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Pick of the Week for BEGINNING


Happy Illustration Friday everyone! The new topic for the week is now live, and we’d like to highlight our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic, BEGINNING, which is this intriguing piece by SILEE. It’s always nice to see more abstract interpretations of our topics, and this is a great example of that. Check out all the other entries for this topic here.

Posted by Thomas James on 01/24/14 under weekly topics
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This Week’s Topic and a Special Announcement!


This week’s topic (BEGINNING) is inspired by Illustration Friday’s very own new “beginning”, as we announce our new Managing Editor Marc Scheff!

Marc is an Illustrator and Art Director who has also been a long time contributing Editor of Illustration Age. He’ll be joining the IFriday team to engage the community, reinvigorate our content, and generally make lots of fun and rewarding things happen for everyone involved.

You’ll hear a lot more from Marc in the weeks and months ahead, but for now please welcome him to the family.

And, before we forget, here’s this week’s Pick of the Week for “SEARCH” by Jordan Kay:

Posted by Thomas James on 01/17/14 under weekly topics
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Pick of the Week and This Week’s Topic!


Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Valériane Leblond, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘TIME’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!


Posted by Thomas James on 01/10/14 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic :: “Equality”

This week’s topic is:


Happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 06/28/13 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic – “Surveillance”

This week’s topic is:


Recent news events regarding the NSA, surveillance, and privacy issues have inspired me to offer a more relevant topic this week, which is something we’ll be doing more often in the future. It can be even more inspiring to create work based on a topic related to current events, if that’s something you’re into. Of course, don’t feel like you need to confine your ideas to that one meaning.

Happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 06/21/13 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic :: “Sweet”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Mitzie Testani

Happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/31/13 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic :: “Tension”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Wendy Chen

Happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/24/13 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic :: “Liquid”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Rachel Harnish

Happy drawing!

Posted by Thomas James on 05/17/13 under weekly topics
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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

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.

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