Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Arthur Adams


ma4 0002679508-ff_1_adamsvariant










Modern Master of Mainstream Comics, Arthur Adams, has been contributing variant cover art for each issue of marvel’s big Summer event, Original Sin. Actually, each cover is a piece of the overall gigantic illustration featuring what looks like literally every Marvel Super Hero ever created!(…don’t quote me on that..but, it’s certainly a lot of characters!) The piece is stunning in it’s scope, and detail, which is really just another day for the likes of Arthur Adams.

Arthur Adams is a self taught artist, and he blew comics fans away early on with his distinct, highly detailed pencils & inks. He began working on such titles as Longshot, and New Mutants Special Edition for Marvel Comics back in the mid-80’s. Adams created his own comic, Monkeyman & O’Brien, published by Dark Horse in the 90’s, and his mainstream comics work has continued to increase in demand, especially with the recent explosion of special variant covers.

You can read more about Arthur Adams illustrious career, and see more of his art on his website here. His Facebook fan page is very active, and perhaps the best place for the latest news.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/03/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
No Comments

Work/Art/Play – An Online Class for Artists

Work/Art/Play: How to create work you (and others) will love, market yourself with confidence, and build your creative empire.
With the advent of the internet, it seems like almost everyone out there is talented. But skills alone won’t make you successful – it’s a mix of luck, hard work, smart strategies and the cultivation of relationships; and according to Amy Ng, artists are the ones who most often forget about this.
“A lot of artists merely concentrate on their artistic skills as a way to get by,” explained Amy, who writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity on the blog Pikaland. “But when you have so many artists competing for work, what makes you stand out? What makes you different?” Enter Work/Art/Play, an online class that’s dedicated to help artists and illustrators find their footing in the modern digital world.
The online class, which starts on 15th September, is divided into four modules and the goal at the end of the class is to help artists create their very own roadmap to success.  It was developed especially for aspiring artists and illustrators who are keen on learning how to create great work that will allow them to stay true to themselves, and how to find and create opportunities wherever they go.
The idea for Work/Art/Play came about when Amy, who has been writing on the topic of creativity, illustration and entrepreneurship for the past 6 years was frustrated at how illustration graduates were daunted by the prospect of entering the workforce. As an adjunct teacher in a local design college, she first lectured about the ideation behind illustration, but found that students were more in need of career guidance instead.
“They didn’t know the first thing about finding work – and so they panic and go out there unprepared.” But what she found that it wasn’t just the graduates who were in a panic – other working artists were in trouble too, and so Work / Art / Play was created to address this concern. “The fact that this class is fully conducted online allows people from anywhere in the world to join in and absorb the materials in their own time – we have videos, worksheets, weekly Q+A sessions and extra bonus materials to help you find your feet,” she added.
The class is open for enrollment until 10th September 2014, and the class will commence on 16th September.
To view the whole syllabus, go to
About Amy
Amy is a magazine editor turned illustrator and educator. As a self-taught artist, she regularly writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity; deciphering clues and shedding light on the intersection between them. She keeps a blog at where she experiments with her ideas, and teaches aspiring artists & illustrators online at
About Work / Art / Play
An online class created by Amy of Pikaland that teaches artists and illustrators how to differentiate themselves from the competition, how to build their presence effectively, how to promote fearlessly and how to make money from their work. The e-course is available to anyone in the world with a computer/ laptop/tablet/smartphone and an internet connection. Enrollment ends 10th September 2014 and the class starts officially on 15th September 2014Class info and full syllabus can be found at

Posted by Thomas James on 09/03/14 under business
1 Comment

Finding where you left your inspiration




Do you find you’ve been staring at that blank page for ages, your fine liner’s or paints have began to dry and your idea’s just seem to be at a standstill no matter how much you want to get started. Well my creative friend I think you may have dropped your inspiration somewhere, but don’t panic I’m sure its laying around somewhere waiting for you to find it. All creative people get stuck with art block from time to time and although the frustration can be extremely annoying to the point you may want to scream into the nearest pillow, never fear because here’s a few easy solutions to help get your creativity and inspiration back to where it used to be.

  • Get out of your studio space: Sometimes too much time at your desk or computer can cramp your mind along with your legs, so the best remedy is to get out of your space to clear your head. Go for a walk, drive or run for a change of scenery to promote new idea’s and thought.


