Jason Raish Illustration
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I lived in this house in the 13th arrondissement of Paris for a year with my Aunt, Uncle, and guy and girl cousins.  It was a swell year and I was fortunate to live with them.  The 13th is most notable for Chinatown and the old school Butte Aux Cailles area.  Many tours of French tourists would be led down our street and for good reason, the “papillon” (butterfly) houses like the one we lived in.  They’re called this because the structure is divided in half with another family living on the other side.  The whole neighborhood is uniquely beautiful with these old stone papillon houses.  behind the them are little yards which is extremely rare in Paris.  The skies are often dramatic, with the sun shining on one side and storm clouds advancing on the other, often for only a few minutes of rain.  I included some of my favorite things about Paris in this illustration.  Baguettes, beautiful French women (especially on bikes), Kaz the family golden doodle, my vintage Peugeot road bike (yes that’s me and yes I took the liberty of making myself look a little better), a bottle of St. Emillion grand cru red wine from Chateau Ambe Tour Pourett that I went to when I was in Bordeaux, a bottle of Chabli premiere cru white wine from my favorite of all the neighborhood wine stores, a Citroen DS 19, and a Citroen 2CV aka “duck”.  Even Penny, the neighbor’s dog is here.  And of course a pile of ubiquitous poo that plagues Paris’ sidewalks.  The ladies are based on two lovely French actresses, Anna Karina and Bridgette Bardot.  For the fashion curious the outfits are from Hermes Fall/Winter 2012 and Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2014.  I’m wearing the stereotypical French navy Breton shirt and scarf that I wore as a joke but most of my friends took seriously.  I love the vines, slate shingles, and shape of their house and had to illustrate it.  I think I spent more time on this than any piece before.  That’s a LOT of time.  It’s big, 24” x 36” poster size/

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

They told me last week that this piece was selected for the American Illustration 33 book!  Out of 9,720 images 384 were chosen to represent the best of 2013 Illustration.  Somehow this one made it.  Thanks judges!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Citroën 2CV (French: "deux chevaux"), another legendary and iconic French car.  Introduced in 1948 people mocked it for It’s utilitarian looks.  The Dutch, the Germans, and others nicknamed it “The Duck” because of its looks and even Citroën came to embrace the name.  It was cool seeing these around Paris when I lived there.

The Citroën 2CV (French: "deux chevaux"), another legendary and iconic French car.  Introduced in 1948 people mocked it for It’s utilitarian looks.  The Dutch, the Germans, and others nicknamed it “The Duck” because of its looks and even Citroën came to embrace the name.  It was cool seeing these around Paris when I lived there.

Monday, March 31, 2014
The Citroën DS 19.  A legendary French car introduced in 1955 at the Paris Motor Show.  Classic & Sports Car magazine brought together a judging panel that of well known car designers and they voted the Citroën DS as the most beautiful car of all time.  It was always cool seeing one of these when I lived in Paris.

The Citroën DS 19.  A legendary French car introduced in 1955 at the Paris Motor Show.  Classic & Sports Car magazine brought together a judging panel that of well known car designers and they voted the Citroën DS as the most beautiful car of all time.  It was always cool seeing one of these when I lived in Paris.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
My monthly Golf Magazine Rules Guy spot.  This one is about a ball that just jumped off the tee as the guy was swinging.

My monthly Golf Magazine Rules Guy spot.  This one is about a ball that just jumped off the tee as the guy was swinging.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In news unrelated to illustration, I saw Ana De La Reguera at this Swarovski and Pineda Covalin party last night. If you know me you know how much I love Eastbound and Down so that was cool. Stepped on her dress though, oops sorry Ana.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Success Outside the Dress Code: The subtle cues that help nonconformists break from the pack and thrive; Power of sweatpants".  4 Illustrations for today’s Wall Street Journal about a study that shows how not conforming can increase your status.  Standing out in certain circumstances, like wearing sweats in a luxury store, also appears to boost an individual’s standing.  Pedestrians in Milan thought people wearing gym clothes in a luxury store where less likely to buy while the sales staff thought they were more likely to buy.  They also had a professor, clean shaven and dressed up and a professor with facial hair wearing a T-shirt.  The students afforded more respect to the more bohemian looking professor.  There was something about red shoes too, that one might not have gotten used as the story was coming in.

Article Here

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Edit - I made this little dude cuter, bottom one is the original.  Would you like to swing on a star?  Carry moonbeams home in a jar? I am creating some illustration samples for kids and here is the first one.  It’s also the first illustration I made with Adobe CC.  Overall it seems a little faster but for me I haven’t found any new features that make it super awesome.  Also it’s annoying how they have to change the tool bars and symbols a little bit with every new version so there is a learning curve.  Please provide any feedback you might have about this illustration because it’s for kids are the colors too dull?  Does the kid look too scary?  The comments I get from art directors in the children’s industry all the time is that my kids look too detailed and hyper realistic so I’m trying to tone that down.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is moving Netflix into Europe.  Full page illustration for today’s Variety Magazine.  They wanted to depict Hastings as a Napoleon like figure.  I can’t claim very much credit for this because David already locked down this amazing composition centuries ago.  Factoid:  Napoleon actually crossed the Alps on a donkey but asked David to hook him up a little. 

 
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