Jillian Tamaki

Les Mis

Sep 5th, 2014


This is the front cover of the Penguin Graphic Classics Les Misérables that I illustrated. (Just the cover. Not the insides. You’re on your own there.) But this is just the front! It’s a full wraparound (with a very, very thick spine and french flaps). Will post the full thing when I get a physical copy. The book is on sale Feb 2015.

View the others in the Penguin Graphic Classics here. AD Paul Buckley.

P.S.! I am much better these days at updating the Tumblr version of this blog. #2014


Sep 5th, 2014

NYT Op-Ed about a woman’s account of the living conditions on Riker’s Island (an NYC prison). AD Matt Dorfman. Below, a variation.

Sundays and Cybele

Sep 5th, 2014

Criterion Collection cover for Sundays and Cybèle, a very beautiful and disturbing French new wave classic.

AD Eric Skillman.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

Apr 11th, 2014







Selected images from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, by Jules Verne. Published by the Folio Society. You can buy it here.

One of the best part of being an illustrator, in my humble opinion, is reading books that you might not have otherwise. Given the modern-day representations, I think I was expecting some sort of pulpy adventure story (quite an anachronistic notion, given the book was written in 1869). In reality, it’s a scientific travelogue: very thoroughly observed and researched. There are also some very beautiful descriptions of foreign lands that, when you think about it, are no closer to most of us now than they were in 1869.


Other Folio Society books I have illustrated:

Goblin Market and Selected Poems – Christina Rosetti

Irish Myths and Legends – Lady Gregory


Apr 8th, 2014


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So I was on Colbert yesterday… um… sort of.

From the NYT. And thx, Erin McGuire for the eagle eye!


Mar 8th, 2014


For the New York Times.

AD Aviva Michaelov

Another 20,000 Leagues teaser

Jan 16th, 2014

My interpretation of the most famous (although, in reality, curiously minor) scene from Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under The Seas, available this Spring from the Folio Society.


Sunday Review Cover

Jan 5th, 2014



An illustration for this weekend’s Sunday Review cover. A really interesting article about new ways of assessing cancer rates.

AD Erich Nagler

Folio Society

Jan 3rd, 2014

I illustrated another Folio Society book coming out in this spring… I wonder what it is…



Nov 26th, 2013

An illustration about world overpopulation, for Corporate Knights magazine. AD Jack Dylan.