Jillian Tamaki


Jul 5th, 2011

Welcome to the Results Show!

People, I am OVERWHELMED by the response to this very humble contest. I received over 60 entries (pictures and donations) from across the globe and we raised $800 (!) for Unicef! (Remember to write that off, donors.)

And without further ado:

The winner of the Walrus tote/Indoor Voice prize pack is Juan Carlos Solon! Juan donated to Unicef and was chosen by a random draw. I met Juan at last year’s AI party. Nice guy. Congrats, Juan!

There were two Irish Myths books to give away. I decided to divvy them up to a pro and non-pro. I can honestly say I received some work that many a legitimate publication would be happy to print.

The winner in the “Pro” category is Andrew Schick for his picture “The Clam-Diggers”. Mr. Schick sez, “I had the idea while sitting on a beach near my house and watching a family dig up gooey ducks and clams.” Great story and I like the dichotomy of Observer and Participant in this picture.

The winner in the “Non-Pro” (which I defined as amateurs/students/someone who makes less than half of their living from illustration) is Maryanna Hoggatt, who drew her inspiration from the old yarn about watermelons sprouting in your stomach if you swallow watermelon seeds. Keep up with the coloured ink + charcoal, Maryanna. To me, this feels like the start of something sophisticated and fresh.

Choosing only one per category was so hard, with such varying personalities and approaches. Unfortunately due to volume, I can’t run all of the entries, but here are a few of my favourites (both pro and non-pro). If you like what you see, go visit the artists’ websites!

Philip Hall: “I like the myths that famous musicians aren’t dead, Elvis been abducted – or that Paul McCartney didn’t died years ago and that he doesn’t use a lookalike…ha yeah right. Lennon spends his summers jamming in greenhouses.”

Roman Muradov submitted this charming picture and explains: “It depicts an ancient Poldevian tradition of burning post-it drawings of curious creatures accumulated through dull summer jobs. Usually performed on August 28th (29th if you’re left-handed).”

Next, another bit of summer whimsy, perhaps a little closer to home? Seo Kim not only has a beautifully light touch and sense of character, but a very amusing URL (www.instantdoodles.com).

But, whoops, Ryan Haywood is here to set the record straight: “Losing weight for summer continues to be, year after year, a big fat myth.” Thanks, Ryan! (P.S. Your work is so gorgeous, dude.)

I would say that most entries dealt with the idea of mythological beasts and legends. Emmanuel Tavares gets down to brass tax: Summer is about goofing off and neglecting responsibilities.

Actually, you know what? Forget about it. Summer is about hot dudes and beefy centaurs. By Ana Benaroya.

Anthony Wislar submits this piece titled “Mating Season”. Very “New Yorker”!

M.S. Corley created his own Summer myth: “It is said that you should never stare directly into the sun or else you will give up your sight. This is of course only a half truth. You will lose your earthly sight yes, but you will gain a heavenly sight to see the true workings of the earth. If you are lucky enough to lose your sight upon the solstice you will truly see when summer comes upon the land, the King approaching from the east carrying the sun high in the sky. The rest of us blind to heavenly things can only know of him by watching the movements of birds in the sky or notice his passing when they feel a summers breeze.” Epic! And just the picture to go along with it:

Emily Hughes also made up a myth, The Sunburn Goddess: “It seems like she’s especially prevalent this summer, though her ‘blessings’ with pigment are different for everyone- sadly mine is a red curse.” Emily is a 2nd year illustration student but seems well on her way to finding her voice.

Chau Nguyen submitted this subtle piece with a rhetorical question: “Mine was inspired by summer nostalgia—maybe the myth of end-to-end recreation?” Spoken like a true freelancer. Chau, do you have a website? [Update: YES!]

And last but not least, here is a picture from the youngest entrant, 12-year-old Madison Wilker. 12-year-old or not, this picture is just cool. A sphynx has animated itself to run away a fire-breathing mermaid! PEOPLES’ HEADS ARE ON FIRE! Don’t lose your flare for drama, Madison!

That’s it, folks! Juan, Maryanne, Andrew, email me your addresses. Others who received an honourable mention above, please also email me your addresses, I’m going to send you a little somethin’ too.

Thank-you EVERYONE who entered, whether your image appeared here or not. Your emails brightened my days for the last few weeks. We shall do it again.

Contest Reminder

Jul 1st, 2011

FACT: While I have received many artwork entries, I have only received ONE Unicef donation! Now THAT’S good odds, people. You can donate with a credit card OR via paypal. Wanna increase your odds of getting something? Make a picture AND donate.

Contest closes July 4.

Contest Time

Jun 20th, 2011

The mailman has been a real peach lately. I have some stuff to give away!

3 prizes. 2 Irish Myths books and 1 Walrus “Summer Reading” Tote/Indoor Voice combo pack.

But c’mon, this stuff is GOOD. And, for the time being, the Irish Myths book is only available through Folio Society membership. So you’re going to have to do a little work.

Option 1: Make a picture on the theme of Summer Myth. Interpret as you wish. All of you students who complain about not being able to stay inspired over the summer… well, here you go. I will post the best entries on this blog when I announce the winner, with a link to your site. EDIT: There’ll be a pro winner and a non-pro winner. [Oh, and please don’t send me any already-existing artwork.]

Option 2: Make a donation to Unicef, minimum of $10. Email me proof of payment. Donating to charity is good anyway.

I will choose 2 of the best pictures and draw 1 winner from the people who donated to Unicef. I haven’t decided who’ll get what. I suppose it depends on quality of entries and donations. BONUS TIP: draw AND donate, to double your odds.

Email all stuff to jill (AT) jilliantamaki (DOT) com. Contest ends July 4. I’ll announce the winners on the 5th. Go!

Two Winners

Apr 2nd, 2010

After a very scientific judging process (I asked my friend Tom to pick two numbers randomly then I counted the names out of the list with a my little cursor): RESULTS!

The winners are:


J Bennett and Carolita, make sure you email me your mailing addresses at jill (AT) jilliantamaki (DOT) com.

Hooray! Thanks all for reading.

Half World Giveaway

Apr 1st, 2010

So my blog moved a few days ago and that was slightly traumatic.

But I think it’s gonna be okay.

As a THANK-YOU to those of you who changed your RSS feeds and such, I am doing a little giveaway contest.

Today, April 1, Hiromi Goto’s book Half World was released in the US by Viking/Penguin books. I did the illustrations (cover and interiors). I have to read a lot of stuff for my job, and I don’t enjoy a lot of it. I really enjoyed this.

SO! I have a TWO promo packages to give away: a copy of Half World, a softcover copy of Skim, plus a copy of the Newsprint Pencil Factory poster promo, plus some postcards.

What would one have to do to receive such a magical prize? Simple. Just “Like” this post in Google Reader. Here’s how:

I’ll randomly choose two winners and post the results here tomorrow.

Thanks again!

P.S. Make sure you’re not “Anonymous”… not that you need your real name obviously. Just something to identify yourself.

Pencil Factory Promo

Nov 16th, 2009

We’ve started to brand The Pencil Factory. What is The Pencil Factory? It’s a big old building here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (a genuine pencil factory) where lots of people have their studios, including Sam Weber, Josh Cochran, Christopher Silas Neal, and others. I am only an honorary member (I work out of home), but I occasionally bake cupcakes and bring them to the studio, therefore I COUNT.

Anyway, we made a little promo of newsprint posters (that’s mine, above). Go here to see who’s involved and to get some handy ideas on what to do with your poster after you’re finished enjoying it.

I have 12 copies of the poster package to give away. Email me with the subject line “PRINT IS NOT DEAD!” and I’ll send you one… FREE! All the posters are gone. Thanks for playing! I think there will be a chance to buy them in the future. I’ll keep you posted.

P.S. Thanks to Josh Cochran and Jennifer Daniel for putting the paper together.

Fan Art Results!

Jun 19th, 2008

That was my response every time someone sent me a piece of fan art. I was totally floored by the effort you guys put into your pieces and I think I am now addicted to getting “presents” in my email. So, THANK-YOU! It was so freaking difficult picking “winners”. But here they are:

Jeremy Sorese, the creator of this particularly hilarious piece (I’ve dubbed it “Window of Indecision (in Grey)”, will get Skim, some buttons, and a Gilded Lilies book.

Annie Wu (above) will receive Skim, buttons, and a small print, as will Thomas Pitilli:

Oof, it was so hard to choose. Please view ALL the entries here. Thank-you to all participats. If you’d like to contribute fan art, even if it’s sans prizes, I’d love to add it to the gallery.


Jun 17th, 2008

I am getting some AMAZING entries to the Skim Fan Art contest! Details a few posts down.

I am now throwing in some additional prizes. Top three will get the Skim book and Skim buttons. One will get a Gilded Lilies book, and the other two will get a small giclée print.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter.


Jun 15th, 2008

So I have three copies of Skim to give away. We couldn’t sell them at MoCCA due to a tiny bit of cover scuffing, the odd bent cover, or other minor imperfection. So let’s have a little contest!

I’m ripping off Hope Larson’s Fan Art contest she held a few weeks ago for her new book. Send you SKIM-INSPIRED art in to me by Wednesday and I will post the winners (plus a link to your site) on Thursday. I’ll make a little section in the “Books” area of my site where I’ll post ALL entries. I hope you send me something! Email me at jill (AT) jilliantamaki.com …. please?

Here is a preview link, for character reference.

P.S. Everyone’s welcome to send me stuff, but unfortunately I can only send books to North Americans. There IS a recession on, y’all.