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.



Artist Camilla d'Errico Releases Her Canadian Tiger Limited Edition Fine Art Print Today

This beautiful 18" x 24" fine art print is set to go on sale today at 12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (3:00 pm Eastern). Printed on smooth textured fine art paper with archival inks, each print is signed and numbered by Camilla and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. More details here...

The Keep Arts in Schools Project

Now here’s a great cause we should all get behind. Keep Arts in Schools offers a number of resources that inform, engage and inspire arts learning. They have a really great Facebook page with over 4,000 active members. Like us these people have a strong passion for the arts. They are parents, teachers, artists, and students, all advocates for art education, each with a different story to tell. The Keep Arts in Schools Facebook page is a true community page filled with various stories - and every member’s enthusiasm for the arts is felt through each and every post. Keep Arts in Schools is a project everyone should rally behind and show support for - not only as artists but also as concerned members of their communities. Let's ensure art education reaches every child.

All children deserve a great well-rounded education. Learning in and through the arts should be a vital component of all public schools for every student - no matter where they live. The Keep Arts in Schools website is an online community for arts education advocates, focusing on the efforts and successes of local organizations, communities, teachers and leading voices throughout the country who are all working to "keep arts in schools".

A special thanks to Amy C. Durocher who responded to our request for art related, nonprofit organizations on the IP Facebook page and brought Keep Arts in Schools to our attention.  Amy is a graphic designer and front end web developer whose work can be seen at

Erik Sanko's Puppets Inspiring a Spooky Halloween

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

If I were in New York, there would be no way I'd miss this puppet show, "The Fortune Teller". Below are a few of the scenes and puppets that will be in this performance coming just in time for Halloween. It's sure to inspire a spooky and fun holiday. It was created by Erik Sanko with collaboration from some greats like Danny Elfman who helped compose the music for it. Check it out if you can.

Here's what the show is about:

Seven strangers’ twisted tales are brought to life in this marionette play and woven with haunting music to tell an eerily comic story of fate and fortune. On a dark night, the strangers are invited to the mansion of a deceased millionaire, and learn that their inheritances will be based not on a will, but on the readings of a fortune teller. Each soon meets a gruesome end in this production developed through HERE’s Dream Music puppetry program.

Buy Some Inspiration at the Society of Illustrators Online Store

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

What's more inspiring than buying some inspiration at the Society of Illustrators' online store! Okay, really, maybe there are a few things that are more inspiring. But this has got to be somewhere on the list of inspirational things. The Society of Illustrators just opened their online store and they are selling books, prints, mugs and canvas bags to name a few. Just think about waking up everyday and having your cup of joe in a mug with the Society of Illustrators' logo on it. Now, that will get you up and going! Click here to get your inspiration!

Ingvard the Terrible Isn’t Terrible At All

Ingvard the Terrible isn’t terrible at all but don’t tell his fellow Vikings that. They might pillage and plunder to prove I’m a liar. Do tell everyone else you know though. What’s the reason why illustrator and graphic designer Sean Ingvard Ashby refers to himself as Ingvard the Terrible? Is it his “Old World” style and scratchboard technique? Is it his Danish and Swedish heritage? Well history does place the Vikings in Scandinavia, Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe in general. Only Ingvard the Terrible himself knows the answer, and for that, perhaps you might have to follow him on Facebook - if you dare.

Sean's self promotion postcards

This young warrior has been honored by many a noble judge throughout the land of illustration and design. It is rumored that he has conquered deadlines near and far that have left others before him trembling in horror. Assemble at once with your fellow villagers on Facebook and rejoice his splendor.

Matthew Diaz Launches His New Blog, "Chew Boy"

Chew Boy is a blog created by Matthew Diaz, to showcase his comic strips, characters and general creative endeavors. Every week there will be a new batch of work on display ranging from his ongoing comic strip, Being Round ‘n’ About, to rough sketches and doodles deemed worthy enough to share. Check out Matt's blog...

