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Disney Artists Paint a Tree (With Fantastic Results)

Four renowned Disney artists from Disney’s earlier days were asked to illustrate, from life, a tree. Enjoy!

Filed under: New Illustration

Posted by Thomas James on 01/19/15 under animation,New Illustration,video
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Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook

From the editorial inbox:

Marcella Kriebel has created very unique, illustrated cookbook with major handmade appeal. She hand-lettered every page, and each recipe features a unique layout with fun watercolor artwork. This is a hardcover cookbook measuring 9.5 x 11.25 inches, and it’s printed on premium paper and produced in the USA. It would make a great gift for a foodie, art enthusiast, or traveler (or someone who’s a combo of all three!).

Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook << Illustration Friday

Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook << Illustration Friday

The recipes are many of Marcella’s favorite dishes, desserts, and drinks from Latin America featuring tamales, ceviche, empanadas, flan and many more favorites from countries like Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. She’s also included an overview of Latin American cheeses available in the US, and pages describing various methods of chili preparation, how to prepare cactus, and tips for frying foods.

Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook << Illustration Friday

This looks like a really wonderful addition to an art lover/cook’s shelf.

Purchase the book through Marcella’s Etsy page.

Posted by Thomas James on 02/27/13 under apparel / products,art for sale,artists,video
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Artist :: Maria Carluccio’s Process

We recently featured artist Maria Carluccio’s lovely, lovely work here on the IF Blog. Well, there’s more inspiration where that came from! Maria was kind enough to share a video with us where she shows how she works and where those textures come from! I think you’ll love it:

Also to inspire you: a quick interview done with Maria by a student:

How did you establish as an illustrator?
I think my career as an illustrator really started to emerge when I began working at Hallmark cards. I started to build my confidence by working there and then after that I worked with a rep for many years to establish my freelance work

How did you put together your portfolio? Did you select your work based on the markets, subject matter, or style?
I select my favorite pieces first, then I always include other things that I think represent the market I get most of my work in. Since I do many different things I try to pick the top 4 categories  and focus on those. For me it’s books, stationary/gift, children’s decor, and adult decor.

Who are some of your biggest influences?
I love children’s book illustrators like: Robert Roth, Catia Chien, Jon Klassen. Plus artist like Paul Klee, Sonia Delaunay, Rex Ray and Nick Wilton. Just to name a few, there are tons more.

What were the most difficult aspects of illustration in school, after graduation, at the start of your career, and now?
Finding paid work that is creative. Just know when you get out of school that you have to show you know the technical stuff, that will help get opportunities to show off your creativity. 

What do you think of the current trends in illustration, and where do you think this field is heading?
I have felt for years that design and illustration are merging together more and more. Since I’m part illustrator part designer I love that. I think that technology is great but it’s a tool, we can’t forget that it’s ideas that make a real difference. It seems that to be well rounded, embrace technology but always challenge yourself creatively whatever way you are personally drawn to.

Please describe your process from getting contracted by a client to finishing the project.
That’s hard to pin point. I’ve been doing it for so long I think people see my work on a card or product and then they find me from there. I try to put my name is on everything I do.

How do you come up with ideas?
Sometimes I sit down and sketch but most of the time I just keep my eyes open all the time. I see what products I like and ask myself why I love it so much. Ideas always reflect the life your living I think. It’s where your at, what you keeps coming into your consciousness.  Certain themes resonate, I follow those themes weather I have a client to buy it  or not. I try to have faith if I love it others will too.

What do you think is the best way to promote yourself as an illustrator? Are book portfolios still in demand?
I guess promotion is an intuitive thing. I’ve tried many different things over the years (sourcebook ads, postcards, email blast, facebook etc.). I honestly can’t tell what has worked the best. I wish I could.  Right now, I am redoing my website, updating the art and all the overall functions. I think making your site as beautiful and easy as possible is the best promotion. After I finish the new site I plan to try to promote it a bit. I may advertise on line or do an email blast.

What is the most difficult part of being an illustrator, and what is most rewarding?
Most difficult- balancing the money. I make ends meet but most freelance illustrators really have to hustle a lot to keep the money coming in.
Rewarding- The freedom to execute a great idea you love. To see your images come to life. I love when I do something and I think “damn, I pulled it off, how did I do that?”

What advice would you give to an illustration student?
I just kept working year after year, doing things I thought could translate into products. I would do little calendars, cards and posters in my free time. Even when I worked jobs that were not super creative I always had the stuff I loved on the side. Always keep what you are inspired by alive, somewhere.

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View more of Maria’s work: Portfolio Site | Blog

Posted by Thomas James on 11/07/12 under artists,digital,Interviews,video
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Color Me _____ :: Andy J. Miller

What a FUN idea! Andy J. Miller collaborated with Andrew Neyer  for this exhibition at The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Andy recently wrote this guest post for IF and just exudes creativity. He recently updated his website where you can see more of his bright, graphic work.

Posted by Thomas James on 10/30/12 under artists,cartoon,creativity,events and openings,video
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Artist :: Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is an LA based illustrator whose book I Want My Hat Back was selected among the “10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2011″ by The New York Times. I love his style… very simple and texture driven.

His new book This is Not My Hat was just released. Watch the trailer here.

View more of his work: Website | Blog | Prints

Posted by Thomas James on 10/16/12 under artists,video
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T-Rex Trying :: Book Release

T-Rex Trying began as an inside joke that artist Hugh Murphy shared with his friends and family, then he uploaded them to a Tumblr blog which went onto to achieve a staggering 2.5 million hits in two weeks. Since then, the Tumblr has been shared on Facebook over 230,000 times. Penguin Books collected all the cartoons in one quirky package, alongside loads of never before seen illustrations.

T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard Kingpublished by Michael Joseph, Penguin Books, comes out November 8th.

He might be top predator in the Jurassic kingdom, but in modern life, T-Rex’s comically short arms doom him to hilarious failure.

T-Rex has teeth the size of bananas and eats Triceratops for breakfast, but when it’s time to brush his teeth . . .

T-Rex is 12 metres long and 4 metres tall, but somehow he just can’t change that light bulb . . .

And you can just forget about the vending machine.

Containing dozens of never before seen illustrations, T-Rex Trying: The Unfortunate Trials of the Tyrant Lizard King is the cute, quirky and laugh-out-loud funny collection of cartoons that will have across the board appeal this Christmas.

About the Author:
Hugh Murphy is a 28 year old student at the University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry. Hugh began his career as an artist selling watercolour paintings of fish in order to pay for his applications to dental school, but has always enjoyed drawing and painting in his free time. He loves science, nature films, his wife, Sarah, and shark week. Hugh and Sarah moved to Los Angeles from Boston in August, 2010. T-Rex Trying began as a joke between Hugh and his brother, and is his first book.

Posted by Thomas James on 10/16/12 under books,cartoon,video
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Editorial Submission :: Andres Lozano

From the editorial submissions comes a fun little video by Andres Lozano:

Andrés Lozano is an artist from Madrid, Spain. He mainly does illustration, but is also into animation, painting, zines and design. He’s slightly obsessed with imposible architectures, film noir and is a compulsive buyer of books, notebooks and art materials.

View more of his work: Website | Blog | Facebook

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Posted by Thomas James on 09/13/12 under artists,editorial submissions,video
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