A test for an ad campaign that didn’t happen (beer logo removed).
Drew this in half a Sunday several months ago.
SPX! Here’s my signing schedule:
Here’s some new info on my debut novella:
The image above is one of the many things I ended up deleting from the final version. The book is fairly quiet, but I tried to treat drawings like words, which meant that a great deal of perfunctory prettiness had to be left out.
I will also have my last two Yellow Zines with me, so please come by and say hi!
Take a look at these haaands: they’re mine (one-handed photos are hard).
A slightly edited version appears on today’s NYT Upshot. The one below is an earlier attempt, rejected for its gloomy trashiness.
PS. I’m leaving for SPX soon, more details tomorrow!
I drew today’s Google Doodle celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. Big thanks to Ryan for the assignment, to Sophia for assistance with parallaxing and other complicated things, to the engineers/programmers who made things move and to everyone who liked it and wrote nice things to me!
Here’s the full interactive version if you missed it on the homepage (you can drag the scenes instead of clicking to see the transitions better).
PS. I’ll use this opportunity to plug my debut graphic novella (In A Sense) Lost & Found which is out today. Coincidence?! Yes.
This illustration was in my drafts for almost exactly a year and now the excellent story is finally published on New Yorker’s Page Turner. Which is somewhat fitting. I wrote a bunch of sentences about it last year, here’s one of them:
"It also made me remember those old Russian windows, partitioned with little regard for sense or symmetry, like some halfassed Mondrian knockoff."
(In A Sense) Lost & Found, my first hardcover graphic novella is up for preorder from Nobrow Press!
Here’s what the critics are saying so far:
"…an adventure through prose and art that takes hold of you, and lingers in your mind long after you finish."
"The plot of Muradov’s debut graphic novel floats like a dream-fog in surreal, rich art as the ludic dialogue refuses to direct the reader to a stable referent. Great stuff."
"This philosophical journey begins and ends with Muradov’s line-work, which is amazing. He breathes life into his characters, some human, and others less so, and likewise elevates the setting, which is equally fantastic and surreal."
"…the kind of imaginary yet evocative tale that comics are great at capturing."
A logo I designed for Green Apple’s new bookstore across the street from County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, where SF zinefest will take place very soon. I will be there with YZ5 and other new things.The actual thing is greener for good reasons, but I still like this original color scheme. They’re planning to print it on tote bags too.
New spot series for the New Yorker (July 28th issue) all about booze and chairs, but mainly chairs.
Students! I will be teaching two illustration classes this Fall:
California College of Art: Illustration 3.
Academy of Art University: ILL 606: MS Editorial Illustration.
Sign up and you will be as cool as me.