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.

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The Disturbing Loveliness of Toxic Apple Studios’ Jodee Taylah

Jodee Taylah has an eye for the macabre. Her cadaverous creatures and wicked women send chills down your spine that begin with an uneasy tingle in your toes. Inspired by the wickedness of Mephistopheles, under the blackest spell of evil, Jodee puts pen to paper creating scenes found hidden deep within the dark unconscious of the whole human race. Man and beast be warned that what you are about to see here once the Toxic Apple has been bitten cannot be described in words. The hellhounds will have been unleashed – for this visual experience will grip your soul and thrust it into the heart of darkness where no mortal man can journey.





And truth be told - disturbingly lovely is also a rather good description of Jodee's illustrations. Isn't it? It's not easy to be ghoulish and magical at the same time. Yet Jodee pulls it off with a style all her own. Remind you of another master of mischievous misfits?


In the true spirit of Halloween, you can also enjoy these other devilishly talented artists that have appeared on Illustration Pages in the past.

Jesse Payne

Michael Paulus

Kris Kuksi

Emma Klingbeil

Patrick Mcquade

Michael Slack

Aaron Blecha

Art Threat Interviews Anthony Freda

Illustrator Anthony Freda was recently interviewed by Art Threat, a leading media outlet devoted solely to political art and cultural policy. The Art Threat website showcases artists whose work inspires social change. Read the interview...

Illustration Pages Is Now On Twitter


As you can see from the new button on the right, Illustration Pages is now up on Twitter. So jump on over and give IP a shout. The page is looking a little lonely right now - ha ha ha. Join Illustration Pages on Twitter for even more news and updates...

Twitter icon by illustrator Matt Joyce courtesy of Inspired Mag

Surviving Halloween: Halloween Illustrated by Sara Jane Franklin

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

This is the final countdown to Halloween. How will you survive this spooky holiday? Well, illustrator, Sara Jane Franklin has plenty of fun and cute ideas for you. She also has a pumpkin carving kit that you can download for free. Moreover, she invites you to send her pictures of your jack-o-lanterns which she will post on her blog in November. Have fun whatever you do! Happy Halloween!!!!


See more survival tips at this link.



Illustrating Fun With Smiling Otis Studio

Russ Cox aka Smiling Otis definitely lives up to his name. His bio on his illustration site is a riot and his illustrations are exactly what you would hope to see from a guy whose photo on his Facebook page is of himself wearing a hat with a cartoon monster popping out of the top. Crammed with color and full of fun, Russ’ illustrations pack a punch of pure delight.




Don't you just love his spooky trick or treaters and scary witch? And they're just in time for Halloween too.

Now of course every yin has a yang and Smiling Otis has his serious side - okay somewhat serious. The yang in this case would be Russ' collection of logos.



Russ also creates Flash cartoon animation for the likes of American Greetings and AOL. Is there no end to this man's talent?

Illustrator Mark Hammermeister – You Had Me With Your Jimi Hendrix

Detroit illustrator Mark Hammermeister is one skilled artist with the pixels. This seriously talented, digital painter is laying down some seriously fantastic, stylized digital art. Look at the level of detail in that Jimi Hendrix illustration below. Look at the pattern in the shirt and the individual strands of hair! Mark wrote on his blog that it took him three hours to do this painting in Photoshop. Three hours – are you kidding me? It was painted over a ballpoint pen sketch. If this took Mark only three hours to create - what can he do in eight – recreate the Sistine Chapel? Hammermeister style!


The images below I could let go on forever. They're just so incredible. Wouldn't you agree?







Well, all good things must come to an end - but not for too long. Go check out more for yourself. Although Mark Hammermeister doesn’t have a "Facebook page", he does have a page on Facebook. And there he welcomes you to join him as a friend so you can keep up with his latest creations.

Announcing the Winner of the Next Day Flyers Postcard Giveaway


Congratulations to Jodee Taylah, winner of our postcard giveaway courtesy of our friends at nextdayflyers.com. Jodee is the lucky winner of a free print run of 500, 4x6 standard postcards, 4 color on the front, black or blank on the back, including next day printing service and delivery via ground shipping to the Continental U.S.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway by leaving your comments in the original post. There are always a lot of great things happening here at the Illustration Pages site. Stop by regularly for original content, interviews, contests and more.


Next Day Flyers is an online printing company that delivers top-quality printed marketing materials with one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry. They specialize in full color printing of custom business cards, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, as well as specialty die cuts and other marketing materials. And they stand behind the quality of their products and services. At Next Day Flyers they believe all businesses, no matter their size, deserve easy access to custom promotional and direct mail material.

Artist Tommy Kane Revisited

We had a nice response to Tommy Kane's feature a couple of weeks ago. Why not highlight his Etsy store sooner than later? At his store, Tommy welcomes you to his "humble boutique". Take some time to window shop and perhaps pick up a couple of things.

