Creative Theory Podcast

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: