Getting established in the world of art is certainly no easy dream to accomplish. Often times, people’s visions get overlooked and underappreciated, unfortunately. When it comes to getting recognized by the masses, it can typically take a lifetime, if even at all. For illustrator, designer, and art director Phil Jones, his aim to get published by the renowned New Yorker magazine was rejected, but that wouldn’t stop him from sharing his work with the world.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Phil has been illustrating for over a decade, with the hopes of landing a big break with an American publication. Striving to be noticed, he put out his creative works online and took off with over 450,000 views in just his first day. The ambitious artist decided that despite being turned down, he would prove the popularity and appreciation of his vision worldwide. Of his 53 submitted comics to the New Yorker, each of them has been rejected, however certainly still recognized in the online world, and sure to gain further appreciation in due time.
1. This image explores the idea of how mice have long made themselves cozy within the depths of human households. Phil takes a humorous approach here with the idea that a mouse has taken it to the extent of even asking the homeowner for the house’s wifi during their elongated stay.
2. This image depicts the cable lines that birds have always occupied from above and shows them getting picky about their space when a foul-smelling pair of sneakers gets in their way. It is a creative look into the minds of birds and what they may be thinking when things like this appear in their space.