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Illustration Friday

Penelope Dullaghan http://www.illustrationfriday.com

Here’s an interview with Penelope Dullaghan about how she started Illustration Friday.

Thanks for joining me, Penelope.

When did you start Illustration Friday?

Illustration Friday began after quitting my job as an Art Director in 2004 to become a freelance illustrator. I felt pretty isolated in my home studio and wanted to connect with other creative people. I’d also heard that when you first start out as a freelancer it’s wise to only show work in your portfolio that you want to do more of… like attracts like. So I started Illustration Friday on my personal blog to pad my portfolio with fun work.

You were alone at first, then what happened?

After a while, it was clear that other people wanted to participate as well, so I connected with Brianna Privett who owns a small website firm called Utopian.net. Together we created a dedicated site to focus on Illustration Friday.

After you and Brianna Privett created a special site for it, did it grow?

We were pleasantly surprised (shocked, really!) when the site grew quickly and lots of fellow creatives starting to use it regularly. Now years later, we feel fortunate to continue to offer the site as inspiration to people to create artwork weekly and even luckier because they always inspire us so much, too.

What was your proudest moment with Illustration Friday?

Proudest moment with Illustration Friday… Let’s see. I think our proudest moment came when Illustration Friday participants helped out with fund-raising for the Gulf oil spill. Illustration Friday partnered with Kelly Light of the Ripple Blog to create small art cards that were available for $10.00 each, all of which went to either The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies or The International Bird Rescue Research Center.

You can read more about the call to action here: http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/2010/06/11/ripple/. And the results were great! In one week Ripple went from having 100 cards to having 600 cards, and went from raising $1,000.00 to help clean oiled animals to more than $5,000.00. Read more about the results here:

http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/2010/06/25/ripple-update/. It was a really good thing.

Thank you on behalf of all of America, Mexico, and the rest of the world! It is really heart-warming to see how you, Brianna, and the other participants in Illustration Friday made cards to raise money to clean up from the Gulf Oil spill. I am very proud of all of you.

We are also very proud of the fact that we’ve been hosting an inspirational, positive space for artists to create for seven years now…. and still going strong!

Thank you, Penelope for sharing your information about Illustration Friday. It sounds like fun for everyone who likes to draw.

To see illustrations by Penelope Dullaghan penny@penelopeillustration.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pdullaghan

Represented by Scott Hull Associates  scott@scotthull.com

Brianna Privett runs Utopian, a small web firm with her partner, Josh Wood http://briannaprivett.com/digital-works. She also does photography.http://www.briannaprivett.com

To find out other ways to join forces for creative ventures, look for an article I wrote called, “Find Your Creative Edge” on p.24 of the July-August SCBWI Bulletin. I am honored that Stephen Mooser and the others on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin staff chose my article to put in the bulletin. If your article gets published, you get paid $50.00 plus they pay $70.00 for the renewal of your membership for a year. For PubSub3rdFri, send them an idea you have found helpful to you about writing or illustrating.

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Joan Y. Edwards


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2 Responses

  1. Joan,

    I loved reading about Penelope and Brianna and Illustration Friday. How wonderful that this program has benefited so many. I especially enjoyed reading about their participation in the Gulf oil cleanup. How exciting! What a difference one group can make! Thanks for posting this one.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment this morning. You’re welcome for my post. I’m glad you loved reading about Penelope, Brianna, and Illustration Friday. It is fascinating how they helped with the cleanup from the Gulf Oil spill. People can and do make a difference in our world every day by reaching out their hands to help others improve our living conditions. Author, Nancy Stewart and illustrator, Samantha Bell did their part to help with the oil spill in a different way with their book, “One Pelican at a Time.” It’s truly amazing how many talents God has given to his people and how they choose to help. Do something good to celebrate you today.

      Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards


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