Artist :: Cosmic Nuggets

by Wendy




The artist that goes by the pseudonym Cosmic Nuggets is an illustrator and animator with an eye for flat, weird, 2d creatures.

Check out his local haunts on the internet here:

Behance | Twitter | Portfolio | Vimeo | Tumblr

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/08/14 under abstract,animation,artists,digital,Wendy

JetPens Giveaway WINNERS and teaser

We have changed things up a bit and I (Marc) will be running the Giveaways separate from the weekly picks. We also had a LOT of great submissions this week, and it was a very close game. Thank you everyone for participating.

If you see your name below, email me at marc at marcscheff dot com with your mailing address so we can get you your prizes!

Without further ado, this week’s winners are:


Sue Todd





Angel Garcia



And the promised tease

I will be announcing next week’s giveaway early in the week, and it’s a sweet one, including some one-on-one with a well-respected industry name. Keep an eye on the blog!

Posted by Thomas James on 04/04/14 under contests/projects,giveaway

Pick of the Week for SIZZLE and This Week’s Topic


Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Angel Garcia, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘SIZZLE’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.

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


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!


Posted by Thomas James on 04/04/14 under artists,weekly topics
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Ankle Biters :: Jordan Bruner

by Wendy

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I stumbled across this music video last week, and can’t get over how awesome it is. The flat, simple shapes give it a playful vibe that go along well with the lyrics.

Check out more work by the artist Jordan Bruner here:

Behance | Twitter | Pinterest | Portfolio | Vimeo

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/03/14 under animation,conceptual,design,Wendy

Tuaca Cocktail Napkin Contest


Illustration by Kirsten McCrea

It’s no secret that cocktail napkins have long served as the unofficial medium for spontaneous brilliance. From award winning films to Fortune 500 companies, some of the world’s boldest ideas unfolded on a bar napkin. To help celebrate this phenomenon, Tuaca Liqueur is inviting artists of all backgrounds to share what ignites their creativity, on what is arguably the perfect canvas for serendipitous inspiration.

The idea is simple: Draw, doodle or illustrate whatever it is that inspires you on a cocktail napkin. Then, snap a photo of your creation and upload it to our virtual gallery at
One grand prize winner will be awarded $5,000 while 5 contestants will be selected for a $500 prize.  Qualified entrants must be 21 years of age or over, reside in the United States and submit their artwork by 4:59 PM CT on April 30, 2014.

For complete details and rules or to just check out the gallery, click here.

Happy Doodling!

Posted by Thomas James on 04/02/14 under contests/projects

Editorial Submission :: Sarah Ferone

Post by Natalie




Sarah Ferone is an illustrator based in Philadelphia. She had a long career as a graphic designer and made the switch to illustration about a year ago. Since then, she has found a love for food illustration, natural and scientific subjects such as gardens and botanicals, and urban and environmental themes. Her work includes editorial illustration, packaging, and pattern and surface design.
See more of Sarah’s work on her website.

Posted by Natalie on 04/01/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Giveaway :: JetPens pencils!

SIZZLE with these pencils from JetPens.

Some Monday motivation for you, and no, this is not an April Fool’s joke. The good people at JetPens have donated two more prizes this week. A slick uni mechanical pencil, or a full set of blackwing pencils. I use these blackwings and they’re awesomely smooth.



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More images and information through these links:
Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil:
Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencils:

How to Enter

Submit an illustration for the topic of the week, SIZZLE (here’s how). It’s that easy! We will pick one lucky winner at random from the comments, and our regular Pick of the Week will get the set of two.

How to Help IF Get More Giveaways

SHARE the heck out of this to let JetPens know that you’re excited about it and you want this to happen all the time! Share everywhere you can, and tag them so they know. Here are a few specific ways to do that.

Thanks again to JetPens for their generous sponsorship of this exciting giveaway.


Posted by Thomas James on 04/01/14 under giveaway

Artist :: Sarah Robbins

by Wendy





Sarah Robbins is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and still calls Baltimore her home. Originally from Texas, she makes vibrant illustrations that translate well to both print and digital media. I love her thick line work and dynamic sense of composition!

Tumblr | Twitter | Behance | Portfolio

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/01/14 under digital,Wendy
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Interview :: Sam Wolfe Connelly

sam wolfe connellySam Wolfe Connelly’s star is rising. Just a few short years out of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Sam has done everything from Magic cards, to gallery shows. He boasts both illustration and gallery representation in NYC, one of the toughest markets around for this kind of work.

Sam was kind enough to take a little time to answer our interview questions this week. Enjoy his answers, and some of his work below.

Make sure to check out his gallery work at Acadia Contemporary, and his website.


  1. Hi! Thanks for joining us on Illustration Friday, where we sketch to new words/topics every week. We like to draw on Fridays. What do you do to keep up your chops when not working on client work?
    I dont really keep a sketchbook, but I’m always working on something. Between jobs I tend to use my time towards gallery paintings and finishing other side projects.
  2. Why did you become an illustrator? Why art, why not fine art, why not a designer?
    I mainly chose illustration because it seemed like a somewhat steady way to still draw what I wanted and at the same time, have a constant income of clients that could help me pay the bills after school. Lately I’ve been seeing my work move more into a gallery setting, which is where I’ve always wanted to end up, and it seems like the natural progression for my stuff to take since I like working more with personal themes.
  3. How did you find your first client, or how did they find you?
    My first client was with Playboy, who ended up contacting me after I had sent them a pamphlet with a number of my colored prints and a few hand drawn details on it. It came as a total shock and I remember feeling so nervous to work with such a big publisher at the time. The more jobs I got though, the more comfortable I’ve been around art directors and it really reflects in the work I think.
  4. What were the biggest mistakes you made early in your career? What did you learn?
    My biggest mistake was probably to try and formulate my style to what I saw was succeeding around me. Towards the end of school I felt really out of touch with my work because I had spent too much effort towards wanting to be an artist clients would want instead of drawing for me. As soon as I started drawing things the way I wanted them I began to really see my own ‘style’ begin to flourish.
  5. What advice would you give to up-and-coming illustrators who want to break in?
    Dont take failure to heart. Everyone gets rejection along the way, but you’ve gotta keep going.


Thanks Sam!


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Posted by Thomas James on 03/31/14 under Interviews

AOI Event: The Illustrator’s Guide to Business


If you’re in London, check out this two-day course taught by specialists that will give you the business skills to succeed as a professional illustrator.

The intensive course has been put together to help any illustrator acquire the knowledge and critical skills crucial to building a successful career. Each session is tailored to provide an essential step-by-step guide to a successful freelance career. It is also an exciting opportunity to meet with peers and get indispensable practical advice and support from industry experts. Each day there will be an opportunity to visit Pick Me Up, Graphic Arts Fair with a 20% discount on the entry price.

Students, AOI & SCBWI members £50 per day, £90 for both days.
Non members £60 per day, £110 for both days
Advance booking required, call 020 7759 1012 to pay by credit or debit card.
Click here to find out more.

Guest speakers include:
Fig Taylor, AOI portfolio consultant
James Louis, Business Education & Support Team, HM Revenue and Customs
Derek Brazell, AOI Project Manager and Illustrator
Matthew Shearer, AOI Membership Manager
Victoria Pearce, Senior Agent at Illustration Limited
Alex Jenkins, a Director of interactive content for digital spaces
Alex Mathers, Illustrator and Writer
Anna Steinberg, Lecturer and Illustrator

Posted by Thomas James on 03/28/14 under business


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