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"Drawing has a particular and seemingly universal anxiety connected to it. There are so many other activities that people are happy to not be especially experienced or even good at, where the stakes are generally much higher, like cooking a meal, or writing. There’s a sense that people are embarrassed that they lack a basic syntax of image-making, and will look foolish if their efforts are ‘wrong." -Christopher Muller

Artist: Chris Muller
Base: Brooklyn, New York
Education: B.A.- University of California,
Davis M.F.A.- New York University
Teaching Gigs: Visiting Associates Arts Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, department of Design for Stage and Film
Specialties: Storyboard art for film and television; illustration for children’s books and many publications; set design; and teaching.

Here’s your Friday treat, because who doesn’t need something beautiful and fun to help wrap up their week? What you’re seeing above is a selection of my favorite Chris Muller illustrations. This past summer, I was having a difficult time overcoming my fear of drawing people, so a friend introduced me to Chris.

I remember the first time I visited Chris’s blog, Fig Drawing, I instantly fell in love with his illustrative style. By the way, as much as art teachers try to help you develop your own artistic voice, in my experience most of the time that teacher’s artistic sensibilities will reflect in your own work. I loved Chris’s artistic sensibilities and definitely wanted them reflecting in my work, so I couldn’t wait for him to start mentoring me. I will be discussing the importance of mentors more on this blog. They really can make a tremendous difference in an artist’s life.

Since Chris has begun mentoring me, my drafting skills have improved by leaps and bounds. I’ve received so many kind messages from friends and family who are inspired by how much I’ve grown artistically. Most of that improvement I owe to Chris. Besides being an extremely talented illustrator, he’s an excellent teacher and probably one of the kindest people I know. I’m sure if you asked any of his current or former art students at NYU, they would wholeheartedly agree. He has taught me that most of drawing is psychological. You have to learn techniques for quieting the constant yammering of your inner critic. Through his guidance and encouragement, I am finally learning how to overcome my fear of failure and draw as my heart desires.

I will be interviewing Chris next week about his journey as an illustrator in New York City. Stay tuned!

P.S. Chris has promised me that he will update his blog. In the meanwhile, I highly recommend  you stop on over and read his insights about drawing.

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DOWNLOAD HERE: http://illustrationfriday.com/2014/05/free-andrew-loomis-art-instruction-downloads/

Which artist doesn’t appreciate FREE stuff? I know we can all use the help! Here are is a very generous offering from the folks at Illustration Friday. FREE Andrew Loomis art instruction books. Please share with your fellow artist/illustrator friends.

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“For me drawing has always been the most fundamental way of engaging the world. I’m convinced that it is only through drawing that I actually look at things carefully. And the act of drawing makes me conscious of what I am looking at.”

-Milton Glaser (renowned illustrator and designer based in NYC)

Welcome to Illustration NYC, a light-hearted weekly digest about the illustration scene in New York City.

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Hi. My name is Arlene Ellis and I’m an emerging illustrator. I created this blog to help other emerging illustrators, like myself, succeed in one of the most creative cities in the world. I’ll be posting illustrations by local artists, information about events, funding opportunities, educational resources, local parties and now for the FUN part…interviews of illustrators practicing in NYC!

(Did you think the parties was the fun part? Ha. Sorry. I love interviews).

Some of these generous illustrators will be featured as guest bloggers and give brief tutorials. I’ll also be interviewing industry insiders who influence the illustration ecosystem in NYC: agencies, art/design publications, popular blogs, and various design-centric tech companies.

Currently this blog is a one-person endeavor, but I welcome collaborators! If you are passionate about illustration and helping illustrators succeed, please email me at info@illustrationnyc.com.

I hope one day Illustration NYC turns into a powerful force for good. There are so many talented young illustrators who just need some mentorship and a strong support system to help launch their careers. I hope this blog will give them a sense of both. If you would like to learn more about Illustration NYC, please email me at info@illustrationnyc.com.

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