Jacqui Oakley was born and currently lives in Canada, but spent her formative years watching BBC reruns and animé in Bahrain, England, Zambia, and Libya. Her illustration work has included editorial, advertising, and book projects for clients like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, L.A. Weekly, National Geographic, The Financial Times (UK), Amazon, AOL and more. Her paintings have been exhibited in Toronto, L.A., San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego and Shanghai and she’s pleased to have won awards from Applied Arts Magazine, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and American Illustration. Jacqui teaches in the illustration program at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) in Toronto & lives in Hamilton with her husband, designer Jamie Lawson.
Three of the six book cover illustrations & hand-lettering for the beloved L.M. Montgomery Anne series, published by Sourcebooks.
Beautiful Day – Book Cover Art
Client: Penguin Books (UK)
Illustrated book cover and hand-lettering for Kate Anthony’s book Beautiful Day published by Penguin Books (UK) showing a tree conveying the four seasons. Art directed by Lee Motley.
Breaking Bad’s Walter White "The Role of Mediocrity in Graphic Design"
Client: Print Regional Design Annual 2013
A portrait of the character Walter White from the TV show Breaking Bad to compliment an article, "The Role of Mediocrity in Graphic Design” written by Steven Heller. In the article Heller mentions how Walter Jr's poster in Breaking Bad, "... wasn’t great. It was just, well, ordinary – and that is the definition of mediocre." So here we have our teacher Walter White critiquing the mediocre design of our present day world. Art Direction by Ronson Slagle.
Client: Dos Art Show (Toronto, 2013)
A painting for the Dos art show focusing on Día de los Muertos put on by the Toronto restaurant La Carnita. Carnitas, literally "little meats," is a dish of Mexican cuisine and for the adventurous, can also be used as a unique hair style.
Detroit Home Design Awards
Client: Detroit Home Magazine
Hand-lettering illustrations for the 2014 Detroit Home Design Awards publication introducing each section of the magazine, Interiors, Exteriors, Homes and Details.
A Leaner, Greener Detroit?
Client: Detroit Hour Magazine
Cover for the Detroit Hour Magazine inspired by the Farmer's Almanac, garden gnomes, gardening, topiary and plants. Art directed by Cassidy Zobl.
King Kong Mural
Client: Agenda NYC Trade Show / Basecamp / Flexfit
Three of the eight portraits that were reproduced 5ft high by the sign painter, Jow Swec on the wall on Austen’s La Zona Mural for Pgi. Lettering by Simon Walker.
Client: The band Two Crown King
Lion cover painting for the band Two Crown King EP with the design by Jamie Lawson from Poly.
Client: Wordpress / Automattic
Holiday card & wallpaper download for Wordpress (Automattic), art directed by Dave Whitley. Go to Wordpress for a free wallpaper download & the new 'Shine-On' template.
The Love You Make
Client: Help Ink
Help Ink is a collaborative project, using the sale of premium and exclusive art to help charitable organizations and individuals around the world. For this project Jacqui painted the famous Beatles quote from Abbey Road’s The End.