A look at diversity in illustration

When I reflect on our international team of illustrators from the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, and here in Canada, I’m so proud of the multi-cultural perspective they bring to Anna Goodson Illustration Agency.

With illustration that expresses inclusive viewpoints, without discrimination based upon gender, religion, sexual preference, or size, they portray populations that reflect the multi-cultural diversity in Canada and throughout the world.

Real-life figures appear in illustrations that address social issues important to women, people of color, and nearly every marginalized group.

Inclusion is the subject of so much of the conceptual and social issues illustration our illustrators produce. Whether Chris Madden’s illustration of women raising a flag with the universal symbol for woman, or Laurianna Poirier’s group of plus-size women bathers, the topic is equality and acceptance of what makes each of us unique.

Marta Antelo’s illustration for, ‘Food Revolution Day” shows people of all colors sharing food.  Mai Ly Degnan’s classrooms are fully integrated; even the pets are a good mix of breeds.


Craigio Hopson has the rainbow flag covered. In his illustration of rainbow colors dripping from the fingertips of hands suspended above a rainbow, Hopson celebrates the rainbow, today’s symbol for gay equality.

With such a rich selection of illustration representing diversity, it’s hard to imagine a time when white men in business suits, and women shown merely as housewives, were the only characters in illustrated ads from the 50s and 60s.

Our world looks differently today and I can count on our illustrators to deliver relevant, up-to-date content that reflects the world as it is.

Illustration/Laura Pérez