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.



Travis Millard - Welcome to Fudge Factory Comics

How would you like to step inside the mind of artist Travis Millard? You might not come out the same on the other side. These are some wild illustrations he’s conjuring up. Travis waves his freak flag high and let’s his imagination run loose like a madman with the keys to the asylum. And wouldn’t you agree that’s what an artist should do? Fearless - no holds barred - let it go from the brain to the paper – that’s the pure essence of the creative spirit. Why be afraid to put down on paper or canvas what it is that you want to put down? Artists like Travis Millard are saying to hell with conventional thinking – my way is much more fun.

His work looks like it might have some Robert Crumb or a little bit of S. Clay Wilson influence to it. Heck, everyone has been influenced by someone. Still Travis Millard is definitely original in his own right. Eye gouging, hand biting with some face melding make out sessions – yeah this guy certainly isn’t having any problems creating unique pieces of art.

Travis is represented by the Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica, California, but he also sells his artwork directly on his website, His website is just as wild as his artwork (watch out for the flying daggers) so jump on over when you get the chance. You might also want to read his interview with Juxtapoz Magazine to get more of a feel for his great sense of humor and style.

Illustration Pages News: Rockport Publishers Call for Entries! Letterhead and Logo Design 12

Innovative letterhead and logo design can make the difference for a business, service, or product. Design that gets noticed results in continued recognition and future business. Rockport Publishers would like to celebrate your inspired graphic design work in our newest volume featuring the best in the business: Letterhead and Logo Design 12.

There are no entry fees. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 12, 2010.

For more details and information on how to send in materials, please visit the Call for Entries site...

Illustration Pages News: Quirky Illustrator's Smoking Hot New Website

Oivind Hovland is an experienced freelance illustrator with a long list of international clients, covering a broad range of media. To Oivind, illustration is about storytelling: "Even if you only have one small image at your disposal, a story can still be told. And that, in a nutshell is my aim, to tell a story using whatever means I have." He is also the author of two illustrated books, published by Tabella, and his work has been short-listed for IMAGES and the Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Exhibition. Visit his website...

Travel Map: Abstract Paintings of Argentinian Artist, Hernan Paganini - Puloverchito

When you follow a favorite artist's favorites on Flickr, it can lead you to new places like to Argentina or at least to Argentinian artist, Hernan Paganini - Puloverchito. This jewel-colored abstract painting is only one of a a set called "Travel Map". In his words they are, "Readings from the sky and motions of the stars". There is definitely something connected, astral and light filled about these paintings. See more of these inspiring pieces on his photostream.

Everyone Loves Butterflies

Butterfly / 蝶道, originally uploaded by 川貝母 Inca Pan.

Another gem was found on Flickr by Taiwanese artist, Inca Pan. His work is the vein of naive, and folk art. It feels old fashioned and like a pleasant memory. Besides, who doesn't like butterflies? The title of this inspirational one is, "Butterfly". Check out more of his work on his photostream.

Artist Wonil's Sad Angels on Flickr

the orphans are angels, originally uploaded by wonil.

Looking through Kevin Titzer's favorites on Flickr, I found Wonil and looked through his photostream. This is is one of my favorites that he uploaded. I like the title of it, "The Orphans Are Angels", making it seem like the angels are being destroyed. There are many more inspiring paintings on Wonil's photostream. They are images of forlorn looking children in strange situations. Check it out.

Kevin Titzer Group Show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles

Thinkspace, originally uploaded by Kevin T.

Today, I'm spending some time finding inspiration on Flickr. There are always so many cool artists, creating so many cool pieces. Here is a piece by sculpture Kevin Titzer. I love this sort of 2 torso merman. It looks like it was created with wood, metal and paint. Check out his Flickr page for many more odd and macabre circus freaks. He has been in many art exhibits around the country and will be at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles on August 7, 2010.

Nuts & Bolts: A blueprint for a successful illustration career

Tips and tidbits from the publisher and design director of 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. A former illustrator, art director, creative director and ad agency principal, Charles Hively puts down what he feels are the important attributes necessary in building a successful career as an illustrator. The book is based on his numerous conversations with successful illustrators, his observations of illustrators' websites worldwide and his first-hand experience researching and commissioning illustrators. Hively doesn't pull any punches on the do's and don'ts for young illustrators. Coming from both the art director side and as current publisher of 3x3 his perspective is unique; his passion for illustration is coupled with his mission of generating more respect for illustration among art directors outside the traditional editorial arena.

100 pages
7.5" x 7.5"
$10 USD plus shipping and handling

Order online...

Announcing The Copyright Alliance Creators Across America Artist Interviews

The Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to promoting the value of copyright, is announcing a road trip covering 35 states in 35 days to talk with individual artists and creators about their work and why copyright is important to earning a living.

