Embarking on The Adventure of a Creative Career


Armed with your sword ( pencil) and shield (sketchbook) there maybe many of you who are soon to leave school education to venture forth into the big wide world. Although like a hero with your map and compass in hand, you now need to start to plot the path you want to take in life and especially if you want to pursue a creative career.

It’s a tough decision to make but there are lots of options out there for you if you’re driven and passionate enough to want to be creative. You could be an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist, fashion designer, pattern designer, ceramist and much more.  Although many people will assume that the career path as a creative can be a pennyless one, this isn’t the case if you’re determined and clever in the plans you’re making.

Though these options may differ slightly for each country, university, internships and apprenticeships are some ways in which you can pursue you’re creative aspirations. Each have their benefits and disadvantages, so its important you choose a path that’s best for you. For example university can be expensive but it gives you time, facilities and expertise to hone your creatice practice. Internships and apprenticeships give you hands on workplace experience, but you may not have lots of time to experiment creatively.

These aren’t the only paths to choose, but they’ll hopefully give you food for thought on what to do next. Remember though you can write your creative story however you wish. If you’re not happy with the decisions you make there’s always the option to change the course you’ve set moving towards your aspirations and creative success.

Featured image is by illustrator Arian Armstrong and you can find out more about her work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 02/25/15 under creativity
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METROPOLIS by Chris Sharples


Submitted by Chris Sharples for the Illustration Friday topic METROPOLIS.

Posted by Thomas James on 02/24/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Lauren Tamaki: vibrant illustration & spot-on design

Post by Heather Ryerson

Lauren Tamaki

Lauren Tamaki

Lauren Tamaki

Lauren Tamaki

Lauren Tamaki

Lauren Tamaki is an illustrator, designer, and art director who keeps a vibrant and dynamic online sketchbook. Her design work often incorporates her fun, frenetic illustration style—a style that’s captivated the fashion, lifestyle, and travel industries as well as top publications. Her clients include Kate Spade, Armani Exchange, Martha Stewart Living, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, and New York Magazine. Tamaki lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Check out her design and illustration portfolios—and don’t forget her sketchbook!

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 02/22/15 under artists
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Submitted by Anna Raff for the Illustration Friday topic METROPOLIS.

Posted by Thomas James on 02/20/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Pick of the Week for SLEEP and This Week’s Topic


Happy Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Marie Meier, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of SLEEP. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other 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!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


Posted by Thomas James on 02/20/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Marian Churchland














Going the less taken route of traditional media, over digital, young comics brewmaster Marian Churchland wows with her delicate line work & deeply human characters. Her 2009 graphic novel Beast propelled Churchland into the indy comics scene limelight. It’s a masterfully rendered loose reinterpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. As I learned from her art blog, Churchland usually approached her page first with a brown colerase pencil, then(if working in color) she’ll add value with copic pens, watercolor wash, or sometimes acrylics. The final finishes are done with a black color pencil.

Other notable works by Marian Churchland include a few issues of Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen, Dark Horse Presents on MySpace, Conan: The Daughters of Midora & Other Stories, Madame Xanadu, and Once Upon a Time Machine.

2015 looks to be a big year for Marian with the upcoming release of her new collaborative project From Under Mountains with friends Claire Gibson & Sloane Leong, a new comic with fellow artist/husband Brandon Graham called Arclight, and a gallery of her art being featured in the inaugural volume of Island, a new independent, star-studded comics anthology hitting shelves this Summer.

You can follow Marian Churchland on her tumblr site here. She updates it regularly with new art, and answers fan questions.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 02/19/15 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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A Peek at the Relaunch of The New York Times Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.43.30 AMPhoto by David La Spina

The talented team behind The New York Times Magazine has been hard at work for four months overhauling and redesigning the publication, and if you’re like me you love any chance to peel back the curtain on a project like that. Thankfully, there’s a great in-depth look at the relaunch, including information about new columns, typefaces, page designs in print and online, and a whole lot more.

We have used the hammer and the tongs but perhaps not the blowtorch; we sought to manufacture a magazine that would be unusual, surprising and original but not wholly unfamiliar. It would be a clear descendant of its line. This magazine is 119 years old; nearly four million people read it in print every weekend. It did not need to be dismantled, sawed into pieces or drilled full of holes. Instead, we have set out to honor the shape of the magazine as it has been, while creating something that will, we hope, strike you as a version you have never read before.

Click here to learn more about the relaunch.

Filed under: News

Posted by Thomas James on 02/19/15 under Don'tMiss,Featured,magazine,New York Times,news,office
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Creative Pep Talk Episode 025 – Nothing Can Stop You!

Creative Pep Talk

A podcast of quick casual thoughts on finding your thing in the design and illustration world by illustrator and designer Andy J. Miller.

Focusing on what you have no power to change is a recipe for depression!

In this episode we talk about 8 things you can do that will push your art career forward, that no one can stop you from doing!


Listen to more episodes:


Andy J. Miller’s Website


Filed under: Podcast

Posted by Andy J. Miller on 02/19/15 under Don'tMiss,Featured,Podcast
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Illustrations by Nicolas Dehghani

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For more of Nicolas and his great work go HERE>>

Filed under: Illustrators

Posted by Michael Byers on 02/19/15 under Don'tMiss,Featured
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Byron Eggenschwiler Illustration for The Walrus


For more great work by Byron go HERE>>

Filed under: New Illustration

Posted by Michael Byers on 02/18/15 under Don'tMiss,measels,New Illustration,vaccine
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