  • Visit somewhere creatively fuelling: Galleries, degree shows, museums or places of wildlife are perfect places to feed your visual appetite. Whether you’re viewing someone else’s work this may help you visualise different concepts, composition styles, patterns or colour palettes you might not of thought of using before or if you’re out sketching from things in real life making studies may give you the grounds for a specifically theme project that can help you gather idea’s as you go.


  • Take a break from the drawing board: The old battery need’s a recharge and despite many of us wanting to be an invincible creative machine that can churn out endless amazing drawings, photos and painting that will dazzle all it’s not physically possible although we can dream.


  • Work with a liked minded creative: If the creative juices just aren’t flowing with a pending project often the help of a like minded creative can help pull you out of your rut. Talk with a creative friend about your project in confidence and ask them for points or tips on where to get started, sometimes two heads are better than one.

Image by illustrator Dana Svobodova you can find out more about their work here .

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/31/14 under creativity
No Comments

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


Happy Friday!

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


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!


Posted by Thomas James on 08/29/14 under weekly topics
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Malachi Ward

_VILE DECAY Cover-toned-up













Malachi Ward has been building up steam in the small press comics world the last few years. His latest release, Ritual 3: Vile Decay, has been met with critical acclaim, and he continues his strong creative collaboration with writer/artist/friend Matt Sheean on their self-published title, Expansion, and Prophet from Image Comics. His earliest works, Utu & Scout, introduced his distinctive character-driven, surreal, sci-fi stories to readers, and you can find similar themes explored in his paintings, as well.

Malachi Ward was raised in Yucaipa, California, and studied drawing & painting in college. Some of his biggest influences growing up included Calvin and Hobbes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Spider-man comics. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA with his wife Keiko.

Malachi will be attending the San Francisco Zine Fest this coming Labor Day weekend, Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD on September 13th & 14th, and Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 4th & 5th. His work with Matt Sheean continues in Prophet Strikefile, hitting comics shops in the next few weeks.

You can order a copy of Ritual 3: Vile Decay at the Alternative Comics website.

You can follow Malachi Ward on his tumblr site here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/27/14 under artists,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
No Comments

Pretty Flyers: The Art of Ben Foot

Article by Oli Rogers



flyer10 2014

flyer5 2014

flyer4 2013

flyer2 2014

flyer 9 2013

flyer 6 2013



selected comic panel 3 selected comic panel 1


Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: you’ve already missed all of these gigs. Sorry about that.

But never mind, you were probably busy anyways, right? However, had you been there in the crowd, it would in all likelihood have been because your eyes eager eyes once alit upon a flyer whose unique style could be described as “mid-Century comic book meets etching inside a disarranged psychonaut’s brain”: a flyer that was the work of illustrator Ben Foot. And today, Illustration Friday is here to save you all the bother of rescuing one of his aesthetically outstanding yet probably somewhat trampled pieces of art from of a post-mosh puddle of beer, because you can admire them all from behind a nice, clean screen of your choice.

Music and illustration are two disciplines that have a rich shared history; they’ve probably been complementing one another in some form or another since the first time someone opened their mouth to sing, thereby unleashing an avalanche of images on the inside of someone else’s skull. Indeed, there’s definitely something synesthetic about Ben’s work, with its behind-the-eyelids glow of candied violets and emeralds – and although there may not be any lyrical reference to moons with whimsical cat faces in the songs they complement, these images certainly hail from the same dimension of inspiration that informs the work of the musically innovative. In fact, this is artwork that at times strays into the sublime realms of true psychedelia, where image breaks down and the pure geometry of the universe, unfettered by mere human perception breaks through, spewing bubbles of energy and shards of celestial light through the rift and into the viewer’s consciousness. Yeah, you heard. At other times though, it’s as wistful and human as the work of Daniel Clowes.

Besides creating musical ephemera par excellence, Ben’s work has also adorned t-shirts from purveyor of illustrated fashions,, and appeared in self-penned comics effervescing with his trademark surrealism and wry humour, such as the outstandingly-named Sparkly Sparkly Chew.

If you’d like to see more of Ben’s artwork (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his website.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 08/27/14 under artists
1 Comment

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Post by James

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

Meet Renata Owen, an illustrator and designer from Surabaya, Indonesia.
Renata uses copious amounts of rich, ornamental detail in her work, which along with an soft, exquisite color palette, results in images that feel dreamy, complex and inviting.

