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.



Illustration Pages' Vacation

Boris Vallejo Artwork for National Lampoon's European Vacation Movie Starring Actor Chevy Chase

Next week on Illustration Pages we’ll be taking a much needed vacation. On Tuesday, July 5th, we’ll come back re-energized with more great artists to highlight, articles, inspiration, techniques and more. In the meantime:

Boris Vallejo Artwork for National Lampoon's European Vacation Movie Starring Actor Chevy Chase

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The poster artwork for the 1985 classic movie National Lampoon's European Vacation was created by the great artist Boris Vallejo.

'Conan' Artist Does Poe

Contributed by Owen Schumacher

Great Illustrated Classics Books"Madness, rage, and terror!"

At least that's the description on the back cover. Published by Baronet Books as a part of their Great Illustrated Classics, a series of easy-to-read books aimed at children and nerdy adults who like pretty pictures, Tales of Mystery and Terror (1995) is a collection of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable short stories, adapted to simpler language by Marjorie P. Katz and illustrated by the Peruvian comic book artist, Pablo Marcos, who's best known for his work on Marvel's The Savage Sword of Conan in the '80s.

As an aside perhaps only interesting to me, Marcos also worked on many issues of D.C.'s short-lived comic, C.O.P.S. (1988-1989), made as a co-promotion with the utterly silly cartoon and toy line. (I'm telling you, you could feed a ring of caps right through the action figure! OK, I gotta re-focus.) Enjoy Marcos' spin on the many murderous works of the Bard of Baltimore.

Pablo Marcus art for Conan the Barbarian on the Illustration Pages blog

Pablo Marcus art for Conan the Barbarian on the Illustration Pages blog

Pablo Marcus art for Conan the Barbarian on the Illustration Pages blog

Pablo Marcus art for Conan the Barbarian on the Illustration Pages blog

Ghoulish Book of Grammar by Artist Nik Holmes

Granny Grimms Ghoulish Book of Grammar comes to the Clubhouse | Strange Kids Clubhouse.

Last week saw the return of Granny Grimms Ghoulish Book of Grammar, a fun little project started last year by artist Nik Holmes. The artistic project that explores the world of horror films one slant, alphabetic pictogram at a time, was put on hold for a while but now it's back - and this time the art's got a whole new look. Head on over to the Strange Kids Clubhouse where a new entry will appear every week.

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"Vial of Youth" An Animated Film by Adele K Thomas

Vial of Youth was animator and illustrator Adele Thomas' 2005 graduate film based around the myth of 16th Century Hungarian Countess Erzsebeth Bathory, with a twist. The Countess was known to have bathed in the blood of young women to prolong her youth and beauty.

Adele's animated film received an award at the Pacific Film and Television Commission's QLD New Filmmakers Awards in 2006. It also screened at the International Animation festival in Argentina.

Sillyrabs Illustration - Tricks Are for Kids

Follow us down the rabbit hole, as we journey into the world of Luis Zúniga, a young illustrator from Honduras. Luis seems to have a fascination with rabbits and the macabre. Sounds like fun - doesn't it? IP also has an interest in the dark crevasses of the mind that leak out unusual but highly imaginative visuals.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? - Alice (in Wonderland)

The Big Idea - Presented by Scion Installation LA

Scion Installation LA presents: The Big Idea

Scion presents: The Big Idea

Curated by Monsieur L'Agent of Paris, France

June 25 - July 16, 2011

at Scion Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232

With a roster of art directors, illustrators and graphic  designers, Monsieur L'Agent has forged a reputation for delivering innovative graphic solutions to a range of projects and briefs. For this, their first official group show, all the participating artists were given the same brief: Design a billboard that illustrates your interpretation of "The Big Idea" - the term coined by George Lois - one of the advertising world's great art-directors.  

"The search for The Big Idea: to solve a specific communications problem with words and images that catch people's eyes, penetrate their minds, warm their hearts, and cause them to act… the passionate belief that creativity can solve almost any problem - The Big Idea, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. Great graphic communication depends on understanding and adapting to the culture, anticipating the culture, criticizing changes in the culture, and sometimes helping to change the culture…." – George Lois

This exhibition can be seen as a homage to George Lois' talent in visual communication, a way to evoke the world of advertising in a subtle and more artistic manner than the simple promotion of a product.

