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  Going temporarily cartoony with 'Drawing the Times' this Summer
Babette Wagenvoort
posted on July 9, 2016 at 8:31

Every weekend during the Summer months Illustration Daily will share a story from Drawing the Times.

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  Illustration as only option
Babette Wagenvoort
posted on November 9, 2015 at 14:38

This week we will promote the project 'Women of Syria', illustrated by Ted Struwer. From now until Friday, we will publish one illustration and it's accompanying story every day, next to our regular postings. 

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  Notes on 'Work and Play', ICON 8 illustration conference in Portland
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on July 17, 2014 at 19:45

I’m just back from the biannual international (though mostly American) illustration conference ICON 8, which was held this year in Portland Oregon and themed Work and Play. It brought together four days wall-to-wall high-quality presentations, amazing projects, insightful papers, books and hundreds of illustrators. A feast of current American cutting edge illustration, but does it have to be so cute?

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  How to illustrate in a post digital world?
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on June 23, 2014 at 9:22

At a recent conference around defining the idea of Post Digital I presented illustration as an example of an old medium struggling with the present day structures of online communication platforms. This 'Post Digital' is heavily criticised as yet another one of those ‘post-whatevers’ without a content to match. But for illustration it might actually be an approach that can be positive, because it can allow for a more open and fluid approach between old and new media ideas. It does not shy from new media technologies, but works with the more relational way of communication we know from old media. The type of publishing where illustration was comfortable and enhancing, instead of the fraud fast-turnaround of formatted and info-centric stories we get online. So follow me:

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  Illustration has always been new media
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:29

Edited paper for RENEW conference Riga 2013

Online, in news-sites, blogs and twitter we share more stories than ever and the image is an important part of this communication power. There are many images present within this editorial realm, but barely any would classify as editorial illustration. This type of illustration, that accompanies reflective and lifestyle stories has always been and still is a core part of the printed editions, but online it no longer has a role to play, online editorial illustration is a vanishing medium.

This vanished role of illustration points to something bigger, it points to a changed way we construct and read stories. The array of media platforms lets us read stories whilst they are being written and bring a fragmentation that demand self-explanatory and informational visuals, rather than mediating illustrations. At the same time digitally native platforms are developing, which present immersive, contained and highly visual experiences and it is here illustration is finally able to become what it has always been: new media, freed from the restrains of paper.

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  Interview with Max Philippi
Kwennie Cheng
posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:06

Like last summer, we published illustrations by recent graduates during our Green Blob special throughout July and August. We also visited a few graduation shows and were given many presentations on the projects. During one of these fieldtrips we met Max Philippi: a 22 year old illustrator with a very interesting and most of all innovating graduation project, State of Scarcity. A digital application, current, illustrated and well researched. Time to have a little chat with mr. Philippi! 

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  Artez Students illustrate news for 24 hours
Babette Wagenvoort
posted on September 30, 2013 at 17:01
For the third time in a row ArtEZ Zwolle organizes 'ArtEZ 24 Hour'. During the weekend of 5/6 October 2013 Illustration Design students will draw the news for 24 hours, guided by illustrators TRIK, Tammo Schuringa, Jasper Rietman and others.
 
If you are interested to join this event or if you have any questions, you can get in touch with Eva Blaak: e.blaak@artez.nl
 
Sat 5 October 11.00 am - Sun 6 October 11.00 am 
ArtEZ Zwolle, Rhijnvis Feithlaan 50
Cost: 15 euro p.p.

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  Illustration Daily Talk - 5 October 2013, NL
Babette Wagenvoort
posted on September 26, 2013 at 9:08

Editors Pawel Pokutycki and Babette Wagenvoort will give a lecture on the ins and outs of Illustration Daily on Saturday 5 October 2013 15:00 - 17:00 at Vrije Academie/ Gemak, The Hague, NL.

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  IlluTube: illustrators and their work in front of the camera
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on August 30, 2013 at 10:03

It might be a truism to say that in times of inexpensive HD camcorders, easy-to-use film editing software and open broadcasting platforms like YouTube or Vimeo everyone can now get his/her own 15 minutes of (televised) fame. Yet it is not common to encounter illustrators using the medium of film to present their work, nor agents or publishers to distribute it. Locked in the flatbed-scanner tradition of printed media or static websites illustrators rarely add a dimension of time to their work... And I don't mean creating time-consuming animation here, but simply filming the static image in motion or recording the creative process, capturing "the making of". What's in it for the illustrator? Let's look at a few examples to find out.

