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

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Happy Illustration Friday!

We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Jack Viant, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of VILLAIN. 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:

MERMAID

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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 09/18/15 under artists,call for entries,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Mike McGhee

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One thing I love about new comics day is the fact that there’s always the possibility of discovering a new artist  when you’re browsing that big, tall wall of new books at your local comics shop! Well, this week was another one of those happy moments, as my eye caught the cover of Space Riders #2(2nd printing), published by Black Mask. The intricate, yet sketchy line-work and vibrantly colored cover is by artist Mike McGhee, who apparently hails from the North-West comics scene; Seattle, WA, to be more specific!

McGhee recently helped bring Nemesis Enforcer, a Heavy Metal style comics anthology, to life along with fellow creators from the Seattle area. The first 2 issues are currently sold out, but maybe the publisher will print more(let’s hope!).

You can read a bunch of  McGhee’s comics on his website here. He also self-published a comic called STARFALLEN, but I’m not sure if that’s currently available. At any rate, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more about this talented artist in the coming months/years!

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/17/15 under artists,black and white,comic,design,illustration,weekly topics
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Robot Coloring Book from Doodlers Anonymous

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Our friends over at Doodlers Anonymous have published a truly delightful coloring book with robot-themed illustrations by 48 artists. Having personally colored some of these pages with my 6-year-old twin daughters I can attest to the quality and whimsical fun to be found in these pages.

I’m including some closeup photos of some of my favorite pages below.

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Get your copy of Blinking Lights and Beeping Parts: A Robot Coloring Book here >>

Posted by Thomas James on 09/17/15 under artists,books,children's art,comic,illustration,prints,Stuff
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Awesome Illustrated Socks by Chatty Feet

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A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to receive 6 pairs of these super awesome socks from Chatty Feet to review (I love my job). Naturally I picked the Artists Collection plus a couple of other fun pairs, but in all honesty I would wear every single one of these, or at least give them as a gift.

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Not only do I have fun wearing these and mixing and matching them, but they even make the occasional appearance in puppet shows for my kids.

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Check out these socks and a lot more options over at Chatty Feet!

Posted by Thomas James on 09/15/15 under apparel,Humor,illustration,Stuff
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Which of Your Illustrations Should You Remove from Your Portfolio?

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Illustration by Thomas James

Deciding which Illustrations to include in your portfolio, or more importantly which ones to remove, is probably one of the most difficult, emotionally-charged decisions you’ll need to make on a regular basis as a freelance Illustrator.

I mean, come on, they’re your babies. You worked so hard on them. You cared.

In a softer, gentler world perhaps you might be able to make this decision on purely sentimental grounds. However, the fact is that your portfolio should be a lean, mean, Art Director-inspiring machine. That’s why it’s essential to make the tough choices necessary to show off only your most impressive work, and the work that communicates the things that you do best.

Is there an Illustration that makes you wince?

Is there one that immediately stands out? And not in a good way?

I challenge you to remove it right now and see if that improves the overall quality of your portfolio.

It might be difficult, It might hurt, but you can always put it back later.

Remember that your portfolio is not there to give you comfort, or share all your past experiments. You can use your blog for that. Your portfolio is there to get you work, so make it do the heavy lifting.

Anything that doesn’t belong is only holding you back.

After you’ve read this, I encourage you to go to your website right now and pick one Illustration to remove for one day. Tomorrow, go back to your website and look at your portfolio with fresh eyes, and even imagine that you’re viewing your work for the first time as an Art Director.

Is it an improvement? Then do it again. Once you’ve reached the point where taking things away hurts rather than helps, then you’re one step closer to having a tightly-packaged gallery of the best that you have to offer.

I’ve just done this myself, and it’s something that I practice on a regular basis. In fact, I ended up removing 3 images, rather than just 1, because they all needed to be ejected for the same reasons.

Are you up to the challenge?

Posted by Thomas James on 09/14/15 under business
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Illustrator Submission :: Saskia Rasink

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Saskia Rasink is an illustrator, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her work has a bold, graphic style and the warm, sophisticated colour palettes used gives her work a mid-century feel. She often depicts maps and architecture inspired by her passion for traveling. She is also inspired by Scandinavian design, interiors and nature.

If you would like to see more of Saskia’s work, please visit her portfolio.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 09/13/15 under artists
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Pick of the Week for OLD and This Week’s Topic

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Happy Illustration Friday!

We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Johan Keslassy, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of OLD. 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:

VILLAIN

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!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

Posted by Thomas James on 09/10/15 under artists,call for entries,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Tula Lotay

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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 comicstavern.com – 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

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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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