Jillian Tamaki

THIS Magazine

Feb 28th, 2009

Hi Canadians,

I’m currently featured in the venerable THIS Magazine. I haven’t read the article yet. I think it’s mostly about Skim and speaks a bit to the Governor General’s Award controversy (which, amusingly, seems to have its own subheading in Wikipedia).

Check it out! Support magazines! You can throw them in your bag and never be without reading material on public transit!

(Thanks to Drew Nelles, who conducted the interview!)


Feb 27th, 2009

Test your knowledge of Canadian Hip-Hop.

Little Mushrooms

Feb 27th, 2009

Maira Lincoln

Feb 27th, 2009

I know I post everything Maira Kalman does with the Times, but I think this one is my favourite by far.

In Love With A Lincoln.

Two for the Road

Feb 26th, 2009

Tatsuro Kiuchi (above) and Alexandra Falagara (below) are two of my favourite illustrators right now (ie. they make me feel bad about myself).

Gold Dog

Feb 25th, 2009

Gold Cloak

Feb 25th, 2009

(made from wrapping paper too sumptuous to throw away)

Reflecting… On Composition

Feb 23rd, 2009

Updating lapse! Busy busy creating illustrations for you and me.

Paul Gravett recently interviewed me for a speech and article he was writing about Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) and its influence on modern manga. Here’s the article, which appeared in the Royal Academy Magazine. Paul is such a fantastic educator and it’s great to hear his thoughts on an comics topic.

My blurb is about composition.

It’s a topic I’ve been bringing up a lot lately with students. Actually, it’s something I think about a lot, in general. Composition is just the design of the picture. It’s something I believe one should consider carefully, because if the design is bad you’re pretty much screwed from the get-go. Usually the culprit if one’s reaction to the image is “meh”.

Maybe I’ll write a manifesto on it one day, but not today (see first sentence).


Feb 18th, 2009

These are cut paper collage thingies.


Had a few people forward me this! Cool. Even though the colour (since we’re on the topic) is completely blown out and a piece of me dies every time I see it. Not to be dramatic about it or anything. Original.

Another note: I will be participating on yet another panel. This time about illustration, a topic I can say I feel relatively confident discussing (comics panels are another matter… I feel like an impostor and it’s only a matter of time before someone in the back screams, “SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT!!!”). Anyhoo. If you want to come here are the details:


Society of Publication Designers @ FIT Speaker Series

DWI: Do It With Illustration
Under the Influence with Today’s Most Arresting Illustrators

Tuesday, March 3rd
7:00 – 8:30pm
FIT Katie Murphy Amphitheater
27th and 7th Avenue, Building D
Doors open at 6:30pm

Student Fee: $5 at the door
Professional Fee: $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Make reservations on the SPD web site: http://www.spd.org/

Come and meet six of the brightest illustrators working today. Hear how they create the images that inform, seduce and enlighten us on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. From cover portraits of President Obama to adjusting to life in the suburbs to packaging for sexual lubricant creams (!) to the pitfalls of job-hunting — get an inside view on how these artists tackle a broad range of topics and their perspectives (illustratively speaking), on politics, work, life and love.

The 6 presenting illustrators for the panel discussion and Q&A will include:

• Peter Arkle
• Juliette Borda
• Christopher Silas Neal
• Tim O’Brien
• Katherine Streeter
• Jillian Tamaki

Moderated by Mark Heflin, Director, American Illustration and American Photography

And, don’t miss the pre-show screening of the American Illustration 25th Anniversary Timeline movie at 6:45pm where 25 illustrators were each asked to illustrate one year in AI’s 25 year publishing history. It’s a look back at events that shaped our lives and a quarter-century overview of illustration by 25 of the industry’s superstars.


Maison Martin Margiela

Feb 16th, 2009

Tyra said there’d be days like this.

View slideshow at style.com