Jason O'Malley - April, 2012 Featured Artist

Jason O'Malley

Jason O'Malley Portraits and
My commercial illustration portfolio and My greeting card company

Kerhonkson, NY (The Catskills)

Last time you ate a pancake?
Last Saturday. Whole wheat with blueberries.

Favorite day of the week?
Saturday (pancake day)

Favorite website besides your own?
The wholesome and erudite


Give us a brief description of you and your artwork.

I'm a longtime New York City dwelling illustrator who bought a weekend house in the Catskills with his bf and never went back to the city. When the market crashed in 2008 and my editorial work dried up, I started doing custom portraits for friends and it gradually snowballed into an actual business. I draw all my subjects to look their very best, no dieting required. It's much more forgiving than a photograph.

What's your goal as an artist?

To make my client flip out when they see the final art.

Why did you choose illustration?

After years of toiling in the trenches as a graphic designer and art director in the fashion world, I finally came to my senses and realized I could make a living by drawing pretty pictures instead. And I can do it all from the comfort of my home, on my own schedule, in my underpants. It's my dream job.

What was the last full album you listened to?

MDNA by Madonna. Don't believe the haters. It's freaking awesome. And Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83. It's magically delicious.

Top three movies of all time?

Female Trouble, 16 Candles, A Room with a View

Favorite living artist?

Morrissey. He's still charming after all these years.

Have you seen this high speed video of jello?

It's hypnotic. Must. Buy. Jello. Now.

Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

It's a breeze to order, the prices are great, and the clean lines compliment the modern people, places, and pets that I like to draw. And whoever writes the copy on the Plywerk website is a smart ass. I like smart asses.

Does thinking of Plywerk give you love butterflies in your stomach?

Yes, especially when I daydream about my Pro Deal discount.

Favorite hair style?

The Bouffant. The higher the hair the closer to God.

Breakfast cereal of choice?

Honey Nut Cheerios with rice milk and blueberries. And since we're on the topic, I'm pretty sure that the couples featured on the Kashi Good Friends cereal box are "doing it".

More about Jason

Jason began his career as a graphic designer and art director for the likes of Donna Karan, Abercrombie and Fitch, OUT magazine, and Laird + Partners. In 1998, he came to his senses and realized he could make a living as an illustrator. His greeting cards are featured in hip shops around the globe and his illustrations have appeared in many publications including Vogue, The New York Times, and Elle Decoration. Other clients include Gap, Mini Cooper, Ikea, Coca Cola, and American Express to name a few of his resume highlights.

2005 marked the launch of his greeting card company Handsome Devil Press with partner J.R. Craigmile. In 2006 he was selected one of the "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide" by Lürzer's Archive. In 2007, his first two children's pop-up books for Jumping Jack Press won gold and bronze Moonbeam Awards. Several of his illustrations are featured in the 2008 edition of The Big Book of Fashion Illustration. And he's been creating "über gay and sparkly" graphics and branding for his pals at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in NYC. In his spare time he paints, throw pots, and occasionally blogs about design and celebutards. Jason is and amazing human and if I lived closer to New York, I would most definitely ask him to wear the other half of my BFF necklace.

Win an Jason O'Malley Print on Plywerk

Post a comment below and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a 12x18 Jason O'Malley print mounted on 3/4" bamboo Plywerk!!! We'll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early April to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We'll ship it anywhere in the continental US for free. If you win and need it shipped internationally, you're on the hook for shipping costs. Sorry to be so mean.

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