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Joseph McDermott

Joseph McDermott - Abington, USA based illustrator

When he was a boy growing up in New Jersey, Joseph McDermott remembers drawing the panels from his comic books, and creating scenes featuring his favourite cartoon characters. Now based in Philadelphia, he’s doing the same thing as a career and has developed a Lichtenstein-esque style based almost entirely on Silver Age comics. Before becoming a full time illustrator, he worked in an art museum for eight years. He has a Scottish terrier called Monty, a large collection of vinyl albums, and still loves his comics.

Training

Joseph has a BA in Art History from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and has trained in drawing, painting, sculpture, screen-printing, typography and photography.

Approach

In one sense, Joseph works traditionally. He sketches and fine tunes everything first, before colouring and finishing the image. However, all of this is done digitally using the SketchBook Pro application, along with Illustrator and Photoshop.

Style

Joseph’s vintage comic book style will certainly remind you of Lichtenstein’s approach to Pop Art, right down to the replication of ink dot patterns that reflect 20th century printing techniques. In fact, many of the brushes and halftone patterns Joseph uses in his work are of his own design.

Client list

Heineken Toyota Google Be Magazine Perrier American Express Papyrus Mr Porter
Bakery Lorraine
Bakery Lorraine
Joseph McDermott designs retro T-shirts for Texan-based Bakery Lorraine.
Bakery Lorraine
Perfume House
Perfume House
Joseph McDermott produces some sensual Pop Art for French perfume house J.U.S.
Perfume House
The Nescafe Revolution
The Nescafe Revolution
Currently appearing in France's Cuisine Revolution is Joseph McDermott's punchy ad for Nescafe.
The Nescafe Revolution
Pop Art Bursts
Pop Art Bursts
Joseph McDermott supplies explosive icons for Live Happy Magazine.
Pop Art Bursts
Revenge
Revenge
Joseph McDermott illustrates for France's Psychologie Magazine on a vengeful article.
Revenge
Don't Explain
Don't Explain
Joseph McDermott illustrates the poster, cover and track-listing for Snoh Aalegra's EP.
Don't Explain
Safe & Secure
Safe & Secure
Joseph McDermott places people in dangerous situations for a Belgian Trade Union.
Safe & Secure
Psychologies Magazine
Psychologies Magazine
Joseph created these impactful illustrations for Psychologies Magazine.
Psychologies Magazine
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
MAC's Art of the Lip
Illustrator Profile - Joseph McDermott
Illustrator Profile - Joseph McDermott
Joseph McDermott creates powerful artworks inspired by his interest in vintage comics and Pop-Art's Lichtenstein.
Illustrator Profile - Joseph McDermott
Mominate to Clean
Mominate to Clean
Mominate to Clean
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