I heart Autumn & so does Ben The Illustrator.
autumn part 2

Check these out. Ben the Illustrator sent these my way, and it’s a reminder to us that Autumn is not all that bad. Ben said, “I know a lot of people aren’t so keen on Autumn, end of the Summer and all that, but I’ve always loved it, something lush and melancholy and inspiring. You have to embrace Autumn as much as any other season, you don’t have a choice. I might do more of these if I get a chance before Winter hits us!”

I couldn’t agree with you more, Ben.

autumn part 1

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Interview: Jim Bradshaw

Enter the land of Jim Bradshaw and you will find yourself lost in a sketchy sea of unusual, friendly and sometimes menacing characters.

Jim’s hectic characters recently made it to the small screen when Canadian teen channel VRAKtv featured his distinctive drawings in a recent ad campaign.


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Lucky for us, Jim has managed to pull him self away from his sketchbook in order to answer a few questions for us at ILikeCharacters.com. Without further ado, let the questioning commence!

SteveRack (SR):
Why do you draw characters?

I can’t stop. They pop into my head and demand to be drawn. Sometimes at three or four in the morning. They can be pushy little boogers. Ever since I was able to hold a pencil and watch my dad draw and doodle, I was hooked on the way I could create little worlds and characters to inhabit them.





Do you have any favorite character designs, or do you love them all equally?

I am really fond of a little tree trunk guy that has been showing up in my moleskine doodles a lot lately. And there is this little bottle of hot sauce with boxing gloves, and many more. My characters are always recurring in my illustrations in different contexts, a lot like recurring dreams.



What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on so far?

I just got done pitching a show for a major cartoon network. They contacted me based on seeing my stuff on Flickr. Although I just found out that they weren’t going for it because I had this outer space theme going and they were already in development with a space theme, but I still loved having the opportunity. They asked me to pitch again. I am now going to see what else I can do with those characters and maybe even the premise.


What’s in the future for Jim Bradshaw?

I want to try all kinds of stuff. I need to get back to more regular freelance illustration. I’m really into the vinyl and plush toy market. I have 2 children’s books published and would like to do more with my updated style and my own writing this time. Maybe a zine or web comic. I want to market my characters and get into the whole license thing. More gallery work. And a host of other things as time allows.



Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere. Nature, other artists, the internet, design mags, dreams, God, movies, music, Flickr, vintage cartoons, etc. The list could go on forever.



What do you think makes a great character design?

I like it to be unique. It should be marketable. It needs to make people happy when they see it and make them feel like they just have to get their hands on it. Lots of personality should just drip out of it.


Who’s characters are you digging at the moment?

64 Colors with their Marshall the marshmallow is hot! Lot’s of fun stuff happening in the urban toy market. Brian Taylor (Candykiller), Alberto Cerritino, Noferin (PecanPals) and Meomi are just a few of the many people doing great characters right now. And I will never stop digging George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Ignatz mouse from way back in the day or Calvin & Hobbes. Pixar keeps knocking it out of the park. I’m hooked on most of the Nintendo characters. I love that little cleaning bot in WALL-E. Warning! Contaminant! Again, the list could go on forever.


Where can I buy your artwork?

Right now the only place is ivoteforart.com but I plan on getting more active in making my stuff available for sale. Oh yeah, at this moment I have a bunch of original pieces that have been posted various times on my blog and Flickr, but they aren’t organized in a for sale section but maybe should be. I’ve been holding off on that until I create an online shop, but have been waiting for there to be other stuff to offer. Things like prints, tee shirts and much more.


If you could be any character in the world (just for one day), who would you be?

Questions like these always make my brain go blank. Let’s go with Hobbes. He pretty much has my obnoxious sense of humor and personality, and gets to go on many insane little adventures.

Thanks Jim for a great interview! And good luck with all of your future projects. For more on Jim Bradshaw please check out the following links.

Jim Bradshaw’s Flickr

The Horrible Swamp Creature

Another cool character by Jess Bradley: www.jessbradley.com

101st Wonderland Character: Contest!
This is Bobberflop.

He was left out of my (Steve Rack) 100 Wonderland Characters that currently feature at the ‘Wonderland’ Inkygoodness exhibition at the VAAD Gallery in Birmingham, UK.

You can win the original art of the above picture of Bobberflop over at www.steverack.com. To enter the contest and win Bobberflop press HERE!

As soon as the winner is anounced on the 29th September here at ILikeCharacters.com, all of the 100 Wonderland characters will be revealed to those of you that are unable to make it to the VAAD Gallery. The ‘Wonderland’ exhibition runs until the 27th of September, and the gallery is open daily 11:00AM – 6:00PM. For more information about Inkygoodness press HERE.

To enter the contest and win Bobberflop press HERE!

The Blu Hatter & Jolly Blu
Every now and then I see an piece or art and I think, “Wow…”.

Then there are times when my jaw drops.


Check out this character by Chris Malbon of www.mcfaulstudio.com.

In his own words…

The Blu Hatter. This dude is insane. The Blu Hatter can not control his disturbing thoughts, which is no bad thing, but when your thoughts materialize into real everyday living beings or objects, then its a problem. His world is populated by his craziness. The more he thinks, the crazier it gets: over populated and over the edge. You have to be mad in the first place to even find yourself here. It’s a beautiful, colorful and amazing place, but if you value your insanity you will keep well away.

