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The work of award winner artist John Hendrix

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For some reason I’d not come across John Hendrix‘s work before, even though he seems to have won dozens of awards and has worked for nearly every client under the sun. I accidentally stumbled across his work on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was really taken with it. So I thought it was only fair to share his awesome illustrations with the rest of you. I’ll have to see if he’s interested in doing an interview.

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There’s a very nice video interview with John if you want to find out more about him.

Hot Toys Action Figures Process Video

We don’t know about you, but we think Hot Toys make the most amazing action figures and it’s really awesome to see part of the process of how they’re made. You have to check out this video, it’s got English subtitles. If we could afford to purchase all of their releases and actually had somewhere to put them on display, I think we probably would.

Where to Find Comics in the UK and the State of Comic Book Retail in the US

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I love comics, you love comics… Actually I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love comics. But do you know where your local comic book store is? Recently I came across a map of the UK and Eire showing the locations of numerous comic book retailers. I’m pretty sure there are more out there than are shown on the map, but it does a good job of listing the ones that are on there.

There’s also an international comic shop map, but all it has is the name of the store without the website link and contact information.

While on the subject of comics, David Harper published a really interesting read on The State of Comic Book Retail. It includes some awesome infographics and does a really good job of summarising the pros and cons of owning or running a comic shop. I’m not going to tell you or reiterate what is says – go and read it!

Photo by Tom Morris of our favourite London comic shop Gosh! Comics, although Orbital Comics does come in, in a very close second.

The art of Alé Mercado and his sketchbook

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A few weeks ago Alé Mercado uploaded a page from his sketch book that reminded me what a fantastic artist he was. Seeing a professional illustrator’s sketchbook is always a pleasure and the page featuring Alé’s Sea Creature/Evil Merman is no exception to this rule.

This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Alé Mercado’s illustration, a couple of years ago he also took part in Mail Me Art with the piece below and we were very happy he did.

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As you can see, Alé’s work has a very nice quality to it and he isn’t afraid to tackle subjects and compositions that may send less established illustrators running for the hills. Below is a personal piece of his titled Happy St. Jordi. Great use of colour.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of Alé’s work, you can check out his portfolio website at alemercado.com or you can follow him on Facebook.

Build a Freelance Illustration Business with Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick

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Are you a designer, illustrator or creative doodler? Have you ever wondered how you could turn your talents into a business? This three-day online workshop will help you create a plan for leveraging your creativity into a successful freelance business. – Salli Swindell

This course is run by Sally S. Swindell and Nate Padavick co-founders of the awesome They Draw and Cook. The course will give you an inside look at how two artists have built a successful design & illustration studio by fostering a community of artists that empower each other to grow their businesses.

  • Leverage what is unique about your style to attract more clients
  • Build a creative online portfolio that will have clients coming to you
  • Pitch and land deals with name brand clients
  • Package and price your services to build a sustainable business

You can find out more and register for the course at modernthrive.com

Graeme Neil Reid’s Doctor Who Watercolours

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Graeme is raising fund for his next promotional push and his orginal Doctor Who watercolours are being sold at a steal. We’ve already picked up “Don’t Blink”, but there are still a few gorgeous pieces to be had!

Check out his Doctor Who work and send him an email if any of the pieces tickle your fancy. They’re only £30 each, plus P&P.

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Kittens, Badgers and Skulls for Saltopus Apparel

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There are four new t-shirt designs over on Saltopus Apparel from illustrators we really love at the LCS. They’ve done a brilliant job and the actual t-shirts are an awesome quality too, even if we do say so ourselves.

The Killer Kitten women’s cut tee was designed Jesse Schaller and is the first of Saltopus’ girly collection. Graffiti artist SPZero76 created the gang of futurists badgers for the Raygun Space Badgers tee, we really love those badgers! The third design is from David Habben with the last being a combination of Brian Allen’s logo and Michael Hacker’s skulls.

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In case you were wondering, Saltopus Apparel is an LCS business and we’re always on the look out for new talent to bring new designs to life for the brand. We find most of our illustrators at hireanillustrator.com, so get onboard if you’d like to work for Saltopus designing awesome t-shirts.

If you love illustration and think the t-shirt are a bit of alright, head over to saltopus.com and pick one up! They ship internationally and the postage is reasonable, but if you’re UK based you can get free postage on everything until Monday with the coupon code SUMMERLOVE. All sales will help Saltopus grow, which means they can hire more illustrators, and you’ll be supporting The Little Chimp Society with every purchase you make, win-win. :)

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

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This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

WMC 6 at the Allen Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio

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Weapons of Mass Creation Festival is coming to the prestigious Allen Theatre (7-9th August). It’s the largest performing arts centre in the nation (outside of NYC), they will be providing opportunities for attendees to grow and challenge themselves at every turn.

WMC Fest tickets now on sale!

Highlights from WMC 5