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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 Clio Meldon on 05/03/13 under artists,books,cartoon,Clío,comic,creativity,digital,illustrationfriday
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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

Artist :: Fuchsia MacAree

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.

For more of Fuchsia MacAree’s work check out her website, facebook and tumblr.

Posted by Clio Meldon on 03/29/13 under apparel / products,artists,cartoon,Clío,creativity,design,digital,everyday art,freelance,illustrationfriday
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Artist :: Kate Bingaman-Burt

Post by Clio




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. 

Posted by Clio Meldon on 03/22/13 under art for sale,artists,cartoon,Clío,design,digital,everyday art,freelance,illustrationfriday
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Beautiful illustrations :: Christine Pym

Post by Alice Palace

Christine is very good at drawing animals, especially those dressed in snazzy knitwear!

Christine Pym << Illustration Friday

Christine Pym << Illustration Friday

Christine Pym << Illustration Friday

Have a look at Christine’s work here :: portfolio

Posted by Alice Palace on 03/22/13 under Alice,artists,children's art,illustrationfriday
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Weekly Dr.’s Column

For the past 2+ years I’ve been illustrating a weekly Dr.’s column for the most popular Argentine newspaper’s Sunday magazine, Clarin.

Readers send their concerns- which all too often seem to be way too similar- and Dr. Abdala offers his medical advice.

I truly love doing this column every single week. It challenges me to find all kinds of different ways to illustrate depression, anxiety, aging, phobias and complexes, over and over again. Needless to say, no reader ever sends a concern about how to stop being so incredibly happy.

Moreover, because they know my work quite well by now, and I assume they like it enough to keep me this long, I have the unusual freedom to experiment and try out new approaches to my work. So I often adapt my style to the concept, instead of always adapting the concept to my style for the sake of style consistency, which is what often happens with illustrators but not so much with graphic designers.

So, my friends, here is a selection of my 10 favorite illos from this column that keeps me busy- and on antidepressants (FYI, yeah, that IS a joke)- every Monday of my sweet existence.

Hope you enjoy them… and that, whenever and wherever it is you get to see them, it’s a sunny day outside.
{¡Gracias Jorge, Gustavo, Diego & Marina!}

- Fernanda

“Suicidal Thoughts”

“Panic Attacks”

“The Narcissist”

“Upbringing Gets and Stays in the Way”




“Post-Abortion Depression”

“Depression” (again)

“Vicious Eating Cycles”

Posted by admin on 03/22/11 under artists,everyday art,freelance,illustrationfriday,The IF Bloggers,Uncategorized
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IF Interview with Josh Cochran

Interview conducted by Yuko Shimizu.


1) I read that when you were in art school, you were initially thinking of becoming a concept artist for film.  It is hard to imagine that past from your current work. Can you talk a bit about your artistic transition?

In school, one of my first drawing teachers was this artist, Ruben Hickman who was a background painter at Dreamworks. He was a huge influence on me and showed me how I didn’t necessarily have to be a starving artist and could still etch out a living for myself doing commercial work. I’ve always really been into video game art and animation design so going into concept work for film didn’t seem like a big stretch. Around my junior year at Art Center I had an independent study with a teacher who was an art director in the entertainment industry. Midway through the semester and many, many graphite film composition studies later, I realized that I didn’t have the interest to work as a concept artist. During this time I was also taking a printmaking class which opened my mind to a whole new way of making pictures. I figured that I should really pursue what I was passionate about and not worry too much with the financial side of things. Luckily things worked out OK after graduation. I’m really happy with my traditional background and feel like all those graphite studies and landscape compositions play an important part in how I create images now.



2) You have a background in print-making. But I assume you do most of your works digitally now. Can you explain a bit about your work process? (you can leave out the secret!)

I usually draw everything in pencil (sometimes brush and ink) on paper which I scan into the computer. I separate out my linework and color in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. My colors are pretty simple, like a silkscreen, so I tend to use a limited palette. My photoshop files are very stripped down, only a handful of layers. No secrets! A high school student could probably work this way. I try to rely more heavily on my drawing and compositions.


