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Artist :: Rebecca Dautremer

Post by Jeanine

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It’s hard not to fall in love with the work of French illustrator Rebecca Dautremer; Her picture books are like stepping into magical worlds filled with charming characters. With warm color palettes, subtle textures, and unexpected compositions, she tells her fairy-tale & folklore inspired stories with a surprising twist & a touch of humor, making them extraordinary stories for children and adults alike.

She often collaborates with her husband, French children’s book author Taï-Marc Le Thanh, and has also worked on a few animated projects. Stop by her website to see more her beautiful work!

Posted by Jeanine Henderson on 02/10/15 under artists,books,children's art,children's illustrators,Jeanine
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Elise Gravel :: author and illustrator

Post by Alice Palace

Elise lives in Montreal and draws lots and  LOTS of wonderful monster characters – but the illustrations I love best are her children and animals…

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Take a look at her website

Posted by Alice Palace on 02/04/15 under Alice,art for sale,artists,books,freelance
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Stunning book covers by artist Iacopo Bruno

Post by Jeanine

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Beautiful drawings, stellar storytelling, and gorgeous typography are among the many skills and expertise of Italian illustrator, Iacopo Bruno. They are also the key components of truly successful book covers, so it’s no surprise that Iacopo’s portfolio is jam-packed with delightful covers and his client list inclusive of many major publishers.

His style varies just enough to adapt to an impressive range of audience and subject matter. Sometimes his covers feature delicate hand lettering, vivid silhouettes, lively characters, or a touch of vintage or steampunk details—and often a combination of these elements. But the end result is always an inviting cover, drawing any reader into the world that lies within.

Iacopo founded DOT, a graphic design studio based in Milan that specializes in editorial and book design, illustration, and typography for a range of client markets. He’s created over 300 book covers, always bringing enthusiasm to each new project.

More of his work can be seen here: studio site | cover blog |sketch blog 

Posted by Jeanine Henderson on 02/03/15 under artists,books,design,Jeanine,Lettering,typography
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Dasha Tolstikova: fun, frenetic & just a little silly

post by Heather Ryerson

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Dasha Tolstikova’s lively, frenetic illustrations have a heart-warming naiveté that appeals to children and adults alike. It’s no wonder she seems to have her foxy paws in everything from children’s books to graphic memoirs and editorial pieces for The New Yorker and The New York Times. Tolstikova’s first picture book The Jacket (2014, written by Kirsten Hall) has received a lot of attention recently, including editor’s choice in The Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. Tolstikova earned her MFA (Illustration as Visual Essay) from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is part of the studio collective Brushwick Studio.

Check out Dasha’s portfolio »

 

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 12/19/14 under Blogroll,books,children's art,editorial submissions
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FREE Andrew Loomis Art Instruction Downloads

FREE Andrew Loomis Art Instruction Downloads

UPDATE: Out of respect for the Andrew Loomis estate, Illustration Friday has removed these out-of-print books from our free collection. However, some of these wonderful resources are now being reprinted, so keep an eye out for the reissues, and also check out our critically-acclaimed ebook 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration.

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Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under books
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Artist :: David Mack

Posted by Angie

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David Mack << Illustration Friday

David Mack << Illustration Friday

 

David Mack is the creator, author and artist of Kabuki, a comic book series that has earned international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques and page design. He is also the writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil.

He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, which included studies in Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Photography, Typography and Bookmaking, and a minor in English. The first published Kabuki collection, Kabuki: Circle of Blood, was completed while David was in college, and the story served as his senior writing thesis. He has now completed seven collections.

I found Kabuki several years ago, when I wandered into a comic book shop looking for art-driven stories. David’s writing is just as brilliant as his illustrative abilities. He uses watercolor and mixed media collage in his unconventional page layouts and creates stunning imagery and powerful storylines.

View more of his work : Facebook | fansite

Posted by Thomas James on 06/12/13 under Angie,artists,books,collage,comic,design
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Jon Gray’s Typographical Book Covers

Post by Sarah

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In my career I’ve been focusing on illustration for the last years, but coming from a much broader background in graphic & communication design I am fascinated with the whole book cover designing process and the challenges it comes with.

Creating visuals that somehow represent a whole story without going the most obvious route or being too bold and simple is a skill that results in beautiful work when it’s mastered. Jonathan Gray aka Gray 318 clearly is one of the masters in this field. His mainly typographical works are always smart, thought-through and often show a dry wit. If you are a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer you might already be very aware of Jon’s fantastic cover work.

You can see a video on youtube about the extraordinary cover design of Nineteen Eighty-Four (3rd cover shown above) here.

For more work and some videos of Jon Gray here: Portfolio | Blog

 

 

Posted by Thomas James on 05/11/13 under artists,books,conceptual,design,Sarah,typography
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Artist :: Gemma Correll

Post by Clio.

Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday1 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday2 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday3 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday4These hilarious drawings by Gemma Correll are sure to put a smile on your face this Friday. Famed for drawing pugs and cats Gemma is a true comic genius. Her witty one liners are coupled perfectly with the little characters of her sketchbooks. And she definitely makes me want a pug (she has two real ones and tons and tons of doodled ones), especially after the release of her newest gem, a book entitled A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette.

Catch more of Gemma’s work on her website & blog.

Posted by Thomas James on 05/03/13 under artists,books,cartoon,Clío,comic,creativity,digital,illustrationfriday
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Illustrator :: Anna Walker

post by Tamsin 

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Gorgeous work by Australian illustrator Anna Walker. Her work is delightful, her characters are a joy! her work has a lovely energy to it with her clever use of colour, pencil line & collage. Her  books have won awards and have been translated into different languages. For more of her delicious work, see her blog here and her website here.

 

Posted by Thomas James on 04/23/13 under artists,books,collage,Tamsin
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Children’s Illustrator: Erin Bennett Banks

Posted by Angie Brown

Children's Illustrator :: Erin Banks << Illustration Friday

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Erin Bennett Banks has a passion for rich narratives and culturally distinct visual storytelling. She has illustrated three nationally published children’s books, and has won several awards for her work. She has also created illustrations for clients such as Highlights for Children Magazine, McGraw-Hill, The Weekly Reader and Harvard Business Review, and her paintings have been licensed artwork for JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Erin lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, two cherub babies, and a couple of pugs.

She paints in oils, and I love the vibrant red outlines that electrify her compositions, and the angular planes of her “primitive” style, and the expressiveness of her characters.

View more of her work on her website.

Posted by Thomas James on 04/11/13 under Angie,artists,books,children's art,painterly
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