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  Interview with Jasper Rietman
Kwennie Cheng
posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:04

A few months ago we celebrated Illustration Daily’s one year anniversary. In this first year we got to publish a very diverse range of editorial illustrations by an even more diverse group of illustrators: from recently graduated ‘Green Blobs’ to illustrators from all over the world. Time to zoom in on one of them.

Jasper Rietman is someone I've been interested in for a while. Not just because of his often strong, editorial images but also because of the amount of illustrations we have seen coming through, not to mention the interesting clients he has worked for.
I spoke to him in Amsterdam about his short, but busy illustration career, his big gig for New York Times magazine and of course his future plans. 

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  Copyright in the age of the digital
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:16

On the Internet images are everywhere and they are easy to find, copy, and reproduce. Little clickable buttons underneath the images such as that of Facebook and Twitter actively encourage you to re-distribute them. But are you actually allowed to put them on your blog, your social media page or even print them? As a creative can you use found images and integrate them in your own illustration or design? As a student, lecturer or researcher can you use them as references in your article or presentation? The short answer is: yes, but only if you have got all the rights to do so. And thus in most cases the immediate answer will most likely be: no.

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  Google today! Maurice Sendak classic 'Where The Wild Things Are' as a Google Doodle
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on June 10, 2013 at 12:15

Googling today is a lovely surprise and a treat for illustrators. 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) has made it as a Google Doodle on the Google Home Page. It celebrates the authors 85th birthday. But do I think of him as an author? Yes very much so, but for me, and I believe for many others, I see him even more as a most inspiring and original illustrator.

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  Illustrating for Augmented Reality
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on June 5, 2013 at 8:45

After a series of programming workshops for interactive illustrators BNO Amsterdam and Illustration Daily organize a second training on interactive illustration, this time focusing on Augmented Reality.

Learn how to add a 'virtual' layer of images, texts, animations, sounds or videos to your (printed) illustrations. Reveal them using your smartphone or tablet. Distribute your creations worldwide using simple apps available on-line for free. Additionally, experiment with placing your illustrations on specific locations in public space using GPS and interacting with them on the spot.

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  Subscribe to our newsletter!
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:46

Illustration Daily has just sent out its first newsletter. If you haven't received one, but would like to subscribe to it, please fill in your name and e-mail address here.

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  The do's and don'ts of Google Doodles
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:58

For almost 15 years now Google.com has been occasionally replacing its standard colourful corporate logo with the, so-called, Google Doodles, "the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes, done to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists". Looking at a large archive of these images (often interactive and animated, especially in the last 3-4 years) I'm wondering what Illustration Daily and our contributing illustrators could learn from this on-line phenomenon and what Google could potentially learn from us? 

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  Photographs, Illustrations and Big Fat Images
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on April 18, 2013 at 19:32

“A telling shift in the way newspapers discuss content is the way in which photographs are now more often described as images.” This opening statement by Chris Elliot in his commentary in the Guardian immediately caught my eye. The article very interestingly analyses the issues around stigmatisation through images, a serious subject for illustrators. But also it touches upon how photography is performing more and more the role of illustration.

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  Illustration 57
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on April 5, 2013 at 13:38

The students of Cyprian Koscielniak, a member of our editorial board, are presenting an exhibition Illustration 57 from 15th till 26th of April 2013 at the Minerva Academy in Groningen. The opening is on Friday, the 12th of April at 16.00, Praedinussingel 59, Groningen.

See also article in NRC Handelsblad (Dutch only) >

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  Upcoming conferences
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:48

Gain more insight into contemporary illustration, get enlightened by world famous speakers and extend the discourse around image making for your Spring Holidays!

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  Varoom - serious about illustration
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:00

For those of us that are not familiar with Varoom, this is the magazine from the Association of Illustrators in the United Kingdom. It is a quarterly publication - more newspaper than glossy - where in-depth articles, features and portfolio’s are published dedicated to illustration. This is one of the few magazines where you can actually find information and points of view that are beyond the usual promotional blurb or image-porn. With this I mean more than just pretty pictures that forever hope to inspire clients to commission or other illustrators to copy. This is a magazine that takes the practice and culture of illustration serious.

