Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Last Spring I was invited to make an illustration for a new Google search caption game, in which people are invited to submit funny captions for what a character might be searching for in each illustrated predicament. The project was posted today, and you can view the different illustrated scenarios and submitted responses here. There are some great ones!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

best of chicago

Here's my design for the cover of Newcity's Best of Chicago issue that came out this week.

Monday, December 12, 2011

new york times op-ed gif

I made this animated gif illustration for today's New York Times Op-ed Letters section, for the piece entitled Does School Choice Improve Education? Long live the gif!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

loyola exhibiton

I was invited to show my moving drawing loops and other works at Loyola's Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, at 1131 W. Sheridan. On display will be the looped moving drawings along with some of my recent string drawing pieces, artists' books, and comics. The opening is this Thursday December 8th, from 5-6:30pm, and will be up 'till January 21!

Monday, November 28, 2011


I designed this new offset print, overgrown, printed by and available for purchase at one of the very best comic shops, Desert Island in Brooklyn!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

new work

I've been back in school again since September, and it's been exciting to indulge in and have access to new equipment and processes! Here are some of the pieces and experiments I've made in the past couple months.

Hand-bound book, containing 100 straying drawings on translucent paper:

Portraits drawn with string, sandwiched between handmade abaca and cotton paper. I hadn't expected to like papermaking as much as I am:

Looping book, containing a never-ending narrative. I plan to make
many more of these. I also became obsessed
with the kwikprint foil stamper, as you can see here:

Little book utilizing overlapping transparencies:

Letterpress experiments:

Stills from a couple new animation projects I'm excited about making,
using the Vandercook press:

Friday, November 18, 2011

new yorker

I had the very fun task of making these illustrations for this week's New Yorker, the Food Issue! The above illustrations accompany anecdotal food stories by Dana Spiotta, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Paul Theroux, Louise Erdrich, and Judith Thurman, respectively. Getting to draw a woodchuck, drunk on fermented mulberries for the New Yorker was an all-time illustration career high!
I also drew 25 small spot illustrations of food for the interactive table of contents in the New Yorker iPad Special for this issue. If you touch the image of the food, it pulls up the pieces about that ingredient in the magazine. I loved working on these!

Friday, November 4, 2011

eyeworks biz

Alexander and I were interviewed about the Eyeworks Festival by Anna Gross for the AV Club. You can read the interview here.
Also up on the AV Club site is an interview with our festival Guest, Lori D! You can read that one here.

And BEHOLD this amazing illustration made by Tommi Musturi, screenprinted onto the front of the Eyeworks programs!

Eyeworks starts tomorrow afternoon, November 5th! Be there or be square!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

eyeworks 2011 poster trailer

Behold, the 2011 Eyeworks animated poster trailer! This year we again had the pleasure of having the Eyeworks posters designed/masterminded by the brilliant Sonnenzimmer team of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. 200 posters were designed and screenprinted by Sonnenzimmer, and we all took turns painting directly into a layer of wet ink while the layer was fresh off the press. We then photographed each poster sequentially, frame by frame, to make this screenprinted-poster-animation experience! If you keep an eye out, you can find the frames of this animation posted up around Chicago this week, and of course at the festival next weekend on November 5 & 6.

Here's a pic from Sonnenzimmer's site of Alexander and I painting into the wet ink of the posters in their studio.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

the lifted brow

I illustrated the cover for the new food issue of the great Australian magazine The Lifted Brow

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

op-ed tech-toddler

I drew this spot illustration of a tech-toddler for today's NY Times Op-Ed letters page.

Friday, October 21, 2011

costume ideas

In the spirit of Halloween costume time I thought I'd post some images from my favorite 70's paper costume craft book, Making Paper Costumes. These are only a few of the gorgeous/insane costumes shown in the book!

Friday, October 14, 2011

reader house

I have these two illustrations in this week's Chicago Reader, the paper's 40th anniversary issue.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Eyeworks Festival 2011!

