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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

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

Randy Gallegos: Level Up @ Krab Jab Studio, Seattle WA

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September 12th – October 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 7:30pm

I am super excited to announce this Solo Exhibition. Krab Jab Studio is an exciting working studio and exhibit space, that I had the privilege of showing at a few years ago as part of a group show on role-playing game art. I visited Seattle for the opening and wrote about it here. With the help of the indefatigable and talented Julie Baroh, we are putting together a show I’m very excited about. I haven’t hung a show this large in ever–the nearest was my Guest of Honor stint at LunaCon in 2014. In a sense, my recent show in NYC was a smaller dry run for how to manage and make sense of a show that hangs art of disparate subject matter in a cohesive way.

Randy Gallegos

You can find out more on Randy Gallegos’ blog.

History Inspires: Captured by Indians

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The multimedia show will feature Pittsburgh-based artists and their works, which have been inspired by 18th century Western Pennsylvania history. This year’s theme focuses on Indian captivity to complement the museum’s new exhibition, Captured by Indians.

Artists featured include:

Jaime Cooper
Michael Burke
Maura Doern Danko
Bonnie Gloris
Susie Humphrey
Zack Lee
Nate McDonough
David Montano
Juliet Phillips
Mark Toneff
Jason Woolslayer

Image credit: Bonnie Gloris

External Link: History Inspires: Captured by Indians at Fort Pitt Museum

Present! Exhibition – a week-long event at London Design Festival

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The graphic design industry is showcasing some of its finest talent at the first ever Present! Exhibition – a week-long event at London Design Festival dedicated to raising money to help aid street children in India.

Present! which is to run by a new not-for-profit platform, Equals, curated by Elena Dransfield, and Luke O’Brien, will be packed full of posters inspired by the culturally diverse Indian Sub-Continent – with all proceeds going towards helping charity, Angel House.

Sixty three designers from sixteen countries will take part in the event which hopes to use design as a tool to help inspire and benefit those less fortunate across the world.

External Link: Present! Exhibition – a week-long event at London Design Festival

WINNERS OF COW: ILLUSTRATION 2015

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We are happy to present you the winners of the ILLUSTRATION 2015 International exhibition-competition.
TOP 10 of the ILLUSTRATION 2015: Oksana Bula (Ukraine), Darina Skulskaya (Ukraine), Tatiana Laponkina (Russia), Atena Shams Esfandabadi (Iran), Marina Lukashenko (Ukraine), Thatway (Poland), Lina Itagaki (Lithuania), Mohammad Barrangi (Iran), Nataliya Kaschak (Ukraine), Irena Gubanc (Slovenia),

148 PARTICIPANTS. 28 COUNTRIES.

Geography: Austria, Argentina, Belarus, Canada, Venezuela, Honduras, Israel, Iran, Spain, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, UAE, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, the USA, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Estonia.

Jury members: Byoung il Sun (South Korea), Ann Miller (United States), Orhan Ardahanli (Turkey), Alice Wellinger (Austria).

External Link: WINNERS OF COW: ILLUSTRATION 2015 at COW International Design festival

The Cork Community Printshop Presents: Screenprints by Alé Mercado

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We are welcoming Mr Alé Mercado/Atticus/Pitercios into Exile for the month of June. Creating his illustrations from pen and digital work, Alé Mercado has developed a strong personal style. Dark and witty, his work is merged with the screen and wood block printing processes. For this exhibition, Mr Mercado is presenting his latest pieces inspired by cult films, German Expressionist cinema but also the medieval dark ages

Plus, we are hosting a special event when the artist will present his work this coming Saturday 13th June. Followed by music, food and drinks. Do not miss it!

[Exhibition open during weekends from 1 to 6 PM.]

External Link: Alé Mercado Screenprints at Exile

“Bikefriendly Alligator” by Carlos Araujo

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Carlos Araujo’s illustration for the “Bikefriendly Imagination” Art Show and Book. Produced by Göoo Publishing (Argentina) the 168 pages book is full of beautiful artwork from artist from all corners of the world. The Art Show took place in Argentina and Colombia.

External Link: “Bikefriendly Alligator” by Carlos Araujo

ICON9 Education Symposium: Call For Papers

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ICON9 Education Symposium: Call for Papers
Academic and professional submissions are invited for peer review for ICON9: The Illustration Conference taking place in Austin, Texas July 6-7, 2016.

Radical Teaching; New Approaches in Pedagogy
Symposium Date: July 6-7, 2016
Venue: Austin Hilton Ballroom
Dates for abstracts submission: July 15, 2015

The ICON9 Education symposium seeks to explore ways in which educators can effectively address the myriad changes in the methods of teaching, creating and delivering illustration now and in the coming decades. Digital technology has not only rewritten what illustration is and what it will become, but it is drastically changing how art and illustration will be taught and learned.

Call For Submissions
An open call is made for contributions that broaden the understanding of how illustration is changing in the classroom and in practice. Unusual avenues of practice and enquiry are welcome, including both theory and practice-based researchers, academics, illustrators, painters and artists.

External Link: ICON9 Education Symposium: Call For Papers