When I began searching for illustration blogs, I was surprised at the lack of individual illustrator’s blogs. Instead I found that one person would host a blog and then many illustrators would show their work and sell it through that blog. However, I enjoyed this aspect as it was much easier to find the artist and many like them as well instead of searching in the dark so to speak.
I actually enjoyed the shared blogs more so than the individual blogs mostly for the way they were set up. In the case of Ape on the Moon it is one blog with authors who post on their own and others work. It article is tagged my medium and will include their own comments, as well as comments by the artist themselves. At the top is a line of pictures of others work that you can randomly select to read about as well, or you can also search by year. http://apeonthemoon.com/blog/
The same setup is used on the blog illustration friday. However instead of the authors writing on what they have found, every friday a theme is announced (last week the word was storm) and then artists have a week to create and upload their work. These submissions are what make up the home page and from there you can navigate through their market or by name. I feel that this is the most appealing blog I have found so far for reasons such as everything being incredibly currents as well as any age and talent can show on this site, not just the professionals. http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/
The last blog is more of what I thought I would find. An Illustrator’s Life For Me! is by Lynne Chapman a children’s book illustrator where the blog follows her current work and just about anything she feels like noting. Her’s actually really reminds me of the blogs we are running for class, in the simplicity and design of it. However I also enjoy the less professional feel of her blog, and in a sense it feels a lot more fun than the first two. I also enjoy the more personal feel of hers and the idea of that if I were to run a blog outside of the schools site, I think it would turn out a lot like hers. lynnechapman.blogspot.com