Bob Wallace Excavating documents

Bob Wallace Excavating used Rob’s quirky illustration style to add interest to their documentation. The cartoon illustration went beyond the limits of photo’s, personifying character into the machinery and bringing life to the construction zone. Illustration can energize brochures, paperwork, corporate annual reports and other documentation.

Illustration of the Analog Coffee building on 17th Ave in an exagerated cartoon style

Illustration of the Analog Coffee building on 17th Ave

This local business, Analog emanates the energy of the community. On a summer day the seats fill with friendly faces enjoying the delicious coffee and scrumptious pastries while they chat with friends or working on their next screenplay. An illustration like this plays fun with the architecture while capturing the business identity. It could be used in marketing, product prints, or decoration.

Cartoon of Tornado Global Hydrovacs truck intended for use as a sticker.

A "truck caricature" made for Tornado Global Hydrovacs stickers.

That’s right, other things can be caricaturized like this work truck. Stickers are often used by construction companies or contractors as part of their brand identity, or given as promotional giveaways. I imagine some kid’s smile lighting up after receiving this sticker.

Okanagan Freestyle Fencing business cards with a caricature on them.

Promotional Caricature Design for Okanagan Freestyle Fencing

Matt enhanced his business cards, headshots and other promotional material up with a caricature. Displaying your face to perspective clients has always been a great way to start a personable relationship. With the light hearted humour of caricature you can show your personality, making you more approachable. Your business cards are just part of your brand identity, you can consider how to use caricatures and illustration in all your promotional marketing, advertising, online profile pictures, and branding.

Illustration of a brain path being created by a child riding a bike to explaining Neuroplasticity,

Medical presentation illustration for University of Calgary Research Doctor Cherie Kuo

The visual metaphor of a brain path being created by a child riding a bike was used in this conceptual illustration to demonstrate how physical exercise contributes to neuroplasticity; the ability of the brains neural network to change and grow. Abstract concepts can be hard to imagine and having an illustration can make the theory more relatable, understandable as well as offer a visual memory cue.

Shoe design with surfer created for Vans Custom Culture Contest

Shoe Design created for Vans Custom Culture Contest

One not so hidden secret about Rob is he loves to jump in the water and surf. So it’s only fitting that his fashionable design for the Vans Custom Culture Contest was a pair of shoes depicting a surfer catching a wave into the sunset. Rob has a good sense of 3 dimensions and can adapt illustrations to fit whatever clothing you can print on.

Graphic map of Calgary with spot illustrations of local landmarks

Spot illustrations for Wedding Map- (Graphic Design by Debra Silberman)

When out of town guests show up, you want to give them some sense of the town. Rob created graphic spot illustrations for recognizable city of Calgary landmarks for this map sent out with wedding invites. Illustrated maps also make great tourism maps to show all the happening places and spots of interest.

Stylized illustration of The Simmons building in East Village complete with custom wacky frame based on the architecture

The Simmons Building Illustration

Twisted lines and exaggerated proportions bring a sense of movement to the architecture of the Simmons Building, a landmark in East Village (Calgary). The sense of community spirit is incapsulated in this building, now home to businesses: Char Bar, Sidewalk Citizen, Phil & Sebastian and Ally Burger. A building illustration like this would be great decoration in a new restaurant or builders office. This piece was completed with a custom wacky frame inspired by the architecture of the wood beams over the patio.

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