I am a big fan of illustration and used to do a lot within my work, unfortunately time/budget constraints and cheap royalty free images means that it’s now a luxury to be able to illustrate, and it’s easy to get out of practice. I thought I would share with you some sources of inspiration for illustration that I have found on the web.
Illustration Friday has a new theme every Friday and invites illustrators to submit illustrations on a word/topic. The topic is usually fairly loose so you get a real mix of interpretations and styles. The illustrations can also be seen via Flickr.
Illustration Class is a website I mentioned when my blog was fairly new (so probably only me and an accidental stumbler read it 🙂 ), so I think it’s worth taking a look at again. The website written by Von Glitschka (illustrator/designer) is literally as the website’s name a series of illustration classes. Tutorials include creating an illustrative logo, creating illustrative icons, creating illustrations starting with basic shapes, collage illustration. The illustration exercises really remind me of the sort of creative exercises I did at college (all be it they were then by hand rather than on computer).
This site is a community for illustrators. I am not quite sure of the term amateur as some of the entries seem to be by practising designers/illustrators, none the less there is a wealth of different illustration styles to view here categorised by media/technique. You can also join the site and upload your own images and profile to the site.
A large illustration agency based in the UK has a website featuring illustrations organised by artist and type (cartoon, graphic, figurative etc)
The I Spot
This is a site where lots of different artists/illustrators showcase their work
“Drawn! is a multi-author blog devoted to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. Its purpose is to inspire creativity by sharing links and resources.”
Mentioned before on this blog, Vektorika is a free downloadable PDF magazine of vector illustration from various artists – each issue is based on a theme ie. Love, character design etc.
Smashing Magazine – Masters of Illustration
Smashing magazine showcases more than 100 illustrations from contemporary illustrators.
If anyone knows of any more I will be happy to add them to the list.