Jillian Tamaki

Leg Alphabet

Jan 18th, 2008

White on Black

Jan 16th, 2008

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte

Jan 15th, 2008

Looking for MoCCA Table

Jan 14th, 2008

I’m looking to buy a 1/2 table for the MoCCA festival in June. If you’re selling your spot, let me know. You can contact me at:
jill (AT) jilliantamaki (DOT) com.



Jan 14th, 2008

I really love maps. I think they’re such an engaging way of conveying information. I occasionally do illustrated maps, though I’m by no means a virtuoso mapmaker. I’m currently working on one for National Geographic Adventure magazine and stumbled upon this amazing site called Strange Maps, which catalogues maps of all different kinds including:

The Illustrated

The Satirical (“How Japan Sees America” map)

and The Fantastic (“The Land of Oz”… shaped like Kansas)

Below are a few of my illustrated maps.


Jan 10th, 2008

Hi guys, sorry I haven’t been posting a lot of sketchbook stuff lately… I have been very busy with editorial stuff, but hopefully that’ll mean lots of cool new portfolio pieces (right?!).

Anyhow, here’s a NYTimes Slideshow about the movie Persepolis narrated by Marjane Satrapi and Vincet Paronnaud. Sam and I saw the movie a few weeks ago and thought it quite a good adaptation; the slideshow shows quite a bit of the beautiful artwork. I love how they translated and embellished upon the original drawings. I read some reviews of the graphic novels that felt that the art was too crude or simplified, but I thought they were effective. They were almost pictograms, and the rawness reflected the content.

(P.S. If you’re going to be at the ALA conference in Philadelphia this weekend, stop by and see me at the Groundwood/House of Anansi table!)

Artists Against the War

Jan 7th, 2008

Slideshow from the Society of Illustrators.


Jan 6th, 2008

… or Rasputin?

W.B. Yeats

Jan 5th, 2008

This piece was awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators this year, which pleases me immensely. The sketches aren’t too horrific so I thought I’d share them.

The article, for Esquire, was explained to be me as “about how poetry can get you girls”. If you’re interested in that theory, you can read the article here.

Art direction by Darhil Crooks.

Italian Vogue

Jan 2nd, 2008

Sometimes you just see something that touches your Aesthetic Soul. Full photoshoot by Steven Meisel here.