More Ways to Promote Your Work on Illustration Friday

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Here at Illustration Friday, we have 3 main missions:

1) Encourage you to keep creating with our weekly illustration topic.

2) Inspire you by sharing as much amazing work as we can.

3) Promote your work to the world.

You may or may not have noticed that in the past week we’ve been experimenting with a new way to achieve these goals, ESPECIALLY number 3. It’s important to us to do whatever we can to help you succeed, and also to reward you for your commitment to our weekly topic.

The Pick of the Week is great because it gives us a chance to highlight one lucky artist on our front page for a whole week. But starting last week we found a new way to feature even more of our valued participants through regular blog posts like this one. The basic idea is this: throughout the week we’ll select some of our favorite submissions to feature on the blog. That way we can not only shed a little more light on a particular artist, but also share a little inspiration to the rest of the community. We’re very excited about this new idea, and we hope you are too.

So keep submitting those illustrations and there is now an even better chance that you’ll have your work put front and center for your fellow artists all over the world to see!

Happy illustrating!

– Illustration Friday Editor Thomas James

 

Posted by Thomas James on 01/13/15 under artists,weekly topics
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NEFARIOUS by Matthew Daley

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Submitted by Matthew Daley for the Illustration Friday topic of NEFARIOUS.

Posted by Thomas James on 01/13/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Astound US – A New Kind of Illustration Agency

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Last year saw the launch of Astound US. Billed as “a new kind of Illustration Agency” based in New York City right opposite Macys in the heart of publishing land! Their mission statement is ‘We aim high – to Astound – by being the Agency with the best in contemporary kids illustrators and commercial art from around the world.’

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They have 3 agents, Vince, Helen and Emily they all come from different backgrounds but share the same passion for illustration. Helen’s experience is in children’s book and picture book development, as well as the world of non-profits. Emily comes from a background in Art History and Fashion Design. Vince is an acclaimed illustrator in his own right now on the other side of the table.

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“We have a true passion for finding fresh talent, matching the right illustrators with the right clients, we Astound by being good at what we do, snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented, creative, and affordable. We promise our artists career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support, and to get paid right on time.” says Vincent “We have had great success with illustration Friday and hope to be supporting them as they expand.”

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Their artists include celebrity artists such as Barbara Nascimbeni, Paul Davidson, Ovi Hondru, Mariano Epelbaum, Colonel Moutarde, and Geraldine Cosneau but are always looking for new talent to join this remarkable group of children’s book and greeting card illustrators, send an email with your portfolio to contact@astound.us!

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Posted by Thomas James on 01/13/15 under artists
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Editorial Submission :: Dingding Hu

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Editorial Submission :: Dingding Hu

Editorial Submission :: Dingding Hu

Editorial Submission :: Dingding Hu

Ding Ding Hu is an illustrator from Szechuan, China, who loves to make fun and juicy images and to express her curiosity about the quirkiness of everyday life. She tells stories of exotic locations, people and food with an obsession for dreams, color, and the surreal. She is now living and working in New York City.

See more of Dingding’s work on her website.

 

Posted by James on 01/13/15 under editorial submissions
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Reaching More and Better Clients with a Great Portfolio Website

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Nowadays on the Internet, we are overwhelmed with a tidal wave of information through multiple channels: blogs, social networks, events. This isn’t likely to stop, and as proposers of value (be that illustrations, books, or our own projects) we are no longer competing for people’s wallets, but for a few seconds of their daily attention to quickly explain why what we do can be valuable to them.

Good news is, we people are tired too of filtering and evaluating all this information! If you give something valuable and make yourself truly different and memorable, chances are that you can grow a public that will come back for more of what they like from you.

For a freelance illustrator, a proffesional portfolio website of your own is instrumental to achieve this. A place where you have the control of the image you communicate to your potential customer, become memorable and build a personal brand. But building a website requires coding knowledge and a fair amount of time, or investing in a third party (agency or freelance) to build it for you, in which case you are dependant on someone else if you want to evolve your site through time.

That’s why we created Drawfolio. We built a platform where you can build your own portfolio website with your own .com domain in a few minutes, with no coding skills at all. You can choose and customize from our selection of templates, which are crafted to look great in every device (desktop, mobile, tablets, etc.) thanks to responsive design techniques. We put a lot of effort to be sure the resulting portfolio websites have a clean, understandable design and navigation, and that always put your work and your brand in focus.

But we didn’t stop there: our mission is to help you save time when managing your presence on the Internet and getting more and better clients! That’s why we are working on powerful but easy to understand analytics to help you measure your site, contact managing features, and integration with the rest of your profiles on the web (facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, flickr).

You can register for free (http://www.drawfolio.com/en) and get a grasp of the main advantages of Drawfolio, and you can find information about our paid plans here (http://www.drawfolio.com/en/pricing)

Next time you look at your portfolio website, ask yourself: am I communicating to the visitor in the right way? Am I building a differentiated, memorable brand? With Drawfolio we can help you to do that, and to spend your time on what matters: your work and your personal brand, not coding or technical issues.

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Posted by Thomas James on 01/09/15 under business
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Pick of the Week for INVENTION 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 Dan Lish, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘INVENTION’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other 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 01/09/15 under weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Joshua Middleton

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Joshua Middleton has been working in comics, book illustration, film, and animation since 1999. I first noticed his work in the critically acclaimed creator owned series Sky Between Branches back in 2002. His clean lines, and lushly painted art helped to land him a gig at Marvel, where he drew the first four issues of the mega-hit series NYX, which introduced Wolverine’s daughter, X-23. He has produced many covers, and occasionally interior art for DC Comics over the years, including this week’s special Flash variant cover for Detective Comics. He will be doing all of the artwork for two issues of Wonder Woman, coming up in April, and May.

Middleton served as a concept artist on the cult-favorite science fiction film Serenity in 2005, and was a character designer/art director on the 2009 series, Green Lantern: The Animated Series for Warner Brothers.

There’s a lot more artwork to drool over at Joshua Middleton’s website here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 01/08/15 under artists,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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INVENTION by Patrick Girouard

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Submitted by Patrick Girouard for the Illustration Friday topic of INVENTION.

Posted by Thomas James on 01/08/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Art by DORIS FREIGOFAS

More about DORIS FREIGOFAS at: Profile / Website / Facebook / Flickr

Posted by Thomas James on 01/08/15 under DORIS FREIGOFAS
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INVENTION by Sayantan Halder

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Submitted by Sayantan Halder for the Illustration Friday topic of INVENTION.

Posted by Thomas James on 01/07/15 under artists,weekly topics
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