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.



Ever Need a Poster or Flyer? Check Out This Flickr Group

POSTERS & FLYERS ( music / art ), a group on Flickr.

Yeah, if you're running out of ideas for a poster or a flyer about music or art, you can always go to this Flickr group, "Posters & Flyers (music & art)". There is an immense body of work and talent in this group. And if you've created posters or flyers for music or art, why not join this community of fellow illustrators? Check them out by clicking on the link above.

Sustaining the Inner Child: "Museum of Inner Child Art" Flickr Group

Museum of Inner Child Art, a group on Flickr.

So what have you done to nurture that inner child? Hopefully, you've been playing and creating all kinds of lovely art. That's what the Flickr Group, "Museum of Inner Child Art" is curating. This group is dedicated to helping you grow the inner child - but not to make it grow up - just keep it well fed on a diet of fun images. Check out all the art by clicking on the link above.

When Doll Are More Than Play Things, They're "Art Dolls"

Art Dolls, a group on Flickr.

There is a whole Flickr group dedicated to art dolls. And what is an art doll? Well, it's not necessarily a toy. You might not be able to play with it. You look at it for it's beauty and the story it illustrates all by itself.

My favorite contributors to this group are, Sweet Bestiary, an Argentinean artist who lives in London and creates the most amazing creatures from air drying clay, and Shain Erin who creates sort of cute zombie like dolls which simultaneously repulse you and make you want to take them home. Check out the many variations on dolls by clicking on the link above.

Beautiful Fashion Illustration Group on Flickr

Beautiful Fashion Illustration, a group on Flickr.

Yes, there really are some beautiful fashion illustrations in this Flickr group. Take the time to browse through this huge collection which has 1,000 members contributing to it. The rules to join it are simple:

1--No nudity

2--Only good illustration

And this is what it has.

Painter Nancy Reyner's Informative and Inspirational Artist Blog

It isn't updated everyday but don't let that stop you from reading artist Nancy Reyner's painting blog. There's a wealth of information to read such as, How to Create Glazes Using Acrylic Paints, Choosing Gels, Mediums & Pastes, Making Your Artwork Last and more. Many people pay top dollar for the information Nancy is giving away on her blog. So what are you waiting for? Visit Nancy Reyner's blog…

Nancy Reyner is a painter of more than 30 years experience who exhibits, lectures, and teaches locally and nationally. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Nancy received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Columbia University.

Her varied experiences add technical expertise add originality to her work. She lived in New York City in the 80's, holding various jobs and positions such as creating costumes and sets for Broadway and off-Broadway theater and film (including a Madonna film), coordinating public arts programs for the State of New York, and directing and performing with the Ragabash Puppet Theater. Nancy was selected for a two year painting and drawing residency for the Phoenix Center in Arizona. There she exhibited, curated, taught, and produced new work. Her expertise has led to a position as technical consultant for the acrylic paint company Golden Artist Colors, Inc. This association allows her the opportunity to use the latest in acrylic paint technology creating original and unique effects in her paintings.

Nancy has written two painting books with publisher North Light Books, Acrylic Revolution, and Acrylic Innovation as well as a DVD, Acrylic Revolution: Watercolor & Oil Effects with Acrylic Paint, demonstrating several painting techniques from the books. She has appeared on television for HGTV's "That's Clever".  She now lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Below is a preview of Nancy Reyner's, Acrylic Revolution: Watercolor & Oil Effects with Acrylic Paint

Drawing Inspiration: Caspar David Friedrich [θ]

Illustration by Owen Schumacher

Painter / German Romantic
Master of mystical landscapes
Had early success, died poor and lonely
Work co-opted by the Nazis for its inherent Germanness
Caspar David Friedrich
Wikipedia Bio

10 "Grade A" Logo Designs from Imaginaria Creative

Paleteria San Marcos Ice Cream Manufacturer

Imaginaria Creative is a communications design studio dedicated to innovative brand-building - generating results by engaging people's minds and igniting their emotions. Founded by graphic designer Cesar Sanchez in 2002, Imaginaria Creative helps a diverse range of businesses establish and strengthen their brands through brand identity, collateral materials, package design, web applications and advertising.

