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Illustration Friday Challenge – Week 1

January 29, 2010

Welcome to Week 1 of the Illustration Friday Challenge!

Please post a link to your submission in the comments section of this post to share with your fellow artists, and to enter to win Drew Struzan’s new DVD, Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art.  (Find all the contest details here.)  Your comment won’t show up right away, but don’t worry.  It will soon!

This week’s Illustration Friday topic:


Be sure to also submit your link over at Illustration Friday.  I’ll be posting my own interpretation of this topic soon, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s work in the comments section.  Feel free to check out the work of your fellow artists and leave any comments or feedback.  I hope this inspires some interaction within the EFII community.  Don’t forget to check back for the details of next week’s topic here.

The deadline to enter this week is Friday, February 5th.

Have fun!

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110 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2010 11:12 AM

    Brilliant! I love Illustration Friday, i find it regularly helps me out of a ‘creative block’. Here’s my submission this week for ‘focused’

    • January 29, 2010 1:25 PM

      Nice idea! I had a similar thought of a dog looking at a bone on the other side of a fence. Nice work!

    • January 29, 2010 1:43 PM

      Hey Angela,
      Thanks for sharing. I agree, Illustration Friday is one of the best ways to commit to working through “blocks”. Cheers.

  2. January 29, 2010 11:23 AM


    • January 29, 2010 1:44 PM

      Thanks Mihail. I’m curious. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how this ties in with the word “focused”. Thanks for submitting!

  3. January 29, 2010 1:23 PM

    Here’s my take on focused!

  4. January 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    Here is my submission. How interesting that this is exactly what I need to do right now,
    FOCUS on my goals!

  5. January 29, 2010 1:41 PM

    I love Illustration Friday & post as often as I can; see my take on this weeks them ‘focused’ and previous entries:

  6. January 29, 2010 2:18 PM

    I’ve been remiss at visiting this site for a while, nice to see the community going strong. Here’s my link:

    It’s nice when I’m psychically able to determine the topic a couple days ahead of time so the piece can be completed on Friday.

    • January 29, 2010 2:36 PM

      Nice Illustration Marcus. Good luck with those promo mailers. Thanks for sharing!

  7. January 29, 2010 4:44 PM

    Hello, very glad to share with all you my work. Here my site where I often post illustrations for IF and works I do regularly.

  8. January 29, 2010 8:00 PM

    Great idea. Here’s my entry for “Focused”…

  9. January 29, 2010 8:12 PM

    What a great idea! Here’s my “Focused” Link!

  10. January 29, 2010 11:24 PM

    Okay everyone, here’s mine:

    As I mention on my blog, I was inspired by my daughter Olivia.
    I’m glad to see a good early start from some people for week 1 of the challenge. Keep ’em coming!

  11. January 30, 2010 3:01 AM


    Great idea,
    Please visit my photos galleries
    we would love any feedback

  12. January 30, 2010 5:21 AM

    Here’s mine… the top piece “Zombie Caddy”

    the lower ones are elements used in the piece, or elsewhere in the larger project. Thanks for the forum!

  13. January 30, 2010 9:47 AM

    Here is my focused entry.

  14. January 30, 2010 4:33 PM

    here is mine.

    I’m going to see all your submission :D


  15. January 30, 2010 8:03 PM

    Here is my post for Illustration Friday’s topic – Focused.

  16. January 30, 2010 11:06 PM

    This is something new for me. I do believe that I have nearly burnt myself out completely as a graphic designer. I want to be an illustrator full time now. Working toward that, I decided to do the latest Illustration Friday challenge: “focused” is the theme. I interpreted it to mean something less obvious… in this case, focus on obsessive internal thoughts.

  17. January 31, 2010 6:04 AM

    Hey, I love your blog Thomas James! I only came across it a couple of weeks ago but I’ve already seen a lot of interesting articles! :)

    Here’s my post for this weeks IF topic –

  18. January 31, 2010 10:42 AM

    I love creating Illustration Friday pieces. They keep the creativity flowing.

    Here’s my entry for this week:

  19. January 31, 2010 4:20 PM

    Great idea! I have always wanted to participate to Illustration Friday but could never find the time to create an illustration in a short week. But with this challenge, I think I will find the motivation to do it.
    Here is my first entry: Out of focus thoughts
    Hope you like it!

  20. theinvisiblechild permalink
    January 31, 2010 4:28 PM

    Here is my entry:

    and thanks for this awesome contest!

  21. January 31, 2010 4:29 PM

    I’ve set myself a goal to draw something for Illustration Friday every week in 2010 (s0 far so good!), so this lines up perfectly.

