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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

Welcome to the NEW Illustration Friday!!

I am so thrilled to finally share with you our freshly updated website, including easier ways to share your art, browse illustrations, and connect with your creative community. With the new site, you can see all the beautiful artwork front and center, pop up a window to take a closer peek, and easily “Like” the pieces that make you smile, and “Share” them with your friends!

A few highlights:

* Thumbnails are now huge (!) and can be automatically generated (!!) for you if you choose. Try it out this week when you post your artwork — Go to the homepage, choose “Submit your illustration” and fill out the form. After you paste in your url and choose your Medium, the auto-generator will start doing its thing and you can choose your thumbnail easily! (Yippee!) You can also choose a thumbnail from your desktop if you choose. Either way is cool!

* It’s easier and fun to Submit a Topic! Think up a good word or short phrase that can be interpreted visually in lots of ways and submit it! If your topic is chosen you’re website link will be on the homepage and on the new weekly topic email.

* Speaking of weekly topic emails… We are using a new service so the newsletters are prettier and easier for you to manage. Sign up for topic and goodies in your inbox!

* We are now accepting sponsorship ads on the site if you’re interested in getting more eyeballs on your artwork / little prints shop / new project. Check out the sponsors on the sidebar. View sponsorship info.

* For even more ideas to get involve with the new Illustration Friday, visit the About page.

I hope you enjoy the new site! Please help spread the word by “Liking” IF on Facebook, tweeting about it, blogging about it or posting your art to the  homepage and on the IF Facebook Group page! And link back with a new IF button for your site!

Thank you so much for your support, continued participation and, of course, the awesome artwork you contribute! You guys are what makes Illustration Friday wonderful!

Penelope Dullaghan

Posted by admin on 06/29/12 under news

Varoom Issue 15

Varoom – illustration, culture, society

For Varoom 15 we have travelled  from the Land of Blind Faith, through Imagination County and ended up at Resolution Mountains. Lost? Don’t worry, follow the map on Marian Bantjes’ beautiful illustration for our Knowledge issue. Also, Airside agency show us How To Do How To Do films with illustrative wit; we learn five lessons from the comics festival in Angoulême, and Des McCannon shows us the educational, intellectual and practical value of using illustration across all disciplines in school.

All this and more. Welcome to the Knowledge issue.

Illustrators featured in Varoom 15 include: William Goldsmith, Jon McNaught, Edward Gorey, Paul Davis, Marian Bantjes, Art Spiegelman, Baru, Dominique Goblet, Norman Rockwell, Luke Best, Alan Baker, David Foldvari, Marion Deuchars, Agnes Decourchelle, Slawa Harasymowicz, Michael Gillette, Masumi Briozzo, Laura Carlin, Luis Scafati, Stuart Murray, Neal Fox, Richard Dinnis and Lorenzo Chiavini.
Exclusive cover by Christoph Niemann. Varoom available in selective stores from late April, or issues and subscriptions at now.

Posted by admin on 05/09/11 under artists,magazine,news
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“Illustration as Fine Arts” @ SI 3/9/11

I’m honored to be producing and moderating the lecture “Illustration as Fine Arts” at the Society of Illustrators of New York.

Gallery owners Heidi Leigh and Nick Leone from Animazing Gallery in Soho, and Alix Sloan from Sloan Fine Arts in the Lower East Side will discuss the crossover from illustration to fine arts, the criteria they use for their exhibitions, the role of illustrative artwork in New York’s gallery scene, and how illustrators should go about exhibiting their personal work.

Society of Illustrators of New York
128 East 63rd Street (F train)
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | 6.30-8.30 PM.
TICKETS: $15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students

Really hope you can make it!

- Fernanda

Posted by admin on 02/27/11 under artists,events and openings,Interviews,news,The IF Bloggers
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Illustration Lectures in NY this Week

About a month ago I got an email from Steve Brodner inviting me to a lecture he was organizing at SVA, where we both teach. He was asking me to participate by sending him images of alternative illustration jobs I’d done. I must confess I was a bit confused, although very flattered, because there was no mention of my actually being a speaker. Soon I found out, indeed I wasn’t a speaker, Steve had emailed me among many other established illustrators to put together a slide show that represented a strong reality of where illustration is going today. Moreover, this lecture, he explained, wasn’t going to be only about the speakers (painter and filmmaker James Blagen; comic artist and designer Mickey Duzyj; and illustrator Alex Juhasz), but also about having an active audience of both strong and new voices in the field.

A couple of days later I get an email from Heidi Younger at FIT inviting me to be a speaker on a panel with Yuko Shimizu, Marcos Chin, Zina Saunders and Fred Harper… the next day after Steve’s panel. Damn! I couldn’t turn down sharing a stage with Yuko and Marcos- I don’t know Zina and Fred- so I accepted. Our lecture is titled How I Got My First Job and focuses pretty much on exactly the same concept as Steve’s.

As excited as I was about going to Steve’s lecture, I’m not sure I can shorten my work hours at this huge restaurant project I just started in Long Island and make both lectures, though I certainly have to make mine, or course. What’s also slightly odd about it, for me at least, is that I have SVA written all over me ( I moved to NY to go to SVA, graduated from SVA, teach at SVA), so I almost feel obligated to be there. Oh well… I’m sure it will be packed anyway.

