Jillian Tamaki


Jan 19th, 2011

Here are two series of illustrations for O Magazine, demonstrating how to apply eye makeup. (AD Jaspal Riyait. Thanks, Jas!)

I had a surprising amount of fun doing these. The approach was similar to the National Geographic animals from last year. I think there can be a tendency to over-conceptualize in illustration… or perhaps it’s just fashionable at the moment. Never underestimate the value of (and NEED for) simple, effective drawings. In every Concepts class I’ve taught, I’ve tried to instill the idea that sometimes a beautiful drawing is enough. Just as “surface” style can become dated, so can “conceptual” style.