Illustrator's Circle


Members of the Illustrator's Circle are the backbone of this community.

As a member, we prioritize the promotion of your illustrations in our publications and Featured Collections.

As a member, you have exclusive access to three special programs: Play Along, Draw Along, and Learn Along.

Not a member? Join here!


As a member, your subscription dollars help pay for site enhancements, including:

 Additional sizes! Like squares.
 One site! Merging Cook and Travel.
 New themes! Like "Gardens" or "Pets"
 Better features! Like galleries and exhibitions.

We appreciate your belief in this platform—we could not do it with you!


PLAY ALONG is an ongoing series of theme-based prompts created to get you started on your next great illustration. 

Current theme:

It's all Greek to me!
Create an illustration that celebrates Greece—its scenery and "cuisinery!" 
Due date: Jun 30 at Midnight EST
Read the Creative Brief

Past themes:

My Happy Meal
Illustrate a meal that makes you happy!
Duration: Mar 15 - May 15, 2021
See the submissions

My Happy Place
Illustrate a place that makes you happy!
Duration: Mar 15 - May 15, 2021
See the submissions

Future Themes:

Chill Out!
A-Z + World Maps
Scary Great
 Feeling Festive


DRAW ALONG is an monthly series of Zoom events with Nate & Salli to add a creative spark to your illustration practice.

Next event:

Ask Us Anything...about Greeting Cards!
As a follow-up to our recently dispatched "Greeting Cards 101" topic, we will host an open forum in which participants can ask us questions about the greeting card business.
Date: Thu, Jun 17, 11:30-12:30pm EST
Link: Emailed to members prior to event

Drawing & Talking
An open forum in which participants can join in on a free-flowing conversation about creativity, while we all draw a still life.
Date: Tue, Jun 29, 11:30-12:30pm EST
Link: Emailed to members prior to event

Past events:

Am I Dreaming?
Strengthening conceptual thinking skills.
Fri, May 28, 2021

Creating your Happy Illustration
Creating a narrative-based illustration.
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Future events:

Ask Us Anything...about Greeting Cards
One Shape, Many Forms
Creating Playful Hand Lettering
The Importance of Personal Projects
Pure Abstraction
A Special Guest!


LEARN ALONG is an bi-monthly email that contains a design exercise that will flex your illustration style and boost your creative thinking skills.

Next topic:

Wake Up and Draw the Coffee! 

Past topics:

The Greeting Card Business
10 Ways to Draw Brocolli
Breaking Color Boundaries
Learning to Draw a Bicycle

Future topics:

Blind Color Palettes
 Scale Matters
Make Your Own Font
How to Draw Something You Can't Draw
Doodle Theory: Monsters!
Holiday Greeting Cards
 Nestle In & Draw Close: Thankfulness
Stack Up Your Favorite Things