Chelsea & The City: On hiring illustrators at TIME magazine


The great thing about life is that nobody is perfect. Everyone has weakness and  strengths. Over the past nine months I have been figuring mine out and what I really  need to improve on and learn more about.

Obviously I have not been in the professional business too long and many, many things come with time. But one of my main struggles right now is knowing / finding / choosing illustrators. I didn’t go to art school and I am not fully aware of who’s the latest greatest artist and what the newest art styles are. But I want to learn – and am learning. I do have a great list of extremely talented illustrators I use almost on a weekly basis. Some newer faces I just started using and some that are TIME go-tos. But I want to expand this list. Whenever I start to research illustrators I always get so overwhelmed because of the immense amount of talented people out there.

How do you choose? How do you know? These are still questions I am searching to find the answers to. But in the mean time, here are a few of my favorites that I have worked with:

Brown Bird Design / Kate Francis

Kate is incredible for line drawings. We use her probably more than once a week. She is quick and her illustrations are always very smart and comical.

Todd Detwiler

Todd is fantastic for very conceptual illos. He can be serious or funny. I use him a lot for tech related illustrations and is always very quick and fun to work with.

Peter Arkle

I really love Peter’s work. His drawings are always beautiful and very funny. I have only worked with him a few times, but he has a great sense of humor in his illustrations and a very fun hand drawn style.

Mickey Duzyj

I just used Mickey for the first time a few weeks ago and he was great to work with! A very different style than the others I’ve worked with, I really love it. He has a few different styles and can also be very funny. I worked with him on a conceptual illo and right away came back to me with some fantastic ideas.

Martin Gee

I have known Martin for a while and just got the chance to hire him for the first time a few weeks ago. He has a great geometric type style that makes for very fun and playful illos. He was great to work with –  very quick and very smart ideas and created exactly what I had envisioned.

I would LOVE to hear some of your favorite illustrators that you work with! Like I said, I want to grow my list and know this is the perfect place to ask.


(Chelsea Kardokus is a designer for TIME magazine in New York City, where she recently launched 23&9 Creative.)

About Chelsea Kardokus

Chelsea Kardokus is a designer at TIME magazine.

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