Dreams of Drawing

Dreams of Drawing: How to Become an Illustrator in 2014

For any kid who went through a Crayola phase or doodled her way through high school, illustration seems like an ideal line of work. As with any dream career, however, the perks often overshadow the challenges. For every artist with a full list of client projects, there are quite a few more struggling to turn breakout Behance popularity into mainstream recognition. The industry is saturated, the competition is fierce, and the internet—the proverbial blessing and curse—has turned everyone (or is it no one?) into illustration superstars with hoards of followers.

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My Steadman Portrait

Decades ago, when the world was a better place, they tell me, Ralph Steadman and I spent quality time together. He never ever stopped drawing and during one of his downtime moments he sketched me in my prime.

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Leigh Guldig on her Cover Illustration for Print

Illustrator Leigh Guldig, who is one of the 20 2014 New Visual Artists, discusses her approach and process in creating the cover for the April issue of Print. Our art director also provides comments.

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Pharma Mexico is Surreal

Some of the most startling surrealist commercial art was (and is) produced for drug companies. View a few examples from the Mexican pharmaceutical industry.

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Soviet Literary Pulps

Take a look at Krasnaya Nov (The Red Virgin Land) was the first Soviet literary magazine, which was established in 1921, along with several other examples.

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Metzl’s Mad Men

The Advertising Conference by The Goswogii by Richard Henry Little and illustrated by Ervine Metzl was published in 1927. While there was a reprint of the original, the book is something of a mystery. Ervine Metzl is not.

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Graphics For A Fortune

Fortune Magazine isn’t necessarily known to be the most graphically compelling publication. That is, unless you look back to the magazine’s first 15 years, starting in 1929. Find out who penned the illustration for its original prototype—a rare piece!

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Satire in Turkey

Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür’s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.