Category Archives: Packaging

Tea Towels!


I’m really putting my little half-pint milk bottle illustrations to work! These vintage-feeling hand-sewn tea towels, spelling out MILK three times are now available in my Etsy shop. I photographed these on a little outing to Guildwood Park in Toronto.

Lait is French, for milk

Lait is French, for milk

Available in French and English, from my Etsy shop.


Silver Milk Bottle Print


Love those carnival milk bottle props!

I’ve always loved old milk bottles, have a few lying around my studio. It was about time I drew some! A few posts back I showed the milk bottle art I created for rcboisjoli’s cheese platter, and now I have released my own milk bottle print – in shiny reflective silver! and a very deep dark blue ink (almost black!). Looks nice in this old barn board frame, no? More milk bottle themed work to come! Stay tuned.

Several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print

Looks easy here, but several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print

Visit my Etsy Store for more photos.

Matthew Barber’s BIG ROMANCE



Matthew Barber releases


At the Dakota Tavern

249 Ossington Avenue
Tuesday June 3rd at 7:00 pm

Get your tickets here
$15 at the door

matthew barber big romance exterior -- ianphillipsillustration

Looking for inspiration for an album cover, Matthew Barber was looking at my nurse romance post on my blog and gave me a call.


matthew barber big romance interior -- ianphillipsillustration

This past January he recorded a number of songs about love for a new album and thought it might be fun to have a cover that celebrated the vintage romance genre.


I have to thank my friend Katherine in Melbourne for the vintage romance comics that she sent me a while back… They came in very handy as reference material when drawing all the embracing couples that appear throughout the CD packaging. I filled up almost an entire fifty-page sketchbook of drawings and finally selected seven favourites to appear throughout the packaging.


It was a pleasure to work with Matthew once again. You can listen to clips and buy his music here.

Tin Can Love

Sweet Corn!

Sweet Corn with matching corn pattern in the background

I love drawing tin cans and I love drawing food. Here are a few tinned food labels I designed:


An editorial illustration for a story about food distribution

Stacked tins from a series of illustrations I did for a food distribution editorial

My much coveted metallic silver tin can silk screen print shines just as bright as the real thing and it won’t clutter up your entire kitchen. Available from my Etsy shop:




Badger’s Brew! at One of a Kind


One of A Kind starts today!

Another collaboration between myself and rcboisjoli! These silk-screened beer label inspired decals decorate beautiful rcboisjoli porcelain bottles and are available at The One of a Kind Show, November 28th to December 8th, at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place.

Come visit booth i23!

I must have drawn 100 Badgers!

I must have drawn 100 unique Badgers before settling on just one!

If there are any left, I will bring some to the NOOK Sock it to ’Em Holiday Sale!


Steven Taetz Launch at the Dakota


Designed this album cover for Steven Taetz. Photography is by Matt Barnes.


This was a nice project to work on and it was a pleasure working with Steven. It’s a very exciting direction he’s taking with his work and I congratulate him!


The CD launch party is Wednesday Sept 25th, 7–9pm, at The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington, just north of Dundas St.


You can see and hear Steven perform some of the music appearing on this album here.

More details at the Facebook event page.

Anchors Aweigh!

Something I worked on recently with rcboisjoli, available here.





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