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How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

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If you’ve written a manuscript or are planning on writing a children’s book, there’s a very handy FAQ over on the Hire an Illustrator staff blog. It covers everything from whether you should actually be hiring an illustrator or not and how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re not an author and have joined the dark side as an illustrator it’s probably worth checking out yourself too. The questions were devised and answered by Ginger Nielson who has years of experience in the publishing industry and has created almost 40 children’s books herself.

Visit: How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

Image Credit… The Waif by Peter George.

Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop

With just over 20 days to go, Jeff Miracola‘s acrylic painting technique DVD Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting double its pledge goal. You might be asking why is this news worthy, well we love Jeff’s work at the LCS and… it shows that people really do want original fantasy art and there is genuine interest in how it’s created. Jeff does a fantastic job of presenting his work and his videos are brilliant. He took part in our Mail Me Art project a few years ago and he even did a WIP video for that, so thank you for being awesome Jeff!

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Please support Jeff and fantasy art in general by backing this awesome Kickstarter project. You won’t be disappointed and I’m pretty sure whatever you pledge you’re getting good value for your money.

Here’s the important Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1MiKBVy

Final Call For Mail Me Art Four!

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Yes… this is the final call for Mail Me Art Four! The deadline is fast approaching, 28th August! If you want to take part, all you need is a copy of the Mail Me Art 3 book, it includes the instructions and materials you’ll need for your submission. The books are shipped from the UK and the mail art submissions are sent back to the UK. Allowances will be made with a bit of flexibility on the deadline if your book and mail art has a long way to travel.

Again, this is your final call! All of the submissions will be featured in our next LCS exhibition and publication. You can pick up a copy of the book at thelittlechimpsociety.com/product/mail-me-art-short-sweet and you’re quick you can get £4 off with the coupon code POSTBOX

The Mail Me Art project started in 2007 and is still going strong. Yay! :)

IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War

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Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.

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Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)

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Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)

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War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information. http://ih8war.com/

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.

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. :)