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The Illustrations of Joost Swarte

Posted on 09 March 2016

Joost Swarte is likely most well known in the U.S. for his New Yorker covers penned in the last few years, but his career as a cartoonist and graphic designer goes back over 40 decades. Swarte is a Dutch renaissance man with a successful career as a designer, architect, graphic designer, and cartoonist. He has illustrated the covers of some of the worlds most illustrious magazines, designed buildings that stand in The Netherlands, and has been knighted by the Dutch queen. A few years ago I picked up a copy of his collected cartoon works, Is That all There Is?, which I highly recommend. Below are a few selected illustrations of his, all displaying his "Ligne Claire" style, which is strongly influenced by Tintin author Hergé.

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