Jillian Tamaki

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Revelations

May 31st, 2010

Green Man

May 31st, 2010

Highly Evolved 8-Year-Old

May 27th, 2010

Sometimes I feel distinctly OVEREDUCATED. I tell students that they should become masters of their chosen medium, and that is true if you’re to be able to survive as a working illustrator. However, as I recently said to Frank, my sincerest wish is to draw like a highly evolved 8-year-old. Drawing from a purer, more instinctual place, not one of virtuosic control.

American Psycho

May 26th, 2010

A very quick spot illustration of Patrick Bateman, of American Psycho, for Bloomberg Businessweek. I think it was about business in fiction. AD Robert Vargas.


May 24th, 2010


May 23rd, 2010

I wasn’t planning on sketchbooking today, but Photoshop will NOT STOP CRASHING, so here we are.

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Pickles

May 22nd, 2010

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Good Advice

May 18th, 2010

Slight tweaking on the title.

SuperMutant Teen Academy: New Friends

May 17th, 2010

For strange reasons, I am now kind of intrigued by the concept of superheros and superhero comics. This is the first of a series… I’m not sure if I should be apologizing already…

Tiny Paper Quilts

May 11th, 2010

I’ve always liked playing with colour via clippings. When I was cutting these little squares out, I suddenly remembered making a crazy rainbow collage on my parents’ dining room table for my Foundation entrance portfolio. I think I’ve always been interested in colour relationships, although I don’t consider myself particularly strong in that area.

I was interested to read Josef Albers say that learning color theory via colored paper is more useful given they are fixed and not infinitely adjustable, as paint is.

I had a student ask why someone would physically silkscreen something when the same effect could be achieved quicker, with a lot less mess, on the computer. A fair enough question. Maybe she’s too young yet to be jaded by the tyranny of Photoshop colour sliders.