Traveling in a hybrid and armed with a video camera, the Alliance’s Executive Director, Patrick Ross will traverse the country recording interviews with photographers, graphic artists, authors, filmmakers and musicians, among others. The interviews will be posted on the Alliance’s You Tube channel and Creators Across America web site, which tells the stories of individual creators in all 50 states through a collection of videos, blogs and statistics.

“Too much of the conversation about copyright and its role in the digital age occurs in Washington among people who don’t have to meet a payroll and who haven’t devoted years and equity to honing a skill and building a business,” Ross said. “We are going to artists where they live and work, talking with them about their jobs and about the increasing burden of protecting their work from theft.”

More than 20 video interviews have already been posted to the site, and include photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers and musicians. Below is a recent conversation with New York-based illustrator and typographic designer Daniel Pelavin.

Formed just over three years ago in an effort to provide a collective voice in Washington, DC, on the importance of copyright to the creative community, the Alliance membership includes unions, creative guilds, non-profit and for-profit corporations as well as trade associations, and individual artists and creators.

Join the Copyright Alliance now & speak up for your art.

Summer Evening

This year, I celebrated the summer solstice as I did when I was young – by staying outside and watching the longest day of the year slip into the shortest night. As a child who grew up in the era of unsupervised play and limitations, “you can stay outside until it gets dark,” the longest day of the year was truly something to celebrate, since it was also the longest play day. Mosquitoes aside, and play days long past, I still find the shift of day to night in the summer to be nothing short of magical. Henry James may have felt that “summer afternoon” were the two most beautiful words, but I would have to include “summer evening” as being equally noteworthy.

The welcoming cool that accompanies the setting sun signals the start of the day’s transition. The sky becomes a canvas of stunning color, with grand sweeps of smoky purple, brilliant rose, and incandescent apricot set against a marine blue backdrop. Fitting for a season that is the very essence of languor, even the evening seems to take its time coming in the summer. Slowly, fireflies ignite their lightshow; one lights up at one corner of the yard, another responds from a distant space, and soon the backyard is twinkling with golden dots of luminescence floating effortlessly through the air.

I’ve always loved the glimmer of fireflies, much as I do the brilliance of fireworks, another summertime evening staple. I know I’m not alone in enjoying these delights, and have had many a discussion with people exploring why we find things that sparkle in the night so inviting. The best explanation I was given is that a glint of light in the dark reminds us of the existence of a greater light (the sun) that is always present, but not necessarily seen. Taken literally or metaphorically, this theory has always resonated with me, adding yet another wonderful dimension to the magical beauty of a summer evening.

At the core of my fondness for a summer evening is the sense of additional time that seems to be infused into that time. It’s like a special little gift that comes with summer – a sense of time being both longer and slower, allowing me the opportunity to appreciate the day, the season and other good things in my life.  And yet the summer itself always seems to move so swiftly. One of life’s paradoxes, and another reminder to savor the loveliness of summer while it’s here.

Morning, day, or evening? Which is your favorite time of day in summer and why?

Article by LYDIA GNAU
Illustration courtesy of ASHLEY SMITH
Ashley Smith is a freelance children's illustrator and graphic designer based out of that Salty City in Utah. A hippy at heart, this girl likes to get outside and explore, which generally involves getting her hands and feet a little dirty. Since receiving her formal education from Brigham Young University Idaho with a BFA in illustration she has worked up a storm creating illustrations for books, magazines, and games. She can also be found deep in the recesses of small businesses, creating logos and branding for their new companies. She typically draws and paints though, and relishes in anything drawn and painted. She is the #1 illustrator recommended by gypsies, and a close #2 by pirates.

See more of Ashley Smith's work at:

Support the Mail Me Art Project and Make a Pledge

Contributed by Darren Di Lieto

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Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message is the follow-up to the successful 2008 Mail Me Art: Going Postal. We are proud to announce we have over 700 new pieces of mail art. Medium Without a Message is an amazing collection of envelopes and boxes from around the world decorated by some of today’s most talented illustrators and artists. What makes the work special is that every single piece of art was sent through the postal system, exposed and on view as regular mail. At the end of this month all of the work will be on display at the London Mail Me Art exhibition.

