Happy Illustration Friday, fellow creators!
We’re ready to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Karl James Mountford, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of GARDEN. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!
You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
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 public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
Eva Cabrera is one of the exciting new talents to come out of Mexico in recent years, along with her Boudika Comics cohort Claudia Aguirre. I stumbled upon their table of comics a few years ago at San Diego Comic-Con. Boudika Comics has a few collaborative books available now, including The House of Dreams, Daymares, and the brand new Mavi.
Eva recently dipped her toe in the big publisher pool with two variant covers for BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time comic and Bravest Warriors. She has also worked on various other projects like Esa Visita children’s book and No Entren Al 1408 Stephen King tribute anthology.
You can follow Eva Cabrera and see the latest art on her twitter page here.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates
Illustration by Thomas James
It can be dangerous to spend too much time comparing your own Illustration work to that of your fellow artists, but there are times when it can be beneficial to your art and your business.
I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves getting caught in the trap of unhealthy comparisons. It can be easy to find yourself looking at someone’s art and marveling at how much better they are than you, or how much more successful. This only results in feelings of doubt and uncertainty, which can wreak havoc on your creative output. If you find yourself in this situation, maybe it’s time to back off and return to your own voice and think about what is unique about you.
However, it is also a mistake to go too far in the opposite direction and close yourself off from your fellow Illustrators altogether, thereby passing up opportunities for personal, professional, and artistic growth.
There’s no doubt that paying attention to your fellow Illustrators can be a great learning experience when done in moderation. There are so many things you can learn from the ways that other people communicate visual ideas, promote their work, design their website, etc.
Whenever you come across an Illustrator that inspires you, take a moment to think about what it is that’s grabbing your attention.
Have they tackled a topic in a way that you might not have considered?
Do they have a unique skill or technique that you can develop within yourself?
Are they running their business in a way that you can apply to your own situation?
Questions like these can help to turn simple admiration into a more studious approach that can make you a better Illustrator. No matter what level of experience or talent you consider yourself to be at, growth and education should be a regular activity, lest you become stagnant and complacent in your craft.
The important thing is to be mindful of the ways that you can take the things that you learn from other artists and make them your own without simply copying their approach.
Do you consciously study the work and practices of your fellow Illustrators? What are some things that you’ve learned by doing this?
Submitted by Sabine Remy for the Illustration Friday topic TREASURE.
In a very useful post on his blog, Illustrator Magoz shares his step-by-step process of creating an illustration using Photoshop. It’s always helpful to see how a fellow artist approaches their craft, even when you already have your own methods in place, because you never know what little tricks you might pick up.
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Lindsay Blevins is a Boston, Massachusetts-based illustrator who creates whimsical watercolor paintings inspired by the natural world, playfulness, and comfort. In addition to painting, she has developed a line of greeting cards and sewn fabric creations printed with her designs. She enjoys gardening, collecting vintage kitchenware, and reading children’s picture books. See more of Lindsay’s lovely work on her website.
Illustration by Pete Reynolds of Follow the Lights
Animation by Alex Dobbin
Voiceover by Kate Miles
Script by Daniela Fetta
Posted by Thomas James on 07/21/15 under animation
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Are you going to Art School?
Did you decide to go to Art School to follow your dream of becoming a professional artist?
I firmly believe that Art School isn’t necessarily for everyone, especially with the growing amount of resources and alternative forms of self-education to be found online.
However, whether you’re taking the more traditional route or teaching yourself by other means, your education is an incredible opportunity that you might not be taking full advantage of.
There seem to be 3 main ways that Art Students unknowingly decrease their own chances of finding success after their actual or virtual “graduation”.
1. Not Considering Themselves Artists
There’s something very peculiar that happens when the average person begins to attend Art School.
Before their attendance, they likely considered themselves to be artists in one form or another, because it was a passion that they pursued on a daily basis and hoped to one day turn into a career.
After becoming an undergraduate student, however, many people insert the term “aspiring” in front of the term “artist” for some mysterious reason. It’s not that they are all of a sudden less of an artist, but there seems to be some sort of psychological reason for changing their perception of themselves that I’m not qualified to explain.
When I was in Art School, I couldn’t help but notice how many of my fellow students talked about themselves as “aspiring artists” or talk about how they hoped to be artists some day.
To my mind, this is a mindset that can do a lot to stunt your creative growth.
Instead, I think it’s extremely important to realize that you are an artist if you create art.
You may not be as experienced, or talented, or successful as other artists, but one of the best things you can do for your creative life is to declare yourself as an “artist”, not an “aspiring” one.
No one else is going to give that title to you, nor should they. You are an artist as soon as you decide that you are, no matter how much you feel that you still have to learn.
It’s a well known fact that even in your professional life, you will always have more to learn about art and illustration, and there is no known threshold to cross, other than the one that you set for yourself.
2. Not Taking Advantage of Resources
I’ve heard from a lot of professors and Chairs of Illustration programs that there is usually a small percentage of students who take full advantage of the resources and information available to them in Art School.
While I feel that some Art Schools have some room for improvement as far as their education on the business side of things, there are a great deal of resources available to students in the form of the guidance of highly knowledgeable and experienced instructors.
If you’re not making the most of this opportunity, you’re not getting the full benefit of your investment, and we all know that Art School is expensive.
If you are taking initiative and shooting for the moon as a student, you’re one of the determined few who will have a much better chance of making a living as an artist.
3. Depending Solely on Art School for Their Education
No matter what quality of education and resources a particular Art School provides, and no matter how well a student is engaged in their education, there still remains another common practice that serves to hold people back from their success as a creative professional.
Some students become so dependent on their Art School that they forget about the wealth of resources and information to be found out in the “real world”. This may refer back to the idea of not yet considering themselves to be “artists”.
However, it’s never too early to do everything you can to round out your education as much as possible.
Don’t fall into the trap of seeing your school as the only source of guidance.
Books, websites, podcasts, tutorials, and yes, even artists themselves are all great resources to mine for further information and inspiration. This is, after all, where you’ll likely pursue your continuing education after you graduate, so why not start now?
If you’re an art student, you will likely notice many of your peers holding themselves back in these ways every day. The good news is, avoiding the pitfalls listed above will set you apart from your fellow students and increase your chances of success as an artist.
The choice is yours.
Posted by Thomas James on 07/20/15 under business
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Are you an artist or illustrator who dreams of seeing your designs in print?
Do you have an amazing book idea but have no clue how to get it published?
Few artists know how to pitch their work in a way that’s compelling to acquisition editors. That’s why literary agent Kate Woodrow created this online workshop to explore the different ways you can get your work published as an illustrator.
This 3 day online workshop will show you how to:
– Package your work into an idea publishers will love
– Find the right publisher for your book
– Navigate the publishing world as an artist
Posted by Thomas James on 07/20/15 under business
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