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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

Weekly Topic :: “Equality”

This week’s topic is:


Happy illustrating!

Posted by Thomas James on 06/28/13 under weekly topics

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

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 :: “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 :: “Wild”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Ragne Uutsalu

Have fun creating!

Posted by Thomas James on 04/12/13 under weekly topics
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Weekly Topic :: “Urban”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by ECO_D

Happy drawing!

Posted by Thomas James on 04/05/13 under weekly topics

Weekly Topic :: “Egg”

This week’s topic is:


Suggested by Karen B. Jones

Happy creating!

Posted by Thomas James on 03/29/13 under weekly topics

Weekly Topic :: “Swim”

This week’s topic is:


Sponsored by Abigail Davidson

Happy drawing, friends!!

Posted by Thomas James on 03/22/13 under weekly topics

Weekly Topic :: “Eye Glasses”

This week’s topic is:

Eye Glasses

Sponsored by Lookmatic

Exclusively for IF artists: Through Friday, March 22 Lookmatic is offering 15% off
all eyeglasses using promo code: “Friday15“! Check out their styles. They’re super cool!

Posted by Thomas James on 03/15/13 under weekly topics

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