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

26c3b1635a18d05a8bc6c8ddcd3ebc62

Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Federica Bordoni, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘UNIVERSE’. 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:

TEMPTATION

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!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/30/14 under weekly topics
No Comments

Editorial Submission :: Stephanie Wunderlich

Post by Natalie

flow-friday-web

Vinothek_friday-web Worktitle-webStephanie Wunderlich is a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. She uses scissors and paper to create stylized papercut illustrations for magazines and newspapers. She studied Graphic Design in Augsburg, Germany and also in Italy. She is the co-editor of Spring Magazine, an annual anthology featuring a wide variety of visual arts and comics.

See more of Stephanie’s work on her website.

 

Posted by Natalie on 05/27/14 under artists,editorial submissions
No Comments

81 Audio Interviews with Illustrators, Art Directors, and Art Reps

escape-from-illustration-island

During the years 2009-2012, Illustrator Thomas James recorded 81 in-depth interviews with Illustrators, Art Directors, and Art Reps about the business of illustration. The Escape from Illustration Island series proved to be immensely popular due to its broad-ranging look at the industry and its long list of well-known guests such as Dave McKean, Drew Struzan, Christoph Niemann, Josh Cochran, and Marshall Arisman, just to name a few.

Even though the series released its final episode in September 2012, it is still a valuable source of knowledge and insight about the business of freelance illustration, and you can still enjoy all 81 episodes while working in your studio.

For your convenience, you can find a comprehensive archive of all 81 episodes here.

Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under Interviews
3 Comments

FREE Andrew Loomis Art Instruction Downloads

free-andrew-loomis-art-instruction-downloads
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

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)

Drawing The Head & Hands

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)

Eye Of The Painter

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)

Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)

Fun With A Pencil

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)

Successful Drawing

(Click to view, Right-Click to Download)


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!

15steps3000

Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under books
761 Comments

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

retro

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
No Comments

Product Review – GotPrint Postcards

postcard1

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

postcard2

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.

postcard3

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.

postcard

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
4 Comments

Editorial Submission :: Federica Ubaldo

Post by James

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
2 Comments

Editorial Submission :: Igor Gnedo

Post by Natalie

The_Sunset_web

Justin_C_web

Julia-Lipnitskaya_Sochi2014_web

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
4 Comments

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

tumblr_n56yi1OQvX1tqg0r3o1_1280

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
3 Comments

Editorial Submission :: Elis Wilk

Post by James

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
2 Comments

 

Submit your illustration:

 
Select an image on your computer:
Choose File no file selected
 
Google+