Jillian Tamaki


Mar 31st, 2010

(duvet cover)

Sometimes when the duvet is all messed up it can be hard to find this little man, which is oddly delightful. He’s off having an adventure.


Mar 30th, 2010


Mar 28th, 2010


Welcome to the new home of my Sketchblog. For reasons that are super annoying and boring, I cannot keep publishing from the old address. This one has the catchier name of blog.jilliantamaki.com AND I can post bigger pictures too. That’s good!

Pretty, pretty please won’t you update your RSS and bookmarks? It would make me so very happy. Even though I haven’t allowed comments, I *truly* appreciate you (1000+ subscribers!) reading my blog and maybe hope you’re inspired to make your own smarmy, messy drawings.

I’m very sorry, but I will eventually be deleting my old blog in a week or so to avoid confusion. I know that may screw up a lot of peoples’ links. I’m sorry. Those posts are still here, archived. Here are some links to the most popular posts:

Thoughts on a Sketchbook

Idea Generation

Drawing Animals

Thank-you again and sorry for any inconvenience.

Miss Hawthorne’s Crime

Mar 28th, 2010

Artist as Author: Parsons Symposium

Mar 25th, 2010

I think I’m going to try to check this out this weekend. I caught a bit of the last Parsons symposium and there were some good speakers. Others were a bit dry (such is the risk at any conference-type thing).

I applaud Parsons (particularly Steven Guarnaccia and Nora Krug) for trying to speak about bigger topics concerning illustration. Many of these panels, talks, etc., are about self-promotion, getting started in the industry, demos, etc. Information people want to hear, for sure, but in my mind, less inspirational.


The Artist as Author — a symposium on self-illustrated texts in history and contemporary practice.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 3 – 8:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 5th Floor, 66 West 12th Street, NYC
Free and open to the public

Patrica Mainardi (CUNY Graduate Center) on Popular Prints and Comics.
Emily Lauer, (MA MPhil CUNY) on William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair illustrations
David Kurnick (Rutgers University) on The Theatrical Impulse and the Illustrated Novel.
Ben Katchor (Parsons The New School) on Picture-recitation.
Jerry Moriarty (School of Visual Arts) presents his latest project: Whatsa Paintoonist?


Too-Busy Bees

Mar 25th, 2010

I’m on the NYTimes Op-Ed page today, illustrating an article (by a University of Calgary professor no less!) about an alternate take on colony collapse.

This one was a nailbiter. Thanks AD Aviva Michaelov.

O Spots

Mar 24th, 2010

These were super super tiny spots (maybe an inch by an inch?) that are in this month’s O Magazine. It was for a package about marriages.


Mar 24th, 2010

Concerned Feminist

Mar 23rd, 2010

Men in Black Shoes are Rectifying the Situation

Mar 22nd, 2010