Just finalized the programs for year two of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, the fest I co-organize with Alexander Stewart. We're really excited about the lineup this year! View the festival trailer above, and the program listings and festival info below.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation

Saturday, November 5 and Sunday November 6, 2011

DePaul University, CDM Theater, 247 S. State Street, lower level
Jackson stop, Red Line
Chicago, USA
Admission: $6 for each program

Presented by
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
& DePaul University School of Cinema & Interactive Media
Eyeworks is organized by Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré

Program One
Saturday, November 5, 3:00 pm
80 minutes

Robert Breer - LMNO 9:30, 1978
Zeitguised - Peripetics 3:20, 2009
Max Hattler - AANAATT 4:45, 2010
Bill Porter - On Time Off 4:21, 2008
Thorsten Fleisch - Kosmos 5:30, 2004
Mike Maryniuk - Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008
Barry Spinello - Soundtrack 10:00, 1969
James Otis - Jacob's Ladder 4:00, 1981
Ed Ackerman - Primiti Too Taa 3:00, 1986
Atsushi Wada - In A Pig’s Eye 10:00, 2010
Lei Lei - Magic Cube and Ping-Pong 4:04, 2009
Niki Lindroth von Bahr - Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010
Peter Larsson - Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010
Anthony Gross and Hector Hoppin - Joie de Vivre 9:00, 1936

Program Two: Festival Guest Lori Damiano
Saturday, November 5, 6:00 pm

Portland animator Lori Damiano will present a program of her work, including a special preview screening of her hand-drawn animation “Lord I: The Records Keeper.” Lori D’s highly energetic animations and illustrations have a distinctive graphic style and charm, and she has done work for a wide range of clients, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Girl Skateboard Co., and Bonny Prince Billy. She earned an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and is the Animation Department Chair at the California State Summer School for the Arts. She writes a monthly column in The Skateboard Mag called “The Learnings of,” and works with the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland.

Program Three
Sunday, November 6, 1:00 pm
65 minutes

Len Lye - Tusalava 10:00, 1929
Takashi Ito - Thunder 5:00, 1985
Eric Patrick - Ablution 13:00, 2001
Gary Beydler - Glass Face 3:00, 1975
Jesse McManus - Macavity 3:00, 2011
Bendik Kaltenborn - The End 10:00, 2008
Eric Dyer - The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
John Stehura - Cibernetic 5.3 8:00, 1961-65
Paul Bush - While Darwin Sleeps 5:00, 2004
Johan Rijpma - Tape Generations 2:30, 2011

Program Four
Sunday, November 6, 3:30 pm
70 minutes

Paul Rayment - Piano 2:00, 2010
Josh Bonnetta - First Snow 2:00, 2004
Larry Jordan - Solar Sight 15:00, 2011
Scott Wolniak - Work Movie 2:40, 2001
Laura Heit - The Deep Dark 7:07, 2011
Takashi Sawa - Mathematica 8:00, 2000
Priit and Olga Pärn - Divers in the Rain 24:00, 2010
Nicolas Mahler - Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Dalibor Baric - Pain so light that it appears as tickle 4:05, 2010

Looping program
Playing on monitors on view in the theater lobby throughout the festival

Julie Doucet - I Need An Escape Plan
Phenakistoscopes by Florent Ruppert and Jerome Mulot

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

sing a song of sixpence

I had the pleasure of getting to illustrate the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence for the new book Nursery Rhyme Comics, coming out next week from First Second. Above is one page from my piece. What a weird rhyme this one is.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

new eyeworks animated loop

It's Fall again, and that means that Alexander Stewart and I are getting all our ducks in a row for putting together this year's Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation! It will be happening in downtown Chicago on November 5th and 6th. I made this new little gif for the festival site. More details on the festival to come as we finalize the programs!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I made some new prints for an upcoming show at the Hyde Park Art Center called Blaque Lyte. As you may guess from the title, it's going to be a show of all black light sensitive work, curated by crazy geniuses Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr. I drew these heads and screenprinted them with glow-in-the-dark ink (which also fluoresces under black light) and they will be installed in a vertical stack of 7 different heads, as a 7-foot-tall flat totem pole. Should be a very psychedelic show overall.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

chris sullivan's consuming spirits

This Thursday the 15th, Chris Sullivan will be showing a preview screening of his incredible animated feature Consuming Spirits, over ten years in the making! Chris was one of my animation teachers, and one of the main people who inspired me to start doing animation and comics. This is a little excerpt of his film, above. A couple years ago I animated a short hand-drawn scene for the film, and am really honored to have contributed a tiny part to this incredible piece. Anyway, if you are in Chicago, you'd be crazy not to go to see this! Info is here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

dylan williams

Dylan Williams passed away this weekend, and the world lost one of its most passionate, supportive, and selfless people. For those not familiar with Dylan's publishing company Sparkplug Comics, please take look at the wonderful and unique work that Dylan put out into the world. Here is a beautiful memory of Dylan from Austin English, and you can hear an interview with Dylan from a few years back here. And here's Nate Beaty's really sweet photo of Dylan. The positive impact he had on the comics community is immeasurable, as is the gap that is left in his absence. He will be very missed, and he continues to be an inspiration in comics and art, and as a model way to live one's life for however long we are here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"cartoonink" at the betty rymer gallery