And below is another piece of character art by Chris Malbon called Jolly Blu:
In Chris’s words:

Jolly Blu. A true pirate – but he’s not after your materialistic riches, but your mind, your thoughts and memories. If you or your crew are unlucky enough to meet him, he will suck them right out of you. It’s not a pretty site, and very messy. You will become a zombie, a shell, a ghost, you will sail the open seas for the rest of days; your mind in a fog, We all know the tales of ghost ships…meet the cause.

More awesome characters by Chris Malbon will feature later this month, so please keep a look out.

Marcel Trindade

Brazilian Marcel Trindade started a career as illustrator one year ago.

These little monsters were inspired by people Marcel met in the small town he used to live.



Felt Mistress & Jon Burgerman ‘Hipsters’ Available Online
felt mistress

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Inspector Cumulus
Jonathan Edwards can now reveal that Inspector Cumulus will be a vinyl figure available from Crazy Label in 2010!

Here is a sneak peek.


A Monster A Day!

Wayne Harris

ILikeCharacters.com presents Wayne Harris: freelance illustrator and character designer. Here are just a few of his designs. A bit later in the month, Wayne’s take on The Hulk will be featured, so keep your eyes peeled.



Madi’s Sketchbook
It’s great being able to take a peek in an artist’s sketchbook. Here is a look at some of Madi’s (from Madi Illustration) character drawings.



The “COSMIC CAMOUFLAGE” Skulloctopus Edition RELEASE

This is a collaborative ultra limited edition of only 5 pieces. The edition is a custom hand paint by DAX from CRYSTALGLOWCHROME on a clear green Japan made vinyl Skulloctopus by Plaseebo (Bob Conge). Each of the five pieces in this edition has a unique paint pattern. They also have swirled glass eye inserts and color-gel brain inserts that are illuminated by a motion activated color changing LED unit in the head.

This edition will be available from the Plaseebo web store this Friday, Sept. 11th at noon EST.

DGPH Workshop
DGPH fabro website

DGPH invite you to their first design workshop in Buenos Aires. It is a 3 day workshop about character design, applications, art design and toys. The workshop will be done at design store, FABRO.

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Bat Milk

Anyone thirsty for some Bat Milk? This cool design is by Thomas Hamlyn-Harris: www.inavatof.com

Visit Thomas’s website, where you can download a free paper toy called the Vendor: What is a Vendor? Press HERE to find out.

September 8, 2009, 10:41 am
Filed under: Art, Websites | Tags: Bubblefriends, Bubi Au Yeung, Gleepark, Julian James, Linosso, New Sugar, Stephen Chan, Steve Rack, Thunder Chunky
What do you get when you mix Bubblefriends, Bubi Au Yeung, Steve Rack, Julian James, Stephen Chan and whole bunch of other mad characters artists with a chat box, customizable profile pages, a forum, along with an opportunity to exhibit character art?

What you get is a wonderful place called Gleepark.



Gleepark is soooo new that myself (Steve Rack), Bubi, Bubblefriends and Stephen Chan were some of the first character artists to take over the front page chat box, and then we had a little competition to see who could upload the most pictures first!

Gleepark is the brainchild of character lover, Linosso. On his very own Gleepark profile page Linosso states, “Maybe today I actually live my childhood-dream: To make people smile and brighten their day by a piece of poetry, characters and pictures – is this not a kind of magic?

Linosso contacted ILikeCharacters.com a few days ago to tell us all about his exciting new site, and I am more than happy to spread the good news!

Go visit Gleepark now. Sign up and see who’s online. 😀

Deanna Halsall

Cute character art by Deanna Halsall – I love the pet pencil sharpener.

September 7, 2009, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Exhibitions, Toys | Tags: Adeline Affre, AK, Art Toys, Arthur de Pins, Artizarnal, Arttoys, Bunka, Bwana Spoons, character art, DGPH, Easy Hey, Fakir, Gate, Grapheart, Gregos, iLK, JC/DC, Ketty Sean, Laura Satana, Manuel Angot, Martin Ontiveros, Mikkymixx, Motorbot, Niark1, Odo, Ohm, Parskid, Paul Kaiju, Phu, Pocket Wookie, Reactor 88, Seb Lyky, Sich, Stan, Stephane Levallois, Studio Buro, Sunny Buick, Tado, Tan-Ki, Tristan Eaton, Tyrsa, Yomek Piecemaker

Look who is taking part is this awesome event:

Adeline Affre, AK, Arthur de Pins, Artizarnal, Bunka, Bwana Spoons, DGPH, Easy Hey, Fakir, Gate, Grapheart, Gregos, iLK, JC/DC, Ketty Sean, Laura Satana, Manuel Angot, Martin Ontiveros, Mikkymixx, Motorbot, Niark1, Odo, Ohm, Parskid, Paul Kaiju, Phu, Pocket Wookie, Reactor 88, Seb Lyky, Sich, Stan, Stephane Levallois, Studio Buro, Sunny Buick, Tado, Tan-Ki, Tristan Eaton, Tyrsa, Yomek Piecemaker


For more info go here.