Looking back at Fuel Your Illustration 2012

Hi everyone! As you can see, due to the holidays and last-minute resolution-finishing, we’ve taken the month of December off here at Fuel Your Illustration. (Even when we’re not “here” – you know you can still find us on Facebook and Twitter, right?) But I didn’t want to leave you all with nothing till 2013, so today I’m showcasing a few of the awesome posts we’ve had this past year. We’re looking forward to another awesome year ahead of us.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, friends!

Dale Peart Takes Turner Classic Movies Back to Basics with New Poster Series

fuel-dalepeart“Minimalism is a hard thing to accomplish for most artist. Sure, we all strive to get that perfect balance between “just enough” and “visual bliss,” but few can help themselves from that “one last tweak” (which quickly turns into one more and then another, and another…). Today’s featured artist, Dale Peart, seems to have worked out a way to nail it…”

I Spot an Awesome Blog: Creature Spot!

fuel-creaturespot“I would like to introduce you all to my absolute new favorite blog: Creature Spot. It’s basically a blog for a bunch of different concept artists to come together and share their sketches and creations and I am in LOVE with it. Amazing work and extremely inspiring to someone who once dreamed of joining Weta Workshop as a concept artist (I have no given up on that dream – someday it will happen!)…”

Can Monsters Really Be Cute and Cuddly?

fuel-cutemonsters“They can if Bristol-based illustrator Jessica Bradley has anything to say about it. In fact, she’s made a career of drawing some of literature’s most fearsome beasts in all of their soft and squishy glory including an assortment of werewolves, fish men, zombies and – yes – even the Elder God himself, Cthulhu…”

Wookie the Chew: The House at Chew Corner & Other Tales About Chrisolo Robin

fuel-wookiechew“Winnie the Pooh (or, shall we say, Winnie ther Pooh) was a constant in my childhood and in many of my friends’ as well. Everyone knows the stories, everyone knows the song (you’re singing it in your head right now, I just know it), and everyone knows all about the little bear all stuffed with fluff and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood…”

Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Reveals A Different Kind of Star Wars Universe

fuel-ralphmcquarrie“In the wake of his passing earlier this month, many art lovers and Star Wars fans alike have spent time reflecting on the work of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie, who died at the age of 82, was best known as one of the guiding hands behind some of the sci-fi genre’s greatest franchises including the original Star Wars trilogy, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Battlestar Galactica…”

Giving Classic Disney Movies An Edge With Recreated Epic Movie Posters

fuel-disneymovies“Found this through Geek Tyrant and I just had to share. It’s no secret that I have an intense love for classic Disney movies. Our hallway is actually lined with framed Disney posters and classic Disney stuffed animals line the canopy of our bed. There’s just something special about those old films. The characters, the stories, and of course the artwork…”

A Real Life ‘Toy Story’ – Interview with Concept Artist and Toy Designer Mike Mucci

fuel-realtoystory“When I was little I made the same pledge that many kids do, it involved not wanting to grow up and never giving a love of toys. While I don’t get to enjoy them as often as I did back then, there’s still something about breaking out my box of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures that makes being an adult a little more fun…”

The World of Hayao Miyazaki + Beautiful Fanart [Part 1]

fuel-hayaomiyazaki“This is a post long in the making. A post I have been in the process of writing for a long time. A post highlighting the work of the greatest animator of our time: Hayao Miyazaki and his wonderful Studio Ghibli. A man who has brought more tears to my eyes than any other movie creator. I can’t adequately explain how his movies make me feel, but anyone who has ever watched Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke or any of his epic masterpieces… well. You understand…”

Fueling Textiles & Illustrations! Interview with Alice Potter

fuel-alicepotter“One of my favorite aspects of Twitter is just how many amazing illustrations I stumble upon there. It’s how I discovered the lovely and colorful work of Alice Rebecca Potter, a designer and illustrator from London, England. Her simple lines and bold shapes make for a unique style all her own. Alice says of her work, ‘Big colours, strong shapes, and unforgiving lines continuously creep into my work. Lately that includes people, maps, and architecture, but I like to draw the natural world just as much.’..”

A Celebration of Unicorns: A Showcase of The Last Unicorn Artwork

fuel-unicorns“One of my absolute favorite books of all time is The Last Unicorn by one of my absolute favorite authors of all time, Peter S. Beagle, and like many kids my age, I can quote the animated movie like no one’s business. Well today happens to be a very important day in the history of the story of The Last Unicorn – 30 years ago today, in 1982, the animated movie premiered at over 600 movie theaters across the country…”

Bonus: DesignCrowd Visual Inspiration

Not a previous post, but some visual inspiration to keep you going. The blog over at DesignCrowd provides beautiful inspiration with round ups from logo design contests and illustrations. Definitely worth a look.

See you next year!

Nikki Jeske is an illustrator and web designer who doodles her life away in Austin, Texas. She blogs at Snailbird, designs at Design Coyote, and spends far too much time madly drawing the many animals that make up The Family Menagerie. You can also find her on twitter.


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