I have an illustration in the most recent issue of Shameless magazine!
As the tagline says, the article is about , “Why ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ is more of the same”. Karen Ko, a personal trainer and weightlifter, talks about her initial optimism for this new message and her eventual disappointment in discovering that “Strength” as advertised, is just another impossible ideal; one that continues to ignore queerness, women of colour, motherhood, older women, and trans-identified people.
I feel like Ko addresses a lot of the questions that don’t get included in conversations about women’s fitness and body image. But don’t take MY word for it. Check out the new issue of Shameless (subscribe online… there’s an app too!) – read the whole thing of course… but Karen Ko and I are on page 13.
I made this logo recently for the delightful Twentysomething Theatre in Vancouver. So if you are in Vancouver, see some excellent theatre, say, two plays purchased.. with one pass. LOGOS!
Web comic king, writer extraordinaire, and all around fun guy Ryan North wrote a choosable-path adventure version of Hamlet that has been getting some sweet press (most profitable publishing kickstarter ever, Slate.com review, picture in Time magazine as photographed by my friend Doody) … and MORE IMPORTANTLY, I have an illustration in this book.
I have modified the illustration using the most popular photoshop filters to entice you to buy the book, to see the original unaltered majesty on page 634.
JUST JOSHIN’! Here’s the real deal:
To buy the book:
In Toronto: Go to the Beguiling. It is awesome there!
Anywhere Else: Nag your local comic store to get the book in. Or Amazon. As much as I dislike an e-reader (I dislike an e-reader SO MUCH), this is an optimal book for this format, with all of the choice-making and page-turning.
Was it just me? I’ve never been good at sleeping (falling asleep, staying asleep, wanting to sleep) so sleepover parties often landed me alone in dark basements with an active imagination, a.k.a. The Nightmare Scenario.
This poster did bring up the mind-bending quandary: Which is it:
Last one ASLEEP at the sleepover party
Last one AWAKE at the sleepover party.
Answer: BOTH WORK. Weird, isn’t it.
Several years ago a few friends conceived a fantastic homemade board game called HURRICANE! Players are caught in the aftermath of - duh – a hurricane and must fight their way to the arena where they hope safety awaits. I illustrated the cards players pick that represent their findings on the path to the arena. Most of them are not pleasant and lead if not to despair, to madness! Enjoy:
(I edited out the NSFW cards, but should the game be made public, it will only be more incentive for you to purchase it.)
Waterlogged family album.
My camels! Too soggy to be traded in prison for protection.
Waterlogged corndogs. Waterlogged is an ongoing theme.
Finding a loved one! It’s not all bleakness here.
Buuuuuut sometimes there is spoiled meat…
…and human excrement.
And finally, this might be the favorite thing I’ve ever drawn, and I don’t especially love drawing animals.
I am preparing to send out postcard mailers and in my efforts I used my internet research skills to find other illustrators and glean wisdom from their advice. I thought I might post the links to their various blogs on the topic (with a screen shot of their posting), to inform others and for my own reference later.
Some of the most pertinent information I got from these posts was covered in both Trade Secrets and Jeff Szuc’s postings: that the US postal service will potentially reject and return postcards with graphics darker that 7% greyscale in the bottom right portion of the card where the address goes. That’s a big one, considering that if your cards are sent back, both your print and postage costs are up in flames. There are other printing details of that nature that they both mention.
I am sure there are many more great posts on this topic and if so, I’d love to hear about them. Happy mailing!
Me did food illustrations!
Caplansky’s, Toronto’s premiere Jewish deli wisely hired yours truly to illustrate some of their truly delicious morsels. Here are the tasty results:
On top: Beef bacon and maple doughnuts. What?! you say? I know, I agree. Part of the greatness of this assignment was taking my own photographs and then getting to eat the props. Those doughnuts are ridiculous and delicious.
On the bottom: Smoked meat sammie. Rye. Pickle. So good.
For anyone interested in how they were made, they were painted with gouache on paper. If you are interested in how they taste, go here.
I know, I know – who uses the mail anymore? Well, I am going to a little bit when I send out these postcard mailers. If everyone in art/design school is being advised that this is an arcane practice (they are), then it means maybe my antiquated paper promo with authentic “stamps” will be unique! Special! Not at the bottom of a pile of similar crap! We’ll see. I’ll send them out and see what happens. That’s like, The Secret, right? These mailers are my intentions and the post office box is the universe, and my future clients are god or something? I haven’t read that book.
Oooh! Sexy promotional piece! If you are a magazine or publisher, look out. This might be under a romance manuscript in your slush pile. Just staring off to the left of you. Asking, “What does it all mean?”
It means hire me.
Posted in Graphic Design, Illustration
Tagged @GillianGoerz, Artist for hire, Caricature, GillianG.com, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, OCAD, postcard, Toronto
Need I say more?
More Parks & Rec drawings on the way. Like my stupid Facebook Page for updates on the regular. It’s Gillian G Illustration (the linking isn’t working for some reason that’s probably me, but you tech savvy youths can figure it out no doubt). Also twitter. Which I can figure out.
I have a real love of comedy, since podcasts are the soundtrack of my working days, and I’d rather laugh than cry while I work, which would happen if I listened to the news. So comedy podcasts it is! And the crazy thing about podcasts is how quickly you come to feel like an insider. “I heard Mark telling Jimmy about this show at Largo…” Dude. I wasn’t actually there. I don’t get to use only their first names like we are pals, says me to myself in the mirror. But none the less, this connection is born (still-born) and you kind of nurture it along without noticing.
Then, since I follow some of my best comedy pals on twitter (they’ll follow me back any day now), I heard about my guuuurl Tig Notaro dropping something new, Louis C.K.-Guerrilla style. And so I downloaded it, and listened to it… and since it is getting wild press right now, anyone reading this probably knows that it’s this incredibly raw and funny and honest set about how Tig Notaro’s life SUCKS right now but is also amazing and how it is to be living in the awkward spot between tragedy and comedy.
And after hearing this set I felt weirdly moved to make her a present. And I have no real way to get it to her (I am bashfully emailing her assistant, which I expect will go straight to the spam pile), but I wanted to make it anyway, whether she gets it or not.
So here is your present, Tig Notaro, who I have never met. I thought your special really was special.
EDIT: As I have learned from Tig’s podcast Professor Blastoff and the comments of devoted fans, Mme. Notaro is doing extremely well, has had successful surgery, and is now kicking ass and taking names. There was a bidding war for her book, she is in New York and working and everything is coming up Notaro. There are some proverbs about rain and sunshine and light and darkness. Apply your favorite here!
You can download the special here, for only $5 measly dollars. I highly recommend it. Obviously.
I’m on twitter at @GillianGoerz, if any comedians want to follow me and be best friends. Cool.
Posted in Comics, Illustration, Shows, Yakkety Yak
Tagged Amy Shumer, comedy, Illustration, Kyle Dunnigan, Louis CK, Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman, Taylor Dane, Tig Notaro, Tig Notaro LIVE