Tamara Shopsin // Research

Tamara Shopsin is an American illustrator and Cook who has worked with publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker. What attracted me to her work was the playful nature of it, her work often has a satirical regard to the article it’s accompanying and makes the viewer want to know more.  She has a wide range of visual languages but this naivety to her work remains which contrasts the formal format of newspaper settings. Her colour palettes lean towards a more saturated spectrum with a white background. Although a lot of her work is processed digitally there often remains a hand rendered aspect to it, be it the pen stroke quality or the colour textures, this is something I want to explore in my own work and will do so by exploring more technological processes on Photoshop and Procreate (iPad drawing software).


The initial image I saw of Tamara Shopsin’s work.


Ping Zhu // Research


Ping Zhu is a Brooklyn based illustrator, her work is incredibly expressive and portrays a lot of energy. There is a certain rawness within her pieces as result of untouched brush strokes. Viewing her work has really encouraged me to embrace the rawness of traditional mediums, e.g paint strokes, lose ink drawings and when in context with blocks of writing it is a nice contrast. Alot of her work has either a white background or a dominant colour background, the notion of a dominant coloured background is something I would like to explore more and develop more confident colour palettes as a result.

I really like the way that she portrays quite hard hitting issues, e.g age discrimination, transgender experiences and branding. Some of her imagery is very powerful with a lot of exploration of scale and relationships between objects. This ability to explore more outgoing relationships in compositions is something I am going to focus on in the future.



Bill Bragg // Research

Bill Bragg is an illustrator  who I found through the New York Times, The Year in Illustration. His work is very visually appealing with the strong use of black to contrast the mostly bright and pastel colours that he uses. Alot of his work has very interesting compositions with their always being a visual hierarchy dependant on this use of black.

This is one of the articles Bragg has illustrated for The New York Times, this was the first piece that drew me to Bragg’s work because of the relationship between the black and the bright colours. This particular article is about the issue of anti-abortion in Ireland and how real women are suffering the consequences for. The beauty of this illustration is the fact it is an implying of the article instead of a brutal image for what could be a very personal and hard hitting article. The image is very intriguing because the less emotive aspect of it and how it contrast with the article’s title, the image isn’t a direct representation and requires reading the article which in turn I think makes it very effective.