I'm Ris. I'm a non-binary visual communicator who likes to draw, design, animate, code, and eat. Most of the time, you'll likely find me doing a combination of the above.

I'm currently physically based in the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (so-called Vancouver, British Columbia). I'm a full time senior product designer at Inkblot Therapy, and a full time cat parent at home.

My pronouns are they/them (English), iel/il (French), 他 (Chinese).

Things I've worked on

I’ve designed and developed responsive, accessible interfaces for clients such as Alberta Health Services (AHS), Calgary Distress Centre, Wood’s Homes, TELUS Spark, ATB, and American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT).

I’ve created illustrations and icons for clients like Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Wood’s Homes, and Arts Commons. I'm a regular contributor as an illustrator to Big Kitty Magazine, a publication in Calgary that showcases and focuses on amplifying marginalized voices in local art, music, and culture. I have created a couple of short comics for Toad Hex Magazine 🐸.

I'm also interested in making art for video games - I created concept art and pixel art for a game called Velo Kitty with some friends! You can play Velo Kitty here 🐱

I painted a mural for the Calgary Community Fridge to create a welcoming space for a community initiated, mutual aid response to food insecurity in the city. I also painted a mural for Good Neighbour YYC, a local pay-what-you-can thrift store run by volunteers, and recently completed a mural called "Telling Our Stories" for the Bowness Is Awesome Mural Jam in the summer of 2021.

I'm currently serving as a Board Director for the Calgary Centre for Global Community, an organization empowering and engaging people in learning, dialogue and action to build individual and community capacity for change.

Work with me

I am currently closed for new projects. 🚫

Thanks for your interest! I'm always open to chat regarding illustration or design for community-centred, anti-oppression, environmental, and other social justice work. All of this work is subject to a sliding scale rate, in order to challenge classist and capitalistic structures in our current society. Email me i@imaginarybeasts.net

I will always reject any project proposals relating to: the alcohol industry (including beer/wine labels), oil and gas, crypto/nft.

View examples of my style, current, and previous work on my instagram, dribbble, and behance.

an animated drawing of Ris's face

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