3) You have moved around a lot when you were growing up, lived in multiple countries with completely different cultures and languages. How do you think this experience has affected you as an artist and your work?

Having a bit more exposure to different cultures can really only help your vocabulary as an artist. I’m sure some of the mix of asian and western influences work their way into my work somehow. I grew up with an American Dad and a Chinese Mom, both with strong personalities which gave me a very even mix of the two cultures. For example, growing up as a kid in Taiwan, our meals at home would be a mix of Chinese and American dishes. Like Hamburger Helper with bok choi. Hopefully my work reflects a little bit of that split personality.



4) And, you recently made a big trans-continent move from LA area to Brooklyn, NY.  What was behind this big decision, and how is the life in New York working out for you?

I’ve always wanted to live here in New York. I’ve met some really nice friends out here that helped get me settled and it seemed like a natural progression for me. I think one of the great things about being an illustrator is that you can live anywhere you want. So I didn’t feel especially tied down in one place. My wife was also looking for a career change and wanted to get into publishing. New York has been really an extreme change from the laid back lifestyle California has. Living in Brooklyn has been a nice in between for me. It’s not quite as crazy as Manhattan but still just a few subway stops away. Plus I was able to get rid of my car!


5) In a rather short period of time since you started working and became successful, you seem to have become one of the most copied illustrators.  I am curious to hear what you have been feeling about this phenomenon? Do you have anything you want to say to all the copycats out there?

I try not to get too bogged down with people that emulate my colors, or linework. It’s really more of an indicator that I need to keep moving and pushing my own skills. Hopefully, my work isn’t just defined by my aesthetic but also by the way I think and solve problems. I think if you focus too much on people copying you or get too protective of your “style” it could really start to hold you back creatively.



6) You are still young, yet already accomplished so much. You have worked with every magazine and book publisher I can think of, some cool advertising clients, also designed tote bags, created animation, had solo shows internationally….  Now, what’s on your horizon?

I’m really interested in larger scale projects. I just completed a wallpaper project for the Ace Hotel in Manhattan that was extremely satisfying because it was such a departure from how I normally work. Also, I will be exhibiting a new silkscreen at Art Basel in Miami curated by Neon Monster and FENDI.

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See more of Josh’s work here.

Thanks Josh and Yuko!

Posted by admin on 11/06/09 under illustrationfriday,Interviews

Podcast Interview


Hola friends. I recently did a podcast interview with Thomas from Escape from Illustrator Island. It’s a part of Illustration Mundo that deals with resources and fun stuff for illustrators and artists. Thomas and I covered the topics of how Illustration Friday got it start and where it’s headed… how I got started as an illustrator… how I got a rep… and so on.

Have a listen here. Or here. Hope you enjoy!


Posted by admin on 09/29/09 under illustrationfriday,Interviews
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Today I’m enjoying masporquerias by Juan Carlos Federico. Check out his entry for “Talisman

Posted by admin on 04/10/09 under artists,illustrationfriday
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Upgrades and inspiration

ifrifbappicon The week before little Veda was due to arrive, Penny and I were discussing the fun stuff we’d like to do on Illustration Friday, plus the necessary upgrades that have been in the works for some time. A few hours later, she gave me a sparkling set of Photoshop files containing a new layout for the site, with all the new features we’d just been chatting about in place and the colors just radiant.

She said “I’ve been able to see it in my head for awhile.”

I love bringing Penelope’s web visions to life!

So, the IF Forums are temporarily read-only while we move everything to the new software and get ready to unveil the new IF. You can definitely still post entries and suggest topics (this week’s topic is “Intricate“, which had only been suggested a few days ago – I got a thrill when I saw it in the list. This should be fun!) and the new site will have even better tools for showing your stuff.

Meanwhile, in daily acts of inspiration, this pic from Camilla Engman‘s Flickr has been up on my screen since it was posted. I want to reach through the monitor, beep their noses, and touch the shiniest button at the bottom:


Originally uploaded by Camilla Engman

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Posted by admin on 03/06/09 under IF news update,illustrationfriday,news
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