I graduated from RMCAD in December '11 with a degree in Illustration. I've been on a few design based jobs here and there (not what I'm looking to be in but its money) my real goals are in sequential art and freelance editorial illustration.
Some of the artists I look up to currently are Christy Lijewski, Jason Levesque, Song Ji-hyung Esao Andrews and i'm currently diggin' on Drake Tsui's sequential work. I enjoy a variety of styles but i'd have to say my favorite right now is a more graphic, comic style that shows anatomical correctness and relies on line rather than shading to describe form.
Goals for the next 8 months after graduation: develop portfolio for my masters program, ACTUALLY post something on smackjeeves and get published with mangamagazine.net
I'm really not as intimidating as people seem to think!! so by all means drop me a line even if it's just to chat, or bounce some ideas around! Id love to hear from ya.