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Weekly Topic :: “Tribute” in Honor of IF’s Founder, Penelope Dullaghan

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Thomas James

In honor of Illustration Friday’s founder, Penelope Dullaghan


“It’s been my honor and such a pleasure to have brought IF to life and to watch it grow into what it is today. But most of all, I have been incredibly inspired by all of you, and all the artwork that you guys have contributed. You all are amazing. I wish you all so very well, and I hope that you continue to make beautiful art every week.”Penny

10 years ago, illustrator Penelope Dullaghan started a weekly personal experiment as a way to explore and play with images and concepts outside the confines of commissioned projects.

She quickly discovered that other fellow artists wanted to participate too, and so she created Illustration Friday.

Although it started small, with about 10 or 15 people taking part in the weekly challenge, Illustration Friday grew quickly and organically into the thriving illustration community that many of us know and love today. With the addition of blog posts, artist interviews and resources for artists, it became one of the most popular online destinations for amateurs and professionals alike.

After 10 years, Penelope realized that the time had come to focus on other things, and handed the reigns over to Thomas James, illustrator and Creative Director of Illustration Age (that’s me).

Illustration Friday is here to stay, and rest assured that much more will stay the same than will change. I’ll be talking more about minor improvements and additions in the weeks to come, but for now I felt compelled to take a pause to honor everything that Penelope has done for so many artists by nurturing a sense of community and participation here at Illustration Friday, and invite you to do the same.


What has Illustration Friday meant to you?


Please leave Penelope a message in the comments below to let her know about your experience with Illustration Friday, and what effect it has had on your art, and your life. Then, be sure to participate in this week’s topic, TRIBUTE, in honor of Penny.

Posted by Thomas James on 05/03/13 under celebrate,IF news update,illustrationfriday,news,weekly topics

Book Review :: “Sylvester and the New Year”

Just in time for Christmas this year, Far Far Away Books has come out with a beautiful book that’s actually not about Christmas at all. “Sylvester and the New Year” is a modern incarnation of what’s apparently a classic story, but one I’d never heard before:  The tale of Sylvester, a white-bearded, sleigh-driving figure who does *not* deliver presents to all the children of the world, but rather brings us the New Year, in the form of a cheerful child.

German poet Eduard Mörike is to thank for the original tale, dating back more than a century, and indeed the book has the timeless feel of a modern classic. Emmeline Pidgen’s evocative, enchanting artwork seems the perfect complement to this peace-filled, sparely told story.

Also particularly charming is the printing — it’s a little art-director-nerdy of me to point out, but you can’t help noticing the pleasing feel of the paper and the glittering foil stamping on the cover. It’s even sized just right for reading together with a little one, laying perfectly across a lap.

The only problem is that if you want to give this to a special child in your life this Christmas, you’ll need to act quickly — especially if you’re on this side of the Atlantic. The publisher is in the UK, so your copy will have to cross the pond in time for your celebration.

Like the New Year, though, it’ll be worth the wait.

See more and order your copy here.


Posted by penelope on 12/04/12 under books,celebrate,children's art
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Pomfolio Giveaway from

Hello folks! We’re closing in on the end of the year, and are smack dab in the middle of the winter holiday season. To celebrate, would like to offer 5 FREE Pomfolio accounts to Illustration Friday participants!

Pomfolio is a new blog service tailored to the needs of artists and creators, using WordPress MU software. We offer easy to customize themes (also formatted for mobile browsers) and plugins to complement the social networking features we’ve all come to rely on (like easy Facebook, Twitter and Flickr connections).

To play, simply leave a comment below. We’ll randomly choose one winner today*, and two winners for the next two weeks until we’ve given them all away!

*YAY, we’ve done the drawing using’s random number generator and winner is…Ira, from Sketch for the Day!

Congratulations Ira! I’ll be contacting you with an invite code at the email address you provided in your comment. We’ll have our next giveaway for TWO more Pomfolio accounts next Friday!

Posted by admin on 12/25/09 under artists,celebrate,contests/projects,giveaway

The Suitcase Series: Camilla Engman

Amanda tips us off in her Twitter feed about Camilla Engman’s latest book from Uppercase Gallery:


This series presents in glorious detail the lives of artists and designers from around the world. Small and intimate, each book contains a special treasure: in this edition we have included a glassine envelope of postcards with which you can create a Camilla-inspired collage. You’ll also find a booklet
of the adventures of Morran, the little Swedish dog with a big imagination. Each book in The Suitcase Series is a precious souvenir of a creative journey shared between the artist and you, the reader.

Posted by admin on 12/03/09 under artists,books,celebrate
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Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty – IF and kids



This is SO COOL. Aaron Zenz, illustrator and dad extraordinaire, created a blog called Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty for his three kids (Isaac, Grace, and Lily) who draw and participate regularly in Illustration Friday. This month they are celebrating their 3 year anniversary and 250th post (wow!), and to do so posted an open invitation for visitors to dive into the archives, pick a favorite image, and do their own take on it. So illustrators (many of them also IF participants) have chosen one of the kiddo drawings and created it in their style. The results are so fun!

Aaron tells me that he’s keeping the invitation open through the rest of the month if anyone else wants to join in. So go. Go now! :)

Posted by admin on 08/22/09 under celebrate,IF Participants
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Every Day in May

A 24hr. head start! Élena Nazarro writes: “I’m starting up “Every Day In May” again, where I (and others who join in) are committing to paint/sew/write/create for 31 straight days. We’d love to have you join, especially if you think you need a kickstart. Goodness knows I do!”


More info at her blog, French Toast Girl, and a Flickr group too!

Posted by admin on 04/30/09 under artists,celebrate,contests/projects,everyday art,public art,the art of living
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Sita Sings Free

Back in January we mentioned Nina Paley’s astonishing Sita Sings the Blues, an animated and musical tragicomedy with Indian roots and a 20′s jazz soundtrack.

It’s more than worth a mention that since last month, the released film has been available under the terms of a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. In short, as Paley writes, “You don’t need my permission to copy, share, publish, archive, show, sell, broadcast, or remix Sita Sings the Blues.”

Or to download and watch it. So grab a 1080p full cut, and remix Sita into something else awesome!

Posted by admin on 03/21/09 under animation,cartoon,celebrate
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Veda is here!

Penelope’s baby has arrived, and her husband Colin introduces us to little Veda over at Penelope’s blog. Congratulations, Penelope and Colin!!

Posted by admin on 02/14/09 under artists,celebrate,IF news update,the art of living
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Happy 4th Anniversary, IF!

  Four years ago this week Penny and I flipped the switch on Illustration Friday’s very own site, and here we are today! Thank you, P, for the most fun I’ve ever had writing code. :)

Posted by admin on 12/02/08 under celebrate,IF news update,illustrationfriday

democracy and love

What an exciting election last night. As a Canadian, it was wonderful to see our sister nation come together so strongly and exercise the right to vote. I definitely feel a new and fresh energy bubbling amongst Americans. I hope as the months progress through the recession, all of us artists/illustrators can weather the storm, take care of each other, and all come ouT stronger in the end.

Cheers to hope!

Illustration by the always whimsical Natasha Rosenburg :)

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Posted by admin on 11/05/08 under celebrate
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