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1. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Dan Brereton

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Dan Brereton broke into the comics scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s with books like The Black Terror from Eclipse, and The Psycho from DC Comics. His distinct painted art style stood out among the other comics being published at that time. In 1995 Brereton introduced his creator-owned series The Nocturnals to the world. The Nocturnals is a pulp style horror series about a bunch of supernatural crime fighters, starring a cast of colorful characters like Doc Horror, his daughter Evening AKA Halloween Girl, Firelion(a revived victim of spontaneous human combustion), and many, many more.

The Nocturnals are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a special KickStarter campaign for their next graphic novel The Sinister Path. There’s less than 2 days left as I write this, so hurry over there, if you’re interested.

Other works of note by Dan Brereton are Giantkiller, Batman: Thrillkiller, Legends of the World’s Finest, and The Last Battle, just to name a few.

Brereton has been nominated for 5 Eisner Awards, and has won an Inkpot Award.

You can keep up with the latest Dan Brereton news, and browse more artwork on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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2. Hand lettering Artist :: Linzie Hunter

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UK based artist Linzie Hunter’s typographic illustrations are so fun to look at! Her bright and playful work often has a vintage flair, and she mixes unique type styles with color and pattern to create whimsical pieces from often complicated, text-heavy content. Linzie’s started 2015 with a very cool personal project—she’s been accepting new years resolution submissions from folks around the internet and illustrating one per day throughout the month of January. The full series can bee seen on her website, Twitter, and Instagram.

Linzie’s work can be seen on book covers, magazines, and in ad campaigns, and clients include Time magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Hallmark, Nike, VH1, Gillette, The BBC,Penguin Random House, and Chronicle Books. Her work has also been featured in Communication Arts, 3×3, and How magazine.

 

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3. Illustrator :: Tiago Americo

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Tiago Americo is a Brazilian illustrator based in Canada. His illustrations have a quirky, vintage feel with a contemporary twist. Americo’s illustrations are created digitally and are inspired by his upbringing in Brazil, 50s and 60s pop culture and Scandinavian design.
You can see more of his work here | Portfolio

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4. How being with the right kind of people can make your creativity grow.

 

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Being a creative at times can be hard, whether you love to scribble, paint, take a picture, shape clay and more all you know is you’re passionate about what you do. No one said it was going to be an easy path to follow when you start out, taking each day as it comes trying to direct your creativity in so many ways for opportunities to come your way.

Although there is that one bump in the road we all come across countless times called the “pennyless art believers”. Many of us have no doubt been there and got the t-shirt when we’re asked “What do you want to do as a career?”.

With a huge cheesy grin and sketchbook in hand we enthusiastically reply… “I want to be an illustrator” or fine artist , ceramic designer or any other type of creative professional. Its then that you suddenly see the person cringe with the assumption you’re going to struggle to make it as a creative. Yes its easy for others people to assume in the comfort of their everyday job that you’ll be a pennyless artist.

However if you’re wise about how you do things you can achieve great things , avoiding the assumption of being a pennyless artist drawing doodles for macaroons and a starbucks ( or is that just me?). If you encounter people with a negative view of your career path , don’t let that upset you and take this advice:

 

“Be around the right kind of people who will help your creativity grow and who believe in what you doBelieve in yourself and the right people will support you on your journey to do and achieve great things”.

Image is by Leah Bergman and you can find out more about her work here.

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5. Laura Slater

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Laura Slater is a pattern and textile designer based in West Yorkshire, where she runs her own studio. Her work is largely inspired by Danish design and is a superb combination of shape and texture which unite to create intriguing abstract interpretations of nature. Laura hand prints each piece in her collection onto lampshades, pillow covers, dish towels, aprons and paper products. Laura’s work is a true testament to the idea that simple shapes, textures and a limited color palette can make some truly impactful imagery.

You can check out Laura’s work on her website, or follow along with her process and inspiration on twitter. She recently posted this video about her process; it’s a really interesting peek into her world and inspiration!

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Written by Bryna Shields.

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6. Kredo – The Creative Network for Artists

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Format expands its online portfolio offering with the release of Kredo, a free iPad portfolio app that enables creatives including photographers, designers, illustrators and artists to present their work professionally, both in person and online. Improving upon the traditional printed portfolio, users of Kredo can share their retina-quality, high resolution portfolios online by email, social media, or within the in-app Discover Network.”

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7. PASSION by Lia

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Submitted by Lia for the Illustration Friday topic PASSION.

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8. a print designer named Aless Baylis

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Aless has just set up her own studio label called ‘This is gold’. Based in London, she is available for freelance surface pattern, illustration and childrenswear graphics. I love her characters…

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See her New Website

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9. Jenni Desmond: delightful characters, striking atmospheres

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Jenni Desmond is a London-based illustrator who combines wet washed backgrounds with cut and collaged textures to create whimsical characters within evocative settings. Her technique has been used to great effect in her four published children’s books; two more—The Blue Whale and The First Slodge—are due out in spring 2015. In addition to books, Desmond’s work can be found on a range of textiles and stationary as well as adorning maps at the National Portrait Gallery.

