Creative Theory Podcast

Episode 20 - Priscilla Yu

Priscilla and Ilya talk about her year away in Harrison Hot Springs, building a website, tackling large murals, development of style, family influence on self and artist path, freelance lifestyle, Priscilla's ambitions and a lot more.

Priscilla Yu is an artist, illustrator, and muralist. Currently based in Vancouver, her colourfully painted worlds dwell in a strange gravity, where the rules of physics are stretched and the inhabitants are adorned with elaborate clothing and large open windows for eyes. 

Find out more about Priscilla and her work here:


Episode 19 - Zoë Pawlak

Zoë and Ilya talk about being engaged with the local art scene, importance of process, time management, Zoë's recent bronze sculpture and her collaboration practice, her process, being sober and a lot more.

Zoë Pawlak is a contemporary, Canadian, artist and designer, working with private clients, interior designers, and brands. She is an active participant in the Canadian creative community and has made a significant contribution toward supporting and promoting female entrepreneurship. 

Zoë’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Interior Design Magazine,  Design Milk, and Domino Mag. Zoë has worked with The Property Brothers, Love It or List It, Lululemon, and Playboy. She is represented in New York by Uprise Art. Zoë's paintings are in the private collections of Cobie Smulders, Cristina and Trevor Linden, and Club Monaco.

Find more about Zoë here:


Episode 18 - Jake Collinge

Jake and Ilya talk about Jake's path in the animation industry, being versatile, creating morally meaningful art, definition of entertainment industry art, making an impact on the world through one’s work and a lot more.

Jake Collinge is an illustrator and entertainment artist living in Vancouver, Canada who has work experience as a Concept Artist/Designer in feature film, animated TV, and games. Member of humble drawing club and supporter of art scene who is also fluent with Maya pipelines for 3D mechanical and set design.

Find out more about Jake and his work here:


Episode 17 - Amory Abbott

Amory and Ilya talk about balancing work schedules, charcoal as a main medium, value of process and planning, post graduate education, teaching, metal music and its connection to art, and lots more.

Amory Abbot is a visual artist living in Vancouver, BC who currently teaches at Emily Carr university, and is represented by Russo Lee Gallery in Portland.

Find out more about Amory and his work here:

Find Amory work at Art Breakers Market in Vancouver, BC this September 22 - 23:

Episode 16 - Laura Bifano and Tessa Riecken

Two of the four founders of Art Breakers Illustration Society - Laura Bifano and Tessa Riecken, joined me in studio to talk about the upcoming Art Breakers event, how it got started, the community it is creating, its value and what the future goals are. We also spend some time talking about Tessa's and Laura's art practices, their approach to art and separation between personal and professional work.

Find out more about Art Breakers here:
Don't miss out on the event happening on September 22nd and 23rd.

Tessa Riecken is traditionally trained painter who currently works at Titmouse as a character designer while doing a lot of illustration during her free time.
Find Tessa at and @wereville

Laura  Bifano graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008,  and now splits her time between freelancing, fine art, and working on animated shows and feature films. Laura has an art show - Altars, coming up at Kafka's on September 13th.
Find Laura at and @bifanoland

Episode 15 - Aaron White

Aaron and Ilya talk about value of life drawing, traditional medium in the digital education, ways to select schools, value of art community, working in video game industry and lots more.

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Episode 14 - Benjamin T Stone

Benjamin and Ilya talk about technical education, Benjamin's interest in vintage and old-fashioned subject matter, taking inspiration from past pursuits, the way he builts up his illustrations and lots more.

You can find Benjamin's work here:


Episode 13 - Andrew Domachowski

Andrew and Ilya talk about life balance, Andrew's journey to his art career and what's to come next, studying from masters, the value and difficulty of design, teaching and lots more.

Find Andrew on social media and at @andrewdoma

Episode 12 - Eric Pautz

Eric and Ilya talk about tools to improve image making, working in the motion graphic industry, Giant Ant culture, Eric's journey from Brazil to Canada, finding one's voice, keeping up with personal projects and lots more. 

Eric Pautz is a Brazilian Art Director and concept artist living in Vancouver, Canada, currently working as Art Director at Giant Ant.

You can find Eric at @epautz on most social media platforms.

Episode 11 - Michael Mateyko

Michael and Ilya talk about studying in Calgary, the value of intensive education, finding freelance work, understanding your own style and voice, various ways of making a living as an artist and lots more.

Michael Mateyko designs for print while maintaining an active illustration practice. His freelance work includes branding, promotional pieces, editorial, and publication design.

Find his work at:

Check out his solo art show this June 15th at James Black gallery at 7pm.


