FREE Andrew Loomis Art Instruction Downloads

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The great Andrew Loomis created several amazing and useful books on Illustration, Drawing, and Painting. Illustration Friday is honored to be able to offer the following free downloads in pdf format. Please help keep these great resources alive by sharing this post with your fellow artists.

Creative Illustration

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Drawing The Head & Hands

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Eye Of The Painter

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Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth

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Fun With A Pencil

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Successful Drawing

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Also be sure to check out our very own 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration for a step-by-step guide on starting your own freelance Illustration business!

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Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under books
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Pick of the Week for RETRO 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 Marta Bartolj, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘RETRO’. 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:

UNIVERSE

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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under weekly topics
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Product Review – GotPrint Postcards

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Hello fellow illustrators!

I recently ordered a pack of 1000 postcards from GotPrint to send out and give away as part of a summer promotion for my illustration business, and I wanted to share a product review with you.

It has been a couple of years since I sent any promo cards, and I thought it was about time to do so in order to supplement all my online and email promotions while giving Art Directors something nice to hold in their hands and (hopefully) hang on their walls.

First, here are the technical details of what I ordered:

Size: 4×6
Paper: 16pt Dull Cover with Matte Finish
Color: Full Color on Both Sides
Coating: Gloss UV Coating on Front Side Only

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The process of uploading your design for the front and back of the card was super easy using their online system and the customer service all around is great and attentive in my experience. I received the box of cards in less than a week and was really excited to greet the delivery guy at the door like a kid on Christmas morning.

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What I was most impressed by was the quality of the image and how well it matched up to the digital illustration I uploaded. I wasn’t surprised since I’ve used GotPrint a few times in the past, but you never know how it’s going to look until you see it in person.

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For this order I did something I haven’t done in the past by choosing to include full color on both the front and back of the card. Although I wasn’t featuring an additional illustration on the back I thought it would be a nice touch to carry over the background design element from the illustration.

You may also notice that although the front of the card had the glossy UV coating for a little shine, I chose to go without the coating on the back because it makes it a lot easier to write on and keeps the ink of your pen from rubbing off. This is perfect for the more “utilitarian” side of the postcard.

So to sum up, I was please all around by the product quality, ease of use, and customer service offered by GotPrint and would highly recommend them to anyone interested in sending out promotional postcards in the future. And of course you can also use their service to create business cards, brochures, calendars, catalogs, and a whole host of other promotional products.

Go check them out at GotPrint.net!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/21/14 under product review
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Editorial Submission :: Federica Ubaldo

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Editorial Submission :: Federica Ubaldo

Editorial Submission :: Federica Ubaldo

Editorial Submission :: Federica Ubaldo

Federica Ubaldo is an italian illustrator based in Milan whose work mixes traditional media with digital techniques.

Inspired by surrealist painters like Frida Kahlo and Reneè Magritte, Federica is also influenced by old- school tattoo iconography and japanese art.

You can see more of Federica Ubaldo’s work here.

Posted by James on 05/20/14 under editorial submissions
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Editorial Submission :: Igor Gnedo

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Igor Gnedo is an illustrator based in New York. Since graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in 2013, he has been working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His work varies in theme, media, and style and includes editorial illustration, book covers, and posters. The greatest influences on his work include German Expressionism woodcuts, graphic design, and typography.

See more of Igor’s work on his website.

Posted by Natalie on 05/13/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Pick of the Week for REVENGE 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 Jennifer Smith, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘REVENGE’. 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:

VOYAGE

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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/09/14 under weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Elis Wilk

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Editorial Submission :: Wilk Elis

Editorial Submission :: Wilk Elis

Editorial Submission :: Wilk Elis

Editorial Submission :: Wilk Elis

Elis Wilk studied political science, photography and theatre in Montpellier and Lyon, France, but a move to Poland sparked her interest in visual art. She completed a Master’s Degree in illustration in Naples and Macerata in Italy and later joined the illustration workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.

She is currently working for French and international press publications and has published several children books.

You can see more of her work on her website.

Posted by James on 05/06/14 under editorial submissions
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ThemeFuse giveaway winners!

Happy Friday everyone!

Another fantastic set of illos to choose from. Lots of tough choices. Thanks for making my Friday difficult!

The winners of the WordPress theme licenses are:

Sara Palacios

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Ruth Meharg

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Kathleen

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Thanks again everyone, and happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/02/14 under giveaway
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Master Spotlight :: Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats drawn by Rama Hughes

Ezra Jack Keats was a collage artist and a writer and illustrator of children’s books. His most famous book, The Snowy Day, is considered one of the most important books of the 20th century. It introduced multiculturalism into mainstream American children’s books.

Jacob Ezra Keats grew up in New York City. His family was very poor, but “Jack” loved city life. And he loved making art. He made pictures on any scraps of wood, cloth, and paper he could collect. Once, he even made a drawing right on his mom’s kitchen tabletop. She was so proud of her son that she would life up the tablecloth to show it off when friends came over. Jack’s father was discouraging though. He said that artists lived difficult lives. Nevertheless, Benjamin Katz was secretly proud of his son. He sometimes brought home tubes of paint for Jack claiming, “A starving artist swapped this for a bowl of soup.”

Jack couldn’t afford to go to art school. He studied art though by visiting the public library, reading books, going to museums, and collecting interesting things that he could use to make art. He found jobs making comic books, signs, and murals. During World War II, he served the country by designing camouflage patterns for the Army. After the war, he studied art in Paris and Japan. In reaction to anti-semitism after the war, he changed his name to Ezra Jack Keats.

When Ezra returned to New York, he pursued a career as a commercial artist. His illustrations appeared in Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, and on the jackets of popular books. His work was displayed in store windows and he received to gallery shows in 1950 and 1954.

In his unpublished autobiography, Keats wrote “I didn’t even ask to get into children’s books.” A publisher invited him to draw the first one, Jubilant for Sure, written by Elisabeth Hubbard Lansing. He traveled to rural Kentucky to sketch the locations of the story. Keats illustrated nearly 70 books by other authors. But talking with friends inspired Ezra to write his own book. He looked around for ideas and found a picture he had saved of a little African American boy. The picture inspired him to make the star of his book a black boy also. The Snowy Day became a very famous book, loved by kids and grown-ups all over the world. He went on to write more than twenty of his own books, filled with all kinds of amazing stories, interesting people, and beautiful art.

To make artwork for his books, Ezra put together bits and pieces of all the different materials he collected, like paper fans, leaves, doilies, and painted paper. He used marbled paper to make sky. He used a toothbrush to platter paint in tiny dots.

Ezra Jack Keats won many awards, including the Caldecott Medal for the Snowy Day, and was once even given a parade by some of his fans. Today, his books are still loved by both kids and adults worldwide. From now until September 7th, you can see an exhibition of his work at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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Portrait of Ezra Jack Keats drawn by yours truly, Rama Hughes.

Posted by rama on 05/02/14 under artists,master of the month,Rama
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Pick of the Week for VANITY 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 Lee Tisdall, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘VANITY’. 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:

REVENGE

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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/02/14 under weekly topics
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