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How can you help support the project and become part of it? Well... The running costs for the project are currently at around £6000 ($9120). We’re hoping to recoup most of that by selling the new book and we’re also hoping to make the artists lots of money by selling their work at the exhibition. We’ve just finished the book and we got as many of the mail artists into the book as possible in some way or another. So please help us recoup some of the costs by making a pledge and supporting the project. In return for a pledge we're sending people copies of the new book. We've also got some really cool artwork up for grabs from the likes of Dan May & Jon Burgerman. Please check out the site for more details -

Illustration Pages News: Phone Booth Gallery Presents A Live Painting Event

Phone Booth Gallery, created by Garry Booth has opened their official shop. If you’re in the Long Beach, California area visit Phone Booth Gallery at their new location on Broadway on Saturday, July 31, for a night of painting and fun. Participating artists include Matt Hendon, Alan Villanueva, Arlene Reyes, Kevin Bannister, Joel Juercher, Scott Flanders, David Owen, Nancy Chiu, Ryan Milner, and of course, Garry Booth.

Saturday, July 31
5pm - 10pm
Phone Booth Gallery
2533 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803

What's Old Can Be New Inspiration: Poster Art of Jules Cheret

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, poster art was big and beautiful. One of the leading poster and commercial artists of this period was a French man named Jules Cheret. Below are a few of his amazing posters. I actually have a bathroom curtain with some of his posters printed on it.

Even though his art was created over a 100 years ago, I find new inspiration in it all the time. Maybe, you'll find it inspiring too. If you're in Paris from now until November 7, 2010, you can view some of his posters and artwork at the Museum of Decorative Arts, including a chair he painted. He was part of a movement called neo-Rocco-ism and I think you can see why because of his love for decoration and beauty.

Illustration Pages News: Art Center of Estes Park Art Competition - Call For Entries

 Casey's Path by Kelly Kotary

The Art Center of Estes Park proudly announces the 14th Annual "Lines into Shapes" Multi-media Art Competition and Sale

“Lines into Shapes” is the name of the show and not the theme.

Categories include, oil, scratchboard, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, or mixed water media, pastels, graphite, original printmaking, sculpture, wood, fine art pottery, glass, photography, fiber, and jewelry.

Over $5,000 was awarded in 2009.

Artwork must be offered for sale. The Art Center will retain a 40% commission on all artwork sold. Prices may not be changed after submission.

Deadline is September 10, 2010. Find out more…

Illustration Pages News: Amercian Artist Magazine Cover Competition

Get Discovered. Gain Recognition. Win Big.

Three winners will be selected, each of whose artwork will be featured on the cover of American Artist, Watercolor, or Drawing magazine. The three winners will also receive scholarship awards valued at $1,395 applicable to registration fees and tuition for American Artist's Weekend With the Masters 2011 program, as well as a $1,000 cash prize. (Scholarship award has no cash value.) The deadline is August 31, 2010. Find out more...

Illustration Pages News: Creativity International Awards
2010 Creativity Print Competition

Attention advertisers, designers and in-house corporate marketing departments!

The 40th Creativity Print & Packaging Awards is now open and accepting entries from Print, Publications, Packaging, Illustration, Photography, Typography and Green Design categories. Deadline is August 13th! Enter today...

T Cooper & Alex Petrowsky's New Book: The Beaufort Diaries

Contributed by Alex Petrowsky

A polar bear tries to go green-in Hollywood-with Leonardo DiCaprio-in an outrageous tale that includes equally outrageous full-color illustrations. Watch the animated trailer featuring David Duchovny below.

It may sound like a familiar story-boy goes to Hollywood, boy befriends big star, boy gets almost as famous as big star, boy finds fame tricky-but T Cooper's first illustrated novel is subversively different. For one thing, the "boy" is a polar bear. For another thing, the "big star" is Leonardo DiCaprio. And together, they decide to make an action movie...about the environment.

It's a story that's both wacky and edgy, as readers have come to expect from T Cooper (Lipshitz Six or Two Angry Blondes, Some of the Parts). But in this case, Cooper has pushed the envelope even further by enlisting illustrator Alex Petrowsky to help tell the story. Petrowsky's poster-like, full color images combine photos with cartooning and painting for an arresting effect that's both wildly humorous and hypnotically otherworldly.

It is, in short, a compelling tale with an edgy charm and a persevering conscience. And it's all in a lush package, as if T Cooper's gifts for wisdom and humor and social commentary had been boiled down to their essence for a devoted following, then blown up like fireworks for a much wider audience to ooh and aah over.

Find out more about T Cooper here, and check out Alex Petrowsky's website. And if you like what you see go buy it at your local bookstore or online.

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Taking Inspiration From Each Other

Contributed by Jennifer Carson

Our fellow artists are always a well of inspiration, but there are a few that I know I can always count on to get me excited to create something new. Usually it's the expression on their characters' faces that make me giggle with glee and say, I have got to create a... whatever it is! But sometimes it's the great striped bloomers or the delicate, transparent wings on a drawing of a faerie that gets my mind flowing.

