We’re thrilled for the opening of our new outpost in Ottawa (at Hudson’s Bay Rideau Street). To mark the occasion, we partnered with super talented Ontario-based illustrator Paul Dotey to create a Neighborhood Map of Ottawa. Paul has been working in Canadian design for over ten years creating books, maps and illustrations for numerous companies. He also has a mini-shop on his site where he posts hand silk-screened prints for sale.
We caught up with Paul in the east end of Toronto at one of his favourite spots, Riverdale Park to discuss his process, productivity, art + more.
Describe your process when starting a new project/piece. What materials do you typically use and where do you source inspiration?
I always start my projects with a pencil or brush. I can’t rely on my computer when my ideas are still soft in my head. For inspiration, I try to source my own ideas - doodled bits in my sketchbook, colour palettes that excite me; anything that’s been knocking around my head for a while that I haven’t been able to put to use.
When did creating art become important to you?
There were always art supplies in my house growing up; art wasn’t a pastime, it was something my family always did for a living. So I don’t know when art became important, it was just normal.
When are you most productive?
I’m most productive when I can turn off all the noise around me and hunker down in my studio; in other words, not as often as I’d like.
Tell us about your favourite memory visiting our nation’s capital?
When I was probably twelve my family went for a weekend in the winter - we skated on the Rideau Canal, ate a beaver tail, but what I remember the most was staying at the Westin downtown. It was the fanciest place I’d ever been in and I felt like a big shot.
What are you currently obsessed with?
Current music obsessions are Sia and John Newman. Design-wise, I’m really curious about risograph printing; it’s like high-end photocopying and I’m hoping it’s going to be my next big thing…. oh, and the new Adidas C-10 hi-tops. They’re gorgeous.
Any last words?
Last words? Buy more Canadian art!!
Shop our Neighbourhoods of Ottawa Map collection here.