Lost World's Fairs - A Bold Mission of Type on the Internet

Friends of Mighty, a Brooklyn-based design studio, have joined forces to explore typographic possibilities on the web. How they made type sing on their site...

Milton Glaser “In Search of the Miraculous” DesignCast

Presented by: Milton Glaser

When: Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Milton Glaser, who has been called the "most influential graphic designer of the era," will discuss the work on his upcoming exhibition at the AIGA in New York in this webinar, while exploring the backstory, context, and the challenges and interconnections of influence. Learn more and register...

Art for Animals: Giving Sanctuary to Misplaced and Abused Animals

We really enjoy featuring people and organizations that are dedicated to helping others throughout the world. By highlighting these people here on Illustration Pages our hope is to assist in bringing awareness to their efforts. That’s why today we’re proud to feature, Art for Animals.

Art for Animals was founded by artists Amanda Gray and Donna Wilson. They believe that as humans and custodians of our planet, it is our responsibility to ensure that all the creatures of the world are cared for with love, compassion and kindness. Their mission is to help rescue and give sanctuary to misplaced and abused animals. Through their combined years of experience, devotion and commitment and with enough financial support, Art for Animals can help make a difference.

Donna and Amanda’s dream is to open an animal rescue sanctuary for animals that are in desperate need of a safe, caring, loving and enriching home. At present they are trying to raise funds to build an exotic animal rescue sanctuary on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. They have been fortunate enough to secure 40 acres of land but are still in need of additional funds to start erecting fences, quarantine facilities, enclosures and many other necessary items to assist in caring for the animals. Numerous animals are desperately waiting for the completion of this sanctuary.

Art for Animals is not a large non-profit organization, just two amazing artists working within the animal industry trying to make a difference through art. You can assist them by purchasing one or more of their art and photography prints. All prints are hand signed by the artist. All proceeds from the sale of each print go directly toward helping animals in desperate need of a home.

6 New Books - David E. Carter - Enter your work Now

Six new books by David E. Carter are now accepting submissions. Details can be found here...

Carter has announced that all his future books will be produced exclusively in digital format, through Apple's iBookstore and Google Editions.

Carter's books have dominated the best-seller lists for graphic design for the last 15 years. But Carter saw major changes in the book industry, beginning with's Kindle.

Last month Amazon anounced that for every 100 hard-cover books they sold, the company sold 180 eBooks for the Kindle.

With the iPad and Apple's iBookstore, and Google Editions, Carter saw the future of book publishing. And that was where he wanted to be.

Carter said, "The innovations of Apple's iBookstore and Google Editions will change book publishing as much as Gutenberg did in 1450. The answer to 'What is a book?' has changed forever."

Ampixx Books was formed to publish Carter's books, as well as the books of other people in the creative world.

Kinetic Typography - The Type That Moves You

You've probably heard of kinetic sculpture. Have you ever heard of kinetic typography? Simply put it's moving text - an animation technique. Some use this technique in promotional videos and advertisements or you've probably seen it in one of its most common forms, movie title sequences. The title sequence to It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is arguably one of the best. Not surprising when you think that the master of film title design, Saul Bass was the creator of that little ditty. Kinetic typography is really fun when it's synced up to famous speeches or movie quotes. Like the one below. Did you know there's a whole category on YouTube dedicated to kinetic typography? When you feel your battery is running low and you might need a recharge maybe make some free time to watch a few. They're really fun and they're usually no longer than a minute or two.

Call For Entries: HOW Logo Design Awards

Just like our Poster Design Awards there are no categories, and it doesn’t matter if your logo was created for yourself, for work or just for fun…we want to see what you can do! So take this wide-open media and run with it—then make sure you submit your work to us by October 15!

The Prizes
10 winners will be featured on the HOW website, get $150 worth of HOW books and receive a 1 year subscription to HOW magazine. You will also receive a graphic to post on your website announcing your winning status.

