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Mock-up of a stamp for Black HIstory Month. Portrait of Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to visit Canada in the early 1600s. He was a free African employed as a translator by French traders and explorers.

Sue Todd Illustration

Black History

Historical portrait of Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to visit Canada in the early 1600s. He was a free African employed as a translator by French traders and explorers. Commissioned by Andrew Perro Design as a mockup stamp for Canada Post.

© Sue Todd

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Tomson Highway’s musical cabaret is now a picture book published by Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside. The story of a wingless little mosquito from Manitoba is a great way to introduce students to the joys of staging a musical production. 72 pages of hand-carved linocut illustrations with digital color.

© Sue Todd

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Tomson Highway’s musical cabaret is now a picture book published by Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside. The story of a wingless little mosquito from Manitoba is a great way to introduce students to the joys of staging a musical production. 72 pages of hand-carved linocut illustrations with digital color.

© Sue Todd

2015 Waterloo Busker Carnival

Hand-carved linocut art appears on t-shirts, posters and other promotional material advertising the festival of street performers.

© Sue Todd

Kids HealthMobile

Bus wrap for Kids Mobile Health Clinic, commissioned by Banner Health, Phoenix.

© Sue Todd

Map of North America

Amenities map of convention cities in the United States commissioned for the cover of Executive Update magazine. Hand carved linocut art with digital color.

© Sue Todd

2014 Waterloo Busker Carnival

Hand-carved linocut art appears on t-shirts, posters and other promotional material advertising the festival of street performers.

© Sue Todd

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription

Cover of spiritual book by Deepak Chopra. Image of sun, hand-carved linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Steam! Taming the River Monster

Illustration from a play about Robert Fulton's first steamship voyage down the Hudson River. Hand-carved linocut art with digital color, commissioned by Dinardo Design.

© Sue Todd

Benjamin Franklin

Linocut illustration of Ben Franklin at his writing desk, published in Weekly Reader magazine.

© Sue Todd

The High Priestess

Birthday image for Marianne Carus, founder of Carus Publishing, now Cricket Media. Hand-carved linocut art is based on the High Priestess tarot card.

© Sue Todd

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Hand-carved linocut illustration of a children's choir depicting the African American poem by James Weldon Johnson. Art is colored digitally.

© Sue Todd

Napoleon and Josephine

Sample illustration from graphic novel biography of Josephine Bonaparte. Work in progress. Hand carved linocut illustration with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Lion and Lamb

Prototype greeting card for Catholic greeting card company. Linocut art with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Cajun Wedding

TV commercial for Kia cars. Hand-carved lino-cut with digital color. Cajun wedding scene with decorative border.

© Sue Todd

One Last Wish

Illustration from the educational picture book, One Last Wish, an Indian folktale published by Red Chair Press. Linocut art commissioned by Dinardo Design.

© Sue Todd

Happy Elephant

Happy elephant from an African folktale, carved in linoleum and colored in Photoshop.

© Sue Todd

Steampunk Steam

Cover "Opportunity Enfield" magazine. Commissioned by 3Fox International, UK. Story about steam power with a steampunk theme.

© Sue Todd

Medieval Angel

Linocut illustration of a medieval style angel. Hand-carved with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Little Half Chick

Linocut illustration from children's educational picture book, Medio Pollito, a Mexican folktale published by The Child's World.

© Sue Todd

Mira and the Big Story

Hand-carved linocut illustration with digital color excerpted from the children's picture book, Mira and the Big Story. Scene of young girl in a tree observing the neighbouring community. Written by Laura Alary, published by Skinner House Books.

© Sue Todd

Anansi the Spider

An African trickster folktale commissioned by Symmetry Design. Hand-carved linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

The Swan Prince

Fairytale with knights and a princess based on the story of the swan prince. Hand-carved linocut with digital color, commissioned by Shubrook Bros. UK.

© Sue Todd

The North Wind and the Sun

Scene from the picture book of Aesop's fable, The North Wind and the Sun, published by Scholastic Canada. Linocut illustration with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Stealling Sun

First Nations animal legend published in My Way 2 by Forlag Malling Beck, Denmark. Linocut with digital colour.

© Sue Todd

Palm Sunday

Linocut illustration depicting the Palm Sunday story of Jesus' entry to Jerusalem. Cover and inside spread of The Little Lutheran/The Little Christian magazines.

© Sue Todd

See, Speak, Hear No Evil

Editorial illustration for corporate story. Linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Urban Map

Amenities map of Ward 15, a Toronto neighbourhood. Linocut with digital color and hand lettering. Commissioned by Ward 15 City councillor, Josh Colle.

© Sue Todd

The Complete Screech Owls Volume 4

Wrap around book cover for young adult mystery series published by McClelland & Stewart. One of five covers in the series, all hand-carved linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Animal Icons

Spot illustrations from First Nations legend, Stealing Sun. Published in educational collection, My Way 2 by Forlag Malling Beck, Denmark. Linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Trojan Horse

Full page in Business Law Today magazine, published by The American Bar Association. Illustrating the a story about retail points cards. Linocut with digital color.

© Sue Todd

Baker

Black and white illustration for Walmart bread bag. Hand carved linocut.

© Sue Todd

Jack Rabbit

One of 12 animal illustrations appearing in the 2015 Weather Guide Calendar published by Andrews McMeel/Accord. Linocut art commissioned by Jennifer Barry Design.

© Sue Todd

Praying Lukes's Stories

Full page illustration for St. Anthony Messenger magazine, published by Franciscan Media. Biblical legend depicts Zacchaeus hugging a sycamore tree.

© Sue Todd

Sky Woman

Linocut illustration depicting the first nations creation story of Sky Woman.

© Sue Todd

Profit Picture

Black and white spot art for the Wall Street Journal. Hand carved linocut.

© Sue Todd

Fractured Fairytale

Full page illustrating the story, Skin Deep, a fairytale published by Weekly Reader magazine.

© Sue Todd

Tattooed Lady

Linocut art with digital color. Personal work.

© Sue Todd

The Geek

Linocut art with digital color. Personal work.

© Sue Todd

Tattooed Man

Linocut art with digital color. Self-promotional.

© Sue Todd

Biography

Sue Todd is a Toronto based illustrator living in two worlds, the analog and the digital. Sue has literally carved out a niche with her lino-cut technique which she then colors digitally, thus enjoying a variety of activities to fire her passion for problem solving with imagery. Among Sue’s influences are medieval woodcuts, the art of Jim Flora, and the woodcuts of Frans Masereel and Jose Francisco Borges. Sue’s colorful art has appeared in books, magazines, posters, t-shirts, a TV commercial and on a bus. Her client list includes Barnes and Noble, Crown Publishing, Pearson Education, Klutz Press, Andrews McMeel Accord, The Wall Street Journal, the American Bar Association, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Walmart Canada and more. Sue is exploring the world of children’s publishing by writing and illustrating her own stories, presently works in progress. For relaxation, Sue paints oil portraits, both analog and digital. Sue is an associate of the Ontario College of Art, now OCADU.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Black & White, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Scratchboard, Stylized, Type Design, Woodcut, Whimsical, Concept Art

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Animals, Book Covers, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Fantasy, Food, Greeting Cards, Health, Historical, Icons, Industrial, Landscape, Maps, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Religious, Romance, Science, Scientific, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Ethnic, Environmental, Financial, Urban