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March 29, 2011 / margikimball

♥ Jillian Tamaki

Yesterday in the glorious way of the internet, I happened upon the beautiful, the striking work of Jillian Tamaki, an illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like these images. This makes me happy.

While some of the marks seem to reference, say, Ralph Steadman or the old Japanese block prints, the combination of gestural and simple lines, flat colors and the various textures/washes rendered is breathtaking, no? An effective tension is created through perspective and the sheer intensity of the marks. And this is why I say breathtaking. See, for instance, the image below.

I want to talk here of design, of balance and color but maybe the best way is to just show the freaking work. So here we are.

Check out her blog, where you can see more of her work (my favorite: her new Penguin classics book covers…embroidered!). Illustration Friday also interviewed her. And see her site, too, with more work, more ideas, more loveliness.

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