Check out more work on Jenni Desmond’s website »

 

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10. Emma Rios

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Emma Rios is an Illustrator, art director and set designer based in London. She illustrates with pen and ink and also builds pictures, scenes and sets, using paper and a variety of props. Her clients include Liberty, Cosmopolitan and House of Fraser to name a few. I think the whimsical charm of Emma Rios work is very beautiful.

To see more visit her website  

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11. Pick of the Week for TOY and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Paula Pang, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘TOY’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

PASSION

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

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12. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Francesco Francavilla

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Francesco Francavilla is an Italian comic-book artist who’s fame has skyrocketed the last 5 years. He’d been working in the independent comics scene since the mid-2000’s on projects like The Black Coat, and Sorrow. Francavilla’s first high-profile project came in 2008 when he collaborated with Matt Wagner on a new Zorro series for Dynamite Entertainment. From there he got to infuse his classic pulp style art on Marvel’s Black Panther, and Scott Snyder’s first Batman story arc in Detective Comics.

In 2012 Francavilla introduced his own noir vigilante, The Black Beetle, to the world in the pages of Dark Horse Presents. Since then, 2 volumes of the critically acclaimed series have been published(No Way Out, 2013 & Necrologue, 2014).

Most of Francesco Francavilla’s recent work has been focused on the mega-hit Afterlife with Archie, which gives readers a more mature, horror take on those classic Riverdale characters. He also continues to work on various personal, and professional illustration projects, including some exclusive movie posters for Mondo.

Francavilla is frequently updating his blog with new art, so if you like what you see click here for more!

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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13. Dinara Mirtalipova

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The first time I came across Dinara Mirtalipova’s work, I spent a few days pouring over her website. Her command of patterns, her linework, the worlds she created in her paintings were so captivating, and I was instantly hooked. Her compositions are lush and whimsical. There is a beautiful tension in her pieces that is all at once energetic and quietly meditative.

In addition to children’s magazines such as Storytime and Girls’ World, Dinara’s work has appeared on sleeping bags and rugs for Land of Nod, her own line of dishtowels entitled Mirdinara Kitchen and a fabric collection for Windham Fabrics. She has also hand-painted beads, nesting dolls and clay eggs. Her work is inspired by folklore, fairytales, textiles, and songs her mother used to sing to her.

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Be sure to follow Dinara on Instagram where she shares process shots, projects and other little glimpses into her world. You can see the rest of her work on her website, too!

Written by Bryna Shields

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14. TOY by Sophie Crichton

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Submitted by Sophie Crichton for the Illustration Friday topic of TOY.

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15. TOY by Matthew Cleveland

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Submitted by Matthew Cleveland for the Illustration Friday topic of TOY.

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16. Artist :: Jonathan Bartlett

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Jonathan Bartlett isn’t just an incredibly talented artist, he’s also a fantastic storyteller. His work has a nostalgic feel reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, but his subject matter is very contemporary and always delivered with a deeply thought-provoking point of view. This juxtaposition of golden-age type imagery and modern day content make his work truly special; It’s as moving & meaningful as it is beautiful, and really what great illustration is all about.

Jonathan’s worked with a long list and wide variety of clients across editorial, advertising & book markets. Most notably was his recent collaboration with Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply to illustrate a full-building exterior mural for their flagship store (shown above) as well as window displays and other assets to promote the brand. His work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and the Art Directors Club, among others.

It was hard to choose just a few pieces from his portfolio to share here, so definitely stop by Jonathan’s website to see more!

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17. Editorial Submission :: Angela Rizza

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Angela Rizza is a freelance illustrator currently living and working in New York. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. Since then she has been featured in a number of magazines and shows. Her work is a combination of traditional and digital media which is reminiscent of classical storybook illustration. Besides artwork, she enjoys traveling, birdwatching and crossfit. See more of Angela’s work on her website.

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18. TOY by Jeremy Edelblut

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Submitted by Jeremy Edelblut for the Illustration Friday topic of TOY.

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19. Using Illustration Friday in the Classroom

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Attention teachers!

Illustration Friday was recently featured on The Art of Ed, a super useful and inspiring blog for art teachers all over the world! We’re very excited about this because we hear from educators all the time that they regularly use IFriday as a teaching tool in their classrooms.

The best part of The Art of Ed’s post is that they offer a variety of ideas on just how you too can use Illustration Friday’s weekly topic challenge as a creative prompt for your students, no matter the age or skill level.

We’re all about inspiring people to create, so please do check out their post if you’re a teacher looking for some creative ideas on bringing Illustration Friday to your classroom as well!

