How to Be More Creative Every Day


As inspired and creatively enthusiastic as we are, there are times when we can’t be as fully creative as we want to be. Whether you’re a creative pro taking a break after long hours at the drawing board or you’ve got to take time away from your creative life because of school, these things happen and we have to prioritize them over our creativity.

However, have you found when the pencils, paint brushes, graphics tablet or camera are put down, we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves? We’re creatively restless and eager to do anything but relax or what we’re supposed to. So to soothe your creative side while taking a break or trying to focus on other life “to-do’s”, here are a few small ways you can be creative everyday:

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Posted by Kate Leonard on 02/01/15 under artists
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Pick of the Week for PASSION and This Week’s Topic


Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Anna Marie Farmer, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PASSION. 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:


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 01/30/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Creative Pep Talk Podcast – Episode 22

Creative Pep Talk

A podcast of quick casual thoughts on finding your thing in the design and illustration world by illustrator and designer Andy J. Miller.

022 – 10 Ways to Grow Your Commercial Art Practice

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want bigger and better work? Or just more work? Or to make more money doing what you love? Here are some real ways that I’ve been able to successfully grow my art practice.

Listen to more episodes:

Andy J. Miller’s Website


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Posted by Andy J. Miller on 01/29/15 under Don'tMiss,Podcast
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Sonia Kretschmar’s Old Modern Styling


Sonia is a Melbourne based illustrator whose work features on book covers, editorial and now homewares. Sonia works in traditional and digital media and is also an animator, her sense of colour and pattern, juxtaposed with the characters in her work that seem to come from another time, makes her work unique. She also loves sloths!

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Posted by Andrea Innocent on 01/29/15 under Don'tMiss,New Illustration
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Hand lettering Artist :: Linzie Hunter

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UK based artist Linzie Hunter’s typographic illustrations are so fun to look at! Her bright and playful work often has a vintage flair, and she mixes unique type styles with color and pattern to create whimsical pieces from often complicated, text-heavy content.

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Posted by Jeanine Henderson on 01/28/15 under artists,Jeanine,Lettering,typography
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Science of Explanation With Cartoonist Maki Naro

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Maki Naro is a cartoonist, illustrator and blogger for the likes of Popular Science, The Nib and The New York Times. Maki does really clever and engaging explainers on all sorts of scientific concepts, like this fantastic piece for The Nib, Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts. He has a portal site which will lead you down a rabbit hole of cartoons, blogs, commentary and all around interesting stuff.

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Posted by Mark Kaufman on 01/28/15 under Don'tMiss
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Illustrator :: Tiago Americo

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Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 01/28/15 under artists
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Edgy Portraits by Conor Langton Meredith.Monk_.Conor_.Langton.cmyk_

For more of Conor’s work go HERE>>

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Posted by Michael Byers on 01/27/15 under Don'tMiss,New Illustration
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The Right Kind of People Can Make Your Creativity Grow



Being a creative at times can be hard. Whether you love to scribble, paint, take a picture, shape clay and more all you know is that you’re passionate about what you do. No one said it was going to be an easy path to follow when you started out, taking each day as it came and trying to direct your creativity in so many ways for opportunities to come your way.

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Posted by Kate Leonard on 01/27/15 under artists
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