You can see more of Renata’s work on her website.


Posted by James on 08/27/14 under editorial submissions
No Comments

Flora Waycott Illustration

florawaycottdesign florawaycottdesign




Flora Waycott graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA Hons in Textile Design, her whimsical designs are inspired by her childhood in Japan where she was surrounded by lots of colours and patterns. She currently works freelance in New Zealand creating illustrations and surface patterns for stationary and the children’s apparel market. I really like all the textures that you can see in Flora Waycott’s work as I think this makes them really visually exciting. I also love how she uses nature in her work as it looks very beautiful.

To see more work by this talented illustrator visit her website or facebook. You can also purchase cards and tea-towels from her Etsy shop.

Posted by Jessica Holden.

Posted by Jessica Holden on 08/27/14 under artists
No Comments

Contemporary Artist: Louise McNaught


Contemporary artist, Louise McNaught uses nature and animals as her primary source for inspiration and says her degree in Fine Art at the University of Greenwich (2012) helped her achieve what she does today. It is so reassuring to hear this as an undergraduate student and budding artist myself!

The use of vibrant colour created by using neon and metallic paints gives a sense of uniqueness and life to her paintings, although even McNaught’s delicate use of pencil brings this sense of depth also. There is something mesmerising about her work and how she portrays nature as a powerful force, emphasing their beauty. I also love the way the artist uses a variety of materials to paint on which gives her pieces a certain edge.

More of McNaught’s work can be viewed on her Facebook page and Website.


Thanks for reading,


Posted by Carla Taylor on 08/25/14 under artists
No Comments

Back to school : 5 Creative tips before you start art college or university


Pretty soon many very talented young creative people will be setting out to start university or  art college. I remember back to my very first day of university studying my creative degree, I didn’t particularly know how to best prepare for my degree or what to expect and hence this meant I was a tiny bit behind when I started.

If you’re in the midst of packing for university, ready and raring to start your course but want to prepare before taking the leap here I’ve put together 5 tips to do before you begin to help give you a flying start!

Art box materials

 Art college/university is a great opportunity to really broaden your creative understanding, explore different styles and experiment with materials to really find your own creative niche. So gather together a variety of art materials from oil pastels to watercolour, acrylic paint, ink and collage. Having these materials to hand in an art box or tool box will make it easy for you to carry to and from college with ease.


 The ever faithful sketchbook is going to be your best friendfor each art project your given.  There are lots of different sketchbook types that may suit various creatives tastes, when considering size though having larger size sketchbook such as a4 and a3 will give you plenty of room to draw without limiting your ideas.


 Thirdly is your portfolio which is where you’ll store all progressive artwork for each project from start to finish. In art college we were required to use A1 size portfolios with a centre binder and plastic display pockets, however depending on your college or university this may vary. Be sure to ask your college or university what type of portfolio you might need before you start so that you can be sure to get what’s needed in advance.

Computer equipment & software

 Computer’s , scanners and other such creative gadgets are sure to be important tool to help you edit , develop and progress with your work ( many of which maybe available to use within the college / university).  However it’s handy during those dissertation projects or final deadlines to have these things to hand at home as well to prevent unnecessary stress. So using some funding available to you look into investing in both a printer, scanner and laptop to enable you to effectively complete your work as and when with ease.

Art software such as adobe creative suites are also crucial tools for many creatives from photographers to graphic designers though they can be an expensive investment to make. However if you’d like to try these software’s in particular there are various trial downloads  and student editions of adobe that you can get online or subscribe to creative cloud to give you access to the various software you may need.

Be open minded & try new things

 Now remember you are on a creative journey through your art education and now is the time to be open minded and try new things because it all plays a crucial part in your self discovery. When I started art college I was very much into the animation, at 17 it was what I was aiming to do so I drew very graphically in my work using strictly ink and markers. Although because I did this I missed out on being able to experience a wider range of art techniques like print making which in turn made my work very limiting.

So be open minded, though you may well have an aspiration to be a specific type of artist also understand that this may well change as you venture through your course. My best advice is listen to your tutors and experiment in the creative studio as much as you can and absorb all the learning.

Image by designer  Susan Estelle Kwas   you can find out more about their work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/24/14 under artists
1 Comment


Submit your illustration:

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