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November 20, 2014

Cover illustration for The New Yorker: “Fall Library” by Tom Gauld, October 20th, 2014.

The New Yorker: “Fall Library”, cover illustration by Tom Gauld, October 20th, 2014. The same image on the artist’s blog.

The New Yorker website provides this additional detail about how the illustration came to be:

When Tom Gauld sent the first sketch for this week’s cover, “Fall Library,” we discussed a variant where the woman was holding an electronic-book reader. “But I decided against the e-reader,” Gauld says. The image “ended up having too much going on, which made it less interesting. I think the fact that she’s holding one of her millions of books is what’s nice.”

Over at the illustrator’s personal blog, the original drawing can be compared to the final illustration:

Original drawing and final cover illustration: “Fall Library” by Tom Gauld, The New Yorker, October 20, 2014.
Original drawing and final cover illustration: “Fall Library” by Tom Gauld, The New Yorker, October 20, 2014.

The act of reading and literature in general are certainly two of Gauld’s recurring themes. He often illustrates with wry humor how they are both affected by the current technological developments. Below are only a few of the most recent examples he has produced in that vein.

“My Library” by Tom Gauld, cartoon for The Guardian, May 24, 2014.
“My Library” by Tom Gauld, cartoon for The Guardian, May 24, 2014.
“We must go forward / We must get back” by Tom Gauld, Sept. 15, 2014.
“We must go forward / We must get back” by Tom Gauld, Sept. 15, 2014.
“... available in the following formats” by Tom Gauld, Nov. 15, 2014
“… available in the following formats” by Tom Gauld, Nov. 15, 2014

Anyone interested in seeing more like those definitely should check You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack, a 160-page selection of the weekly cartoons the British illustrator does for The Guardian.

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Previously: all posts featuring Tom Gauld.

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