Jillian Tamaki

Embroidered Shirt

Sep 29th, 2010

I’m working on another big quilty thing, but made this quick lil shirt. It’s an underwater theme.

Shipla Ray + Emily Wells

Sep 22nd, 2010

Two musicians for the New Yorker this week. Super tight deadline on this one… a call Sunday afternoon when I was at the Brooklyn Book Fest, final due the next day. AD Jordan Awan.

It can be difficult to create a dynamic scene within a square, as was necessary here. I usually take the approach of creating strong directional pulls with diagonal lines. It’s a little easier said than done. Dynamic composition, as I see it, is creating something a little off-balance (the opposite of stable and classical) that yet still feels pleasing. The Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio explain a bit of this, but I’m not really a fan of distilling such things into mathematics. I’m more in the “Use your Instincts” camp.

Like a wolf.

Or a hippy.

A Certain Fancy

Sep 20th, 2010

“He was a hard-working, capable man who did not drink and was not without a certain fancy and feeling for the form, but was nevertheless an atrocious tailor. His work was ruined by hesitation. The idea that his cut was not fashionable enough made him alter everything half a dozen times, walk all the way to town simply to study the dandies, and in the end dress us in suits that even a caricaturist would have called outré and grotesque.” -Anton Chekov, The Privy Councilor, 1886

Super Mutant Magic Academy: Potsticker

Sep 16th, 2010

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Super Mutant Magic Academy: Back to School

Sep 15th, 2010

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Fashion, Baby

Sep 5th, 2010

For Oprah Magazine.
AD Jaspal Riyait.

A few programming notes:

♬ I was recently interviewed for Canadian Art magazine on the topic of comics. Nice little intro piece that presents the possibilities of the medium. Canadian Art is a great magazine, by the way. ‘Had a subscription for many years.

♪ Next weekend I will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, signing Indoor Voice ( D&Q booth 1.30-3.30PM) and participating on a panel. So if you’re in NYC and not at SPX, come say hi.

Comics and Form: Is the Medium Still the Message? Do comics change when they are released from their traditional print medium? And how? Creators, publishers and developers will combine to discuss the expanding boundaries of the comics format. Robert Berry (Ulysses Seen), Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer), Jillian Tamaki (Skim). Moderated by Columbia University librarian Karen Green. 4:00, NORTH STAGE.

Festival Address:

♫ School is starting soon! I’m teaching Sophomore Drawing for Illustrators at SVA this year. Sharpen those pencils!

Valtat Portrait

Sep 3rd, 2010

Gosh, it’s nice when the image is IMPROVED by placement in a layout. Here is a picture of author Jean-Christophe Valtat, that appears in this week’s New Yorker.

AD Jordan Awan.

Monster Quilt

Sep 1st, 2010

I’ve taken up embroidery in a very enthusiastic yet clumsy way. Here this my first completed project! It’s a small quilt with a monster theme. Fun with a LOT of missteps, but I’m learning.

It was pleasant to work in an unfamiliar medium with some real inherent limitations. And, oddly enough, it was kind of nice to produce something that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. STILL! How to get a great photos of embroidered quilts… ?! It’s tough! If you have experience on such matters, let me know.