One artist I have adored since my teenage years is Jody Bergsma. Her soft and detailed watercolors draw me into her paintings and tell stories that are more than color and line - more than light and shadow. The gazes of the animals peering from the painting give me goosebumps. The detailed faeries and dragons make me believe in the unimaginable.

Here is what Jody has to say about her own paintings:

I propose that mankind shares a common reality, just beyond the range of normal sight. The images are emotions, those which are unseen but felt... unheard but known. There are moments when we have acute awareness of existence... like the feeling of exultation when one stands on the edge of a mountain, or the top of a crescent moon. Each man's physical adventure is unique, but the abstract language of feelings, and our realization of existence is our shared experience. My paintings are part of my personal adventure. Memory simplifies the setting. I no longer see the mountains edge, but I do see the feelings it stirred.

Art is a tradition that helps define who we are and brings us a vision of who we can become. My painting is my expression and request for a more beautiful, peaceful and harmonious world.

I don't think anyone else could say it any better. If you don't know this prolific Washington State artist, it's time to check her out.

Another artist I always turn to is actually a married pair of artists - Pat Ann Lewis and Larry MacDougall. Though they compliment each other, these two Canadian artists have quite different styles. Larry reminds me of the great Aurthur Rackham with a bit of Brian Froud mixed in to create his own style of wonderful faerie tale images, like in this image below of Grandmother Troll. I love how she seems to grow from the tree and the fact that she is beautiful in her imperfect-ness. The lines are loose and seem to flow from the land of faerie itself.

Pat Ann's style (below) is more controlled, but no less fun. Her characters in her paintings have fantastic expression and motion, not to mention personalities that leap off the page. Whenever I need a smile and a boost of cheer, I visit Pat Ann's work.

Who do you visit when you need to be inspired?

Below are a couple more artists you might want to add to your inspiration list.

"Special Delivery"

"Moonlight Serenade"

"Take it Back"

The Exquisite Artwork of Daniel Lim on Facebook

What is it about Daniel Lim’s portraits that draw you in the way they do? Is it the big, gazing eyes, the flowing lines, the soft yet captivating colors?

Artist Daniel Lim seems to effortlessly capture beauty and innocence within the borders of his canvases. Each of his pieces speaks with their own gentle voice that whisper feelings of hope and serenity. Daniel is an artist who adds beauty to the world which is often times more difficult than creating work that depicts the hardships and adversities of life. By creating such beauty Daniel actually provides hope to those who have experienced suffering. And although his audience might not find specific answers hidden deep within the pigments of his canvases, they will indeed find shelter within its splendor – if even for a moment.

Daniel is an illustration graduate of Art Center College of Art and Design and holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts. A few of his clients have been, The New York Times, Electronic Gaming Monthly, MTV, UrbanOutfitters, Saatchi + Saatchi, Guess Jeans, Boston Monthly, LAWeekly, and more. Some exhibitions coming up for Daniel are Ronin Galleries Inaugural show, followed by Giant Robot's Tree show and Gallery Nucleus' Sweet Streets 2. You might already be familiar with Daniel’s work from his April, 2010, interview with Juxtapoz.

The Things You Can Draw With Your Thumb Print: Ed Emberley Inspired Exhibition

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

Who wasn't inspired by Ed Emberley's drawing books for kids?! Whether you were a kid or an adult when you discovered him, his books made drawing easy and fun. It was amazing what you could create with a simple thumb print, a circle or a square.

Now, at Scion Space in Culver City, there is an exhibit of his work along side 6 grown up artists who were inspired by his artwork. The video promotion below makes it look like a fun event. More details are found at this link.

Scion Presents: Ed Emberley and Friends from Scion ART on Vimeo.

The Magical World of Alessandra Fusi on Facebook

Have you ever had trouble recognizing a Tim Burton illustration? Have you ever looked at an illustration and wondered whether or not it was created by Maurice Sendak? Some illustrators have such a distinctive style that their work is immediately recognizable. What is style though? Is it simply how artists illustrate or paint something? Is it how artists connect with their audience? Is the emotion that artists convey through their work part of their style? Surely there must be some point of connection in order for a style to be successful.

Illustrator Alessandra Fusi has a wonderfully distinctive style. Her illustrations are soft and delicate, full of wonder and delight. They evoke such feelings of warmth and comfort that they take hold of their viewer like a familiar, loving embrace.

This exceptionally talented illustrator has the ability through her gifted hand to take characters as familiar as Willie Wonka and Peter Pan and truly make them her own. Wouldn’t it be great to see how she would illustrate a character like The Cat in the Hat?

Italian artist Alessandra Fusi received her BFA in illustration and multimedia animation at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, and since that day she has showcased her artwork in many solo and collective art shows in Italy, France and the United States. She has illustrated 3 books and her artwork can be found on everything from diaries, to bags to magnets.

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