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  A word for the illustrator - a message from our great grand illustrators…
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:07

During one of my many research trips online and in libraries I came upon this article by James B Carrington, written in 1905 for The Collector and The Art Critic.

In this still very readable article he is promoting the editorial illustration as a valuable and unique contribution to magazines. How true and how valid still! Though I fear perhaps the working climate might have changed somewhat.

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The illustrator at work, end of the 19th century.
  The Canadian National Filmboard/interactive - what illustrators could do in an interactive world
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:19

My research in editorial illustration in new media pushes me to look out for interesting formats and new usage of the ‘illustration language’ and editorial usage of illustration in digital media platforms. This being a rather long title for what I call online illustration.

‘It’s still a search with mixed results and great projects are few and far between’.  But every time again, I get drawn to the Canadian National Film Board and the interactive projects they produce: NFB/ Interactive.

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  Interview with hard//hoofd editor Anna Berkhof
Kwennie Cheng
posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:28

Many magazines and newspapers have created an online or app- version of themselves, but the amount of magazines created in a digital format from the start is increasing. Often, illustrations are placed next to the accompanying text, just like in the paper versions. But digitally published magazines give illustration so many more options to explore.

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  What you see and what you get
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on February 27, 2013 at 17:33

As one of the editors at Illustration Daily I often see editorial illustrations that - though beautiful - are not able to communicate much beyond what they depict. What could have been a good illustration is now ‘just a picture’, in other words: it's to be ignored. Sometimes this is simply because the image is not strong enough, but all too often it's actually the flip-side of a core quality of illustration: the ability to connect to the reader. But this is a thin line. If an illustration is too specifically connected it means no-one but that one reader understands the picture, but on the other hand if the illustration is too general no-body cares.

Let me show how a great illustration walks the line.

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  The Pioneer Plaque - The ultimate editorial illustration
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on February 19, 2013 at 11:26

Imagine you had to make the illustration that represented the world, an image for an audience of spacefaring extraterrestrials as part of a welcome pack to planet Earth.

Today I revisited a famous image that is just that, the famous image of the Pioneer Plaque.

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  AOI Illustration Awards 2013
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on February 12, 2013 at 9:53

The AOI Illustration Awards are accepting international contributions in the category Editorial & Social Comment and other categories. Deadline: 28 February.

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  New media ideas, what's in it for illustrators? A selection of thoughts from the Transmediale Festival 2013
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:32

Transmediale is a longstanding annual festival/conference in Berlin where computer technology, new media, freedom of information and social change are at its heart. Here the concerns of illustrators are very much addressed. Mind you, not directly - most of the attendants or speakers wouldn’t know an editorial illustration if it bit them - but if you listen, it’s not difficult to place illustration within this context of technology, engagement and media and in turn see the potential of these ideas to expand the illustration-horizon.

Let me present three of the ideas I heard and how they are relevant to (editorial) illustration.

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  Programming for illustrators
Pawel Pokutycki
posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:29

Can my illustrations change shape when it rains? Can they respond to my whistling? Can they look slightly different in the morning or in the evening? Learn how to control the elements of your illustration with the movement of the mouse pointer, make them clickable, draggable, scalable, react to the live sound from a microphone or image from a webcam, adjust to the current time of the day, randomly change colors, generatively develop into another drawing or composition, or even visualize the actual weather conditions outdoor!

In 2013 BNO Amsterdam and Illustration Daily organizes a set of hands-on trainings in interactive illustration, starting in March with an intensive programming workshop.

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  Pictures sell!
Nanette Hoogslag
posted on January 29, 2013 at 23:41

In a time where the printed newspapers and magazines are losing out to the online editions, and readers still believe that online content should be free, the publishing industry is in dire straits and is forced to drastically cut their spending. Where editorial illustration a few years ago was seen as 'the bread and butter' assignment for illustrators, today the illustrator will count him or herself lucky to get an assignment at all, even for half the pay. With cutting out these expressive yet insightful eye-catchers, magazines might save money, but they lose out on a powerful tool that attracts and persuades readers.

Let’s remind ourselves of the power of the illustration.

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