Ken Graning Interview

It is my pleasure to present the autobiography and artwork of illustrator, Ken Graning. Ken Graning's impressive career as an illustrator spans an astonishing forty six years.

When It Comes To Logos These Companies Don't Play Around

The video game industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In March, Forbes reported that Gabe Newell, founder of Valve Corporation, is "one of the richest people on the planet".

Ed Fella Interview

Ed Fella is one of the most prominent graphic designers of our time, and as you can imagine, a conversation with Ed Fella is both inspiring and enlightening

The Amazing Illustrations and Sketches of J.R. Mounger

Artist and designer J.R. Mounger has a passion for illustration and you sure can tell by the artwork he creates.

An Interview with Art Licensing Consultant, Maria Brophy

I first learned of Maria's work last year, when I featured the artwork of surf lifestyle artist, Drew Brophy, here on Illustration Pages - I've been a loyal fan and avid follower of both ever since.



Create Space For Imagination With Artist Katy Betz

Artist Katy Betz is sending out invitations to play, dream and imagine and we’re happily accepting. Katy’s paintings are stunningly beautiful and brimming over with imagination. The journey through her world is filled with vibrant colors and whimsical settings.

Uninhibited by the confines of practical thought and reasonable explanation Katy’s paintings enable us to soar freely beyond what we know to be real into a fantasy filled with creativity and invention. Katy’s art possesses an atmosphere of youthful innocence that is both refreshing and invitingly warm. She challenges us - almost dares us to dream and become inspired.

Katy received her BFA in Illustration from Laguna College of Art & Design in 2006, and will be receiving her MFA in Spring 2011 from California State University, Fullerton. Katy is a gallery artist, children’s book writer & illustrator, muralist, and part-time college professor. She also teaches workshops and accepts private commissions.

The Abnormal Brain of Illustrator Derek Ring on Facebook

It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact.[1]

Derek Ring is an illustrator with a passion for the undead, ghouls, zombies, mermaids, devils, frankensteins, draculas, robots, and sea monsters, girls in bikinis fighting sea monsters, comic books, ghost stories…you probably get the picture.

Whenever an artist has a passion for a specific type of subject matter it really shows. Derek’s passion is clearly displayed in his creepy but very cool illustrations of ghosts, mutants, miscreants and other creatures of the night.

It has been rumored that Derek Ring creates his illustrations using a mixture of embalming fluid, human bone marrow and goat’s blood in the dungeon of a dark castle high atop a hill somewhere in the New England region of the northeastern United States – exact location unknown.

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller[2]

1 Night of the Living Dead
2 Lyrics from Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Illustration Pages News: Anthony Freda 3 x 3 Pro-Show Winner

This piece is to be included in the 3 x 3 Illustration Annual #7, due out this fall. Click the image for a larger view.

Isolated? Find Inspiration at "Escape From Illustration Island"!

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

As illustrators, we don't get out much. The few and lucky among us have a studio with studio mates who become our buddies, our confidants, and supporters or critiques. So if we're not lucky, where do we find these other art buddies or how do we even find time to hang out with them? Well, never fear, "Escape From Illustration Island" (EFII) is here!

Illustrator & writer, Thomas James wanted to tackle this isolation problem, so he created EFII. It's a blog, and a podcast that tries to break down these barriers and provide resources and useful content to illustrators.

Right now, he has about a year's worth of podcasts you could listen to while you're drawing and painting for your clients. Some of the subjects include interviews with illustration stars like John Hendrix, and art directors who hire illustrators like Stephanie Glaros. He also discusses style, art representation, and promotion among many more fun and useful discussions. Check it out and get inspired!

Art With Heart – Healing Kids Through Creativity

There are many wonderful people out there reaching out to help others through art, creativity and self expression. One of the most important goals of the Illustration Pages site is to help these individuals and organizations raise awareness for their causes.

You might remember not too long ago when we featured seven year old Gwen who sells artwork online that she and her friends create. Her cause is to help a family who lost a devoted wife and loving mother to melanoma cancer. Gwen’s efforts continue today at if you wish to visit and participate.

Back in December of 2009 Artists For Humanity was another one of the many nonprofit organizations featured on Illustration Pages. Artists for Humanity bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under served youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

Today’s feature is an organization that helps over 41,000 young people through the healing power of creativity. Art with Heart is a charitable, nonprofit organization that creates and distributes therapeutic books and offers supportive trainings that are aimed at helping high-risk youth learn to manage their emotions and stress, and express their needs in healthy ways.