Historic District of Downtown Plano, Texas

Rhonda Allison Skin Care Products

Masa Institute Experimental Gourmet Research Lab

Avasiare Professional Skincare and Cosmetic Company

Mineralogie Makeup

Walk Like MADD Fundraiser

Roundup on the Range

Burguesa Burger

El Amigo Meat Market

Before founding Imaginaria Creative, Cesar Sanchez worked at several prestigious design firms and advertising agencies in Monterrey, Mexico and Dallas. He has over 17 years of experience with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in both the general and Hispanic markets.

Cesar’s work has been recognized in many national and international creative competitions, including the Art Directors Club of Houston and Dallas Society of Visual Communications. In addition, his work has been showcased in publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine’s Regional Annual, Graphis Logo Annual, Graphis Poster Annual, Logolounge 3, Supon Graphics Logo Annual, and MaoMao Publications.

Note: To view Imaginaria Creative's Facebook page you might have to log in after you hit the link below. You will then be taken to their page. 

R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper A Retrospective of the work of R. Crumb

March 23 - April 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 25, 7:00pm, VIP Reception 6:00 - 7:00pm

The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present “R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper,” a diverse exhibition of work spanning the past four decades by the inimitable R. Crumb. This 90-piece exhibit showcases rare and seminal examples of original art including covers and interior pages from ZAP, San Francisco Comic Book, Head Comix, Bijou Funnies, The East Village Other, Snatch Comics, Motor City Comics, Your Hytone Comix, Big Ass Comics, The People’s Comics, Despair, Black & White Comics, Arcade, Hup and Weirdo. This exhibit features such counter-culture icons as Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, Shuman the Human, Bo Bo Bolinski, Lenore Goldberg and Her Girl Commandos, Horny Harriet Hotpants, Boingy Baxter, Angelfood McSpade and a special guest appearance by the ol’ pooperoo himself—R. Crumb. Works will be on display for six weeks, beginning March 23rd through April 30th in the Museum’s galleries in New York City’s Upper East Side.

Robert Crumb (b. 1943) is considered the premiere underground comix artist of his generation. Beginning with the launch of Zap Comics in 1967, Crumb deconstructed the American comic book, revolutionizing the form forever. Over four decades later, his impact continues to be felt worldwide.

“God bless Crumb. I’ve always been happy that there was someone as sick and twisted as I am.” —George Carlin

This retrospective, curated by BLAB! magazine founder Monte Beauchamp, editor of The Life and Times of R. Crumb (St. Martin’s Press), presents key pieces culled from the underground art collection of Eric Sack, with contributions from Paul Morris and John Lautemann. R. Crumb: Lines Drawn on Paper is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Gallery Nucleus in L.A. Supports Illustrators

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

One of my favorite galleries in L.A. is "Gallery Nucleus". They have been exhibiting and supporting illustrators for as long as they have been opened since 2004. They feature art by illustrators from the entertainment and editorial industries and they regularly have workshops to help illustrators improve their skills.




Moreover, they always try to give back to the community and to those who need help. For example, they just had a show to help Ghana, specifically to provide boarding and education for orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa.


Coming up in April 2011, they will be having another fundraiser event to help the people of Japan who were effected by the natural disasters. If you want to help by submitting art and illustrations, click on the above link.


Recently, they started to offer illustrators art printing to to sell their illustration prints in their store. You can upload your artwork and get it reviewed and possibly sold where art lovers frequent. They get more traffic than any single artist website. You also retain all your copyrights under a temporary licensing agreement. They take your prints and sell them at conventions and fairs too.

All of this sounds fantastic, doesn't it? You can easily see why I love "Gallery Nucleus". And I haven't even highlighted all the wonderful things they offer and their cool upcoming exhibitions. To get the full experience, check out their website.

Kupi - A Graphic Designer With FLAIR

So who exactly is Kupi? She is Kimberly Kuprijanow, a Graphic Designer for the independent music scene in Northern New Jersey and New York City. Kimberly - also know as Kupi, is a lover of music. She helps to elevate and market distinctive music artists. She comes from a family of musicians and artists, and has developed a great ear for music since childhood. Through teachings and experiences, she has acquired a keen sense of the business as well. Kupi has built a solid reputation as a fast, reliable creative professional who delivers quality work. She has designed flyers, CD & LP packaging, various ads, and promotional items for The Knitting Factory, Downtown Recordings, !K7 Records, BBE Records, SoulSpazm Records, and tons more. Some of her  work has been featured in the magazines Rinse, XXL, The Source, URB, Vice & Elemental, Wax Poetics, and Scratch,... and the work never stops.

