Taschen's 100 Illustrators Released

“Illustration nerds, it's time to get your geek on… 100 of the most significant illustrators working in the field today.” 
— Huffington Post, New York

Taschen's 100 Illustrators
Curated by Steven Heller

In January of 2013 I was contacted by the team at Taschen asking if I would like to be included in their upcoming publication 100 ILLUSTRATORS. Since 2005 the series Illustration Now! has featured in four volumes 600 illustrators from all around the world. For this special edition, TASCHEN has teamed up with Steve Heller and "selected from this great archive 100 illustrators to crown the best of the series with an impressive publication: 100 ILLUSTRATORS." (I said yes!) 

"Culled from our Illustration Now! series is this selection of today’s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe. In his introduction, Steven Heller fleshes out the challenging process of narrowing down a field of 600 illustrators to a selection of the 100 most significant. The final cut, including artists such as Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Brad Holland, Mirko Ilić, Anita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, (and Lisel Ashlock of course) provides a snapshot of the highly dynamic and diverse world of contemporary illustration." 

The full presentation of the book is beautifully bound, two volume hardcover in slipcase. I was stunned and honored to be chosen by Steven Heller among the group. Another huge shocker was to see my self portrait right in the center of of the cover!


Seeing my work published is always equal parts exciting, and equal parts nerve wracking, but it was so fun to finally see my spreads. Since this book pulled work from the last eight years of Illustration Now! I was surprised to see an old image- my portrait of Nico! A good mix of new and old were represented. 

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I've been hearing about the legend of Steven Heller since I was in undergrad at CCA. His reputation of being the authority on Illustration and Graphic Design have stuck with me since, so having him write about my work was a real treat!

Here's what he had to say: "Ashlock combines the surreal floral art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo with the post-impressionism of Henri Rousseau."

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One of the best surprises when I got my copy of 100 ILLUSTRATORS was opening up to the first page and seeing this: the very familiar face and portrait of the beloved Dugald Stermer. Dugald was my thesis instructor at CCA in 2002, and played an integral role in my journey as an illustrator. Some major discoveries were made that year, and Dugald was my biggest cheerleader, motivator and fan. His encouragement and confidence in my work was profound for me as an illustrator, and he continued to be a huge mentor all the way up to his passing in December of 2011.

I was so touched to see that Editor Julius Weidemann devoted the first paragraph of this entire publication to Dugald himself saying, "... this publication is an homage to him and the many others who are not here with us anymore...These were the legendary ones ... and who not only had a stunning body of work, but also played a significant part in the history of contemporary illustration." I am forever proud to have had the privilege of having Dugald as my teacher, and beyond humbled be among the same pages as my hero and friend. 

Dugald Stermer, Self Portrait, 1999

Dugald Stermer, Self Portrait, 1999

More than 100 intro by Julius Weideman

More than 100 intro by Julius Weideman

Some great press about 100 Illustrators:

The Huffington Post :  100 Illustrators You Should Know Right Now >>
Fast Company : Today's Best Living Illustrators >>

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