Ten Questions With Diana Sudyka

Ten Questions really seems to have a Chicago theme, so I’m just gonna go with it. Today I’m chatting with Diana Sudyka, she’s great.

Age: Mmmm…over 30-ish?

Location: Evanston, IL (just north of Chicago-ish)

Years Doing Posters: 8-ish

Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: I have two drawing styles that I tend to teeter between: one is a more tightly rendered, carpel tunnels inducing style, and the other is a loose, ink and brush method. A favorite from each: The Decemberists with Alasdair Roberts at the Chicago Riviera (of the former style, and depicted below), and Modest Mouse at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver (of the latter).

All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: I can’t list just one, and it changes all of the time. Some of my current favorite poster artists, and these are pretty constant favorites: Judge (she did a Midlake, and Neko Case with a greyhound drawing I am very partial to), Mike King ( an amazing Sigur Ros poster on vellum), Jason Munn of the Small Stakes (just about anything he produces, but especially this books poster), and anything from Hammerpress.

Music Currently In Rotation: Loney Dear, Liam Finn, M.I.A., Midlake, Sam Cooke, Flight of the Conchords, M. Ward, Bat for Lashes, Neko Case, Radiohead, Battles, Camera Obscura, The Carter Family.

Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: I got a Decembers Architects poster from Dan Black and Jessica Seamans of Land Land (www.landland.net). They draw in a very fine lined aesthetic that appeals to me; really lovely work. The jpeg doesn’t do the detail and metallic gold ink justice. I also bought a Shonen Knife by Tara McPherson.

Art Hanging On Your Walls: My basement studio currently has: world map, map of Antarctica, several antique botanical engravings, an engraving of some Galapagos Finches, Jen Corace giclee from Tiny Showcase, an original drawing (“Wolpertinger”) by Heiko Mueller, the aforementioned Land Land poster for Decembers Architects, and until recently it did have a Jason Munn Low poster, but that got moved upstairs.

Upcoming Stuff: Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster for the Alamo Theatre in Austin, TX; Mudhoney poster in the works; children’s novel I illustrated just released “The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey”; in the middle of illustrating a limited edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; attending Flatstock Chicago, and FS Europe.

Words of Wisdom: Always tightly cap your bottle of india ink, especially when there are cats around. Do not use your laptop as a coffee cup coaster, especially when there are cats around. Store your brushes upright, work consistently, and love what you do.

To check out more of Diana’s stuff, visit DIanaSudyka.com. To purchase her just-released Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster, visit Mondotees.com.

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