Paper Fashion: Katie Rodgers

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Katie Rodgers grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta. She received her first set of professional water-colours  from her Aunt before she was seven years old sparking off her creativity. She created her blog Paper Fashion in 2009, to showcase her beautiful water colour illustrations. Her clients include Elle, Parker Pens, Valentino and Alicia Keys amongst many.

To see more of Katie’s lovely illustrations, view her website and facebook or to see what inspires Katie view her Pinterest.

Posted by Jessica Holden on 07/06/14 under artists
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Illustrator & Creative Director Anna Bond

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In the midst of a world grounded in digital technology, sometimes we need a reminder that good things can still be grounded in reality. This is why we still go visit galleries and museums to see artwork in person (a habit I’m still trying to get better at). This is why we still give each other greeting cards, or why our desks seem to collect countless post-its over time. It can be as simple as opening a letter or unwrapping a present–interacting with real material still matters. 

On that note, I’d like to introduce you to Anna Bond, owner and creative director of Rifle Paper Co.–an inimitable force in the stationery field and beyond.

While Anna now lives and works in Winter Park, Florida, she has roots in New Jersey and received a degree in graphic design in Virginia. After working as an art director and freelance illustrator for a couple years, she discovered (or rekindled, rather) her love for stationery design while illustrating some wedding invitations. As mentioned in her feature on The Every Girl, stationery was the optimal combination of graphic design and illustration that she had been searching for, and so she pushed onwards.

While there’s something to be said for art directing at 21, I admire Anna’s honest and expressive way of dealing with her expectations, realities, and how to improve upon them. She’s spoken before about the first launch of Rifle Paper Co.’s website, detailing product disasters, website crashes, international shipping issues, and taking turns panicking with her husband. Without sounding cruel or spiteful, it’s incredibly comforting to know that someone as ambitious and driven as Anna has screwed up before. And to me, there’s no better way to recover than by succeeding.

Nearly all Rifle Paper Co. products feature Anna’s hand-painted illustrations, which are often nostalgic in style with a pastel palette.

Some of Rifle Paper Co.’s selected clients and collaborative partners: Anthropologie (their very first!), Kate Spade New York, Hygge & West, Chronicle Books, AMC Mad Men, and Penguin Books. I think it’s important to note that the variety of clients reflects Anna’s ability to design for both traditional and modern brands, which can be difficult depending on one’s personal style.

Follow along with Anna and her husband Nathan’s exciting ventures at Rifle Paper Co.’s website, and take a peek at Anna’s portfolio here. You can also find her on Twitter. I particularly enjoyed her Day in the Life feature on Design*Sponge as well.

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 07/05/14 under artists,Lettering,painterly,pen/brush and ink
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Let’s Have Better (and More) Conversations About Art

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Illustration by Thomas James

Hey illustrators!

 

Illustration Friday has been going strong for over 10 years as a vibrant online community of artists of all style and skill, and most of that is thanks to all of you!

Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been participating in our weekly art challenges for any number of years, you’re part of the community thread that binds it all together in a rich and colorful tapestry of friendship. When being an artist can be such a lonely hobby or career, comfort can be taken in the company of like-minded folks. It has always been that way and Illustration Friday has always focused on finding the best ways to engage the community.

What we’ve really been finding effective in nurturing our vast international network of friends is our official Facebook Page because it allows us the space to dig in to more in-depth conversations about the industry of illustration, the hobby of drawing, and the joy of shared inspiration. With more than 120,000 artists joining in, it makes for a well-rounded gathering for sure! We’re going to be spending a lot more time and energy between this website and our official page to provide the richest experience to everyone, so we invite you to join us both here and there.

Posted by Thomas James on 07/04/14 under IF news update
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Sam Falconer: fantastic editorial science illustrations

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Sam Falconer’s fantastic illustrations reflect science and the human experience through digital, collage, and hand-painted textures. His clever scenes provoke philosophical thought while quickly getting to the heart of a story. His editorial illustrations regularly feature in top publications such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, and New Scientist magazine.

Check out more illustrations on his portfolio website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/04/14 under Blogroll,collage,conceptual,editorial submissions
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Pick of the Week for BEARD 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 Jill Howarth, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘BEARD’. 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:

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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 07/04/14 under artists,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Anne Baier

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Editorial Submission :: Anne Baier

Editorial Submission :: Anne Baier

Editorial Submission :: Anne Baier

Editorial Submission :: Anne Baier

Anne Baier is a Potsdam-based illustrator. She studied visual communication in Weimar and Toulouse.
and graduated in 2012. She’s currently working as a freelance illustrator for publishers and
magazines.

You can see more of Anne’s work here.

Posted by James on 07/03/14 under editorial submissions
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Illustrator Submission :: Jack Hudson

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Jack Hudson is an illustrator from East London whose retro style has attracted a lot of big clients such as Google, Channel 4, Toyota and many press publications. He is inspired by fashion, photography, mid-century design and adventure. His illustrations are textural which really makes them pop and feel warmer rather than flat vector images. The colours used are usually bold and work beautifully together.

Want to explore more of Jack Hudson’s world? Visit his portfolio here.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 07/03/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Lauren R. Weinstein

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Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic storytelling teacher based out of New Jersey. Her work is distinct in it’s raw, humorous approach to the human condition, and sometimes ventures into the realm of a dark, surreal head trip. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, her first comics would start popping up in various publications like the Seattle Stranger, and gURL.com. Then, a few years, she would debut the critically acclaimed Inside Vineyland, her first collection of comics. Girl Stories, a memoir of her teenage years, and the over-sized Goddess of War, a tale about the God of Thunder’s great-granddaughter’s exploits, would soon follow.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Glamour, Nautil.us, Lucky Peach, and Kramer’s Ergot.

She was a recipient of the Xeric Foundation’s grant for self-publishing comics for Inside Vineyland, and her comics have been featured in The Best American Comics book series twice.

She is currently teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and working on her next graphic novel, a follow-up to Girl Stories.

You can read her latest work Carriers, a very personal webcomic about a very serious health situation with her unborn child, and the life lessons she took away from that experience.

You can keep up with the latest news, and see more of Lauren R. Weinstein’s art on her website.

Click here to read my interview with Lauren R. Weinstein.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 07/02/14 under artists,comic,Interviews,weekly topics
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Illustrator: Travis Lampe

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What has a nose like a light switch, looks as though it escaped from a mid-century storybook, and is either weirdly endearing or actually sort of hideous depending on your point of view? A clue, you say? OK, well it probably also has bandy shoelace arms, and looks like it should be jigging up and down hypnotically in time to a crackly jazz soundtrack.

Give up? Why, it’s a character by Travis Lampe! Obviously. And there are plenty of them to see in his portfolio, so head on over and have a look. You will see eloquently executed editorial illustrations aplenty, plus a gallery of personal paintings featuring black and rubbery nightmare trees playing out their unsurprisingly problematic relationship with lumberjacks. Smashing!

In case you missed the link earlier, his website is here.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 07/02/14 under artists
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Illustrator: Michelle Thompson

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Michelle Thompson graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1996. Her techniques include mark-making and photography. She also combines traditional collage with digital technology, often working with found materials. She has worked internationally most notably collaborating with Vaughan Oliver. Michelle Thompson’s clients include Royal Mail, BBC and the Guardian amongst many.

You can see more of her work on her website or her facebook page.

Posted by Jessica Holden on 06/30/14 under artists,collage
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