Scion Installation LA presents: The Big Idea

The featured artists are: Andy Rementer (USA), Anamorphée (France), Check Morris (France), //DIY (Switzerland), Douglas Lee (USA), Emily Forgot (UK), Honet (France), Ill- Studio (France), La Boca (UK), Leslie David (France), Mario Hugo (USA), Mathias Schweizer (France), Sanghon Kim (France), and So-Me (France). 

Scion Installation LA presents: The Big Idea

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, June 25th, 7 – 10 p.m. at Scion Installation L.A., 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is FREE. There will be complimentary valet parking and an open bar with artists in attendance. The exhibition will run until July 16th, 2011. To RSVP go to...

About the curator
Monsieur L'Agent is a creative agency, which brings together some of today's most talented art directors, illustrators and graphic designers. Born from the friendship between two people and their shared love of visual arts, Alexis Le-Tan and Romauld Stivine's roster has been offering appetizing visual solutions to a wide range of clients since 2007.

About Scion Installation L.A.
Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, Scion Installation L.A. is space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. Scion Installation L.A. hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge contemporary artists from across the globe. One-hundred percent of all sales go directly to the artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm.

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They Call Me The Seeker - Artist Karo Akpokiere

Bold and aggressive - strong, heavy line-work -  colors that explode off the page - it's such an indescribable, rush when an artist's work is so fantastic that it's difficult to select specific pieces to highlight in their feature on IP. Karo Akpokiere's art is a mixed style - with the line-work of German Expressionism, (printmakers Nolde and Schmidt-Rottluff come to mind), the energetic colors of a Fauvism and the straight up street style of graffiti art.

Influence, influence, influence - the more artists you study the more depth your artwork will have. Every great artist was influenced by another artist - this is the evolution of art.

Karo Akpokiere has an insatiable appetite for drawing, painting and art overall. He is deeply interested in how all forms of art influence his work. He challenges himself to create art in different media to bring awareness not only to his own work, but also to the various forms of art and artists that inspire him.

Karo's work is indicative of his desire to combine different "cultural" elements to create art that is not only universally appealing but also reflective of his interests in patterns, textile motifs, typography, the graffiti aesthetic, t-shirt graphics, sneakers, advertising, character design and geometry.

Karo's website is titled, The Seek Project, on it he explains, "The Seek Project is an avenue for me to make my art visible and to add more art to the world. It's a platform for self initiated and commisioned work, creative independence and growth. The Seek Project is also a path for me to collaborate with other artists and brands that have values and culture similar to mine."

Isn't that an admirable and intelligent reason to have a personal art website? As artists we should all be initiating our own projects, seeking creative independence and personal growth. And although Karo is a popular artist in his own right, you don't need to have a large audience or huge following to create art. The only reason you need to create art is because you have the desire to create it.

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. - Thomas Carlyle

Graphic Design:usa and Kodak Invite You to Design Your Own Cover

Graphic Design:usa and Kodak Design Your Onw Cover Contest

Fifth Imaging Unit Solution Digital Print Competition 


Digital printing is the fastest growing segment of the print world. To give designers an opportunity to showcase their design for digital printing, and to become better acquainted with the technology, the Editors of Graphic Design:usa invite you to enter the 2nd Annual Digital Print Cover Contest. It is sponsored by Kodak and the Kodak NexPress Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions.

The winning design will be printed by Kodak and appear as a cover tip with the September 2011 edition of GDUSA Magazine. Additionally, the winning piece will be featured in various promotional and publicity materials in print and online. The winner will also be offered an expense paid trip (hotel and airfare) to Chicago as a guest of Kodak to visit this fall's Graph Expo trade show and participate in the Kodak exhibition. The top ten winners will be featured on the Kodak website and samples of their work will be shared as global samples at Kodak international tradeshows.

To learn more about how to enter visit the Graphic Design:usa website...

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Fun Jumps Off the Page With Emma Kidd's Illustrations

Contributed by Melissa Kojima

Emma Kidd is an Australian artist and illustrator whose website is called, Benconversato, which is the alias she uses. Her work sells all over the world, including Europe, the United States and of course Australia too. I found Emma's shop on Etsy and just love her creations which include soft dolls, monster paintings, prints and illustrated plates and teapots. With her illustrations, everything just seems more fun. As I looked through her art, I felt as though I were at a party, or something really festive like that. Check out her artwork below and see if the fun jumps out at you too. Maybe, it will inspire you also to have fun and love life.