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20. Pick of the Week for NEFARIOUS and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Adam Munoa, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘NEFARIOUS’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

TOY

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

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21. Kendra Dandy

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Hi there! I’m so thrilled to be the newest contributor here – I hope we’ll become fast friends. I thought I’d tell you just a little bit about myself and then dive right in to my first artist. I’m Bryna – a freelance illustrator, photographer and yoga teacher based in Portland, Oregon. I have a particular love for surface design, and that’s what I’ll cover here on the blog. When I first decided to pursue illustration, I didn’t really know all the potential ways my artwork could be sold and used by other companies. Once I discovered the world of surface design, I felt like the possibilities were truly endless! We are lucky as illustrators, that our work has so many applications. I’m really looking forward to sharing with you some of the most exciting surface design work out there in hopes that it may inspire new dreams for your own work. If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to connect with you, so don’t be shy! Feel free to email, instagram or tweet me. Alright, enough about me, let’s dive into the wonderful world of surface design, shall we?

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It’s rare, but really exciting, to find an artist who is as prolific as she is passionate about creating patterns. Enter Kendra Dandy, illustrator and pattern designer. Her instagram feed boasts colorful patterns featuring fruit, makeup and girls in fancy hairdos with fun shades. Her distinctive patterns have appeared on lipstick packaging for Anthropologie, beautiful silk scarves, and tote bags for Baba Souk. Any surface she can paint on, she likely has (including a french fry box!). The way she layers patterns together makes her work instantly recognizable and memorable. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Take a look at her portfolio, and be sure to follow her instagram for more juicy patterns!

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Post written by Bryna Shields.

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22. The Creative Carnival

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The Creative Carnival is a yearly event sponsored by Workbook that brings artists and creatives together over food, drink and of course, art. During the evening, one of the main attractions is artists drawing from live models who, with their makeup and costumes add to the overall Carnival feel. It’s fascinating to observe how each artist “sees” their subject. Once drawings are completed they are available for purchase. The proceeds are donated to The Workbook Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to deserving students.
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23. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: David Petersen

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When David Petersen’s Mouse Guard hit comic store shelves in 2006, I remember thinking, in my very jaded, pessimistic way,“oh, there’s another furry animal gimmick book that probably won’t last more than a couple issues..”. So, now 8+ years later, and multiple volumes of Mouse Guard stories later, I realize how terribly wrong I was. David Petersen has proven that his little creator-owned book had the perseverance to make it against all odds, just like his little furry protagonists! Petersen accomplishes bringing a classic illustrated storybook aesthetic to his comics. His background in printmaking has helped him develop this style.

In addition to Mouse Guard, Petersen has done numerous cover illustrations, and poster art for big name clients like Marvel Comics, IDW, and Mondo posters.

David Petersen earned his degree in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University, after a short stint in community college.

You can see up to date news, and the latest artwork on David Petersen’s blog here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

 

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24. Illustrator: Asher Jay

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UK-born Asher Jay creative conservationist and animal activist, she uses graphic imagery to portray her passion for nature and campaigns against various issues such as wildlife trafficking, habitat loss and many other global issues concerning wildlife.

It can easily be said how strong Jay’s influence is to the general public through her campaign art which causes the viewer to gain a true perspective of what is happening around the world. Personally I found her Ted Talk truly inspiring which you can view here, and from direct contact I found Jay to be an extremely passionate individual with a desire for change.

More of Jay’s work can be found on her website.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

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25. Believing You Can Make an Amazing Creative Portfolio

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Just another day at the art desk I hear you say, starting your sunday with a chipper smile and creative heart filled with enthusiasm, you believe everything will be absolutely fine. That is however until you sit down to start working on that creative portfolio you aspire to make.Suddenly you’re faced with an extremely sweaty brow and a blank canvas that’s been sitting there for the best part of an hour.

You may start to hear a small voice quoting in the back of your head how you can do this! However this then propels into a downward swirl beating yourself up over your lack of progress, whilst creating a rather larger  pile of screwed up sketchbook pages behind you. In all you just don’t know where to start and have an idea of a project’s “end” with no “beginning”.

Generating ideas for portfolio pieces can be tough if you don’t plan and prepare in advance what you aim to create.  Every creative person I believe though has the potential to create some amazing self-initiated projects to really blow the socks off those creative directors.  If that’s what you wanna do then here’s a few ways to help reel back your line to the beginning , generate ideas and get started creating portfolio pieces that will help promote what you can do!

1.  Understand what kind of work you want to be doing : Think about the kind of work you want to produce whether children’s book illustration , portrait photography , commercial design and more. By knowing where you want to go creatively this will help you understand the type of work you need to create.

2. Generate project ideas around your chosen work: Now that you’ve chosen your type of work the next step is to generate your own project idea. For example this could be illustrating a page from your favourite children’s book if your aim is a children’s illustration. Create a pattern design collection if your aim is to work within commercial product, licensing and more.

3. Hone your skills and think outside the box : No doubt you’ll have your collection of favoured art materials that you turn to when you create a piece. However be sure to hone your skills will other materials , softwares and processes to as this will help show how versatile you can create pieces and how diverse they can be. Last but not least though think outside the box, take inspiration from other creative is one thing but then take a little inspiration from it and create something unique to you.

Image by Matt Adrian you can find out more about his work here.

 

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