I was first introduced to Canadian Illustrator/Designer Paul Ainsworth when I contributed to Kevin Burke’s upcoming film “Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six“. Ainsworth designed a poster which will be given as a Kickstarter “award” for monetary contributions received to help fund the film. Anywho, I check out Paul’s website and was pleasantly surprised by the illustrations found there. Ainsworth’s linework, sense of color, and overall compositions are full of energy, and one can tell that he has a very well-honed sense of design.
Here’s a little about Paul from his Website: “My name is Paul Ainsworth and I am a bilingual Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario and I currently live and work in Southern Ontario.
In 2001 I graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design where I majored in Illustration in the Communication & Design Department. Since then, I have continued to broaden my experience through OCAD by exploring a number of courses in their Advertising Department.
Since the summer of 2012, I have been working as a freelance designer and Illustrator doing large projects through contract with Taxi Canada Ltd., Sid Lee Advertising, Bruce Mau Design and a number of other collaborators. The experience of not only doing work for clients such as Bud Light, Kraft, Unilever and a number of other projects have made a significant mark on my work ethics, my creativity as well as how I collaborate with others. With that in mind I have been collaborating efforts as well on a number of projects for the Country Music Festival Boots & Hearts. Four years prior to this, I have worked as a Designer in a well-known Advertising and Communications firm. The majority of our clients are Fortune 500 companies in the Pharmaceutical Industry, including GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Allergan, and Lilly.
I enjoy my freelance work for the exposure that it gives me to other industries such as music, film, fashion, and television. I have also been creating poster art for a number of galleries around Canada and the United States. I am also in the early stages of creating a small independent clothing line. These experiences have given me a better understanding of my client’s needs, the significance of deadlines, and the overall delivery process from landing a contract to handing over the final product.
I have collaborated with Tony Hawk Clothing Company, Warner Music Group, the National Hockey League and Craig Kielburger’s charity organization Free The Children.
On a more personal side, I’m also a seasoned (out of shape) hockey player, a mediocre guitar player, a husband and a dad to a beautiful little girl.
I am always available to discuss work opportunities, freelance possibilities, and the Leafs’ quest for the Cup (or lack thereof).”
I’ve started to follow Paul Ainsworth on Instagram as well as Facebook, and am excited to see what new designs he has coming up. His “Flight of The Navigator” poster is on my short-list of posters to acquire in the near-future.