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Let’s Have Better (and More) Conversations About Art


Illustration by Thomas James

Hey illustrators!


Illustration Friday has been going strong for over 10 years as a vibrant online community of artists of all style and skill, and most of that is thanks to all of you!

Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been participating in our weekly art challenges for any number of years, you’re part of the community thread that binds it all together in a rich and colorful tapestry of friendship. When being an artist can be such a lonely hobby or career, comfort can be taken in the company of like-minded folks. It has always been that way and Illustration Friday has always focused on finding the best ways to engage the community.

What we’ve really been finding effective in nurturing our vast international network of friends is our official Facebook Page because it allows us the space to dig in to more in-depth conversations about the industry of illustration, the hobby of drawing, and the joy of shared inspiration. With more than 120,000 artists joining in, it makes for a well-rounded gathering for sure! We’re going to be spending a lot more time and energy between this website and our official page to provide the richest experience to everyone, so we invite you to join us both here and there.

Posted by Thomas James on 07/04/14 under IF news update
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Weekly Topic :: “Future” and an Introduction to Thomas James

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Steven Bremner

In honor of the future of Illustration Friday!


Introducing Thomas James

After 10 years, Penelope Dullaghan has handed the reigns of Illustration Friday over to Thomas James, illustrator and Creative Director of Illustration Age (that’s me).

After devoting last week to honoring everything that Penny has done for everyone who has ever participated at Illustration Friday, it’s time to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about the exciting future of the community.

Who the heck is Thomas James?


Good question.

I’m an illustrator who creates smart visual concepts for clients like WIRED Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many others, some of which have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration.

I’m also the Editor/Creative Director of Illustration Age, a site devoted to keeping up with what’s happening in the illustration industry, and former Editor/Creative Director/Podcast host of Escape from Illustration Island, a now-defunct site devoted to resources and inspiration for freelance illustrators that has now been merged with IA.

I’ve also created several downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and resources for illustrators such as theIllustrator’s Survival Kit15 Steps to Freelance IllustrationInside Illustration Competitions, and 5 Qualities of a Successful Illustrator, just to name a few.

What’s going to happen to Illustration Friday?


Even better question!

Rest assured that more will stay the same than will change with IF. The most important thing to me is keeping the same spirit of community, inspiration, and fun that Penny has nurtured for so many years. You’ll still have your weekly themes, inspiring blog posts, and inclusive community that you’ve always enjoyed.

Of course, I’ll naturally be bringing my own voice and approach to Illustration Friday, drawing from my past experiences as an advocate for illustrators everywhere, and finding some areas of collaboration between Illustration Friday and Illustration Age. You may have already noticed some minor design tweaks here and there as I clean things up a bit and try to make the site even easier to navigate and more of a useful resource for you.

Further additions will involve incorporating some of Illustration Age’s popular resources such as the Illustration Bookstore, as well as working with industry-related companies for some exciting contests and giveaways to spice things up!

Is there something you’d like to see on Illustration Friday? I’d love to hear your ideas, so don’t hesitate to let me know! I’m really grateful for Penelope’s trust in taking over what is both a personal project and a thriving community of artists, and I look forward to getting to know you all a little better and seeing all the great art that you create

Thomas James

Posted by Thomas James on 05/10/13 under IF news update,weekly topics
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Illustration Friday

Hello artists!

We are getting ready to wrap it up for the holidays and take a little break from this space. I hope that this blog has brought you much creative inspiration and good cheer this year. We’ll meet you back here in 2013 with more great art!

Be safe and well in your merriment.

Creatively yours,
penelope dullaghan and the IF Bloggers


Posted by Thomas James on 12/24/12 under IF news update
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