The Portrait Illustrations of Artist Carmen Ortiz de Urbina

Artist Carmen Ortiz de Urbina is a Spanish self-taught artist born in Bilbao. She is quite old fashioned in her process; everything starts with some pencils and a good photo. Carmen enjoys drawing people whom she admires or that catch her eye - could be actors, musicians or anyone really. She works toward capturing features, expressions, personalities and light. Sometimes her illustrations are digitally enriched with a little touch of color.

Carmen's pencil portraits have appeared in several magazines and blogs and she's taken part in numerous exhibitions. Next July, Carmen will have the pleasure of participating in the Zerostigmata AMFO Benefit Collective 7 Expo. The goal of this expo is to help families affected by Sandhoff disease and Tay-Sachs disease. Recently, Carmen has participated in the project, Walking Gallery.

A collection of Carmen's work titled, Black and White, can be purchased online at ISSUU.

Anthony Weiner Lewd Photo Scandal Captured in Political Cartoons

Normally we shy away from politics on Illustration Pages. But looking at political cartoons gives us a chance to feature more great artwork. So why not? And besides, the Anthony Weiner Twitter sex scandal lends itself so nicely to this art form. How could we resist?

Nate Beeler Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Nate Beeler Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Nate Beeler
Nate Beeler has been the editorial cartoonist for The Washington Examiner since 2005. His award-winning cartoons can also be seen in The San Francisco Examiner and have appeared on CNN and in such publications as Time, Newsweek, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Beeler is one of the most widely syndicated editorial cartoonists, with his cartoons distributed internationally to more than 800 publications.

Pat Bagley Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Pat Bagley
Pat Bagley is an editorial cartoonist at The Salt Lake Tribune, where he produces a daily cartoon. His cartoons have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian of London, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. Over the years, he has produced more than 10,000 cartoons for the Tribune. He is also an illustrator and author of independent political cartoons and children's books. His liberal political stance contrasts with the conservative state of Utah, and has influenced several books of political cartoons and humor, including 101 Ways to Survive Four More Years of George W. Bush, Clueless George Goes To War!, Clueless George Is Watching You!, and Clueless George Takes on Liberals!. In 1992, Bagley received the Wilbur Award for Religious Communication from the Religious Public Relations Council for a cartoon in the April 23, 1991 Tribune. He was the first cartoonist to receive the award, which is given for "outstanding communication of religious values in the news and entertainment media."

Dave Granlund Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Dave Granlund Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Dave Granlund
Dave Granlund has been an editorial cartoonist, published in daily newspapers since 1977. Syndicated in 1978 with NEA-United Media, his work has appeared in over 700 newspapers; including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, GateHouse Media, the Cape Cod Times, plus magazines such as Newsweek, and also shown nationally on,, HBO, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC’s Today Show. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. In constant demand as a guest speaker, Granlund mixes history, current events and humor while sketching cartoons and caricatures before school and civic groups. and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.

Joe Heller Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Joe Heller Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Joe Heller
Joe Heller has been the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette since 1985, before that he was the cartoonist for the West Bend News. His award list includes: Eight Best of Gannett Awards, six Milwaukee Press Clubs Awards and three John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Awards,

Joe has put his editorial cartoons into a collection titled: Give 'em Heller. He has also illustrated several children's book, drawn for museum exhibits and various comic books.

Adam Zyglis Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Adam Zyglis Anthony Weiner Political Cartoon

Adam Zyglis
Adam Zyglis is the staff cartoonist for The Buffalo News. His cartoons are internationally syndicated and have appeared in many publications around the world, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. In his spare time he has done freelance work in book illustration and storyboarding. His work has also appeared magazines such as The Week, Time, and MAD Magazine. In 2006, he won third place for Editorial Cartoons in the 2007 National Headliner Awards, sponsored by the Atlantic City Press Club.

He accepted the full-time position at The Buffalo News in August of 2004, at the end of his three-month illustration internship at the paper. The News is the only daily newspaper in Buffalo, NY and has a circulation of around 300,000. With a tradition of great cartoonists, the paper was home to Bruce Shanks and Tom Toles, both Pulitzer Prize winners. Currently, Adam draws four to five editorial cartoons every week, along with a caricature on the book page and occasionally a cover illustration.

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