Posted by Jeanine
I recently came across Mel Kadel’s work, and it’s so unique and special I can’t stop looking at it! Mel’s originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She now resides in Los Angeles and uses coffee-stained paper, micron .005 pens, hand mixed ink wash, Q-tips, pencil and blades to create carefully detailed and layered drawings.
Mel’s work has shown in numerous galleries throughout the United States and abroad in London, Sydney, and Denmark. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Juxtapoz and LA Times Magazine.
Post by James
Amelie Barnathan was born in Paris and has been studying at LCC London since 2010. Her intricate visuals are inspired by horror movies, far-away countries and grotesque imagery.
If you’d like to see more, visit Amelie’s blog.
Post by Alice Palace
Brian Wildsmith believes that beautiful picture books are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s visual appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life – and that children really do appreciate details as well as colour… I am in LOVE with this sun illustration and would like to look at it every morning!
He wants to help young people wonder at the world and to become close observers of the beauty and harmony in nature. With so much colour, his illustrations really sparkle with life, and I think they are just amazing!
This one’s called ‘a nye of pheasants’ (a fact unknown to me!)
Have a good look at his website
Samantha from other-side-of-the-multiverse has a real eye for the human figure. I only know this artist’s first name, but her tumblr was so full of wonderful pieces that I just couldn’t resist! She works with watercolor on Arches paper.
To see more, check out her tumblr
Post by Clio.
These hilarious drawings by Gemma Correll are sure to put a smile on your face this Friday. Famed for drawing pugs and cats Gemma is a true comic genius. Her witty one liners are coupled perfectly with the little characters of her sketchbooks. And she definitely makes me want a pug (she has two real ones and tons and tons of doodled ones), especially after the release of her newest gem, a book entitled “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette”.
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.
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 Angie
Alessandra Cimatoribus was born in Spilimbergo (Friuli, Italy), where she continues to live and work. She has illustrated children’s books, games, packaging, advertising, and provided designs for theatre costumes.
Check out more of her work on her website.
Tape, that sticky stuff we use to seal packages and mend pipes, is a flexible medium for creating art, whether paintings, sculptures or installations. With the range of colors and patterns now available, the possibilities are endless. Brooklyn-based artist Aakash Nihalani uses it to draw attention to the mundane, filling the space with wonder and surprise, while Rebecca Ward uses it to make her intricate, large and colorful installations.
Want to try making art with tape? Here are a few blog filled with ideas to get you started!
Create a sculpture.
Creative Jewish Mom
Posted by Jeanine
Illustrator and designer Jen Skelley is from New Jersey and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. She earned a BFA in design from Syracuse University and began her career working as an in-house artist creating wrapping paper, cards and many other kinds of social stationery. A few years later she branched out and opened her own studio, specializing in cute whimsical illustrations of animals, flowers and birds.
Her impressive list of clients includes Galison/Mudpuppy, American Girl, Mattel, Land of Nod, and Graphique de France. She recently illustrated a nationwide campaign for Sweet’N Low and also sells screenprints of her work in her successful Etsy shop.
Lee Price graduated from the Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia. She specializes in photorealistic paintings, most of which involve an aerial view of a woman eating food, often in the bathroom. Her work is striking because of its subject and perspective, but also because it asks a lot more questions than it answers.
To see her full body of work click Portfolio