As an independent designer and illustrator I’m always on the lookout for good online resources, advice and ideas. Here are a few of my favorite design and illustration blogs. Some of these I’ve found recently, others I’ve been following for quite some time, but they all inspire me for different reasons. The blog I Love Illustration has introduced me to the work of artists I have never heard of before, Tall N Curly makes me laugh with her delightful stories and characters, and I’ve learned a lot about freelance design by following The Tanoshiboy Chronicles. In the post there are screen shots and links to each one of these fabulous illustration blogs.
A Few Fabulous Illustration Blogs
I recently discovered the aptly named blog I Love Illustration, a blog about fashion illustration, artists & emerging talents worldwide. The author, art director Anneke Krull, features all kinds of illustrations and illustrators. Some work is flat and graphic, some whimsical and artistic, but it’s all gorgeous.
Kris Atomic is a freelance illustrator whose work bridges the gap between fashion and fun. Her work is charming and I adore it, and her blog runs the gamut from photos of things she likes to her newest work.
The Tanoshiboy Chronicles
I’ve been following Dennis Salvatier’s blog, The Tanoshiboy Chronicles, for several years now. Dennis and I met through Linkedin and I immediately gravitated toward his comic book style of illustration as well as his outgoing personality. His blog features his newest work as well as advice for other independent designers (He never calls us freelancers!) and thoughts on design.
Tall N Curly
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Tall N Curly. It’s a delightful comic strip about curly hair. I love how the author’s illustrations convey a story, situation and emotion in one simple image. Although I don’t have curly hair myself, I still really love the stories, misadventures and above all the fun drawings by this very talented illustrator and writer.
A Look in a Creative Mind
T.J. Lubrano isn’t just a wonderful illustrator, she’s also a delightful person. Her bubbly personality comes out in her blog and her charming, vivid watercolors. When I first met her in the blogosphere she was struggling to gain attention, now she’s illustrating children’s books and winning illustration contests. Her blog is now part of her website TJ Lubrano Illustrations.
Do you have any favorite design or illustration blogs to recommend? Please leave a comment below! I’m currently in search of some more great illustration and design websites. As I find good one’s I’ll add them here.