Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Farel Dalrymple










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Farel Dalrymple is a comics illustrator who’s been relentlessly chugging away at his craft for the last dozen years, or so.. His brand new graphic novel, The Wrenchies, takes place in the same post-apocalyptic future as his previous work, It Will All Hurt, and follows a group of kids who have to fight the evil shadowsmen to survive. Farel’s unique style reminds me a little of Maurice Sendak, and Tim Burton, but still wholly his own voice. The Wrenchies is an exciting work, in that it represents an artist reaching a new level of excellence in their craft.

Farel is also co-founder of the New York based Meathaus art collective, as well as a regular contributor to the Portland based Study Group Comics Magazine. He recently had a collection of early work, sketchbook art & rarities published by AdHouse Books, titled Delusional. He was recently a part of the stable of great artists that contributed their hand to the recent Prophet comic book relaunch, written & curated by Brandon Graham.

His early comics work, Pop Gun Warwas a Xeric Grant winner and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.

You can follow the latest Farel Dalrymple news on his website here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/10/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Dave Douglass

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Editorial Submission :: Dave Douglass

Dave Douglass is a Midwest-raised designer/illustrator living in Los Angeles with his wife and 3 lovely kiddos. Dave is completely inspired by his children and they influence his work in a major way…and “provide a nice distraction.”

He’s been focused on the lettering-based illustration style you see above as well as maps and logos. His work is colorful and playful but also restricted in color scheme and meticulously planned.

You can see more of Dave’s work on his website.


Posted by James on 09/10/14 under editorial submissions
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Natsko Seki: dynamic urban illustrations

Post by Heather Ryerson

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Natsko Seki collages lively, saturated scenes of urban life from her own drawings and photographs. Begging to be explored, each illustration is populated with human activity and contains clues left by a moment in time that—if only yesterday—is now lost. Iconic architecture stands as a grandiose reminder that Seki’s people are living in the shadows of history and are unknowing participants in the writing of their city’s centuries. Seki’s interest in architecture, fashion, and contemporary urban life has landed her commissions with Transport for London, Royal Historic Palaces, The Guardian, Bloomsbury, and Hermès. In 2013, Louis Vuitton published a book of Seki’s London illustrations as part of their travel books collection. Seki grew up in Tokyo and studied illustration in Brighton, UK. She now lives in London.

A look into Natsko Seki’s process | Online Portfolio

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 09/10/14 under collage,design,digital,editorial submissions
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Illustrator Submission :: Rachel Frankel

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Rachel Frankel (also known as Speakeasy Illustrations) is an illustrator and graphic designer based in California. She has worked on a range of projects from editorial illustrations to surface pattern designs.
Rachel’s work is intricate, mysterious and focuses on the fragility of sheltered and wild existences. Her work is inspired by nature, music and emotional states.

If you love Rachel’s work as much as I do, please visit her portfolio here.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 09/10/14 under artists
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How to see creative potential in what you do



Who said that starting out as an aspiring enthusiastic creative was going to be easy? If it was there’d be alot more of us doing it. Now I’m not saying its impossible because my belief is, if your determined and put in the work you’ll see the results from all your efforts.

Although whether your a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, pattern designer and more, over time the enthusiasm you found in the beginning of your journey can sometimes begin to wither if you’re feeling you’re not achieving the results you’d hoped.

This can be anything from not receiving many commissions, few followers on your social media or blog. However,  there’s something you need to grasp and understand to avoid the negative taking over and embrace the postive.

The way to do that is by seeing the potential in what you do and here’s how you do just that :

Step one : Grab a piece of paper ( big or small depending how big your aspirations are and the projects your currently working on)

Step two : With a pen in hand write down all the things your currently doing on your journey for creative success . This can be anything from  running your own blog  to making a website, product and more.

Step three: Ask yourself ” Where could this lead” and what could your efforts doing that one thing achieve? So for example, you might realise that through starting a promotional illustration project could have the potential to  1. build your portfolio , 2. acquire you a commission, 3. create a series of mock products or 4. content for blog posts .

Step four : Visual the list of things you’ve written down.  You should by now have a list of bullet points under each heading for the projects you’ve started. If there’s fewer points as to where your efforts could lead with the project revaluate why your doing it. Is there something you aren’t doing that could be beneficial to your creative venture or is there something to change?

As long as you see the potential in yourself and all that you do I am sure you will achieve your creative aspirations and goals.  If  you give up now whose going to know you are and the talent you have to share?

Image by designer Emmanuelle Colin  you can find out more about their work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 09/07/14 under artists
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Artist: Christine Heyworth

After attending and being part of the Cloud 9 craft fair in West Yorkshire a few weeks ago, I met the lovely Christine Heyworth and was delighted to view her beautifully delicate work. I must say that Christine was extremely friendly and was happy to talk about and show me her work. The primary media she uses is acrylic, but sometimes watercolour and oil can be found among her pieces.

The main inspirations of the environment and nature are clear in Heyworth’s paintings, with the vibrancy and colour bringing a new sense of life to the subjects in her work. Currently working as a soft furnishing designer, Heyworth keeps up with her artwork in her spare time using both photographic reference and her imagination.

More of Heyworth’s work can be viewed on her website or Facebook page.