Nate Owens: Pigments of My Imagination

Seems like only yesterday when artist Nate Owens was featured on Illustration Pages. But can you believe it was back in August? Wow, time flies! Where did the summer go? Anyway, back in August we featured Nate's imagekind store where he sells prints of his illustrations and paintings. He also has a separate Zazzle store where he sells his art on mugs and t shirts. Fun!

Artist Eunjung June Kim - Digital Beauty



The illustrations of San Francisco artist Eunjung June Kim are full of beauty and life. They have a wonderful sense of depth and emotion that really welcomes their viewers. It’s amazing to see what an artist like Eunjung can do on a computer. This work truly defines the term digital painting.



Having highlighted so many artists on Illustration Pages I sometimes come across an artist whose work reminds me of another that was featured previously. Such is the case here. Eunjung’s illustrations are reminiscent of illustrator Nidhi Chanani. Although their styles are different there are some similarities, such as the heart-warming scenes and the brilliant use of lighting.


You’ll certainly have a great time looking through the illustrations of Eunjung June Kim over at Etsy. And without a doubt it will be difficult trying to choose which illustration to buy. Heck – you might come away with two or three.

Online Printer "Next Day Flyers" Is Giving Away 500 Color Postcards

The folks over at nextdayflyers.com want to help you with your next self-promotional mailing by giving away a print run of 500 color postcards. That’s right, online printer, Next Day Flyers has teamed up with Illustration Pages for a fantastic offer.  One lucky artist has the chance to win a free print run of 500, 4x6 standard postcards, 4 color on the front, black or blank on the back. This offer also includes next day printing service, and delivery of your postcards to you via ground shipping to the Continental U.S. To enter leave a comment below and one lucky winner will be selected at random using Random.org. The winner will be announced Monday, October 25, 2010. The deadline for entries is Sunday, Oct. 24th at midnight, EST.

Next Day Flyers is an online printing company that delivers top-quality printed marketing materials with one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry. They specialize in full color printing of custom business cards, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, as well as specialty die cuts and other marketing materials. And they stand behind the quality of their products and services. At Next Day Flyers they believe all businesses, no matter their size, deserve easy access to custom promotional and direct mail material.

2 Halloween Projects to Inspire Your Creativity

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

If you haven't guessed it by now, I'll tell you----I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I love the decorations, the parties and the costumes. I also love it when people get creative and make their own things for this autumn time holiday. Below are 2 fun projects that could inspire you to make your own fun things for Halloween.

Halloween Shadow Makers by Minieco


Shadow makers make shadows, makes sense, huh? You can use them to create a little puppet theater. At Minieco blog, the whole project is illustrated and explained to you. It only takes a few simple supplies and steps. Then you're ready to entertain your guests at your Halloween party. Click here for all the info on this project.

Halloween Paper Garland by Paper Crave


Why not spruce up the place with some festive Halloween decorations!? At Paper Crave blog, you can down load the PDF to make this cute paper garland. All you need are a few simple things like black paper and sissors. View all the supplies needed and steps for this project at this link.  Then your guests will get in the mood for some Halloween fun!

Art For Breast Cancer Awareness Event


The painting above, created by illustrator Anthony Freda will be one of many original works of art that will be auctioned off on eBay starting Thursday, October 21st. The event held by Hint Mint, benefits the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. Other great artists who generously donated their original pieces to the charity auction are Shag, Lola, Ana Bagayan, Tiffany Liu, Bob Dob, Esther Watson, Cathie Bleck, Mark Todd and more. Visit the Hint Mint Art For Awareness Event page for more information...

Creative of the Week - September, 2010

The following artists were "Creative of the Week" on Illustration Pages for the month of September, 2010.

Sculptor Adam Beane



Illustrator C.A. Martin



Sculptor Todji Kurztman

Illustrator Philippe Debongnie Adds New Work to His Illustration Site

Illustrator Philippe Debongnie has completely refreshed his illustration portfolio site. Philippe is a Belgian illustrator living and working in Brussels. He loves to draw figures, faces and typography. He works a lot with simple lines, often in relation with simple shaped one color surfaces, or collages, or spots. He enjoys playing a lot in his illustrations. Visit Philippe's site...

Call to Hispanic Latino Multicultural Picture Book Artists

Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal is calling upon Hispanic/Latino picture book artists whose main focus of work is multicultural children’s illustration. Juana has been searching online for an existing group of Hispanic/Latino children’s illustrators to network with and has come up empty handed. So she decided to form a group herself. Juana has two objectives in mind, one is to create a critique group that understands the Hispanic culture and the other is to network with like-minded Hispanics and Latinos in the industry. Any artists interested in joining will find more information about the group here...

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