Shadows Fall in a Moody City

Katherine Lam is a New York City-based illustrator, who grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. Her work, deeply influenced by movies and cinematography, plays with shadows and lights to make an otherwise plain space look surreal. 
 
Lam’s work pushes us to pay closer attention to the world around us by reducing our options. By confining each view to a restrained palette of muted hues with a few dashes of color she retrains our eye to see shapes and spatial relationships that might otherwise get lost in the overabundance of …

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A Chaos of Inky Monsters | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

A Chaos of Inky Monsters

Stefan G. Bucher is Zócalo’s editor for illustrations. He inherited his love for illustration from his father, a volunteer at the German city of Hannover’s Wilhelm Busch Museum, now the …

A Picnic of Perils and Pratfalls | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

A Picnic of Perils and Pratfalls

Joe Rocco is a New Yorker who now lives in Los Angeles. As a boy, he drew constantly, inspired by his heroes—cartoonists like Charles Addams, Gary Panter, Buddy Hickerson, and …

Ingeniously Engineered Bugs

Frieda Gossett grew up in Hygiene, Colorado. Shortly before graduating from ArtCenter College of Design, she began using leather as an editorial material—leading from portraiture to abstract representations of sharks, …

Luminescent Watercolor Wildlife

Sara Franklin lives in Southern California, where she is the creator of Paper Loop greeting cards. She first created a map of California as a personal project and has since …