Have you been considering going to Pasadena for ICON 6? Then take note, the super early bird special will be ending in 3 days! Join other industry professionals for 4 days beginning July 14th for the very reasonable rate of $350. Learn more here.
And an image by A. Richard Allen:
Enjoy one of those rare opportunities to meet other individuals in our industry! The Altpick is throwing a little hootenanny tomorrow night, Thursday the 25th, on the Lower East Side here in NYC. City Sweets and Confections will provide cupcakes and nibbles, and the drinks are priced at a reasonable $4 and $5. Swing on by and promote that gorgeous work.
The event is taking place at the Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street, from 6:30 on. You can rsvp on Facebook here.
image by Philippe Lechien:
We are accustomed to seeing illustration everywhere, but we were so excited when Kurt Vargo shared his great cameo moment with us. Kurt and his wife, Marci, were among a thousand respondents to LEGALZOOM with an online testimonial involving the simplicity of making out a will. And they won! The Vargos were flown to Hollywood for aÂ 6 day commercial shoot and the entire set was created from aspects of Kurt’s illustrations. Take a look…it is really cool.
Morgan Gaynin Inc proudly represented Kurt Vargo for many years. He and his family live in Savannah where he is an integral part of the teaching staff at Savannah College of Art and Design.
And on a practical note, check out LEGALZOOM in general. It offers a wonderful, inexpensive service for most of us who don’t have the budget for attorney’s fees. Its co-founder and spokesperson is Robert Shapiro, a member of the legal team that managed to get OJ Simpson acquitted of murder years ago. Remember “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit!”? We certainly would have confidence in any legal advisors involved with accomplishing that feat.
American Illustration has announced that their Call for Entries has been extended to Friday, February 26th. Stop being lazy and enter!
image by Susan Gal:
Do you work in the area of children’s book publishing? Did you know that SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is now helping to coordinate critique groups? To join a group – or to start your very own – email the critique group coordinator at critiquegroups @ nyscbwi.org.
And an image by Laura Tallardy:
It can be so daunting when a client asks, “What do you charge?”. And frankly, I have found this question to be even more delicate since the recession. But how do you sell the value of your work instead of lowering your fees?
Tomorrow, February 18th, the Graphic Artists Guild will be hosting a talk with creative services consultant Maria Piscopo that will tackle just that. The teleclass will help students develop a 10-step strategy that will answer the question in a way that builds repeat business by meeting both the artist’s needs and the client’s pricing needs. Learn to present proposals, not prices, and how to speak comfortably when quoting jobs.
Click here to download the registration form.
image by Don Kilpatrick:
Susan Gal’s heartwarming book “Night Lights,” which she both wrote and illustrated, received a notice in the Sunday New York Times Book Review this weekend. The pictures are especially inviting, displaying a beautiful juxtaposition between the darkness of evening and light and shadows playfully highlighting the antics of a little girl and her pup. Congratulations, Susan!
An interview with Rick Tulka has been featured on David Wasting Paper’s blog, and it is a wonderful way to learn more about this clever cartoonist. Take a look here to learn a bit about Rick’s process, his inspirations, and other fun facts!
We received an email last night with a really innovative idea, and I have been so eager to share it with you. The talented trio of Gary Taxali, Thomas Fuchs, and Robert Zimmerman joined forces a few months ago to design a phenomenal online enhancement tool for students and emerging illustrators.
After some beta testing, the brand spanking new Tutormill is now up and running. Tutormill is an “online illustration mentorship program that offers students courses in various disciplines of illustration,” and features an impressive array of top-notch professional illustrators as mentors. With a focus on enhancing formal education (no competition here, jack!), industry experts will ultimately help students and emerging illustrators with their portfolios during a 3 or 6 week course with a specific focus – editorial, book jacket, portrait, etc.
At an incredibly reasonable rate of $300, this is going to be an invaluable tool for a lot of up and comers. Be sure to take a look!
Get a-head! (image by Dave Calver)
Shannon Brady has been invited to participatde in “Illo Minn: Volume Two,” a biennial exhibition that will feature the work of 28 Minnesota illustrators. Each artist has been asked to exhibit a printed illustration with original artwork, along with a one-of-a-kind Munny doll.
The Munny dolls will be sold in a silent auction during the exhibition reception, but better yet, the funds raised will go toward Minnesota’s College of Visual Arts Scholarship Fund!
The reception will take place on February 18, from 6-8 pm, at the college.