Episode 10 - Aimée Henny Brown and Tristesse Seeliger

Aimée, Tristesse and Ilya talk about defining yourself within an art style, what it take to make great collage work, their upcoming art show - In Situ, challenges and benefits of being an art teacher, what it means to be a professional artist and lots more.

Aimée Henny Brown is a project-based artist working with printed matter in flat, sculptural, and performative manners. She is also a non-regular faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and her archives, research and printed matter aim to place historical content within her contemporary visual art practice.
Find Aimée at:

Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver mixed media artist primarily working with painting and collage. Her art focuses on geometry, territories, perception and cartograph,y and stylistically her work is part abstractions part designed objects that’s aim to create a conversation of alternate modes of perceiving land and space.
Find Tristesse at:

Art Show - IN SITU – Aimée Henny Brown, Julia Kreutz, Jessie McNeil and Tristesse Seeliger
JUNE 2 - JULY 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 3pm | Artist Talk: Saturday, June 16, 3pm

Episode 09 - Scott Sueme

Scott Sueme is an abstract artist and painter from Vancouver BC. While he is most known for creating paintings and exhibiting artworks, he also specializes in custom installation painting, mural and graphics.

Scott and Ilya talked about the world of graffiti, evolving as an artist through various styles, pricing and naming artwork, Scott's previous bodies of work and the upcoming Home Work solo show, and lots more.

Check out Scott's show - Home Work on May 11th, 2018 at Kimoto gallery:

Learn more about Scott here:


Episode 08 - Tierney Milne

Tierney Milne is a Montreal-born designer and artist currently living in Vancouver. Her studies in Psychology (BA, UBC) and lllustration/Design (IDEA Program, CapU)  inspire her to breakdown the complexities of our inner and outer landscapes and recombine them in colourful and unique ways. She loves to use experiential or tactile elements in her work, and often plays with unusual materials to experiment and bring a concept to life. When not doing commercial pieces, Tierney pursues her own artwork, mural, and stop-motion animation projects. 

Tierney and Ilya talk about working on murals, value of experimentation in the artistic pursuit, playfulness and finding ways to contiune learning, transition from full-time to freelance work life style, and a lot more.

Find Tierney here:

Episode 07 - Matt Boismier

Matt Boismier is an Art Director, character designer, and fine artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. You can find him at @tooninator on Instagram and see more of his work here:

Matt and Ilya talk about the amount of effort it takes to achieve your dream career, obstacles and attitude towards failure, doing freelance work while traveling, future pursuits and lots more. 


Episode 06 - Tara Williamson

Tara Williamson is an illustrator, designer, and fine artist from Vancouver, BC who currently works at Atomic Cartoons. 

Tara and Ilya talked about the benefits and pitfalls of pursuing many types of artistic expressions, working towards an Art Director position, travel, being a woman in animation industry, finding fulfilment in traditional mediums and a lot more. 

You can find her work here:

Look out for Tara's work and many other artists coming up this September at Art Breakers Market (

Episode 05 - Will Phillips

Will Phillips is an illustrator, 3D generalist working on VR games, and a fine artists who has an upcoming first solo show at Slice of Life Gallery and Studio on March 15th, 2018.

Will and Ilya talk about working in video game industry, the future and possibilities of VR, differences between large and small studios, how to approach a consistent body of work, learning from the people we aspire to and a lot more. 

Find Will Phillips on Instagram - @sketchbork , and look for a podcast he is also involved in called - Engaged Citizen X.

Episode 03 - Peter Ricq

Peter and Ilya talk about balancing numerous artistic avenues, ambition, pursuing large projects, what it took to become a movie director, and a lot more.

Peter Ricq is an award-winning creative force. Besides his work as a Visual Artist, he is also a, Television Producer, Writer, Art Director, Designer, Music Composer and Performer with Humans and Gang Signs, he created a graphic novel - Once Our Land, a feature doc - Come Together, and recently had his directing debut with dark comedy/horror movie - Deadshack.

Find Peter here:


Episode 02 - Yousuf Mapara

Yousuf and Ilya talk about how various aspects of life tie into artistic pursuit, balancing your time, finding a way towards a clear vision within your art, making video games and a lot more. 

Yousuf Mapara is an Art Director, animator, martial artist, creator of Secret Ponchos. He has been involved in the video game industry for over 19 years, 15 of which he has been in a position of Art Director and Creative Director with a passion for constructing impactful moments and experiences for game audiences. 


Episode 01 - José Arias

José and Ilya talk about speed painting, balancing your style versus what is demanded of you in a work scenario, contemporary art, education, studying, art culture of Mexico City, and more.

José Arias was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. At the age of 18, he moved to Vancouver, B.C. along with his family, to have a better life and pursue a career in the animation and production for film and games industry as a concept artist and designer.

Bonus episode with José:

Find José and his work here: