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New Art - Illustration - Tara McPherson

Updated on November 9, 2012

Tara McPherson Beginnings

Ms. McPherson was born in San Francisco in 1976. She was raised in Los Angeles.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2001 with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art.

She interned at Rough Draft Studios, working on Matt Groening's "Futurama" during college. She has also done album covers for Vertigo Comics as well as editorial illustrations for magazines such as as Fanta and Spin Magazine.

Ms. McPherson has created posters for such bands as as Green Day, Beck, Modest Mouse, Isis, High on Fire, and Death Cab for Cutie, She only does album and poster art for bands she personally likes. Not only does she create art for bands and concert promotions, she also creates toys for Kidrobot, Dark Horse Comics, and Toy2R.

Ms. McPherson has also had a story published in the graphic novel 1001 Nights of Snowfall. The story is titled Diaspora and is now a collector's item. Naturally the story includes illustrations by McPherson.

Much of her work uses a strong clean outlines, so many of her pieces turned up on people as skin art (tattoos) In recognition of her fans she has dedicated part of her site (below) to those who have sent her photos of her works as tattoos.

Ms. McPherson currently lives in New York.

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PortraitTara McPherson
Portrait | Source
Tara McPherson
Tara McPherson | Source

Technique, Media & Inspiration

Ms. McPherson cites as inspiration, in her younger years, Garfield, Mad Magazine, and Gary Larson's The Far Side. As she also majored in astronomy & astrophysics Ms. McPherson also cites space exploration as an inspiring theme.

This can be readily seen in some of her works where space suits, bubble helmets, and rocket-ships play a role. There's definitely a 1950s kitsch there as well.

She draws in pencil, pen & ink, and paints in acrylics with her own personalized pallet of colors. Many of her works have been reproduced in print on book covers, CD covers, and rock posters.

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Lost ConstellationsHalloween
Lost Constellations
Lost Constellations | Source
Halloween | Source
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SupergirlsThe Dull SoundLaughing through the Chaos of it AllThe WitchingToo Fast for Love
Supergirls | Source
The Dull Sound
The Dull Sound | Source
Laughing through the Chaos of it All
Laughing through the Chaos of it All | Source
The Witching
The Witching | Source
Too Fast for Love
Too Fast for Love | Source


Some of Ms. McPherson's works include partial nudity. When searching for her works or even viewing the video below, please be aware of this fact.


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