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Article in How Magazine
How Magazine
Published on 6/26/2006

Feature article about 9 current Illustrators in today's field in this special Illustration issue including Aurthur Giron, Sahlee Oh, Tado, Kozyndan, and others. By Carmen Pease.
Read my feature below!

HOW Magazine
"Tara McPherson"
Article by: Carmen Pease
August 2006


Your style:

HIghly rendered and flat at the same time, sweet and creepy, elegant and grotesque. The push and pull of opposing forces interests me and I think it creates a stronger image.

Your favorite project:

Painting the comic covers for the DC Comics' Vertigo is just all-round super fun. I work with amazing artists and writers, and I get such creative freedom and a huge sense of personal fulfillment from those paintings.

Your favorite thing to draw:

Lately, it's been characters with heartless bodies. Reading Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" has got me thinking about human anomalies and physical transformations: missing body elements, parts growing out of other parts, physical oddities- you know, the usual.

If you were a color:

I'm feeling kind of pink today.

About the image: ("Sometimes I Just Want a Hug")

I was walking home, feeling a bit sad and thought, "Sometimes I just really want a hug." To feel that powerful embrace that makes you feel whole and safe and comforted. I walked right home and did a little sketch. This girl is me, if I were a blue alien.