Crush Illustration Collective is a group of eight illustrators that have come together to support and challenge each other. We dwell in seven different states; in three different time zones; on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and in between.

So what’s the connection? It all started at ICON, The Illustration Conference, in Austin in July of 2016. Woo, it was hot! A few of us met during the workshops and conference breaks, talked about our passion for illustration, and hung out noshing on BBQ and vegetarian food, forging friendships that would continue online. A Facebook group was formed post-conference where over two dozen illustrators share work-in-progress and gather feedback—a virtual critique group. One day, Laura put out a call to the group, to see if any of us wanted to form a collective. After lots of discussion and strategizing, we hatched a plan. For the next few months we worked diligently toward launching in May 2017.

We will post the results of our group illustration challenges here and on our social media accounts, so please follow along! We will also be together in real life at the next ICON, so expect to see posts from Detroit next July. Thanks for checking us out!