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Meet the New EFII Team!

October 7, 2011

Hey fellow Illustrators!

I’m very excited to announce that the EFII Network (Escape from Illustration Island, Illustration Age, etc.) is taking the first steps towards being a group-run effort. I’m not only relieved to share the reins after more than 2 years of running the show almost entirely by myself, but also eager and grateful for the chance to welcome some new perspectives to our growing network of resources for Illustrators.

The best part is, this move will help to ensure the EFII Network as a sustainable source of inspiration for years to come.

Here’s a look at the current EFII crew:

Thomas James – Editor/Creative Director

Thomas James is an Illustrator whose work has appeared  in The Los Angeles Times, Seven Days, The City Paper, The Chicago Reader, The Portland Mercury, and many others, and has been recognized by American Illustration. He is also the Editor/Art Director of the popular Illustration website and podcast, Escape from Illustration Island, and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the ICON Illustration Conference.

Kelly Weed Stanley – Assistant Editor

Kelly is a freelance Illustrator whose work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and showcased in a number of galleries around Utah. Some of Kelly’s current clients are the stores Flora and Crafty Wonderland in Portland, Oregon.

Marjolein Caljouw – Assistant Editor

Marjolein Caljouw is an illustrator/artist. She helps people who need illustrations for magazines, books, apps, etc. but also makes (wall)paintings with acrylics and oilpaint. Visit her website here:

Mark Kaufman – Assistant Editor

Long story short. Mark Kaufman is a partner at Vivitiv, an issue oriented design firm based in Seattle. His illustrations have appeared in publications nationwide including The New York Times, The Progressive, The Stranger, and The Oxford American. –

Thanks to these fine folks for helping to make the EFII Network a reliable (and growing) resource, and thanks to YOU, our fellow artists for your continued support and for giving us plenty of reasons to keep this thing going.

Thomas James

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 1:12 PM

    Sounds Great! Escape from Illustration has been such a great source for me, I’m excited about whatever is coming up next. Thank you for doing what you do!

  2. October 8, 2011 1:05 AM

    I am quite new to EFII but I find it a fun and interesting spot to drop by. All the best.

  3. October 8, 2011 3:41 PM

    This is great news. I hope there will be a podcast soon, yours are the best. I miss listening to the interviews of diffenent illustrators, art directors and agents.

  4. October 9, 2011 10:45 PM

    Great! You’re doing a great job Tomas and having some friends to help will hopefully make it all more joyful and even more inspiring to work with. Good luck and it will be nice to follow EFIIs success story into the future.

  5. October 10, 2011 9:12 AM

    Thanks for the enthusiastic support, everyone. I would expect nothing less from you:)

  6. October 10, 2011 9:46 AM

    Great news indeed! Keep on rockin’ and big thanks again for your and the whole crew’s passion in all this stuff. I’m looking forward to the next podcast/interview/ICON news/anything!

  7. October 11, 2011 10:33 PM

    hey, great to see Marjolein (a Dutchy!) there, can’t wait for new updates!


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