Their books are unique in that they combine engaging art with therapies that help youth cope with overwhelming feelings – even in the midst of crisis, such as after a diagnosis of cancer, a natural disaster, or the tragedy of a school shooting. In this way, Art with Heart supports their emotional and social growth, paving the way for success in school and in life.

To explore other nonprofit groups featured on Illustration Pages please click on the “nonprofit” link under Categories in the sidebar. As stated above, helping raise awareness is a major goal of the Illustration Pages site.

If you wish to have an art related, nonprofit organization that is very dear to your heart featured on the IP site simply let us know in the comments section of this article.

Brilliant Artists Never Quit! "Noonie's Masterpiece"

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

Here's a refreshing and new kid's book that I wish was around when I was a kid. It has the message that brilliant artists never quit. How inspiring!

Announcing The Illustration Pages Poster Available For Free to Download and Print

Today I’m extremely happy to announce that illustrator Erin Klauk has completed work on an original Illustration Pages poster. This beautiful poster is available to download free, right here at Illustration Pages. Since it began in December of 2009, the Illustration Pages community has grown considerably. To show my appreciation for everyone’s support and participation I collaborated with the amazing illustrator, Erin Klauk. Together we bring you this magnificent poster that you can download, print and hang in your studio, cubicle, office, on campus, on telephone poles - hang it anywhere and everywhere.

Erin creates such awesome posters that after featuring her work on the Illustration Pages site back in March, I knew I had to have a poster for the IP site.

To download the poster click one of the two links below. One file is setup as a standard 8.5 x 11 so you can simply download it and print it out. The other link is setup as 11x 14 which you can print to tabloid paper and trim it to the edges if you wish to have a larger size poster. Both posters are high resolution PDFs for the best quality print output so depending on your connection speed they might take a couple of minutes to download.

I already have my poster framed and hanging in my studio. Thank you everyone and enjoy the poster. Here’s to continued success in the future.

Lou Simeone
Illustration Pages
creativity   community   culture

About Erin Klauk:
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Erin Klauk moved to NYC in 2002 to study illustration at Pratt Institute, where she received her BFA in 2004. She went on to receive an MA in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009. Her clients include Arthur Magazine, Crawlspace Magazine, The Boston Historical Neighborhoods Society, SBRA Architects, Gerard & Sarzin Publishing, Mark, and L’OrĂ©al Paris. She creates gig posters, album artwork and music merchandise for a number of local bands such as Traveling Circle, Heavy Hands, Sorceress, Whooping Crane, Anorak, The Actual Facts and The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet.

To see more of illustrator Erin Klauk's work visit her blog, Erinaceous Illustration, The Art and Design of Erin Klauk.

Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action Interviews Steven Pressfield About The War of Art

 The War of Art is a book of motivation and inspiration written by the best-selling novelist Steven Pressfield. The purpose of this remarkable book is to inspire writers, artists, musicians and any individual seeking to combat the negative effects of “Resistance” and channel their creative energy to attain “the unlived life within”. In this book Pressfield recognizes that it’s this “Resistance” that prevents us from achieving any type of goal whether it’s to embark on a diet, a program of spiritual advancement or an entrepreneurial venture. He identifies the struggles of the creative individual in today’s society and offers wisdom drawn from his many years’ experience as a writer to help one live out his or her destiny.

Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action recently had the opportunity to interview Steven Pressfield about The War of Art. Among some of the things discussed during the interview are overcoming "Resistance", the digital publishing revolution, distractions of the web and social media and what it all means for writers and artists.

Please take this opportunity to read Mark McGuinness’ complete interview with Steven Pressfield and perhaps also take some time to explore more of the web publication, Lateral Action.

Click here to read the interview.

Shadow Selves

The term “shadow self” often brings to mind the darker aspects of one’s personality, but the other day, I was introduced to a new perspective on this. As I was walking in the park on a brilliant sunny afternoon, I saw a little girl dancing with her shadow. Watching her own silhouette the entire time, she pirouetted down the macadam path, flung her arms open wide, spun around once more, dropped to one knee in a grand flourish, then quickly popped up for a curtsey – truly a grand performance.

As quickly as her dance routine was over, she began to create another persona for her shadow; her dancer quickly metamorphosed into a broad-winged butterfly, arms fluttering like delicate wings. Within seconds, the graceful butterfly became a fierce lion, hands and fingers transformed into a gaping jaw replete with ten ominous fangs. A quick shift of the hands, and the shadow lion was now a regal queen with an impressive crown.

