Wednesday, March 24, 2010

O Spots

These were super super tiny spots (maybe an inch by an inch?) that are in this month's O Magazine. It was for a package about marriages.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Concerned Feminist

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Men in Black Shoes are Rectifying the Situation

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Sunday, March 21, 2010


My website broked! It's being addressed.

In case you need to reach me:

jill (AT) jilliantamaki (dot..) com

P.S. I bought some pencil crayons today. I have been told only Canadians call them pencil crayons... "colored pencils" is the proper, grown-up American term. I still prefer "pencil crayon".

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Sad Day

This is an image about a father's illness that is in the current issue of Men's Health Magazine. (AD Vikki Nestico.)

Unfortunately it coincides with some sad news about the passing of ACAD teacher Eugene Ouchi. I never had Eugene as a teacher, but I know some of you probably did. I remember him as a very kind fellow. You can see his work here.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Not Re-Inventing the Wheel

These pictures are from a killed job.

Sometimes I have to laugh at how seriously people take illustration ("people", of course, being illustrators themselves). Of course, there's a degree of conceptual thinking, intellectualization, etc., but I have found that a large chunk of the jobs one encounters involves creating pleasant, positive images.

I don't mind doing this sort of thing from time-to-time. It makes me feel like an old-timey illustrator and there's a certain challenge to bringing a little finesse to such content. recently posted about a cookbook illustrated by Charley Harper that speaks to this.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Yorker Never Ran

Here's a New Yorker illustration for a Yvonne Rainer dance review that never ran.

Also, some sketches.

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Monday, December 21, 2009


I’m heading back to the Arctic Tundra (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) for a bit of skiing and Vietnamese food. I’ll be back on Jan 3.

(Until then, I can’t take any jobs. Let’s work together next year!)

Readers, please have a safe and happy holiday.


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Independent UK

I did a few things for this next weekend's [of the 20th] Independent newspaper in the UK. I think it may be out on Sunday? I think it's part of the magazine? I'm not sure the details, but if you're over there, I'll assume you know what I'm talking about.

There are more, but I like this one best. The illustrations accompany a Christmasy story by Louis de Bernieres.

(AD: Ben Brannan)

Speaking of Christmas, I was dropping some stuff off at the Society of Illustrators today and decided to drop in at Bloomie's since I'm looking for boots. I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say the shoe department was COMPLETE carnage and the first thing I thought of was "I wonder if this is what Baghdad looked like after they overthrew Saddam Hussein." There is nothing like witnessing shopping-induced mayhem to make you feel ashamed to be a human being.

So many dead-eyed husbands.

Anyway. Apologies for the lack of sketchbooking lately. It's always really crazy before the holidays.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Feminist Choice

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Here's a recent illustration for Smith Alumnae Quarterly. I like the colours in this one. They're a bit of deviation from my usual palettes which are more restricted and complementary.

The article is about feminism giving women the freedom to define themselves as they wish.

I watched A League of Their Own when I made this picture. So good! Avoid the clap.

AD Ronn Campisi.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

David Sedaris' "The Loggerhead"

I recently had the honour of illustrating a David Sedaris piece for the New Yorker. Talk about pressure! The story is not online, so you'll have to buy the magazine itself. The art ran a bit smaller than originally planned but hopefully it holds up. Thank you so much to Chris Curry for the opportunity. Here are some sketches:

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Heart Running

Here's an illustration for Runner's World Germany. It's about running with a heart condition. Usually I don't use such a "deep space" in illustrations, but this was kinda fun. A little atmospheric interference* goes a long way.

*for students: the basic principle, as it pertains to art and drawing, is that things get more "low-value" as they get farther away. This is due to moisture, pollution, and other particles floating in the air between your eye and whatever you're looking at. That's why someone standing 10 feet away will appear crisper and more high value, than, say, the Empire State Building a mile away in the distance. In reality, the image above maybe isn't the best example, since it's kind of about fog and whatnot. The example of the Empire State Building is better.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Passing the Ball

For Plansponsor.

You may recall, this was in the Gallery of Rejected Sketches. Thanks to SooJin Buzelli, AD, it's an orphan no more!

Sam helped colour this one.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Babysat: Rachel

Cool Babysitter.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009


I don't want to alarm any of you, but I am now a New York Times Published Author.

Okay, not really. But I did contribute a little blurb to go with a drawing about bake sales, which have apparently been outlawed in NYC schools. Mine is about halvah, a middle eastern sesame treat not popular amongst the residents of Calgary, Alberta in the late 1980s.

The drawing appears in this weekend's Sunday Times. AD Kim Bost!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hill Training

Runner's World, Germany. AD Grit Brüeggemann.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Car Alarm

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Garden Lady

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.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Paul Smith Spring 2010

Colour, Pattern, Balance, tiny bursts. Full show.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Rosanne Cash for the New Yorker

A long-skinny for this week's New Yorker. Sorry, these don't show up very large. Click thru to enlarged image.

I haven't done a New Yorker illustration in a while. They actually gave me one of my first jobs when I was starting out (my head nearly exploded when they called). I still see that first illustration floating around the Internet...

AD Max Bode.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hemispheres Cover

Here's another Hemispheres Magazine cover. This one, like the last one, also had to do with Chicago. In this case, the Olympic Bid. There was a bit of criteria with this one. The client specifically requested a skyline (never the most fun to do, in my opinion, not being the most architecturally minded). The deadline was also very, very short. This was completed start to finish over 3 days, if I recall.

I now honestly feel like I must know Chicago's skyline better than New York's. Oy.

AD Rob Hewitt.

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