Tagged: new york times
  1. 24

    Oct 2015

    Michael Cho

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    Michael Cho is an illustrator, comic artist and “occasional” writer. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he relocated to Canada at 6 years old. With an interest in illustration from a very early age, Cho drew all the time on whatever he could find. He attended and graduated from Ontario College of Art (and Design). After which he started his freelancing career.

    Cho divides his time between editorial work, making comics for clients and making comics for himself. Some of his clients include The New York Times, National Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Random House, Penguin Classics, and comic giants Marvel and DC Comics. His hard work has earned him Silver Canadian National Magazine Award, a Joe Shuster nomination and a story included in The Best American Comics 2010.

    In 2013, Drawn and Quarterly published a book of Cho’s hometown Toronto drawing called, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. More recently, saw the release of Cho’s debut graphic novel, Shoplifter, a New York Times BestSeller about “a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city”. Published by Pantheon Books, Shoplifter in esteemed company, alongside the likes of Maus, Persepolis and Habibi.

    Cho’s work is drawn with a combination of digital, watercolour, goauche and ink and makes good use of a limited pallet. His comic illustrations are made up of two colours and even his commissioned work, more often than not, stays within four colours. The limitation creates contrast and guides your eyes instantly to the important element on the page. Also, using one colour for a crowd and another for a protagonist creates a wonderful divide, highlighting uniqueness or isolation. Something Cho uses to great effect for Shoplifter.

    Find more of Michael Cho’s work on his website and be sure to follow him on Twitter.

  2. 18

    Jul 2014

    M. Sasek (1916 – 1980)

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    Born 16th November 1916, Miroslav Sasek grew up in Prague. After finishing school he wanted to study to become a painter, but his parents were disapproving, so to appease them he decided to studied architecture instead. He did however study drawing and painting with Czech landscape artist Otakar Blažíček, and later in 1947 moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts. Just at the onset of his illustration career, prompted by the 1948 Czech coup, Mr Sasek decided not to return to his homeland and instead emigrate to Munich.

    Whilst earning a living as a graphic artist in advertising and architecture, Mr Sasek paid a visit to Paris, where it suddenly dawned upon him that there were not any books written for children to learn about their city. So in 1957 he created a children’s guide book to Paris, titled This is Paris. In doing so, he began what would become his life’s work. Following the success of This is Paris he went on to produce books on London (1959), Rome (1960), New York (1960) and many others. In total Mr Sasek produced 18 books in the series, with plans of others including Bombay and Canada. Sadly, in 1980 he died while visiting his sister in Switzerland, leaving those plans unrealised.

    The quality of the illustrations, and the success of the series earned Mr Sasek multiple awards over the years, including New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year (twice), Society of Illustrators Award for Excellence, and an entry in the International Board on Books for Young People Honour List.

    Obviously the best place to see more of M. Sasek’s work is by picking up one (or more) of his This Is… books, but you can also find further information on the Miroslav Sasek Foundation website, and this great little fan website.

  3. 16

    May 2013

    Jason Seiler

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    Schoolism teacher Jason Seiler is an award winning artist with a humorous style and sound technique. His portraits capture ‘that special something’ which makes them intriguing and engaging. Jason’s clients make for an impressive list and include Time Magazine, Penguin Group, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. To see more visit his excellent website and his agent’s, Richard Solomon. I love that Susan Boyle piece!

  4. 24

    Jan 2013

    Lotta Nieminen

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    Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator and graphic designer from Finland. She has previously worked for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram and RoAndCo Studio, but now enjoys working as a freelancer. Her illustration clients include Hermès, New York Times, Volkswagen, United Airlines and Marks & Spencer. I like the way she plays with perspective in her work. She cleverly uses simple shapes that form intricate, striking visuals.

    See more on her website.

  5. 30

    Oct 2012

    Emiliano Ponzi

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    Award winning illustrator Emiliano resides in fashionable Milan, Iltaly. He has an intelligent approach towards illustration and is full of good ideas. But also, he has a nice visual style full of grit and interesting line work. His use of repetition and negative space to convey his messages are a real highlight.

    Emiliano’s clients include major publications such as Le Monde and The New Yorker. He has also worked for United Airlines, Saatchi & Saatchi and Penguin Books to name a few.

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