Steve Brodner’s Lecture: SVA, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd FL, Amphitheater. Tuesday 3/23, 6.30-8 PM

FIT: How I got My First Job, FIT, 27th St & 7th Ave, C Building, Robert Lagary Board Room, 9th FL.Wednesday 3/24, 6.30-8 PM. FLYER:

- Fernanda

Posted by admin on 03/23/10 under artists,Interviews,news,The IF Bloggers
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Fun from the Inbox

The work of vasco mourão:

The work of Juanel van der Walt:

Varoom 11 – Illustration, Culture, Society
Published by the Association of Illustrators three times a year

Legends from the Pantheon of illustration, an illustrator who makes his own newspaper, and Christmas cards from the very first, to post-Santa post-Christmas post-Capitalist festive cards (don’t ask!). All this, and our cover feature on how Japanese picture-making has changed contemporary Western culture and society, make Varoom 11 our biggest and most comprehensive issue yet.

The New Wave Old Wave features some illustration legends including Seymour Chwast (founder of Push Pin Studios), Ralph Steadman (long-time Hunter S. Thompson collaborator) and Shirley Hughes (author of children’s classic Alfie). They discuss three significant pieces from a lifetime of work, and select a contemporary illustrator they keep an eye on. Academic Des McCannon’s From Folk Culture To Modern British explores how illustrators inspired by folk art are creating a new image of British Nationhood. In The Hood Life, London Journalist Liz Farrelly visits Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle in his Lower East Side neighbourhood, and delivers an intimate portrait of an illustrator whose newspaper of his everyday life fuels a highly successful career creating work for clients such as The New York Times and Nike.

2009 was the year of Japan, from Kuniyoshi at the Royal Academy to the release of a major monograph on Osama Tezuka, the inventor of Manga, to Takashi Murakami’s occupation of an entire room in the Tate show Pop Life. Our cover story Japanism: That Obscure Object Of Desire, by journalist Peter Lyle traces the evolution of Japanism in the West, from the opening of trade in the 18th Century, through to Beardsley and the tragedy of the Detmold Brothers at the beginning of the 20th Century, right through to Murakami’s work for Louis Vuitton and illustrator James Joyce’s Swiss Army Knife for Wallpaper magazine. Joyce created the enigmatic cover for this issue.

Aimee and the Illustrators is an insider’s account of how illustration shaped musician Aimee Mann’s career. In The House That Quentin Built, Jo Davies reveals why icon of illustration, Quentin Blake, needs £6 million, Shynola’s Richard Kenworthy shares work and reflections on late collaborator Gideon Baws, and Tom Gauld selects Chris Ware’s New Yorker cover for I Wish I’d Done This. Varoom 11 is jam-packed with memorable pictures, big stories, and illustration’s unique perspective on contemporary society and culture.

Posted by admin on 12/30/09 under artists,news
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20/10 Vision at Gallery Hanahou

From the inbox:

20/10 Vision
Everyone knows that 20/20 vision is good, but 20/10 is even better. in January 2010, gallery hanahou is ringing in the new decade with a group show that doesn’t need to squint to see a better future. Participating artists include popular local artists like Mike Perry, Yunmee Kyong, and the Barnstormers collective, and artists from afar whose work is rarely seen in New York, such as Tanja Misery and Marcus Oakley. Plus many more!

“20/10 Vision” will comprise new, original artwork from more than 40 artists – friends of gallery hanahou and artists local to NYC – with the theme of positive visions for the new decade. The works in the show will be reasonably priced so that visitors can afford to start their new year with new art.

Posted by admin on 12/26/09 under artists,events and openings,news
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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

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

So, the Canadian National Portrait Gallery has been indefinitely cancelled.

Conan O’Brien even mentioned it on his late night show, saying that if we had such a gallery it would be filled with Gretzky portraits. While this made me giggle a little, I am feeling pretty blue that this project got silently scrapped by our current federal government.

I have travelled little bits in my life. I have been fortunate to catch the Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London two times. It is a true reflection of the best contemporary portrait painting in the world. See the gallery of the 2008 winners.

Wouldn’t it be grand if that kind of art had a place to be on display in Canada? Or, if we had a space for our own portraits of people would live? I wish we were growing these things in Canada, despite the economic crisis. It seems that their is never a convenient or appropriate time to spend dollars on arts & culture.

As an artist and people lover I am inspired by the study of human form and expression. We’d all be enriched and impacted by this space not just because it is a building filled with art but because we are taking an active role to preserve and respect our history.

Here is an article on Drawn discussing the same issue. Art threat has decided to create a Stephen Harper Portrait Gallery and are offering a chance to win fame and riches! Find out more here.

(Above is a Harper portrait done by my husband, Dana. Its a take from Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster, but with our Canadian prime minister, see some of Fairey’s work here)

Posted by admin on 11/12/08 under news

Interviews with Yours Truly (Penelope)

I just completed two new interviews that I thought I’d share. One is with Spraygraphic (super cool site!) and is about illustration work in general, the other is over at Stephanie Levy’s site and it’s more about blogging. (Check out Stephanie’s other “artists who blog” series.)


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Posted by admin on 10/31/08 under Interviews,news
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