Jillian Tamaki

Hemispheres Cover

Sep 15th, 2009

Here’s another Hemispheres Magazine cover. This one, like the last one, also had to do with Chicago. In this case, the Olympic Bid. There was a bit of criteria with this one. The client specifically requested a skyline (never the most fun to do, in my opinion, not being the most architecturally minded). The deadline was also very, very short. This was completed start to finish over 3 days, if I recall.

I now honestly feel like I must know Chicago’s skyline better than New York’s. Oy.

AD Rob Hewitt.

In Other News

Sep 14th, 2009

Skim has been translated to JAPANESE. Whoo! As you can see, a lot has changed about the book, including the title. You can order it from amazon.co.jp.

This is really nuts. Two Japanese-Canadian ladies, whose family has been in Canada for over 100 years, release a book about a suburban Japanese-Canadian girl living what I consider a quintessential suburban Canadian life and is now speaking Japanese. The world is very big but also very small.

In other news, I’ve picked up a class at SVA this semester, pinch hitting for an instructor on mat leave (congrats, Lauren!). Sophomore Drawing for Cartoonists. There is still room in the class if you are interested. You will have to contact the dept directly.

(photos courtesy Mariko Tamaki)

Streets of Soho Pt 3

Sep 12th, 2009

(Final Part, as Fashion Week is now OVER.)

Only two male models.

Personally I think the key to DRAWING a beautiful female face is a bit of masculinity in it… I think it gives an edge to the form. Actually, the reverse is true too. A bit of femininity in a male face to soften it up. In real life, of course, all bets are off.

Do the Bartman

Sep 10th, 2009

This Slate article, about the “urbanization” of cartoon characters, reminded me of the My Best Thriftstore Purchase ever.

This may not make total sense to people who were not 11 in 1991.

Basically, the Simpsons was not simply an unfunny show that’s been on since you before you can remember. In the 1990s when it was new, it was The Rage and Bart t-shirts were very very VERY popular amongst the age set we now call “tweens”. They were somewhat controversial because Bart (or his alter-ego Bartman) would say things like, “Underachiever and Proud of It” and, well, that’s just a completely inappropriate attitude to have as a young person.

I found this shirt in the North Value Village in Calgary and it makes me really happy. I can see the earnest face of a youngster begging for a Bart t-shirt and a mom insisting there’s no need to buy one because she “can make a perfectly good shirt… and for half the price!”

Mom isn’t too good at planning stuff out beforehand, as you can see. “I’m Bart Simpson, Who the ‘H’ are you”? I don’t think that’s really how it went. Oh, and Bart doesn’t have teeth. Just so you know.

Moms just don’t understand.

Streets of Soho Pt 2

Sep 9th, 2009

Streets of Soho Pt 1

Sep 8th, 2009

Joy! It’s Fashion Week again. 14-year-olds from all across the land are hitting the streets with subway maps and their shiny black books, turning heads and causing misery for New York women.

These were done w/ ink and pencil. I like the effect.

Swine Flu

Sep 5th, 2009

This was a ridiculously quick turnaround for the Washington Post Style section. The call came in around 12ish and it was sent by 3.45. Sometimes that quick newspaper stuff ends up being fairly “lucrative” if you consider the $/hour.

Super Deep Narratives

Sep 3rd, 2009

Present and Upcoming

Sep 3rd, 2009


Here are some recent developments:

I am now on Drawger. I think I’ll mostly be cross-posting the more “in-depth” entries from here over there… think of it as the Cliffs Notes version of this blog. Or Greatest Hits. Which sounds less pompous? Anyway, if you subscribe to this one (thank-you!), you won’t miss anything.

If you’re unfamiliar with Drawger, it’s got some interesting stuff. I like seeing Yuko’s process and Chris Buzelli’s sketches and peeking into peoples’ studios (Carl Wien’s, in this case).

Sam and I are giving a lecture in St. Louis in October.

[UPDATED] October 27, 2009
6pm Reception, 6:30pm Lecture
Sam Fox School, Steinberg Auditorium
Free and open to the public

All info here.

That’s it for now. If you’re a student, welcome back to class…

New Apartment

Sep 2nd, 2009

Click to enlarge (as always).