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

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:

A to Z
Illustrate your alphabet—lovely letters, terrific text! 
    (Due: Sep 24)
Read the Creative Brief

Future Themes:

Scary Great
    (Oct 1 to Oct 29)
 Feeling Festive
    (Nov 5 to Dec 22)

Past themes:

Chill Out!
Create an illustration that helps you beat the heat and keep you cool. 
    (May 26 - Aug 13, 2021)
See the Curated Gallery

It's all Greek to me!
Create an illustration that celebrates Greece—its scenery and "cuisinery!" 
    (May 19 - Jun 30, 2021)
See the Curated Gallery

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

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


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

Next events:

DRAW ALONG with August Wren!
This very special guest invites us in to her daily painting practice.
   (Sep 15, 11:30-12:30pm EST)
*Link emailed to members prior to event

The Importance of Personal Projects
Adding a creative break to your daily regimen.
   (Sep 29, 11:30-12:30pm EST)
*Link emailed to members prior to event

Future events:

Scary Great Kick-off!
    (Oct 7, 11:30-12:30pm EST)
Pure Abstraction
    (Oct 27, 11:30-12:30pm EST)
A Special Guest!
    (Dec 1, 11:30-12:30pm EST)

Past events:

A to Z Kickoff!
Brainstorm sesssion.

Creating Playful Hand Lettering
Tips and tricks to tackle text treatments.

One Shape, Many Forms
A fast-paced brainstorm technique.

Drawing & Talking!
Drawing a still life, talking about drawing.

Ask Us Anything...about Greeting Cards!
An open forum about greeting cards.

Am I Dreaming?
Strengthening conceptual thinking skills.

Creating your Happy Illustration
Creating a narrative-based illustration.



LEARN ALONG is an bi-monthly email design exercise that flexes your illustration style and boosts your creative thinking skills.

Next topic:

How to Draw Something You Can't Draw
    (Sep 21)

Future topics:

Doodle Theory: Monsters!
    (Oct 12)
Holiday Greeting Cards
    (Nov 2)
 Nestle In & Draw Close: Thankfulness
    (Nov 19)
Stack Up Your Favorite Things
    (Dec 14)

Past topics:

Make Your Own Font
Scale Matters
Blind Color Palettes
Wake Up and Draw the Coffee
The Greeting Card Business
10 Ways to Draw Brocolli
Breaking Color Boundaries
Learning to Draw a Bicycle