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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

Social Round Up: Space, Negan and a Jake Parker video interview

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We saw this impressive work by Chris Hall for Ideas Fortress over on Hire an Illustrator the other week. Even though it’s for kids we might have to check out the Space app to see what we’re missing out on when it gets released. The artwork looks great!

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Mark Reihill posted up a Walking Dead work in progress to accompany the roughest cliffhanger in history! Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of Negan is spot on if you’ve not seen it yet, but you know the comics. This season of WD is one of the most intense so far, it’s such an exciting series. The official art and fan art is alway fantastic to see and I think the quality relates to how passionate people are about the show. Plus zombie are cool!

We’ve been a big of Jake Parker's work for a longtime now and there’s a great little Jason Brusker Youtube interview with him on YouTube, that we also thought was worth sharing. Check it out…

If you’d like to leave a comment, visit our Facebook page. Like the related post and have your say. As you know we no longer accept news submission at the LCS, but feel free to send us an email or message if you’ve got something you’d like us to check out.

We built the new HAI website

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It took almost three months, but we did it. The new website we built for Hire an Illustrator is now online and you can check it out at hireanillustrator.com. The old site was just over six years old (a dinosaur in internet years) and really needed an update, but we didn’t want to stray too far from the established design as we believe if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. HAI is an important part of many creatives’ daily routines, whether it’s updating their own profile or searching the site for an illustrator to hire. It needed to be easy to use and familiar to avoid any major learning curves when it came to the new site. The most important part was clients being able to find the type of illustrator they wanted as quickly as they did on the old site. And the 500+ members needed to know what they were doing with the new site without a series of complicated instructions.

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We rebuilt the site from the ground up, as the old site had five years worth of patches and fixes to keep things running smoothly. It would have actually been more work to drag the site into the 21st century than rebuild it. We worked on making the site as fast as we possibly could while integrating modern technology and techniques. We’re pleased to say the site is now fully responsive, which means you can use it on your laptop, iPad or smartphone with ease. Finding an illustrator has never been easier.

We’re really happy with how the site turned out and we hope the members of HAI love it too. Traffic has increased and job requests for illustration work are already up by a third and we’re sure that trend will continue.

If you’re looking for an illustrator, the staff at HAI are more than happy to assist you with your quest: hireanillustrator.com/i/submit

Likewise, if you’re interested in becoming a member of Hire an Illustrator, you can sign up at hireanillustrator.com/i/apply.

Design like an Egyptian, Photoshop & Illustrator Tools

The Wing's Art Extended License

Inspired by Tutankhamun, Nefertiti and the treasures of ancient Egypt, this collection offers designers an array of original illustrations, icons and design templates for perfecting your own Egyptian themed projects.

The product of countless hours of research, this set highlights the rich, decorative imagery of ancient Egypt to provide you with a ready-made library of assets to use in projects such as posters, invitations, web pages, educational presentations and more.

As an introductory offer you can save $5 off the normal purchase price when you buy this set before June 9th.

Available now from Wing’s Art and Design Studio.

External Link: Design like an Egyptian, Photoshop & Illustrator Tools

A New Website for valérydesignwrks

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Summer is a great time to show off your ‘bronzage’, but since I have never been successful at tanning I would like to share with you, my brand new website, full of colourful projects! At the beginning of 2015, I made the decision to leave the agency life I had known for the last 14 years and opened the doors to my new office.

On this site, you will find work samples, a link to my online store, and information that speaks to the wide range of services valérydesignwrks offers to its clients. I would also like to invite you to visit my blog and sign up for my quarterly newsletter, which will keep you updated on all things valérydesignwrks.

I hope you enjoy your visit and have a wonderful summer!

External Link: A New Website for valérydesignwrks

Simon Brader – Inner Thought

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Inner Thought is an online collection of animated gifs by Simon Brader. Short animations are tiled to create a constantly looping wallpaper that the user can manipulate and explore whilst finding new patterns. A new tile will be added every week and so adding to the multitude of patterns available. Animations of the tiny insignificant thoughts that pass through our heads every second but get lost in the masses. But together they create exciting patchworks.

External Link: Simon Brader – Inner Thought

Woolly & Shaggy an interactive eBook

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Woolly & Shaggy is an interactive picture book for children and adults who are young at heart. Combing animation, illustration and music, this ebook provides a two-way flow for reading stories, something readers typically do not experience with traditional picture books. This website showcased some of the animation clips from the interactive book. All the animation are framed animation created in Photoshop.

External Link: Woolly & Shaggy an interactive eBook