1. Illustration for Nautilus Magazineby ADC Member Jackie Ferrentino

January is ADC Illustration Month

It’s baaaaack! Illustration Month makes its triumphant return to the ADC Blog this coming January, and we want you to be involved! We had a great response from ADC Members the last go-around, and we know that this time will be even better.

We are looking to showcase ADC Members whose predominant talents lie in illustration, whether you’re a professional, a student or just a really keen amateur. Pen and ink, markers, watercolors, digital, whatever your preferred medium is, we are looking for you! Selected Members will then be featured on the ADC Blog and across our ever growing social media channels.

Keep in mind: while there is often a lot of overlap between illustrators and letterers/typographers, we are only looking for the former this time around. Don’t worry, hand lettering aficionados — your dedicated month is coming soon!

Of course you must be a current ADC Member to be featured on ADC. Not a member? Join or renew today.


Here’s what we’ll need from you:


  • Your headshot
  • Name
  • Location (City/State/Country)
  • Website
  • Contact info you’d like published (email/phone number/rep’s contact info if applicable)
  • Twitter handle (so we can share your feature with our extensive social media network)
  • Instagram handle (for the same reasons as Twitter)
  • 6–8 samples of your work to go alongside your feature (optimized for web)


Then, just answer the following:


  • Every kid’s parents has their artwork pinned to the refrigerator, but some kids were much more serious about their artwork than others. What was your childhood like, artistically speaking? Did you have the support of family and teachers, or did they want you to become a lawyer or something?
  • When did you think “Hey, I can make some sort of living from this”?
  • How would you best describe your style? Do you fight against having a particular style, or do you embrace your style as your “brand”?
  • Walk us through your usual process.
  • Tools of the trade: do you have any specific tools that you swear by? For instance, you’d be nothing if you didn’t have XYZ brand 2B pencils/ABC fountain pen etc. What’s so awesome about them?
  • What is the most challenging thing about a career in illustration?
  • Is there a particular project of yours of which you’re especially proud? What makes it so gratifying?
  • Cocktail party talk: how do you describe what you do to someone who isn’t in a creative field, and what’s the typical response you get from them?
  • Where do you most often seek out creative inspiration?
  • Which professional illustrators do you look up to and why? (links to their websites/work if possible)
  • At the end of the day, what do you love most about being n illustrator?



Please send your submissions — or any questions you might have — to me, Brett McKenzie, at bmckenzie@adcglobal.org

And hurry — the deadline for submissions is January 3, 2016!