Profile on Jillian Tamaki

“Let Jillian Tamaki's gorgeously inked illustrations sweep you off your feet” / It's Nice That / James Cartwright / August 30, 2012

If you’re not familiar with Jillian Tamaki’s work then we suggest you stop what you’re doing and get acquainted pretty damn quick. The Alberta native has been making huge waves in the illustration industry for a good six or seven years now and we feel we’ve probably let you all down by not showing her work here previously.

In Jillian’s portfolio the brush is king and her exquisite inked lines demonstrate a skilled draftsmanship that’s not seen often enough among regularly commissioned illustrators. Thematically she’s as varied as her clients, though every image she creates maintains a playful sense of intangibility; even when grounded firmly in a rainy city her characters seem to be elsewhere. She also draws animals like an absolute pro.

Now a teacher at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York she still finds time to pack in a mammoth amount of editorial commissions as well as various ongoing graphic novel projects with her cousin Mariko Tamaki. Impressive stuff!

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