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Post by Clio.
Fuchsia MacAree’s crayon-like illustrations are rooted in humour and wit. They are colourful, bright and simple and definitely smile-inducing.
Since graduating from college three years ago MacAree has hit the ground running and not stopped since, working as a freelancer on a multitude of both editorial work and personal projects. Featured above are a selection from the Lookalikes series.
Most recently MacAree participated the Offset Creative Project 2013 by illustrating a quote from a previous conference speaker on a number of household items which were then sold for charity.
Find out more about the Offset conference for creatives on their website.
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Kate Bingaman-Burt’s hilarious illustrations can’t help but put a smile on my face on this dreary Friday morning (is it nice and sunny where you are? Ireland isn’t quite aware that it’s Spring yet). For this particular project Kate posted an open call for mix-tape submissions and drew all of the tapes sent to her by strangers. The resulting images are sweet glimpses of a fleeting period of time when the mix-tape was the height of romantic.
Kate works for lots of brands as a commercial illustrator, as well as teaching, giving talks, designing textiles and drawing everything she buys every day. See more of her work on her website and blog. You might just like to check out her shop too…it’s full of lovely stuff.
Love these detailed wallpapers by Famille Summerbelle.
I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for mobiles. I have always had a mobile of some sort suspended in my studio. I find them calming, and I think that relaxed feeling helps me come up with ideas for illustrations more easily. Maybe it’s just me?
In my search for something new, I ran across these that sparked my fancy.
San Francisco-based artist Diana Fayt has makes beautiful ceramics with a delicate line work. Makes me want to get out a fine pen and doodle…
Hello kids! (yes that’s you too …) This is our first Illustration Friday Kid’s post for you all. Each week or so I will be posting a lesson for you to try out. Get your adult friend to try this with you and be amazed what they can do!
Watercolors or crayons or colored pencils or oil pastels
Start your Scribble Drawing!:
1. Put your pencil down on your paper and scribble in slow circular motions around your paper.
(Tip: Use your whole arm for nice loopy loops.)
2. Try and make it one continuous line.
3. Stop drawing after a few minutes and pick up your paper and take a look inside your scribbles!
4. Don’t see anything? Turn your paper another way and again — you have four views per paper…
5. Still don’t see anything? Get a buddy to take a look!
6. When you find your special something inside your drawing, outline it with the pencil.
7. Cut it out! Add color and put glue it onto another background.
8. Find more scribble drawings inside your loops and add them to your picture!
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This fun project comes from my book Art Lab for Kids and has been done by hundreds of people with new results each time! Try it for yourself!
This post is brought you by Illustration Friday Contributor Susan Schwake. Susan is co-owner and curator of Artstream LLC and though the gallery runs an independent art school serving people of all ages and abilities. She is also the author of Art Lab for Kids: 52 projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media by Quarry Books.
Wow. In three simple steps, Flickr user cshimala blew my mind.
1. Drive around Chicago with a video camera on windshield
2. Speed up resulting footage in video editor
3. Apply mirror effect with same editor
Check out when he drives under the L.
Have you played this Pictionary-like, turn-based, quasi-illustration game yet? If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, I guess the answer is “probably.” I actually just found out about it recently, but according to the developers it’s “***The #1 Free App, #1 Paid App and #1 Word Game in over 80 countries!***”
I don’t know that I’d classify it as a word game at all — though you are indeed given a topic to illustrate and a forum in which to share it (which reminds me of something else, actually).
To me, it’s more of a drawing game… conceptual illustration, to be exact. It works like this: The turn starts when you’re given three choices of words to draw. You take your pick and make your pic — crafting the best sketch you can muster within the confines of your screen and digital-screen drawing ability. Then you hit “Send.” Presto: Your drawing is whooshed off to your friend, whose job it is now to try and guess what word you were drawing. The better they guess, the better your game. So it’s kind of a collaboration.
One fun thing is that your friend doesn’t just see the finished illustration, but rather gets to “watch” you draw it as each line and dot falls into place. This turns out to be a big help to both the illustrator and the guesser, in my experience — you can infer a lot from what your friend chose to depict first and last. It’s also fun that the words you draw are categorized by difficulty when you choose them, so a beginner can work on an artistic rendering of something simple like “Cat,” while more experienced Draw-Something-ers can opt to take on, say, “Socialism.” I think you get more coins, or something, for drawing the harder words, but so far I haven’t found much use for the coins.
The most fun thing though, to me at least, is getting to see your friends’ drawings. My friends — even the ones who aren’t artists — are *fantastic* artists if you ask me. Part of it is that a tiny glass screen is a great leveler of artistic skill, and while there are certainly folks who can do amazing things within the i-devices’ constraints, most of us just try to get by on our cleverness. Or that of our friends. But the fun also comes from seeing how your friends see things.
If you’re given, for example, “seasick,” do you draw a person with a green face and hope your friend will know it’s not a martian? Do you draw the sea, *then* some image of illness? Or will your friend get hung up and think you’re imagining some kind of underwater hospital? Also, they’ll be guessing your word based on not just the picture, but a jumble of letters that includes s-e-a-s-i-c-k. What if they get confused and think you meant to draw the suggestion that they “ask ice”? Unlikely, but still.
It’s really fun to factor in not just what something looks like, but how well you can draw it and how well your friend can guess it.
Once you’ve played a few rounds of Draw Something, you begin to conclude that it’s actually not a word game at all — in fact, using words in your drawings is kind of a last resort. (I’ve done it; I’ll admit, but I try not to.) Rather, it’s a fun distraction that makes a game out of illustration itself. Oh, and if you can think of a good way to draw the idea of “Frenemy,” please let me know. It’s my turn, and I hate keeping my friend waiting.
Here are some of my favorite illustrations from my games so far. I thought I did a particularly nice job on “Floss.”
I just wish I could get Penelope to play me.
Designer and illustrator Andy J. Miller showcases his work at Design Koma