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Pick of the Week for KING 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 Manon Gauthier, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘KING’. 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!

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Posted by Thomas James on 08/15/14 under artists,weekly topics
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Exhibition: ‘Home Sweet Home’ at Atomica Gallery

Article by Oli Rogers

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Our homes are the places in which those many prosaic, private little moments that constitute our lives take place. We cook our beans on toast, walk about in our birthday suits, sprawl on our sofas, kiss our lovers with toothpaste still in our mouths, encounter roving wizards and savagely murder giants in our vegetable patches.

Wait, what? OK, so perhaps not all of these things happen in your abode all that regularly, but if you were, for example, a ghost or a Kafka-esque humanoid fly then you’d presumably still want a little sanctuary in which you could escape the everyday pressures of life, wouldn’t you? And who’s to say what sorts of bizarro business you’d get up to within those four walls? If this is the kind of thing you’ve ever wondered about (and you’re not averse to checking out the odd bit of contemporary art), then Home Sweet Home, the new show at London’s Atomica Gallery, might just be the thing to satisfy your curiosity…

Atomica is a leading light in London’s contemporary art scene, and showcases the work of lowbrow and pop surrealist artists and illustrators. Home Sweet Home is their latest exhibition, a double-headliner featuring the fascinating work of artists Angela Dalinger and Nicholas Stevenson. It promises to offer a bit more than your usual group show, as the pair’s charmingly-rendered slices of unconventional domestic voyeurism have been conceived specifically in reaction to one another. Sometimes subtly, sometimes more overtly, there’s a dialogue going on that demonstrates the cynical sense of humour shared by this pair, and also their take on modern home life. It’s aesthetically charming, and at times conceptually disturbing, but always delightful nonetheless.

Your opportunity to be a nosy neighbour runs from 14 August and runs till 11 September.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 08/13/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Amanda Conner



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Artist Amanda Conner has been working in comics since the late 80′s. She’s been in the top tier of mainstream comics creators for a long time now, but with  DC Comics’ recent New 52 reboot, Amanda Conner got the chance to relaunch the new Harley Quinn series, and has in the process solidified herself as one of the greats, while also redefining one of today’s most popular characters.

Conner developed her drawing skills at The Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey, one of the first technical schools for sequential art founded by comics legend Joe Kubert. She met her future husband, and current collaborator on Harley Quinn, writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti, in the early 90′s when he was an editor at Marvel.. The couple was also responsible for a recent popular run on DC Comics’ Power Girl. Throughout her career, she’s worked with some of comics’ top creators, including Warren Ellis, Peter David, Garth Ennis, and Darwyn Cooke.

Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, MAD Magazine, and Revolver.

You can follow Amanda Conner on Twitter here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/13/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Illustrator Submission :: Katherine Hardy

Post by Chloe

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Katherine Hardy is a freelance illustrator from the UK who studied at the Royal College of Art. She uses clever colour schemes to create beautiful, whimsical worlds. She is inspired by music and album covers and also sings jazz and blues!

If you’d like to find out more about Katherine Hardy you can read my interview with her here.

You can also visit her portfolio.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 08/10/14 under artists
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Artist: Sharon Tiernan

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Being able to return home for part of the summer after another year of University (for me home is Bridlington, East Yorkshire) has enabled me to explore art along the coast of England. Passing by a local art gallery I noticed these wonderful works of art by Sharon Tiernan. Born in Scarborough, it was lovely to see some genuine local talent! The vibrancy of her paintings bring the subjects to life. Tiernan pays attention to detail to create the tones and textures in each piece. Passion is clearly seen in all of her works of art as she tries to make them as realistic as possible, “It is essential for me when acquainting myself with a subject, to aim for accuracy and realism within my work”- Tiernan.

Tiernan studied at the Univeristy of York and gained a Masters in Painting at the University of Hull, therefore it is clear that her skill has been acquired through many years of patience and practice. I took it upon myself to contact the artist directly to gain a better insight into her inspirations and personal background.

Her response can be seen on my personal blog at:

Why not check out the local art scene in your own area? You might be pleasantly surprised at the talent you find, just like I was!



Thanks for reading,


Posted by Carla Taylor on 08/07/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Andrew Robinson




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After serving his country in Desert Storm, artist Andrew Robinson attended The Savannah College of Art and Design in the early 90′s. He bounced around the south-eastern states for a while before settling on the west coast in sunny Pasadena, CA. His early comics work first appeared in popular anthologies such as Dark Horse Presents, and Negative Burn.

In the late 90′s he created the critically acclaimed independent comic, Dusty Star, and started to get high profile cover work for DC Comics on titles such as Hawkman, and Starman.

He’s had a resurgence in his comics work of late, with a multitude of new cover illustrations in recent years for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, just to name a few. In addition to that, he illustrated the fully painted, award winning graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, which is set to be a major motion picture, soon.

To keep up with the latest news, and artwork by Andrew Robinson, you can go to his blog here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/06/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Mindy Carpenter

Post by Natalie

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Mindy Carpenter is a painter originally from Victoria, BC and now living in Ashland, Oregon. She worked in the gift and stationery industry for over 15 years and one year ago started her own greeting card company, Carpe Diem Paper, featuring her original paintings. Her happy and nostalgic work includes images from her childhood and objects she has collected over the years including vintage typewriters, trophies, quirky chairs, and funny animals in clothing. She also has a deep connection to the ocean and her paintings are often inspired by nautical subjects and aquatic life. 

See more of Mindy’s work on her website.

Posted by Natalie on 08/06/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Julia Denos: Fashion & Children’s Illustrator

Post by Heather Ryerson

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Julia Denos’ loose, colorful illustrations are sure to make girls everywhere ooh and ah. Her quick lines and saturated colors say a lot with a little and her playful evocation of texture and pattern is pitch perfect for children’s fashion. She has illustrated numerous picture books for girls like I Had A Favorite Dress, Just Being Audrey, and Grandma’s Gloves. Candlewick Press, HarperCollins, Penguin, RandomHouse, Scholastic, and Highlights are amongst her many clients.

See more of her work on her website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/31/14 under artists,children's art,editorial submissions
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Toni Fejzula





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Serbian born artist Toni Fejzula has worked on many comics, and illustration projects in, and around his current residence of Spain. The new Dark Horse Comics series, Veil, has finally brought him to the attention of American comics fans. His artwork, with it’s unique coloring style, perfectly fits the moody atmosphere of Greg Rucka’s story.

Fejzula has contributed covers to Cthulhu, created the science-fiction album ‘Central Zéro’ at Soleil Productions, and co-created the series ‘Nephilim’ at Delcourt.

Toni Fejzula news, new project updates, and more of his awesome art can be found on his on his facebook page.

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









Posted by Andy Yates on 07/30/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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