The Secret

Robert John Paterson

This 11 x 14 in inspirational print is beautifully created by Robert John Paterson, a graphic designer and illustrator from Toronto, Canada. Each print is silkscreened by hand with rich paint on thick white cover stock.

Robert’s unique take on this print is layered with complementing design elements and narration. Though it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the scale of a new project, get started by breaking it down into small steps and you’ll be on your way in no time.

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The Message

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started is a quote attributed to the likes of Mark Twain and Agatha Christie.

Many people think there’s a trick to achieving success or that it’s simply a stroke of luck, but the secret to accomplishing a new project or launching a new business is simply starting and not dwelling on the final result.

The Artist

Robert John Paterson is a graphic designer and illustrator from Toronto, Canada. Robert credits old movie posters as his source of inspiration for his illustration style, and layers his pieces with bright colours, classic fonts and halftone textures for that vintage feel. Robert graduated from OCAD University this past Spring after working in advertising for several years and currently works freelance alongside his personal creative projects.


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