Thanks for reading,


Posted by Carla Taylor on 09/05/14 under artists
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Pick of the Week for METAMORPHOSIS and This Week’s Topic


Happy Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Taciturn Saturn, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘METAMORPHOSIS’. 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!

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 09/05/14 under weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Arthur Adams


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Modern Master of Mainstream Comics, Arthur Adams, has been contributing variant cover art for each issue of marvel’s big Summer event, Original Sin. Actually, each cover is a piece of the overall gigantic illustration featuring what looks like literally every Marvel Super Hero ever created!(…don’t quote me on that..but, it’s certainly a lot of characters!) The piece is stunning in it’s scope, and detail, which is really just another day for the likes of Arthur Adams.

Arthur Adams is a self taught artist, and he blew comics fans away early on with his distinct, highly detailed pencils & inks. He began working on such titles as Longshot, and New Mutants Special Edition for Marvel Comics back in the mid-80’s. Adams created his own comic, Monkeyman & O’Brien, published by Dark Horse in the 90’s, and his mainstream comics work has continued to increase in demand, especially with the recent explosion of special variant covers.

You can read more about Arthur Adams illustrious career, and see more of his art on his website here. His Facebook fan page is very active, and perhaps the best place for the latest news.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/03/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Work/Art/Play – An Online Class for Artists

Work/Art/Play: How to create work you (and others) will love, market yourself with confidence, and build your creative empire.
With the advent of the internet, it seems like almost everyone out there is talented. But skills alone won’t make you successful – it’s a mix of luck, hard work, smart strategies and the cultivation of relationships; and according to Amy Ng, artists are the ones who most often forget about this.
“A lot of artists merely concentrate on their artistic skills as a way to get by,” explained Amy, who writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity on the blog Pikaland. “But when you have so many artists competing for work, what makes you stand out? What makes you different?” Enter Work/Art/Play, an online class that’s dedicated to help artists and illustrators find their footing in the modern digital world.
The online class, which starts on 15th September, is divided into four modules and the goal at the end of the class is to help artists create their very own roadmap to success.  It was developed especially for aspiring artists and illustrators who are keen on learning how to create great work that will allow them to stay true to themselves, and how to find and create opportunities wherever they go.
The idea for Work/Art/Play came about when Amy, who has been writing on the topic of creativity, illustration and entrepreneurship for the past 6 years was frustrated at how illustration graduates were daunted by the prospect of entering the workforce. As an adjunct teacher in a local design college, she first lectured about the ideation behind illustration, but found that students were more in need of career guidance instead.
“They didn’t know the first thing about finding work – and so they panic and go out there unprepared.” But what she found that it wasn’t just the graduates who were in a panic – other working artists were in trouble too, and so Work / Art / Play was created to address this concern. “The fact that this class is fully conducted online allows people from anywhere in the world to join in and absorb the materials in their own time – we have videos, worksheets, weekly Q+A sessions and extra bonus materials to help you find your feet,” she added.
The class is open for enrollment until 10th September 2014, and the class will commence on 16th September.
To view the whole syllabus, go to
About Amy
Amy is a magazine editor turned illustrator and educator. As a self-taught artist, she regularly writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity; deciphering clues and shedding light on the intersection between them. She keeps a blog at where she experiments with her ideas, and teaches aspiring artists & illustrators online at
About Work / Art / Play
An online class created by Amy of Pikaland that teaches artists and illustrators how to differentiate themselves from the competition, how to build their presence effectively, how to promote fearlessly and how to make money from their work. The e-course is available to anyone in the world with a computer/ laptop/tablet/smartphone and an internet connection. Enrollment ends 10th September 2014 and the class starts officially on 15th September 2014Class info and full syllabus can be found at

Posted by Thomas James on 09/03/14 under business
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Finding where you left your inspiration




Do you find you’ve been staring at that blank page for ages, your fine liner’s or paints have began to dry and your idea’s just seem to be at a standstill no matter how much you want to get started. Well my creative friend I think you may have dropped your inspiration somewhere, but don’t panic I’m sure its laying around somewhere waiting for you to find it. All creative people get stuck with art block from time to time and although the frustration can be extremely annoying to the point you may want to scream into the nearest pillow, never fear because here’s a few easy solutions to help get your creativity and inspiration back to where it used to be.

  • Get out of your studio space: Sometimes too much time at your desk or computer can cramp your mind along with your legs, so the best remedy is to get out of your space to clear your head. Go for a walk, drive or run for a change of scenery to promote new idea’s and thought.


  • Visit somewhere creatively fuelling: Galleries, degree shows, museums or places of wildlife are perfect places to feed your visual appetite. Whether you’re viewing someone else’s work this may help you visualise different concepts, composition styles, patterns or colour palettes you might not of thought of using before or if you’re out sketching from things in real life making studies may give you the grounds for a specifically theme project that can help you gather idea’s as you go.


  • Take a break from the drawing board: The old battery need’s a recharge and despite many of us wanting to be an invincible creative machine that can churn out endless amazing drawings, photos and painting that will dazzle all it’s not physically possible although we can dream.


  • Work with a liked minded creative: If the creative juices just aren’t flowing with a pending project often the help of a like minded creative can help pull you out of your rut. Talk with a creative friend about your project in confidence and ask them for points or tips on where to get started, sometimes two heads are better than one.

Image by illustrator Dana Svobodova you can find out more about their work here .

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/31/14 under creativity
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