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Ale Paul @ The Type Directors Club NY 6/8/11

I recently interviewed Jessica Hische for a monthly illustration column I write for the leading design magazine in Argentina, 90+10. It was the first time I realized how much illustration can be found in typography, though it doesn’t mean (at all) the two always use each other.

Ever since then I’ve been paying much more attention to typography, understanding it’s not only a tool that often complements illustration, but it can also be seen as illustration if we stretch the definition of what we do just a bit.

This is all to humbly justify my posting a typography piece of news here, hoping you’ll find it as interesting as I do.

Typographer Ale Paul, co-founder of the internationally renowned typography collective Sudtipos, will be lecturing at The Type Directors Club in New York on Wednesday, June 8th, 6- 7.30 PM (as part of the Type Masters Week NYC.)

Sudtipos features over 100 different fonts by typographers, graphic designers and illustrators- just like us!

They include: Ale Paul, Angel Koziupa, Laura Varsky, John Moore, Eli Castellanos, Ariel Di Lisio, Alfredo Graziani, Ariel Garofalo, Daniel Hernández, Miguel Hernández, Diego Giaccone, Alfredo Graziani, Mati, Valeria Duarte, Claudio Pousada, Augusto Consthanzo, Jorge Alderete, Facundo Velilla, Natalia Español & Charles Bluemlein.

Hope you can make it. Ale is a very nice guy too, besides being good at what he does.


TDC – Cooper Union
6:00pm — 7:30pm

Rose Auditorium | 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

TDC members: $10
Non-members: $30
Students: FREE

(Additional $5 surcharge on above admission prices at the door on the night)

Register online.

Posted by admin on 06/05/11 under artists,IF Participants,letterpress,The IF Bloggers
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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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“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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Edel Rodriguez @ SI

I’m very proud to produce a lecture for Edel Rodriguez at the Society of Illustrators of New York next week.

Edel will be talking about his experience as both an illustrator working in a range of different markets, as well as a former art director at TIME.


Society of Illustrators of New York
“An Evening with Edel Rodriguez”
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.
6.30-8.30 PM
128 East 63rd Street @ Lex.

See you then…

- Fernanda

Posted by admin on 01/13/11 under artists,books,events and openings,freelance,Interviews,studio life,technique,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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Meet the Illustration Friday Bloggers (some old, some new!)

Rama Hughes

Two truths and a lie about Rama Hughes:

Rama Hughes is an art teacher and an illustrator.
He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles, CA.
He was the star of the 1980 cinema flop, Pumaman.

You can see Rama’s work at, visit flickr to peek in on his classes, or trade portraits through his ongoing portrait party!

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Mati Rose McDonough

Mati Rose McDonough lives in San Francisco where unlike her hipster counterparts she regularly encounters elephants, talking birds and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. These creatures of mystery and grace remind Mati daily that no one is too old for magic or too young for beauty, so she paints their stories with paint, fabric and found paper.

After a persistent dream to become an artist and illustrator, Mati went back to school 5 years ago at age 29 to the California College of the Arts (CCA). Since then, Mati has had numerous shows and illustrations on cds, board games, shirts and necklaces. Mati is newly repped by Lilla Rogers Studio in illustration and surface design. In addition to illustration work she’s inspired by teaching painting classes in far away lands like Italy and Utah and close to home in Santa Cruz. On a daily basis Mati can be found painting in her studio behind her home in the sunny Mission district shared with 8 other artists and her talented illustrator husband Hugh D’Andrade. When she’s not covered in paint you can find her biking to the ocean, drinking tea and searching for colorful baubles of inspiration to share with you here.

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Fernanda Cohen & Manolo M.

Fernanda is a NY-based illustrator, she teaches at SVA, runs a lecture series at the Society of Illustrators of NY, writes for American Illustration’s Dart and Argentine magazine 90+10, art directs Terrorismo Grafico, is the vice president of the illustration conference ICON6, an advisor to 3×3 magazine and works on commercial and personal art projects, including mostly advertising, fashion, merchandising, windows and some editorial.

Manolo is a self taught painter, musician, animator, video artist, writer and comic artist. He designed and animated a short film that screened at the Sundance and TriBeCa Film Festivals, has exhibited his paintings in quite a few NY indie group shows and has blogged and written Web content for longer he can remember.

