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The Everyday Witch Tarot deck

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck was illustrated by Elisabeth Alba and we love it! It’s a fun, practical, easy-to-use deck for every witch and we can’t wait to get hold of a copy. As you can see, Elisabeth’s illustrations are charming and absolutely gorgeous.

Written by Deborah Blake and published by Llewellyn Worldwide the 78-card deck comes in a box kit with a magnetic enclosure that also includes a 264 page full color guidebook. etsy.com/listing/493198464/everyd…

The Art of Dan May

SUBMERGED (LIMITED EDITION PRINT) by Dan May

It’s been a while since we mentioned our friend Dan May. He’s such a talented artist and deserves all of the coverage we can give him, so we thought it was about time we mentioned his current line of prints and original art. Have a nose at danmay.bigcartel.com and if you decide to buy anything we’re pretty sure it won’t disappoint. We already have several of his pieces on our walls, we’ve even got a couple of originals. He should really trademark his tiny little brush strokes.

Dan May LCS interview 2009

Miyazaki – An Art Show Tribute

Louise Evans - The Miyazaki show at Spoke Art Gallery

Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress, two of our favourite artists, are part of a group tribute show at SPOKE art space in San Francisco. If we were on the right continent we would have been at the opening, so if you’re able to make it, you really ought to check out the work on display. It’s not a show to be missed!

Jonathan Edwards - The Miyazaki show at Spoke Art Gallery

Spoke Art is proud to present the Miyazaki Art Show – a whimsical showcase of over fifty artists from around the world celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Taking inspiration from the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo to his lesser known work like The Wind Rises and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess, each artist has created unique works inspired by Miyazaki’s imaginative universe.

Please join us for the Miyazaki Art Show, opening Saturday, February 4th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-9pm. Costumes are encouraged and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Miyazaki Art Show
4th February 2017 – 25th February 2017
Facebook Event: facebook.com/events/381218368879476/
More Information: spoke-art.com/collections/miyazaki
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94109

Illustrator Meet Ups & Gatherings

We love meeting new people and we know no matter how much you hate being out in public, that human connection is what stops us from turning into complete recluses. So while you may be happy to be locked in your own echo chamber, once in a while you ought to get a bit of fresh air… If not for yourself, do it for the rest of us before you figure out how to destroy the planet with a flick of a switch or worst still you become one of those truly twisted fine artists.

So now that you’ve finished deciphering the mysteries of the world with your cat or dog and wondering why the only person you ever talk to is your mother, check out these two events that are definitely worth more than a passing glance.

First up we have Yo Illo on the 25th January at The Miller Pub in London, followed by Drink and Draw on the 28th at The Edwardian Tearooms in Birmingham. Yo Illo is for everyone from students to seasoned professionals and is a good chance to talk about work and let off steam. Drink and Draw is more of a chance to socialise while doing what you love with the freely provided paper and pencils. Both events are run and supported by people who love the creative industry, so whether you go to both, or one or the other, it’ll be an amazing evening and atmosphere.

Yo Illo’s January Meetup
No agenda, no pressure — like-minded illustrators and industry talk.
Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Miller Pub
96 Snowsfields, SE1 3 London, United Kingdom
facebook.com/events/671989512981860/

Drink and Draw at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
A night of tiddly scribblings! Pens, pencils and paper provided!!
Saturday, January 28 at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
The Edwardian Tearooms
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, B3 3DH Birmingham
facebook.com/events/240459886365725/

So you want to be an illustrator?!

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The LCS isn’t the bustling creative web portal it once was due to the sudden and all engulfing rise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. However, we still keep an eye on things and occasionally post an article or run the odd art related project (like Mail Me Art) when we get the chance. But when it comes to career-related and general advice, our new home for publishing these sort of articles is the HAI Staff Blog. We try to write and publish them when we can, but there are only so many hours in a day, as every self-employed person knows. Here is a list of all the freelance illustration advice riddled articles you may have missed over the last year.

Lots of people want to become or train to be illustrators. Some people take up the trade because they have a natural talent and others end up as artists because their mothers incessantly told them how good they were and they started to believe it! However you became or will become an illustrator, we’ve all got to start somewhere. As we live in a multimedia-rich world these days, it’s never been easier to find information and advice about the industry we all love.

Become an ArtPACT patreon

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ArtPACT has been free for a while now and was running on general donations, but there weren’t enough to maintain the service. Sadly, it was announced a couple of weeks ago that they were giving up the ghost and closing down. This announcement managed to light a fire under enough people’s butts to kickstart their Patreon campaign and breath new life into the service. They’re looking to reach a minimum of $250 per month to keep their excellent service going, so if you can spare anything to help them out, I’m sure it’d be appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3802975

ArtPACT is a free online resource for illustrators focusing on the fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and comic book genres. The ArtPACT website has information for artists of all experience levels regarding contracts, copyrights, and alternative income solutions.” – Jim Pavelec

The LCS Illustration Agent Directory

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The LCS isn’t as fast moving as it use to be, but we still like to keep the content turning over when we can. So as part of the LCS’s ongoing mission to be useful, we’ve published our personal illustration agent database for all to use and share. If there are any agents missing or any you’d like to see removed, please get in contact and we’ll do our best to update the directory.

Visit: The LCS Illustration Agent Directory