Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Tula Lotay






















Since her beautifully delicate line-work graces the cover to the latest issue of Swords of Sorrow this week, we shine a light on the work of “renaissance woman” Tula Lotay! Working up her artwork in multiple layers of hand-drawn, hand-painted art, along with digital color/inks, Lotay spoils comics readers with an extraordinary amount of moody texture. She’s been contributing cover art and interiors to many books the past few years including Elephantmen, Zero, Rebels, American Vampire Anthology, The Wicked + The Divine, and Dynamite’s Swords of Sorrow.

Lotay is probably best known for her recent collaborations with writer Warren Ellis(Supreme Blue Rose, Blackcross; as cover artist, and their upcoming book Heartless), and her role as founder/organizer of the yearly Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which celebrates sequential art in all its forms.

If you like what you see, you should go follow Tula Lotay on her twitter page here!

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website – Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/10/15 under artists,black and white,comic,design,illustration,prints,weekly topics
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OLD by Zsolt Vidak


Submitted by Zsolt Vidak for the Illustration Friday topic OLD.

Posted by Thomas James on 09/10/15 under artists,call for entries,Humor,weekly topics
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What if you don’t like competing with others?


In art and illustration, there’s always that thought that lingers at the back of everyone’s head: that artist is better than me. In what seems like a never-ending parallax scroll, there’s always something better, prettier, grittier, more amazing, more everything. And so we try our hardest to be that artist. And when we do, the cycle of torment repeats itself. This feeling of inadequacy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. But too much of it, and you can buoyed so far along by forces unseen, but often felt. You feel as though you’re in a race, and your goal is to win. 

Personally, I hate competition.

When I was young, I was on the running team. I was also skinny and light on my feet – it seemed destined that my long limbs were pegged to win medals (or so many people thought). But it just wasn’t to be. As I saw Azda, my classmate – who also has these long, crazy limbs, overtake me on the field, that was it. I threw in the towel.

I was also took part in rhythmic gymnastics – and enjoyed it (except for the fact there were a few catty girls) and it was competition sport all right. You’d see who could jump faster, higher, twirl better, and handled their gear perfectly; all while looking nonchalantly perfect in their skin-tight leotards.

I also learned to play the piano, week after week, and successfully reaching seventh grade before I stopped for my high school exams, only to never resume it again. I was relieved though. While I love the piano, having to earn those certificates quickly dissolved any interest I had in pursuing it seriously. And not especially when you have a younger sister who could recognize a note just by hearing it by ear, and an affinity for singling out tempo like no other.

The problem with these scenarios was that I thought I was competing with other people, but as a matter of fact, it was an internal battle instead. I had gone into each sport and field, fully intent on wanting to have fun, but had turned it into a competition instead, and every other person was an opponent that I had to best. And once that thought seeped in, there was no turning back.

So yes, I don’t like competition.

Or if you drill it down, actually the fact is – I don’t like to lose.

So throughout my career, I made sure that I was the best at things, and I made a conscious decision to chose not to pursue things where I would come in second best, no matter how hard I tried. I knew that in my heart of hearts that everything was an experiment, and I wasn’t afraid to go out there and give things a go and see if it’s a fit. And if it’s not? Then I’ll try something else until I find something where there was no competition.

But I found out that this thinking wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For one, there isn’t such a field where there isn’t competition. Everything is a competition. And I had to accept that. But I made some internal changes in the way I perceived competition, because other than the fact that being overtaken by someone else is a natural part of life, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’re on the losing end. Especially when you’re not measuring yourself to other people’s version of what makes one a winner.

So the only thing that came closest to not being in competition with others, was to not be compared to others. 

Does winning mean getting that dream car? Or that dream house?

Or does it mean getting married at a certain age, or having 2.5 kids?

Does winning mean ultimately being happy on your own terms, hands caked with paint and smudges of chalk on your face?

Or does winning mean the ability to work on what you love, with clients you enjoy working with, and the flexibility it brings?

For me, it all boils down to being happy with what I do. And that definition is different for everyone. Being happy isn’t just about money; it’s knowledge, experience and passion combined. Being able to do what I love and sharing it with others – now that’s something that can’t be measured against anyone else but myself. And when everyone wins, it’s not a competition. It’s a real fun party.

So here’s my take: not everything is competition sport – especially not life. And here’s how to deal if you hate competing with others:

  1. Make up your own sport.
  2. And then make up your own rules.
  3. Take whatever nasty (but well-meaning) stuff that bystanders say with a pinch of salt, and let your cheerleaders spur you on.

I guarantee that if you do, you and the people around you will emerge as winners every time.

[Illustration by Yuko Shimizu]

Posted by Amy Ng on 09/09/15 under artists,business
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Brilliant Online Promotion Idea for Creative Professionals

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In this video, Graeme Anthony walks you through a sincere, human introduction of who he is and what he has to offer. In fact, I’m tempted to go so far as to call it a ‘video website’ because of its highly interactive nature. The best part of the project is that it offers the potential client a voyeuristic look at Graeme’s personality and style, which is something that is increasingly valuable in today’s online world.

I wanted to share it with you today because it’s a valuable reminder of the importance of applying your creativity and ingenuity to every part of your business. That doesn’t mean that everyone should go out and copy the idea, but that everyone should take a moment to think about ways to highlight their strengths in order to stand out and do something different.

When clients are looking for someone with creative vision to bring excitement to their next project, you can bet they’ll be intrigued by those who are already doing so with their own business.

Posted by Thomas James on 09/07/15 under business
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Inspiration Board for This Week’s Topic of OLD


 Hello fellow artists!

As part of our ongoing efforts to make Illustration Friday more of a community focused on the art of idea generation, here’s our Inspiration Board for this week’s topic of OLD.

You can download, save, drag and drop, print, or do whatever you want with it if it helps you to brainstorm ideas for your illustration.

Let us know in the comments if this is something that you think is helpful or inspiring enough for us to keep doing!

Posted by Thomas James on 09/04/15 under idea generation,illustration,inspiration board
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Pick of the Week for WORK and This Week’s Topic


Happy Illustration Friday!

We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Eunbi, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of WORK. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the 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 public 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!


Posted by Thomas James on 09/04/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrators of the Week :: Gurihiru
















I think this is the 2nd time we’ve honored a pair of illustrators together(the other being Los Bros Hernandez), but for all intents and purposes the Japanese dynamic duo “illustration unit” Gurihiru is “one” illustrator in the way the two works seamlessly together, focusing their particular talents in different skill sets to produce one beautiful picture. The Gurihiru team consists of Naoko Kawano(design, colors, webdesign) and Chifuyu Sasaki (design, pencils, inks). 

Gurihiru is known for their comics work on titles such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wolverine and Power Pack, and A-babies vs. X-babies, to name a few. Team Gurihiru is also known for producing many dynamic variant covers for comics, including this week’s Silk #7 variant.

You can check out more of Gurihiru’s art, including some of their game art design and animation work, on their website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website – Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/03/15 under animation,artists,design,illustration,weekly topics
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Illustrator and Designer Nikolay Volevski

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Nikolay Volevski Website >>

Posted by Thomas James on 09/03/15 under artists,design
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WORK by Beatrice Goh


Submitted by Beatrice Goh for the Illustration Friday topic WORK.

Posted by Thomas James on 09/02/15 under artists,children's art,Humor,weekly topics
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Illustrator Cristina de Lera

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Cristina de Lera Website >>

Posted by Thomas James on 09/02/15 under artists,children's art,IF Kids
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