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Wednesday, June 21, 2006



Born Feb. 19, 1960,
Ottawa Ontario Canada


Cartoonist, Caricaturist, Illustrator, Character Designer, Painter, Instructor

Bio Summary

Early Life/Family

First generation Canadian born to British parents. Raised in the suburbs of Ottawa across from wide open fields and stream, perfect area for any kid to grow up in.


No formal training. Self taught from studying various cartoonists.

Career Outline

Following school, freelanced as a cartoonist including regular work for newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen from 1978 to 1984. Moved to Toronto in 1984 to work for Disney Canada Consumer Products, illustrating Disney characters for various merchandise. Relocated to Florida in 1990 to work for Walt Disney World Marketing Art Department, illustrating characters for park merchandise, resorts and advertising paraphernalia. Moved back to Canada in 1994, settling in Mississauga Ontario, where he still resides, continuing to freelance for Disney and other clients, having illustrated over 50 licensed children's books and much Disney Store merchandise. Also teaching at Sheridan College in Oakville, as 2nd Year Character Design Instructor in BAA Animation program since 2005.

Comments On Style

Pete Emslie's style is a synthesis of his greatest influences: Walt Disney cartoons, Walt Kelly's "Pogo", caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, 1960s culture, and his observations from real life. Pete can make any subject look appealing.



Being a student of Pete's, I was highly impressed by his moral skill. Pete has mastered a very delicate balance, he is both a man of principles, and a people person. Pete often voices his sincere opinion, in a helpful and socially-intelligent way. He is highly personable, his dedication of time, talent, attention and care to his students is extremely high. I could always come to Pete for a good critique, advice, fun chat, and even a character voice recording session. Pete is always happy to contribute his talent.


Pete's caricatures are highly popular anywhere he sets foot, at Sheridan college, the desks of students and faculty are almost always decorated by them.




Related Links

Pete Emslie's blog:
Pete Emslie's website:
Video: Cartoon Caveman at work:

Bibliographic References

Straight from the horse's mouth.

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Pete Emslie
Amir Avni


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