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    Sep 2015

    28 Gumroad Creators You Really Should Know


    Since its launch in 2011 Gumroad has fast become the one of the most popular platforms for creatives to sell their digital content. However, Gumroad is purposely designed without a centralised area of search and discovery, instead the emphasis is on the creators to direct their audience. Which makes it impossible to just stumble on all that great content. You can find some good stuff in the Gumroad Collections section, but that really does not even scratch the surface of how many gems the site has.

    So I took it upon myself to put together a list of 28 Gumroad creators you really should know:

    Comics & Sketchbooks

    1. Carey Pietsch – Many of the Brooklyn-based illustrator’s acliamed comics, including her Keepsakes stories.

    2. Anna Cattish – The popular comic artist and character designer is currently selling a special digital edition of her Sketchbook 2014.

    3. Edward Ross – A small collection of comics from Edinburgh-based comic book artist, including Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film.

    4. Eric Grissom – A Couple of free comics from the writer and letterer of the comic series Deadhorse.

    5. Evan Dahm – Comics and sketchbooks from the creator and illustrator of the Rice Boy webcomic.

    6. Ian Andersen – A host of comics from the cartoonist behind the daily auto-bio journal comic, Citric Journal.

    7. Ian Lawrence – A collection of sketchbooks from the North Carolina illustrator and tattoo designer, Inkloose.

    8. Lucy Bellwood – Many nutical-themed comics from the ship-sailing cartoonist.

    9. Maré Odomo – Comics and drawings from the Seattle illustrator.

    10. Natalie Nourigat – Sketchbooks from the Eisner-nominated writer and cartoonist.

    11. Polly Guo – Both volumes of Houdini & Holmes, from the New York-base comic artist and animator.

    12. Rachel Kahn – Comics and drawings from the illustrator and concept artist.

    13. Retrofit Comics – A publishing house, founded by Box Brown, features an array of comic from various illustrators.

    14. Sam Bosma – Currently hosting his highly praised comic, The Hanging Tower.

    15. Sarah Horrocks – A small collection of comics from the writer and artist.

    16. Will Terrell – The sketchbooks of popular YouTube illustrator.

    17. Yale Stewart – More comics from the creator of webcomic JL8.

    Tools & Tutorials

    18. Adam Duff – Digital painting tutorials from the Canadian concept artist.

    19. Alexandre diboine – Character design video tutorial that includes the brushes used.

    20. Dave Rapoza – In-depth video tutorials from the phenomenal freelance illustrator and comic artist.

    21. Eytan Zana – Beautiful landscape video tutorials covering colour, light and composition.

    22. Kyle T Webster – The Photoshop brush king of Gumroad.

    23. Max Gon – Artist for Riot Games teaches you how to make pixelart.

    24. Rad Sechrist – The storyboard artist and character designer shares his knowlage of drawing the human head and figure.

    25. Shiyoon Kim – A beautiful Photoshop brush set from the Disney character designer.


    26. Jerzy Drozd – A mix bag of comics and tutorials from the cartoonist and teaching artist.

    27. Trent Kaniuga – Character and environment designer shares his comics, video tutorials and brush sets.

    28. Zac Gorman – Currently featuring the Magical Game Time Vol. 1 comic and a Manga Studio 5 brush set.

  2. 18

    Sep 2015

    Fashion Fridays ~ Danilo De Donno

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    Danilo De Donno is an Italian freelance graphic and fashion designer, who goes under the mantle Stylographic.. His illustrations take advantage of a range of media and techniques, frequently incorporating photography as well as hand lettering.

    Donno switches his work between sensitive and humorous. Just as easily I laugh at his dogs wearing crowns, I can lose myself in his floral patterns.

    You can find more of Danilo De Donno’s illustrations on his website and dribbble page.

  3. 17

    Sep 2015

    Book Review ~ 21 Draw

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    Editors Note:

    We asked 200 artists one question.”If I was a magic genie, and could make a book that would solve all of your art problems, what would that book be?” We got many different answers, but after a while, we started to see similar patterns in their responses. Most common problems had to do with character design, movement, facial expressions & drawing hands. 21 Draw solves all of these problems.

    21 Draw is a book about character design, movement and expression drawn by over 100 amazing artists who have worked for Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Rockstar Games, Marvel, D.C Comics, Capcom and other giants of the entertainment and gaming industry.