Kupi is originally from Paterson, New Jersey but lived in Savannah, Goergia for 9 years. There she went to college earning a BFA in Graphic Design from The Savannah College of Art & Design. She began designing flyers for random hip hop shows during her 1999 internship in New York City. This prompted her to move back to New Jersey in 2002 to do more of the same type of work and it's been a non-stop roller coaster ride ever since. Until recently, she was a Graphic Designer for the event planning magazine empire BIZBASH MEDIA in New York. There she helped design special marketing materials for BizBash Magazine and promotional materials for their expos and trade shows for event and party planners in the New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Chicago areas. Before that Kupi was the Graphic Design Production Manager for Studio Distribution, until they closed in March of 2006 (thanks for all your illegal downloads people!)

By 2010 Kupi had developed quite a name for herself. Kupi's clients are rarely ever dissatisfied with her creations and know they can always count on her. Although a bit older than the newbies coming into this music thing, she knows how much the industry has changed over the last few years and is branching out into new territories. She recently launched her novelty button collection called KupiFLAIR. Everything from funky little phrases to cool designs made by Kupi herself. It's just a start but there's no telling where this can lead.

"I think artwork has been an afterthought. Yes, the musician does great things, but it's our job to make them seen. In most cases, before they hear you, they see you." - Kupi

To find out more about KupiArt and all of her creations, visit

Daniel Mackie Abandons Photoshop

In 2010, artist Daniel Mackie abandoned Photoshop. Now he uses watercolor on heavy 300 gsm paper. After over a decade of using digital paint, Daniel was tired of all that flat color.

Daniel's illustrations have provided visual solutions to countless briefs for editorial, publishing, design and avertising projects. Daniel Mackie started practicing in 1995. He is a trusted and respected illustrator who has worked globally. View more of Daniel's work...

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Kirsty Greenwood's Updated Portfolio Website

Kirsty Greenwood is a freelance artist and illustrator specialising in the macabre side of Faeries and Folk lore, and tales of Gods and Monsters. View her newly revised website and see what all the fuss is about....

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Pete Ellis' New Website "Drawgood Illustration"

Illustrator Pete Ellis recently had his website redesigned featuring new and old work. Pete has been a freelance illustrator for 15 years and has worked for many clients in the editorial, publishing and advertising fields. Visit Drawgood Illustration...

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10 Logo Designs from Vince Rini Design

Vince Rini is a graduate of Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California where he received his B.F.A with Honors majoring in Graphic/Packaging Design in 1990.

Clippinger Investment Properties

Blue Cow Café

Apex Golf Development

Jess Schwartz College Prep

Ludwig Custom Surfboards

Los Angeles Zoo

Versant RN Residency

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Hathaway Development

Newport Orthopedic Institute

Vince Rini Design is a communications design studio providing multi-disciplined strategic design and advertising solutions for the marketing and communications needs of corporations, institutions, and organizations.

Reaching Out to the People of Japan from Graphic Designer David Landis

My thoughts have been constantly reaching out to Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 3, 2011. I watch the reports on television and read the newspapers documenting the disaster. My heart goes out to everyone affected by tragedy.

As in all natural disasters, it is human nature to jump into action. Do we flee, fight, assist?

Soon the questions started coming from my own children about, "What would we do if a tsunami came to our house?" Well, how do we answer that, really? I'm not on the coastline, so the easy answer is to just report the facts. But the bigger answer is to explain how we must all assist our fellow man in any disaster. Of course, as a paper-craft artist inspiration strikes for me in the form of art and paper.

I encourage you to reach out and jump into action YOURSELF. There are many ways you can help. CNN has a page set up called "Impact Your World." Also, keep an eye out for local events. We can make a difference.

Download and display this special papercraft to show support of Japan and the trials they face.

David Landis is president and manager of Landis Productions in Richmond, Virginia. He started Landis Productions 15 years ago to provide expert creative solutions to clients in a graphic design "studio" format for local, national and international clients. David does a little bit of everything ranging from magazine layout, corporate branding and packaging solutions to web page, multimedia and product design.

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