It is with great sadness that I dedicate this post to Ian Ross, a student in last year's Comics & Graphic Novels program, who passed away in August. I had the pleasure of working with him and getting to know him as his teacher. He entered as a mature student at the age of 54, and worked really hard to complete the program. The artwork above is the last assignment he handed in to my class. I told him that everything, including the composition, colour, design and text, made the image work so well, and that the stye was wonderfully raw and sophisticated at the same time. It would make a great book cover or album jacket for a band called... The Innocent!
Ian worked diligently on every project he did and accomplished a lot in this last year, even though he had difficulty at times... but he persevered to the end. His future plans with his new found skills included returning to Quebec to write and draw a biography of his father, which would've been wonderful. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.