There's going to be an exhibition about comics called Cartoon Ink opening soon in Chicago, at SAIC's newly relocated Betty Rymer Gallery. The opening night has switched around a bit and now it looks like the opening is scheduled for this Friday, the 9th, from 4:30-7. I think there might also be a closing reception at some point... In any case, it should be up from sometime in mid-September through mid-October, and includes a lot of local cartoonists. I have some original comics pages and animation frames in the show as well as one of my artists' books on display. I have class until 6pm that evening but will then try to run through downtown to catch a little bit of the opening!

Friday, September 2, 2011

tiger ridin'

Letterpress print I illustrated, made for the recent Spudnik Press fundraiser! A limited edition set of these prints went out exclusively to the fundraiser supporters.

Friday, August 26, 2011

spx bookplate

Illustration I made for the bookplate/prints to be used for the Small Press Expo's great new Graphic Novel Gift Program

Sunday, August 21, 2011


: Lilli Carré

Sunday, August 21st
Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave , Chicago
$5 suggested donation

Thursday, August 18, 2011


This Sunday, August 21st, I am excited to be showing a screening of work in the fantastic ZummerTapez series at Roots and Culture Gallery here in Chicago. I'll be showing my own animation work alongside other films and animations that I like, along with goofy odds and ends from my life-- this would include a couple commercials I was in as a kid, as well as a black and white Grapenuts commercial that shows my mother's family doing flips and twists on trampolines. I plan on slipping in a clip from my 4th grade play, where we all play different geometric shapes that are dying from a lack of moonlight energy, caused by a giant bird sitting in front of the moon (I play a square, and I sing. A singing square). I also may or may not show this Smokey the Bear PSA that stars my chubby little 5-year-old hand... I'll place it here for posterity:

Anyway, here's the official info below. I think it'll be a really fun program, if I do say so m'self! And check out the sexy poster up above, designed and printed for the series by Edie Fake.

: Lilli Carré

Sunday, August 21st
Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave
$5 suggested donation

The Zummertapez screening series invites artists to create a video mixtape that combines excerpts of their own work with material that inspires or influences them. Launched by Alexander Stewart and Andy Roche in 2007, the goal is to produce a more sociable and engaging artist talk.

Roots & Culture concludes the 2011 Zummertapez series with a mixtape by Chicago artist Lilli Carré. In her comics and animation work, Carré uses forms that are both experimental and charmingly approachable as she blends existential crises with bold graphic style and daring narrative methods. While aesthetically reminiscent of American studio cartoons of the 20’s and 30’s, her films focus on darker themes of loss, death and misplaced memory, but maintain a light touch and quick wit throughout. For her Zummertapez screening, Carré will be including selections of her own work in combination with clips from classic studio animation, 90’s computer adventure games, feature films, TV commercials starring her family, and experimental animation.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

horse n' carriage

Illustration I did for the Op-ed letters page of the New York Times today. The article it goes with can be read here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

huck skateboard!?!

There are few things better than coming home from a long trip to find a package at your door that contains a skateboard with your own illustration on it! Penguin recently made limited edition skateboards sporting some of their book covers, including the cover I illustrated for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Here's a more official photo of some of them below. I'm off to get some wheels for this and make myself some new scars, or at least sit on it and roll down someone's driveway over and over.

art 21 interview

I was interviewed this past week for the Art:21 blog by the charming Thea Liberty Nichols. you can read it here:

Monday, July 25, 2011

disillusionment of ten o'clock

I was invited to illustrate a poem for the Illustrated Wallace Stevens roundtable over on The Hooded Utilitarian site. Over 20 artists were invited to choose and illustrate a Stevens poem, which will be posted incrementally on the site throughout this week. I chose to make a short watercolor animation of the poem Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock. It was just posted on the HU site today, and you can view it here (as well as on my vimeo page)!