Jillian Tamaki

Louie Sam

Nov 11th, 2008

This is one of my favourite projects from the last few months.

The story was for the Walrus, a progressive magazine from Canada. It tells the story of one of the few lynchings to occur in Canada–that of a young First Nations man named Louie Sam. Read it here. It will also give you background information on the strange costuming in these pictures.

Cover and Interior illustrations. Rejected sketches:

Preliminary sketch for cover. I wanted to do this loose, almost journalistic style and I did this study to sell it to the Art Director, Brian Morgan. He kinda dug it.

I just think this looks cool. A snapshot of what remained when the top line is removed (at some point in the process).

"Illustration Week (?)"

Nov 10th, 2008

Sorry for the woeful lack of meaningful sketchbook posts as of late. I have been labouring mighty hard these days, including a kinda exciting Batman thingy (no, not for DC) that I will share with you in the upcoming weeks.

Did you know that this week is National Novel-Writing Month? In a further tip-of-the-hat to dubious pursuits, it is also apparently “Illustration Week”. Probably designations assigned by novel-writers and illustrators respectively. And so I touch off a week where I will be talking about illustration more than actually doing it. This has been happening alarmingly often as of late, and I’m not sure what to think about it.

Anyhow, tomorrow I’ll be judging the Society of Illustrators Editorial category with Joshy Cochran. Then, later a Times party to celebrate Skim’s Illustration Award. Then the AI party on Thursday, where I have been promised a “Mediterranean Feast” and “5 Open Bars”. Then Saturday, Parsons’ Picturing Politics Symposium, where hopefully I’ll catch Rutu Modan’s talk.

You can go to some of these events too! Follow the links. And maybe see you there?

Skim News

Nov 8th, 2008

Hello, there is Skim news.

Skim has been awarded a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. Holy. Crap. See other entries here in this slideshow. (As a tiny aside, there’s that weird “is a comic really an ‘illustrated book’?” dilemma again…)

Skim was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review today.

Skim has also was listed as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2008.

Skim will be released in the UK by Walker Books.

Skim is available for sale. Buy Skim.

I am also kinda, sorta, not really in this book, about the history of Illustration. My portrait of Wang ZhiZhi is featured on inside and back, but I’m not featured or anything. It’s an interesting book though. And by gods Heller and Chwast, so I’ll take what I can get.

Book Review: The Flying Troutmans

Nov 1st, 2008

An illustration from this weekend’s Book Review. Personally, I prefer Vivienne Flesher’s contribution to the section: