A Brief Look: The Sophisticated Illustrations of Marc Aspinall

 

 

At times editorial illustration approaches a dying art — magazines going under. Quick and dirty designs crafted with inexpensive software. Companies opting for pop-up ads, pixelated banners. No one reads anymore.

A few magazines stand out by continually hiring top illustrators to fill their pages — The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Playboy are a few. These magazines attract amazing talent like Richey Beckett, Tomer Hanuka, Rich Kelly, and UK based illustrator Marc Aspinall.

Aspinall, like the magazines that use his work, is a throwback to a more sophisticated era. His work is Sinatra. Confident yet languid. His brushstrokes, however digital they may be, feel alive.

You imagine Aspinall fresh from breakfast with a cigarette in hand sipping hot coffee, no cream no sugar, a jazz record chirps from the hi-fi. His work is evocative of not only the stories he’s illustrating but of a lifestyle — when you read The New Yorker you want to feel sophisticated and knowledgable. Aspinall helps get you to that place.

 

'Inside Llewyn Davis' for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

 

'The Great Gatsby' book cover rough by Marc Aspinall

‘The Great Gatsby’ book cover rough by Marc Aspinall

 

'Sherlock' for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

‘Sherlock’ for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

 

'Sanctions on Iran' for Ethisphere Magazine by Marc Aspinall

‘Sanctions on Iran’ for Ethisphere Magazine by Marc Aspinall

 

'Masters of Sex' for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

‘Masters of Sex’ for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

 

'Fargo' for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

‘Fargo’ for The New Yorker by Marc Aspinall

 

For more work from Marc Aspinall visit —

The Tree House Press

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