Giant Comic Book Stories at Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

Don't you think a comic book story projected in large scale in the momentous halls of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art would be fantastic to see?! Well, that's the intended purpose of the story, "The Astronaut's Birthday". It's being described as "a unique large-scale space adventure" which is inspired by golden age comic books and 1950's science fiction films. It sounds ridiculously fun to me.

A large team of artists and illustrators are working on this project as we speak. You can get behind any project that's employing a team of artists, right?! I sure can. Well, this inspiring project needs your help. They are running out of funds and are asking for your contribution. If you click on the widget below, it will take you to a video preview of the project and a page on which you can pledge your help. So support art and your fellow illustrators!

Really, I'm not getting paid to say this. I just find this project wonderfully inspiring. Maybe, you will too. Check it out.

New Work From Josh Holland

Illustrator Josh Holland ditched his day job and has begun working as a full time, freelance illustrator. He's celebrating by launching a new portfolio site and offering 20% off everything in his online store. Check out Josh's new site...

Feelin' Alright with Kendall Wright

Recent graphic design and illustration grad Kendall Wright is looking for a permanent or freelance gig. Kendall adores hand-craft, typography, patterns and color. She has some really fun pieces on her portfolio website. Did we mention she graduated with first class honors?

Her piece below is really neat. Kendall designed these great money saving meal planners. The concept behind them is you pick a meal that you wish to have that day, take the meal planner with you to the store, flip it over and place it in your basket. All the necessary ingredients are laid out for you on the planner. This way you only buy what you need for that specific meal, saving you time and money. It sure beats a boring ole shopping list. Love it!

Front side of the meal planner

Place this reverse side in your basket

Sharing Artists From Our Past

In the early days of Illustration Pages we had the pleasure of featuring some really talented artists. Below is a recap of five of those artists. Please take the time to look through the work of others we've featured by utilizing the IP Category links to the right.

Patrick Mcquade

Lou Lou & Tummie

Rebecca Fox


Amy Bock

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – a film by TAMRA DAVIS

Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol become close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars. With compassion and psychological insight, Tamra Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic young man, an artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the rollercoaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

Screenings are now taking place around the country for the film, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. Check their website to see when one is coming to a town near you.

This film featurs interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O'Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, among many others.

Create Your Own Reality - Artist Mike Cressy

Part of the opening statement on artist Mike Cressy's website is that he has a ton of "stuff" and not all of his art made the cut to be included. How do you go about featuring an artist that has so much artwork he couldn’t include it all on his own website? Well, you could select one piece from each category presented on his site – even though he has more categories on his site than Tiger Woods had girlfriends (not like that's a bad thing). But today we’ll focus on Mike's paintings and “RedSkethes” on Illustration Pages as an intro to his artwork.

I wouldn’t say Mike Cressy is a prolific artist. Salvador Dali was a prolific artist. Mike Cressy is a madman with a paintbrush and a red Faber-Castell pencil who somehow must have found a way to clone himself. How is it possible for one artist to produce this much work? It’s obvious Mike likes to flex his creative brain and step outside his comfort zone. But trying to figure out what his comfort zone is among his logos, animated characters, instructional drawings, abstracts, graphic novels, paintings and digital art might be a bit of a challenge.

All kidding aside, featuring such a prolific artist as Mike Cressy is truly inspirational. He doesn’t seem to have any fear when it comes to unleashing his creativity. He creates whatever his mind’s eye sees. Fear can be crippling for an artist. Sometimes we won’t create something out of fear that it might be outside of our “style”, or “technically” incorrect, or it might be perceived as odd. Sometimes we’re simply afraid to try something new. You can always find a million reasons not to try something but there’s only one reason you really need to do it and that’s because you want to. Don’t ever suppress your creativity. There’s nothing more criminal. Critics be damned create what you want and let everyone else figure out if its art or not. Do yourself a favor and take some time to look through Mike Cressey’s work and if it doesn’t ignite your spark plugs you better check under your hood.

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