Fernanda is a workaholic who speaks her mind loud and clear, whereas Manolo is a soft-spoken, patient listener whose hard work, passion and loyalty are hard to match. This is how and why they complement each other and manage not to clash while working together on restaurant murals, Fernanda’s studio projects and such.

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Susan Schwake

Susan Schwake has been a full time artist and instructor for the past 20 years. She is co owner of artstream studios and gallery with her creative husband Rainer and good friend Mary-Jo. Her own work has been exhibited and sold around the world and some of her illustrations have appeared in ON magazine and in United Airlines inflight pulications as well as a book cover for Boreal Editions, Quebec. She draws every day and enjoys curating engaging exhibits at artstream for the past 7 years. Her home is in New Hampshire, but her heart loves to travel the world. She shares her life with two creative children and her husband Rainer.

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Steve Mack

Steve Mack grew up a prairie boy on Canada’s Great Plains and has drawn for as long as he can remember. His first lessons in art were taught to him by watching his grandfather do paint-by-numbers at the summer cottage. Later on in life his mother would bring home reams of dot matrix printout paper from her job as a data processor. Steve would then flip over onto the unprinted side and draw for hours upon hours. He took every drawing class he could find at the local community center and spent every hour of math class sharpening his drawing skills.

After graduating from college as a Visual Communications know-it-all, he instead turned from graphic design back to his roots as an illustrator. Steve started freelancing in the year 2000 and has had a steady climb upwards since that time. Steve has worked with major clients such as Target, Walgreens, Hallmark, Sterling Publishing, Scholastic, Harcourt, Chronicle Books, and recently spent a year in Ohio working directly with American Greetings illustrating greeting cards.

Steve has made a return to Canada where he lives peacefully on a lake with his wife and two small children. Steve still loves to illustrate, but now thinks fishing holds a close second place.

Visit Steve’s personal art blog here.

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Melanie Ford Wilson

Melanie Ford Wilson is a designer and illustrator with a passion for pencils and paintbrushes, words and stories, blooms and beasties. When not toiling behind her Mac or her drawing board, she can be found wandering the Canadian wilds with her floppy-eared, dog-shaped shadow, Finnegan Jane. Not surprisingly, Melanie counts nature as her biggest inspiration (closely followed by music and chocolate). Her personal art attempts to explore the emotional connection between mind and nature within a kind of fairy tale context where anything is possible.  She is besotted with fancy adjectives, Phthalo blue, the color green, Klimt, and all things arty and unexpected.

She has illustrated several children’s books, including two books about dinosaurs for the world renown Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Design clients include Target, Aveeno, Loreal, and Johnson & Johnson.

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Amanda Woodward

Amanda Woodward is a Canadian designer, illustrator, and artist. She heads her own design studio, Woodward Design, with her husband, Dana.

While she has worked on everything from ad campaigns to visual identities, her passion for illustration often touches her work. Her illustration client list includes Alberta Milk, Cricket Magazine, Miami Children’s Museum, Scholastic, Target, among others. She has exhibited her art in both Canada and the United States. Her paintings are informed by simple life experiences and personal relationships. The sometimes small and seemingly insignificant moments, like growing tomato plants, feeling sand between the toes, laughing, and loving.

When she isn’t drawing she can be found happily snapping photographs, knitting scarves or baking a pie.

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Colin Dullaghan

Colin has been writing words to accompany art and design for more than ten years now, for clients around the U.S., in print, online and broadcast media.

His other connection to the visual arts is that he is married to a fairly prominent illustrator (you may be familiar with her work), so that helps too.

He is a new dad, a big dork and endlessly curious. He has a weakness for typography and infographics and takes extremely hit-or-miss pictures with a borrowed Holga camera.

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Brianna Privett

Brianna is the lead developer for She maintains about a million URLs, foremost among them her personal playground

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Penelope Dullaghan

Penelope Dullaghan is a co-founder of Illustration Friday along with her partner Brianna Privett. Penelope is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist who began her freelance career after a five-year stint as an art director. She chronicles her artistic development at her website, Clients include Starbucks, Target, United Airlines, New York Times, LA Times Book Review, SF Chronicle, and the Oprah Magazine.

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