This page will link to inspirational blog posts (such as artist/illustrator highlights, interviews and other motivational posts) as well as artistic inspiration from all over the web.

Inspiration posts from the blog:

Street Art Melbourne post (and gallery of images)

Illustration Pinspiration Series:

1 Birds (April)

Inspiration around the web:

On specific illustrators/artists

Beatrix Potter’s Extraordinary Career– on the Etsy Blog

How I Draw by Quentin Blake

Feature on Erin Stead  and A Peek at Bob Staake’s Drawing Table on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Science Illustrator and Migrating Mural Creator Jane Kim’s website, Ink-Dwell

Creative Ideas

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life on Brain Pickings

What to Draw- A List and Why Artists & Illustrators should get a job on Pikaland

The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox on Pentagram

Illustration Careers

Becoming a professional illustrator: an insider’s guide by Emma Block on the Guardian (although this is written for those studying illustration, there are useful tips in there for everyone)

How to start your illustration career by Nate Williams


Judith Kerr– Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 – this radio interview really fascinating, listen if you can!! Also, Quentin Blake and Shirley Hughes. (unfortunately the original BBC links don’t work for me, these links go to an external site which seems to work well)

Oliver Jeffers author video, via Swiss Miss blog (lovely video!!)

The Art of Breakfast- a film about Danny Gregory Author of a number of wonderfully inspiring books about sketching and illustration including “An Illustrated Life”, “An Illustrated Journey” and “The Creative License”.

A Quiet Look- How to become a children’s book illustrator in one (not so easy) step– a lovely video about illustrator Renata Liwska, featuring her beautiful journals.

Illustrator Erin E Hunter paints a viper fish for the childrens’ book, ‘A Day in the Deep’ by Kevin Kurtz

Amadeo Bachar paints a yellowtail. Amadeo Bachar is a freelance  artist who teaches scientific illustration- a must watch video of his watercolor painting of yellow tail fish, from start to finish

Yelena Bryksenkova shows the process of creating one of her beautiful illustrations– this time a horse- a lovely video

Erin E. Hunter is a natural history illustrator. In this video she shows her process for illustrating a spread in the childrens’ book ‘A Day in the Deep’ featuring a viperfish

James Gurney’s Parakeet Artist- just for fun!!

The very talented Will Terrells youtube videos are perfect for when you need a little bit of a pick me up- combining awesome art tips with wisdom about life too. Watch them all!!


2 thoughts on “Inspiration”

  1. Hi Emma! I love your blog and really appreciate your “Inspiration” page. I am a huge fan of Quentin Blake but had not seen these videos–fabulous! A book you might like, if you don’t already have it is “An Illustrated Life” by Danny Gregory. Your sketches are lovely; so glad I’ve found your blog!

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