    The Book Review:

    21 Draw is the exact type of project that could only be conceived and delivered with today’s social media and crowd-funding backdrop. The Lounge was lucky enough to be contacted by Chris O’Hara about the project very early on. So, in May last year, once the project went live on Indiegogo we watched in anticipation how well it would be received. However, with the roster of phenomenal artist including Steve Rude, Ariel Olivetti, Kim Jung Gi, Artgerm, Loish, Phobes and many other industry giants attached to 21 Draw, we needn’t fret. In just one week the project raised $77,000. Over the course on May 2,337 backers raised $150,181, more than 3 times its original goal.

    The 21 Draw dream was to be both an artbook and a reference book. It focused on answering common artist problems. After surveying 200 artist, the recurring topics were a lack of good character references, action poses, drawing faces and (no surprise) drawing hands.

    Addressing this, the book is broken up by character type, for each character the artists produce two pages of headshots, turnarounds, action poses and hands. Included are common characters tropes such as adventurer, detective, hero, magician, pirate, princess and more, as well as quite a few not so common ones, like Kawai Tokyo girl. I enjoy this repetitive nature of the book, comparing how each illustrator manage the same brief. All artist, except Kim Jung Gi, whom the editor thought would be “cool” to give him a much looser brief, I think most of us would agree.

    As well as being categorised reference book, 21 Draw includes 13 tutorials, in which the artist explain their process from sketch to the final image. Including what medium and programmes they work in and a few neat tricks. I love going behind-the-curtain of such skilled illustrators. Out of all the tutorials, for me, the highlight was Steve Rude’s four pages. I would more than happily buy a full book of just those.

    Flicking through the book, just when you think you have had your fill of inspiration, it keeps going. Like a five-course-meal, with two deserts. 21 Draw is an achievement that not only collates an excellent array of talent, it is genuinely helpful. Even if it is just a springboard of inspiration, the quality and diversity of the illustrations; both in terms of style and subject, will undoubtedly earn 21 Draw a permanent space on your drawing desk.

    A follow-up book titled 21 Draw: Illustrators Guidebook is in the works which I am very excited to see what it has in store. You can find out more about that on their Facebook page.

    21 Draw
    Hardback or Paperback
    254 pages
    215 x 255mm
  4. 16

    Sep 2015


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    Daniel Campbell, or more commonly known CatchphraseDan, is a graphic designer and illustrator from Birmingham, England. After working for a creative brand agency for almost 2 years, he recently decided to pursue a career as a “Honcho in a Poncho”. By which I assume he means freelancer. Possibly to spend more time on his #GoFishFriday project (if you click on the link, please ignore the people actually fishing). In his own word this is what the project is all about:

    At the start of the year, I decided that I wanted to begin a weekly illustration project that was fun and that I would look forward to each week. Now, as you know, there are 52 weeks in a year, 12 hairs in a sandwich and 52 cards in a merry old deck – how convenient is that? Well, it was very convenient for me, so I packed up my things and began my journey, stopping every Friday to add a card or two to the deck.

    It is also important to note that there are also 86 pimples on your back, 35 beard hairs in a barrel, 12 crocodiles on a clip and 8 limes in a coconut. Which is something CatchphraseDan would be only more than happy to point out.

    As well as the obvious silliness and humour, CatchphraseDan’s work feels very organic and off-the-cuff. Dancing his pen around the page to create something that resembles a face: sometimes it doesn’t even resemble a face, but he will put eyes and a mouth on it anyway. I would be surprised, or worried, to find out that the illustrations that he ends up with are the ones that are in his head.

    You can follow the progress of #GoFishFriday on his Instagram, Facebook, Ello and Tumblr.

  5. 15

    Sep 2015

    Anita Jeram

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    With everyone celebrating the 20th anniversary of beloved children’s book Guess How Much I Love You, now seemed a good time to pay tribute to it’s illustrator, Anita Jeram.

    Growing up in Portsmouth, England, Jeram had an interest in illustration from a very young age. She would receive encouragement from her teachers and on concluding her schooling she went to Art College in Portsmouth. Sadly, not enjoying it as she hoped, Anita Jeram decided to leave and get a job. Even after working a variety of jobs, her artistic itch would not go away, so she enrolled for a degree course in illustration at Manchester Polytechnic.

    Having a much better experience second-time around. After one of her tutors introduced her to people at Walker books, Jeram was signed up to write and illustrate her first picture book, even before she graduated. That book was Bill’s Belly Button, published in 1991. Over the course of her career, she has illustrated 20 children’s books, many of which she has written. Her Bibliography includes the aforementioned, best-seller and American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, Guess How Much I Love You (1994), Contrary Mary (1995), Bunny, My Honey (1999) and most recently, You’re All My Favourites (2004).

    A great place to find more of Anita Jeram’s illustrations is over at the Illustration Cupboard.

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