“A Day in the Life” with graphic designer and illustrator Stephen Yeates.


Born in Toronto, Stephen Yeates developed an interest in drawing and cartography from an early age. He studied geography at the University of Toronto, which led to a sixteen-year career teaching high school geography in Ottawa. Here he discovered a passion for cycle touring, leading student trips and traveling the world on long tours during his summer break. During a tour along the California coast, he discovered Mendocino and returned there in 1977 for a two-week painting course. This journey eventually led to a career turning point in 1987, when he sold everything and returned to Toronto to study interior design at Ryerson University. After graduating, he worked in film and television during the 1990-91 recession, for shows like The Kids in The Hall. With additional training, he has been moving towards graphic design and illustration for twenty-five years. He has lived in Toronto for twenty-five years with his partner, Jeffrey Douglas, working as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator, designing book covers, instructional and technical illustrations, editorial commissions, infographics and art.

A sketch by Inktober
Stephen Yeates
Book cover. The swan was a witness
Command - Andy
command - egyptian cat -
Commission – Egyptian Cat –
Meet Dash - book cover design and illustration
Meet Dash – book cover design and illustration
Parliament Street from my sketchbook
Parliament Street from my sketchbook
Personal Christmas card
Personal Christmas card
Stephen Yeates
To Ottawa and back – My favorite way to travel
Stephen Yeates
Zoom Spin Course


What neighborhood are you in?

I live in Cabbagetown.

What are you doing?

I do freelance illustration and graphic design, semi-retired but I do commissions when asked. I am also a certified Spin Instructor, now running Spin on Zoom for winter training for riders registered for the annual Friends For Life Bike Rally in Montreal. And when life returns to normal, I’ll go back to leading tours and doing graphic work for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on a few illustration commissions and spending more time drawing and developing my art with traditional media after working in digital for the last twenty-five years – with a nice push from Inktober .

Where can we find your work?

My website and I have a page at CAPIC.org


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