    Here’s mine for this week:

  22. January 31, 2010 6:25 PM

    Here’s my entry. Thanks for the challenge!

  23. January 31, 2010 6:45 PM

    Here is my submission for this weeks Illustration Friday – “Focused…”
    This contest is a great idea and fun. Escape From Illustration Island rocks! Thanks, Chris

  24. January 31, 2010 8:53 PM

    Here is my take on this weeks theme, ‘focused’.

    here is the same link shortened by

    or it is easily viewable via my blog url,

  25. February 1, 2010 6:17 AM

    Here is my take on IF “focused”

  26. February 1, 2010 7:56 AM

    Last week I read Holly DeWolf’s book, listened to all 19 EFII podcasts and I feel really focused this week. Thanks for EFII.

    • February 1, 2010 8:15 AM

      Wow, that’s quite a feat. Glad you like the show. I hope you’re not tired of hearing the theme song.

    • February 1, 2010 8:17 AM

      Wow, EFII even made it into your Illustration. That’s quite an honor. Thanks!

      • February 1, 2010 10:23 AM

        I’m looking forward to the weekly shows (now that I’m caught up). There is so much value listening to full-time illustrators talk about their business and processes. Thank you again for creating such inspiring insights with the podcasts and your awesome resource site. Your hard work is appreciated by an aspiring old illustrator.
        Donna Koepp

        p.s. I like the theme song.

  27. February 1, 2010 11:44 AM

    This is my submission for this weeks Illustration Friday

  28. February 1, 2010 11:49 AM

    What a nice idea! Here is my illo for the topic “focused”


  29. February 1, 2010 11:59 AM

    And here’s my submission for this weeks IF:

  30. February 1, 2010 2:14 PM

    Here’s mine. Drew some ants pretty focused on pushing an apple. I “revised” version can be found by clicking the blog header.

    • February 1, 2010 2:28 PM

      Thanks Mark. I really like what you did in the revision. You made some great choices and elevated the piece to a higher level. Thanks for participating!

  31. February 1, 2010 3:13 PM

    my submission for this weeks Illustration Friday.

  32. February 2, 2010 11:26 AM

    Hello! I love checking out everyone’s work. Also, this kind of challenge motivates me to draw more so thank you!
    Here is my submission this week:

  33. February 2, 2010 7:00 PM

    Hi, this is my submission for Illustration Friday – Focused

    It’s great looking at everyone’s interpretation. I will try to do illustration Friday more regularly now.

  34. February 2, 2010 9:34 PM

    Heyas! Here’s my Illustration Friday entry!

    Just the kick I needed to get back into IF once more :) What I tried to do in my piece was not only make the subject focused, but but painting itself go from unfocused to more focused. Hopefully that conveys correctly!

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  35. February 3, 2010 6:32 AM

    Hello. Nice work, everyone. Yesterday I submitted a piece for Illustration Friday: Focused. Maybe there is problem with the link or some other issue. I’ll try the link again.

  36. February 3, 2010 12:00 PM

    Hey Thomas,
    Great job on the podcast and the info you share.
    Here’s my submission.

  37. February 3, 2010 1:39 PM

    Here’s my image for Focused, which doubles as a self-portrait:

  38. February 3, 2010 2:05 PM

    Cool idea, thanks for setting it up:

  39. February 3, 2010 5:05 PM

    And of course, today’s the day I launched my new blog, which broke that link. Here’s the updated link to my ‘Focused’ entry:

  40. February 3, 2010 9:26 PM

    I always intend to do something for Illustration Friday and never get around to it…I think this was the extra incentive I needed. Thanks!

  41. February 4, 2010 12:36 AM

    Greetings, Thomas!

    My first ever Illustration Friday offering…time to put in some drawing time and hone some skills.

    Only recently discovered your site — thanks for the invaluable info! I’ve been bookmarkin’ like crazy…


  42. February 4, 2010 3:05 AM

    Ey, I have the same problem as Denver just yesterday!
    Here I go Again:

    Illustration Friday is a perfect place to grow as illustrator and a good way way to make some self-discipline exercise.
    Thanks for the EFII!

  43. February 4, 2010 4:10 AM

    Hi Thomas,
    here is my submission for Illustration Friday – Focused

    Kind Regards

  44. February 4, 2010 5:33 AM

    I’m not entering the contest, but here’s my take on the topic:

    (And thanks to Thomas’ instructions, I set up my blog-folio at WP.)

    There are some really great interpretations of this week’s topic here!

  45. February 4, 2010 6:36 AM

    “Focused” link
    Thanks for checking it out.

