Article in Step MagazineStep Inside Design
Published on 12/21/2005
Article by Anne Telford about 10 current female illustrators.
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From bright happy girl power themes to dark gothic images with beautiful touches, Tara McPherson’s art shines in the details. Her clients include DC Vertigo Comics, Fanta, House of Blues, and Spin magazine.
“I had been making art my whole life, but I got interested specifically in illustration while I was a buyer/manager at a Japanese animation and art store,” McPherson relates. “I was exposed to a whole new realm of art that got me interested in the commercial side of things. I was surrounded by comics, art books, toys, animation, and video games.”
Hayao Miyazaki, creator of stories like Totoro and Princess Mononoke was a big initial inspiration. “I just remember thinking how cool all that stuff was and how I would love to be an artist like that ... to be able to create an entire world based around my characters,” McPherson says. Her paintings are at turns poignant and graphic, and always informed with humor and intelligence. You can subscribe to a year’s worth of her prints, posters, and merchandise at www.taramcpherson.com.