New York Drawings - By Adrian Tomine

I first became aware of the work of Adrian Tomine through The New Yorker magazine, so I was delighted when “New York Drawings" was produced. The book captures all his New Yorker related work plus other New York themed material.

I love the cool clear style of his work; his covers always make the magazine leap from the racks in the newsagents. His illustrations that accompany features on bands or films perfectly capture the essence of the subject mater.

This beautifully produced book also gives an insight to the work process that Tomine follows as we get to get see sketchbook drawings which are very different in style from the finished works. He is great at slipping subtle humour into his work, my favourite example being the piece entitled “Read-Handed” from 2008, which shows the moment when a bookstore owner captures his neighbour receiving a package from Amazon.

In addition this book, I would also recommend Tomine’s comic book series “Optic Nerve”. He is up to number 13 in the series and the extended format of the work in these titles allows us to see a fuller narrative take flight. Often these feature his wonderfully observed frustrations with the modern digital world that we live in.