Jillian Tamaki

Long Marriage

Feb 24th, 2011

This is from MORE Magazine (Canada) a few months ago. I forgot to post it!
Lovely design by Faith Cochran.

You can click to enlarge it slightly.

Prototype for Walking Machine

Feb 23rd, 2011

I haven’t been posting too much sketchbook stuff in here lately. It’s because I’ve been working like a crazyperson trying to finish up some big book illustration projects that hopefully I’ll be able to share soon.

I gave a talk at Parsons last week. There was a theme that kept on coming up (maybe it’s just on my mind): Faith. Not the religious kind, but rather how a life in the Arts demands quite a bit of it. Following a life in the Arts is a leap of Faith ALWAYS. No matter if you tackle the freelance life when you first get out of school, or are transitioning from a day job or whatever. There are no guarantees that your work will connect with anyone, or that you’ll make a living from it. Or, for someone in my position, a little more established, that you’ll be doing this in 40 years’ time. (It’s for this reason that I have infinite respect for those illustrators have been doing this for a lifetime, REGARDLESS of whether I personally like their work or not.)

You can only task yourself with creating good, honest work, because that’s one of the few aspects of all of this one can actually control. In fact, “creating good, honest work” is the meat of it. The life-long labor that is difficult and sometimes not fun, but a mysterious compulsion. The rest of it is a semi-delusional Faith in the Universe that it things will work out; that you’ll be able to feed yourself, shower regularly, take a vacation, not feel the need to stick your head in an oven.

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Mother

Feb 17th, 2011

Portrait of Christina Rossetti (sketch)

Feb 10th, 2011

Sadly unused.

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Critique

Feb 8th, 2011

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Norms

Feb 4th, 2011

NYTimes Op-Ed

Feb 3rd, 2011

I did the Op-Ed that appears in today’s NYTimes. It’s about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Thanks to Alexandra Zsigmond and Aviva Michaelov. It’s definitely one of my better Op-Eds.

Yesterday I tweeted [gosh, that sounds obnoxious, but alas] about how drawing Op-Eds, with their extremely short deadlines, can feel like a real test of one’s drawing abilities. This article came in around 1 and was finished by 6. There’s not a lot of time for experimentation or meandering. Rather, you muster up as much skill as you can and off you go. Here is the sketch:

As a final note, I quite like the new(ish) layout of the Opinion landing page. It showcases the amazing art that is produced for the section.

The End!