  46. February 4, 2010 9:50 AM

    Here’s my Illustration Friday submission:


  47. February 4, 2010 1:00 PM

    Here is my post for “focused”. Thanks for the great podcast and contest!

  48. February 4, 2010 1:14 PM

    Here’s my link for IF’s “focused”:

    Unfortunately Edwin misunderstood when he was told to sit in the corner and keep his eyes glued to the wall…

  49. February 4, 2010 1:31 PM

    Here is mine:
    Great work guys an gals :)


  50. February 4, 2010 4:41 PM

    My entry for this week’s Illustration Friday: Focused:

  51. February 4, 2010 5:32 PM

    Hi, Here’s my image for Illustration Fridays – Focused


  52. February 4, 2010 6:47 PM

    hope you all like my IF focused

    thanks Darryn

  53. February 4, 2010 6:56 PM

    I haven’t set my sights on participating every week this month, but I happened to be able to this week! Great challenge!


  54. February 4, 2010 7:05 PM

    Phew, made it! Here’s my submission:

  55. February 4, 2010 9:45 PM

    My entry:
    Triptych in watercolor and graphite on paper.

  56. gonzalexx permalink
    February 4, 2010 10:07 PM

    Just posted my first ever Illustration Friday submission.
    Here’s my blog post!
    The topic was “Focused”.
    This was done based on a sketch of myself meditating.
    I really rushed this, but that was part of my “experiment”.
    Deadlines can really be motivation, and I forced myself, even though there were many time obstacles this week, to do this with very little time to spare, just to see what I could produce in a very tight pinch.
    Great exercise!

  57. February 4, 2010 10:10 PM

    Here is my entry for this week :)

  58. February 4, 2010 10:12 PM

    My IF submission for “Focused!”

  59. February 4, 2010 11:04 PM

    I try to do IF now and then. It cool to see a challenge on another blog advocate participation!

    Here’s mine for “focused” this week.

  60. Veronika Marosy permalink
    February 5, 2010 3:50 AM

    Hi everyone!

    It is quite last moment, but I’ve managed it to finally put it on paper during my hectic week (that’s not even over yet…:) )

    Here it is :

  61. February 5, 2010 5:53 AM

    This looks like fun! I like the Hellboy movies.

    The Begging Zone

  62. February 5, 2010 6:46 AM

    This a great idea for a contest. Awesome interview with Drew Struzan too. Can’t wait to see the DVD. Here’s my illo for this week.

  63. Oscar Rubio permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:02 AM

    First time ever!!!! Great page and people here.

  64. February 5, 2010 9:17 AM

    I know I’m late, it’s not the first time since I started my IF challenge in December, but I did it!! Hope you like it.

  65. February 5, 2010 9:32 AM

    Sign me up. Great contest idea. Here is my entry for ‘Focused’

  66. February 5, 2010 12:21 PM

    Too late for the contest maybe, but I just wanted to join the conversation and share my work. I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out:

    • February 5, 2010 12:59 PM

      Hello Rod. Actually, I originally posted the deadline as today by mistake, so I’m still accepting entries for one more day. You made it!

  67. February 5, 2010 3:50 PM

    Hooray! I’ll have more reason to keep up with it through the rest of February, now.

  68. February 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    Ah! Why the date changed?… well here is my illustration anyway :)…

    • February 5, 2010 5:18 PM

      Don’t worry Ruben. You’ll be entered in the contest. I’m still accepting entries today, but the deadline for all other weeks is Thursday. Cheers!

      • February 6, 2010 4:49 PM

        Cool! haha I thought i was driving myself crazy… i swear i saw a 5 instead of a 4… hahaha… :P Cheers to you too!

  69. mcmatz permalink
    February 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    Here’s my entry. A lot of ideas but this kept sticking with me.

  70. mrstrongest permalink
    February 5, 2010 5:37 PM

    I thought the deadline was Friday the 5th! Did I fail to FOCUS?? Oh, well…

    • February 5, 2010 9:17 PM

      Don’t worry. This week I’m accepting them until tonight because I got the deadline wrong, but all other weeks the deadline is Thursday. Thanks for submitting!

  71. Kristina Spencer permalink
    February 5, 2010 8:03 PM

    Hi! I just found out about this site not too long ago and I really wanted to participate in this.

    • Kristina Spencer permalink
      February 5, 2010 8:11 PM

      Almost forgot the thumbnail…

  72. February 6, 2010 11:29 AM

    Argh…I thought I had already posted mine here but I don’t see it. I did it though. Honest.


  73. February 6, 2010 2:18 PM

    well I’ll be posting anyway.. I didn’t get to put the link on time because of important reasons but here it is:

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