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Illustrator: Asher Jay

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Born in India but mixed descent raised by the world,  Asher Jay creative conservationist and animal activist, uses graphic imagery to portray her passion for nature and campaigns against various issues such as wildlife trafficking, habitat loss and many other global issues concerning wildlife.

It can easily be said how strong Jay’s influence is to the general public through her campaign art which causes the viewer to gain a true perspective of what is happening around the world. Personally I found her Ted Talk truly inspiring which you can view here, and from direct contact I found Jay to be an extremely passionate individual with a desire for change.

More of Jay’s work can be found on her website.


Thanks for reading,


Posted by Carla Taylor on 01/17/15 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: David Petersen

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When David Petersen’s Mouse Guard hit comic store shelves in 2006, I remember thinking, in my very jaded, pessimistic way,“oh, there’s another furry animal gimmick book that probably won’t last more than a couple issues..”. So, now 8+ years later, and multiple volumes of Mouse Guard stories later, I realize how terribly wrong I was. David Petersen has proven that his little creator-owned book had the perseverance to make it against all odds, just like his little furry protagonists! Petersen accomplishes bringing a classic illustrated storybook aesthetic to his comics. His background in printmaking has helped him develop this style.

In addition to Mouse Guard, Petersen has done numerous cover illustrations, and poster art for big name clients like Marvel Comics, IDW, and Mondo posters.

David Petersen earned his degree in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University, after a short stint in community college.

You can see up to date news, and the latest artwork on David Petersen’s blog here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 01/16/15 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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The Creative Carnival


The Creative Carnival is a yearly event sponsored by Workbook that brings artists and creatives together over food, drink and of course, art. During the evening, one of the main attractions is artists drawing from live models who, with their makeup and costumes add to the overall Carnival feel. It’s fascinating to observe how each artist “sees” their subject. Once drawings are completed they are available for purchase. The proceeds are donated to The Workbook Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to deserving students.
[Illustrations by Yevgenia Nayberg]

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Posted by Thomas James on 01/16/15 under artists,events and openings
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Kendra Dandy

Hi there! I’m so thrilled to be the newest contributor here – I hope we’ll become fast friends. I thought I’d tell you just a little bit about myself and then dive right in to my first artist. I’m Bryna – a freelance illustrator, photographer and yoga teacher based in Portland, Oregon. I have a particular love for surface design, and that’s what I’ll cover here on the blog. When I first decided to pursue illustration, I didn’t really know all the potential ways my artwork could be sold and used by other companies. Once I discovered the world of surface design, I felt like the possibilities were truly endless! We are lucky as illustrators, that our work has so many applications. I’m really looking forward to sharing with you some of the most exciting surface design work out there in hopes that it may inspire new dreams for your own work. If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to connect with you, so don’t be shy! Feel free to email, instagram or tweet me. Alright, enough about me, let’s dive into the wonderful world of surface design, shall we?


It’s rare, but really exciting, to find an artist who is as prolific as she is passionate about creating patterns. Enter Kendra Dandy, illustrator and pattern designer. Her instagram feed boasts colorful patterns featuring fruit, makeup and girls in fancy hairdos with fun shades. Her distinctive patterns have appeared on lipstick packaging for Anthropologie, beautiful silk scarves, and tote bags for Baba Souk. Any surface she can paint on, she likely has (including a french fry box!). The way she layers patterns together makes her work instantly recognizable and memorable. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Take a look at her portfolio, and be sure to follow her instagram for more juicy patterns!


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Post written by Bryna Shields.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 01/16/15 under artists,packaging,pattern,textiles
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Pick of the Week for NEFARIOUS and This Week’s Topic


Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Adam Munoa, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘NEFARIOUS’. 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 01/16/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Using Illustration Friday in the Classroom

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Attention teachers!

Illustration Friday was recently featured on The Art of Ed, a super useful and inspiring blog for art teachers all over the world! We’re very excited about this because we hear from educators all the time that they regularly use IFriday as a teaching tool in their classrooms.

The best part of The Art of Ed’s post is that they offer a variety of ideas on just how you too can use Illustration Friday’s weekly topic challenge as a creative prompt for your students, no matter the age or skill level.

We’re all about inspiring people to create, so please do check out their post if you’re a teacher looking for some creative ideas on bringing Illustration Friday to your classroom as well!

Posted by Thomas James on 01/14/15 under artists,classes,creativity,weekly topics
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NEFARIOUS by Jon Stuart


Submitted by Jon Stuart for the Illustration Friday Topic of NEFARIOUS.

Posted by Thomas James on 01/14/15 under artists,weekly topics
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More Ways to Promote Your Work on Illustration Friday


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


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


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!

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Posted by Thomas James on 01/13/15 under artists
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