Jillian Tamaki

Smoke Signal #4 + Other Stuff

Mar 9th, 2010

Hi All,

Dirty Mike has been published in Desert Island’s Smoke Signal zine. Thanks, Gabe!

It’s available in-store (540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) and online.


♪ I will be at San Diego Comic-con.

♪ I will be on a panel at MoCCA.

♪ Skim will appear in my foreign translations! Edicoes SM (Brazil) will publish the book in Portugese and Uitgeverij Sherpa (Holland) will translate to Dutch. NICE!

♪ I’m attending this year’s ICON event in Los Angeles, where I will eat many, many burritos.

Lotte Reiniger

Oct 11th, 2009

Yesterday Sam and I watched Lotte Reiniger’s Prince Achmed, which some consider the first animated film (1927). It was done using little hinged silhouettes. We were absolutely spellbound. How did we not know of her work earlier? (Note: we rented it thru Netflix)

Unfortunately there aren’t that many good clips I could find. This is one of the opening sequence, although it doesn’t really allude to the complexity and sophistication achieved in other sequences. Still, you can see the creativity and charm possible within such a “restrictive” medium. I love it when the wizard looks in the mirror at the end.

Here is another later film, Hansel and Gretel.

Garden Lady

Sep 23rd, 2009

This is a portrait of a Risk Adviser lady for an online magazine called ai5000, part of the “Plansponsor” family. I noticed a resemblance between this and some of Paul Smith’s prints in the last pot.

Whenever I get paid to do online stuff, I feel very very happy. It makes me hopeful that illustration can be viable on the internet. Paid illustration, that is.

You can view the rest of the magazine, which has lots of other illustrations. Here’s John Cuneo’s.

On another note, I love it when the layout actually makes the illustration look BETTER. Pretty.

AD SooJin Buzelli.

2009 Cape Dorset Print Collection

Sep 2nd, 2009

The 2009 Cape Dorset Prints have been posted!

Above top, Quilt of Dreams, Suvinai Ashoona
Above bottom, Aujaqsiut Tupiq (Summer Tent), Suvinai Ashoona
Below: Arctic Appetizer, Ningeokuluk Teevee

Celia Neubauer

Aug 30th, 2009

One of the most influential teachers I ever had was Celia Neubauer. She wasn’t really an “official” teacher of mine and she definitely wouldn’t remember me– I was required by ACAD to take some make-up courses for credit so I took a very introductory course at Queens University (where I did my Foundation year) as an excuse to go back to Ontario and hang out.

As luck would have it, Ms. Neubauer was conducting the course. She was less interested in “drawing” (as I understood it) and more focused on “mark-making”, which was a very new, strange concept for me. The course left quite an impression, although obviously my work is in no way abstract. The lesson about mark-making is now, for me, about the broad strokes, relinquishing a degree of control about embracing “The Incidental”. It goes to show, you will never know where you’ll pick these things up.

The Yearling

Aug 24th, 2009

Maybe inspired by this article/video.

Functional Squares

Aug 21st, 2009

Been thinking a lot about Josef and Anni Albers lately. I should probably get a book. (Anni above, Josef below) These always remind me of a teacher I had at Queens University who was all about colour squares. Did not get it at all at the time.

Black Acid Co-op

Aug 14th, 2009

Only a few more days to see Black Acid Co-op at Deitch Projects in Soho. Far and away the creepiest, scariest art I think I’ve ever… experienced. Installation Images here.

A very interesting cinematic-type experience and exercise in juxtaposition. Plus, it pushed some nostalgia buttons in a really screwed up way. Efff.

Times Review.

Rachel Salomon Dream Drawings

Aug 12th, 2009

I like this collection of Rachel Salomon drawings. They are based on dreams. There’s something sort of comicbooky about them, no?

On Museums

Aug 3rd, 2009

There’s an interesting article in today’s New York Times about how we engage with museums. Despite my sadly stunted Art History education (1st Year University canonical survey course), it’s a topic I find very interesting. It never fails to amuse me to see tourists in the Met who take a lot of pictures but fail to actually look at anything. Not to sound too snobby about it.

The article reminds me of a very good Walrus essay by Adam Gopnik, which explores the evolution of museums’ mission and functions.

(As a sidenote, I first heard the Gopnik essay as a podcast produced by CBC’s Ideas program… an excellent download.)