Thursday, May 15, 2008

Illustrator Research #6- Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator who grew up on the Prairies in Calgary, Alberta. Currently she lives in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her editorial illustration work, she works in comics; Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, was released in March 2008. This winter marked her first semester teaching in the Illustration Department of the New School in NYC.

Some of her clients have been CBC, Esquire, New York Times, Nickelodeon, New York Times Magazine, SPIN, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic Adventure, The Guardian, and Fortune Small Business.

Her work method mainly consists of using pen and ink in a very figurative style. Much of her pen and ink is colored with paint.
I really notice Tamaki has a great sense of depth in a lot of her work, and it seems probably due to the details involved. The lineart creates more depth to me than the colors, and her use of pen and ink is well handled.

Her website is located here:

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