Uppercase is a creative industries magazine, specifically illustration and design, and produced independently by Canadian illustrator, Janine Vangool . Worklife 1 and 2 are ostensibly ‘Directories’, featuring the current top illustrators and designers, and were created to promote artists and designers, and are sent out to a shortlist of international agencies (though purchasable from their online shop). It’s a submission and approval process to gain space in the directory.
Each artist has a two page spread. One piece of artwork is the main feature, with smaller images, of either artwork or pictures of the artists, and/or favourite things and pets etc, supporting their interview. Worklife 2 is the ‘International’ edition. It’s roughly A5 in size, beautifully laid out and composed, well printed, features fabulous illustrators and designers, and displays not only a good cross section of style and medium, but also age range and experience. I could wish for more international artists, as it is still weighted towards Canada and the US, but you can’t have everything can you. It’s not prohibitively expensive, shipping is the ongoing rate. If you love looking at classy and clever illustration, then grab a copy.
Oh, and I had to include this cartoon by UK illustrator (included in Worklife II) Gemma Correll, as it made me laugh, and just about sums it all up really for many of us. 🙂