Livy Long


Livy Long is an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. Her work fuses handmade elements with a refined & clean design approach. The subject matters of her work ranges from animals and characters to hand lettered quotes and botanical details. Her use of limited, but bright color palettes add to her unique style.
Connect with Livy on Instagram or Tumblr.

Post written by Bryna Shields.

Posted by Bryna Shields on 04/23/15 under pattern
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Illustrator: Lesley Buckingham

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I came across the lovely work of Lesley Buckingham through the Central Illustration Agency and was immediately drawn to her loose watercolour illustrations of various natural forms. These delicate pieces appear effortless to the untrained eye although it is clear the amount of effort and talent needed to create these unique illustrations. After seeing Buckingham’s work I was intrigued to know more about her individual practice and so contacted the artist directly. Here is her response when asked about her inspirations and techniques she uses to create her work:

‘I trained in textiles , specialising in embroidery ( which I still do , look up Betty Bib, I make fairies and embroidered pictures ! ) Because my work at college was very illustrative I found myself on leaving , working as a freelancer in both fields – not always easy to produce and market two different types of work – sometimes I have managed to bring the two together as when I wrote and illustrated my Betty Bib fairy books and included both painted and 3-D textile figures in them. More recently I have been showing my much bolder and simpler style of painting through the CIA website … This began with work that I made on holiday and in sketch books ‘playing around ‘, but that I realised had a wider and more commercial appeal than the fairy images and I am currently enjoying working in this style for magazines and some advertising projects. I love the variety of it all !’

More of Buckingham’s work can be found on the Central Illustration Agency website.


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Posted by Carla Taylor on 04/23/15 under artists
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SOFT by Allan McInnes


Submitted by Allan McInnes for the Illustration Friday topic SOFT.

Posted by Thomas James on 04/20/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Dan Mora















I’m so impressed with artist Dan Mora’s work on Michael Alan Nelson’s Hexed, that I had to share a sampling of it here with all of you! The little bit that I can find out about Dan Mora on the web is that he lives in Costa Rica, he’s done graphic design work & many illustrations for numerous print/online publications, and loads of concept art/character design work, as well. In it’s previous incarnation, Hexed introduced the great artist Emma Rios to the world, and now it’s Dan Mora’s turn to find legions of new fans.

Hexed, published by Boom Studios, is up to issue 9 now; it will be interesting to see if Mora sticks with that series a while longer or if one of the “Big 2″ scoops him up. Either way, I’ll be following for the good arts!

You can find more of Mora’s artwork, and see many revealing artist process posts, on his “Behance” site here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 04/16/15 under artists,comic,cover,design,digital,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Pick of the Week for WARRIOR 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 Zsalto, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of WARRIOR. 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!

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Posted by Thomas James on 04/13/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Chris Samnee


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A couple years ago, Chris Samnee was in the unenviable position of having to replace artists Paolo Rivera & Marcos Martin on Marvel’s Daredevil, as regular series artist. Now, 40, or so issues later, that memorable run on Daredevil(which is still going) will now be remembered by most folks as the “classic Samnee/Waid Daredevil run” thanks to Samnee stepping up to the plate artistically! Chris’ stunning visuals match Waid’s character driven scripts perfectly! Studying the great comics artists he grew up with in the 1980’s, and working hard at his craft since he was a kid(he got his first professional comics gig when he was just 15!), Samnee has become one of the most respected artists working in comics, today.

Chris Samnee won an Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker for his work on the The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, and a Harvey Award for Most Promising Newcomer for 2011’s Capote in Kansas, published by ONI Press.

You can follow the steady stream of updated Chris Samnee art on his website here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 04/11/15 under cartoon,comic,cover,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Multidisciplinary Submission :: Sticky Monster Lab

By Chloe





Sticky Monster Lab is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Korea. They cover various mediums from illustration to motion graphics, graphic design to product design. This wide spectrum helps make their work so unique and dynamic. Sticky Monster Lab have great wit and attention to detail which has allowed them to collaborate with Nike, Nissan and MTV.
If you’d like to see more work from Sticky Monster Lab, please visit their portfolio.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 04/10/15 under artists,design,digital,editorial submissions
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Zac Gorman














Zac Gorman, a life formed between Nintendo NES, and X Box 360; he played video games as a child in Detroit, MI, before settling in front of a larger screen in Chicago, Illinois. His comics filled books are Magical Game Time, and Costume Quest, both of which can be ordered here, as well as art prints, pins, & other knick-knacks.

After getting his feet wet, artistically, with SNES’ Mario Paint, Zac Gorman attended Kendall College of Art and Design.

Currently, you can find Zac working on the comic book version of  Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty for ONI Press, and he occasionally provides storyboards and character designs for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

You can take a behind the scenes peek at the inner-workings of a mad genius at Zac Gorman’s website here.

Here’s a link to a recent podcast featuring Zac Gorman.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 04/02/15 under artists
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OUTSIDE by Lucas Sauviller


Submitted by Lucas Sauviller for the Illustration Friday topic OUTSIDE.

Posted by Thomas James on 04/01/15 under artists,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Marcel George

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Marcel George is a freelance illustrator living in London. He studied Illustration at Brighton University and graduated in 2010 with first class honours. He specializes in creating hand painted, contemporary watercolour illustrations.

See more of his work on his website.

Posted by Natalie on 04/01/15 under artists,editorial submissions
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