I marveled at how effortlessly the girl’s shadow shifted into different identities, limited only by imagination and sunshine. Could it be that our shadow selves are not necessarily our less desirable personas, but simply varied aspects of our personalities? Or are they apparitions of our aspirations – prima ballerina, graceful butterfly, courageous lion, the royal class? Who would we be if we were unencumbered by our biological, dimensional, and obligatory parameters?

Who are your shadow selves?

Article by LYDIA GNAU 
Illustration courtesy of ROSALIE STREET
Rosalie Street has been working as a freelance illustrator and artist since 1998, mainly focusing on children’s books and editorial illustrations. Her background training was in Fashion Design at RMIT and Theatre Design at NIDA. She currently works from her home studio on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia, where she resides with her husband, young children and a dog named Marlo.

You can view her folio at

Art from the New World at Bristol Museum

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

What's the most talked about museum exhibit in the last couple weeks? It's the Art from the New World at Bristol Museum! This is a huge group exhibition, showing off the USA's best artists in England. Many of them come from the West coast, including Natalia Fabia and Kent Williams who both call L.A. their home. Going to a show like this can make an artist proud to be a part of such a new world of artists and inspired to keep making great art and illustration. If you're in or around Bristol, check it out. If not, click here to see a few more photos of the work.

Kent Williams
Ray Ceaser
Natalia Fabia

A Collection of Beauty: Fashion Illustration as an Inspiration

Contributed by Melissa Kojima.

Beautiful girls, beautiful patterns, lovely colors, long legs and limbs, curving gestures and elongated torsos---what's not to love about fashion illustrations! Below is a collection of fashion illustration that is meant to be inspiring to all those who love decoration and beauty. It's a fun mix of great illustration from Patrick Nagel to less well know illustrators of today.

Illustrator Wilmer Murillo on Facebook

The illustration work that Wilmer Murillo creates is fascinating and deeply touching. The subjects in his art seem so gentle and timid. In some of his work their worlds appear ominous and abandoned, others make you smile. The numerous emotions captured in the characters and environments of Wilmer’s art make for one absorbing collection of images and you’ll certainly come away with a favorite – or two.

Wilmer Murillo is an emerging young illustrator from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a child he grew up in a creative environment drawing imaginative creatures and making puppets.

Wilmer started off as a graphic designer in 2005 but quickly realized that illustration was how he wanted to earn his living. So now he has devoted his life to his illustration work, creating art that has appeared in both local and international publications.

Wilmer Murillo’s talent cannot be denied. And like all the artists on this site, choosing just a few of his illustrations to display was not an easy undertaking.

Crime Fighting Stuntman Marcus Cutler on Facebook – And some illustration too…

How would you like to have so much work that you’re begging for a break? Marcus Cutler seems to have this unusual “problem”. He jokingly wrote on his Facebook page, “Please lord... nobody send me any more work... just for a couple weeks.” The poor guy – it’s easy to see why his work is so popular.

The illustrations of Marcus Cutler are full of bounce and delight. His work is jam-packed with fun characters, unique concepts and a great sense of humor. His style is so inviting. He breaks the world down into simple shapes and relies on color and contrast to separate elements. In other words you won’t see any lines in most of his work – not an easy task. Marcus however makes it seem effortless.

The Canadian based artist illustrates for several markets - magazine editorial, advertising, children's literature, and giftware. He also designs logos and corporate identity materials such as business cards, letterheads, and brochures.

Keep Your Two Eyes On 2hands: Andrew Tunney On Facebook

Have you ever had a face full of road rash, picking gravel out of your grill after bailing face-first trying to grind a rail? Okay, well most of us probably haven't but we won't let that stop us from checking out the amazing artwork of UK artist Andrew Tunney, a.k.a. 2hands.

2hands is a name Andrew acquired due to the fact that he draws with both hands at the same time. Sound a bit unconventional? It would seem as though Andrew revels in the unconventional. And maybe you will too after seeing his fantastic designs and illustrations.

Andrew describes his work as youth focused, street driven with an eye for couture. Inspired by comics, animation and film, he believes in the power of stories, characters and alternative cultures.

Pull yourself out of the humdrum safety net of the ordinary and reach out for the hands of Andrew Tunney.

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