Jillian Tamaki

Celia Neubauer

Aug 30th, 2009

One of the most influential teachers I ever had was Celia Neubauer. She wasn’t really an “official” teacher of mine and she definitely wouldn’t remember me– I was required by ACAD to take some make-up courses for credit so I took a very introductory course at Queens University (where I did my Foundation year) as an excuse to go back to Ontario and hang out.

As luck would have it, Ms. Neubauer was conducting the course. She was less interested in “drawing” (as I understood it) and more focused on “mark-making”, which was a very new, strange concept for me. The course left quite an impression, although obviously my work is in no way abstract. The lesson about mark-making is now, for me, about the broad strokes, relinquishing a degree of control about embracing “The Incidental”. It goes to show, you will never know where you’ll pick these things up.

Glove, Feather, Bottecap

Aug 28th, 2009

Mr. Mephistopheles

Aug 26th, 2009


Aug 25th, 2009

The Yearling

Aug 24th, 2009

Maybe inspired by this article/video.

Art Out Loud

Aug 24th, 2009

Lots of you are fans of a friend of mine, Sam Weber. If you would like to see Sam and other fantasy artists give a DEMO (super special!) at the Society of Illustrators, move quickly on this. Info here. It’s almost sold out.

NYTimes Letters Page

Aug 22nd, 2009

Here is a little one that is on today’s NYTimes Op-Ed page. Parents are employing expensive consultation and prep services for their Pre-K children so they can get into private schools.

AD Kim Bost.

Functional Squares

Aug 21st, 2009

Been thinking a lot about Josef and Anni Albers lately. I should probably get a book. (Anni above, Josef below) These always remind me of a teacher I had at Queens University who was all about colour squares. Did not get it at all at the time.

Four Lines

Aug 21st, 2009

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The Daughter Deficit

Aug 20th, 2009

This was a fairly quick-turnaround piece for this weekend’s New York Times Magazine about the lot of girls in developing nations. The article states that despite women’s increasing power in those countries, sons are still favoured and girls are still “going missing” at an alarming rate. The whole magazine is devoted to women’s issues, so it should be an interesting read.

Here are the sketches.

Thanks to Hilary Greenbaum and Julia Moburg.