American Illustration Profiles: Christopher Silas Neal
Christopher Silas Neal creates beautiful, graceful illustrations that have appeared on the covers of numerous books and the pages of many publications including The New Yorker, Real Simple, and The New York Times. Neal has illustrated an elegant series of children’s picture books, and will publish his self-authored book debut, Everyone, in 2016. He has also illustrated animated videos for Kate Spade and Anthropologie, and delightful posters.
Neal’s artwork has a rich, thoughtful sensibility. He says, “I move shapes and colors the same way that a designer lays out a page,” and his cover designs and page illustrations share an awareness of graphic space and impact. Neal can illustrate complex concepts and stories with an almost childlike simplicity, yet there are layers and layers of graphic sophistication and smart visual storytelling in his work. His series of children’s books are breathtaking in their illustration quality, with a retro feel that conjures up classic picture books from back in the day.
(Above): Illustration from The New Yorker, art director: Jordan Awan.
Illustration from The New York Times, art director: Cathy Gilmore Barnes.
Illustration from Plansponsor, art director: SooJin Buzelli.
Illustration from Real Simple, art director: Alex Mooney.
Illustration from Stanford Medical Review, art director: Dennis McLeod.
Illustration from Martha Stewart Living, art director: Jenn McManus.