Jun 20, 2015

American Illustration Profiles: Christopher Silas Neal

Christopher Silas Neal is the subject of my latest American Illustration Profiles interview.

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.

Read the American Illustration Profiles interview with Christopher Silas Neal here.

(Above): Illustration from The New Yorker, art director: Jordan Awan.

nyt00317science-72DPI-COLOR-2Illustration from The New York Times, art director: Cathy Gilmore Barnes.

plan-sleepingbikerIllustration from Plansponsor, art director: SooJin Buzelli.

rs-books-june-LORESIllustration from Real Simple, art director: Alex Mooney.

stanford-medicalIllustration from Stanford Medical Review, art director: Dennis McLeod.

tumblr_n96ec8qIkb1r047uno1_1280Illustration from Martha Stewart Living, art director: Jenn McManus.