MEET BOARD MEMBER Mark Todd
Mark’s hip melancholic mixed-media illustrations blend images, words, and iconography into one awesome package. Influenced at times by the teen angst we’ve all shared, the perennial work always contains a subtle humor and provides an unexpected, smile-provoking response. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators NY, The Art Directors Club, and The Type Directors Club. Frequently involved in publishing projects, Mark has worked with Sourcebooks, Blab! and Blue Q both as an illustrator and an author/illustrator for fiction and non-fiction titles. “Whatcha Mean, What’s A Zine”, a well-loved primer on creating zines and mini-comics, was released by Houghton Mifflin. A number of books followed, the most recent a collection of Greek and Roman mythical monsters titled “My Monster Notebook” (Getty Publications), in 2011.
An honors grad of the Art Center College of Design, Mark actually grew up a few miles from the famed Vegas strip. With 70’s neon and glitz looming over his childhood, he dug into Star Wars and comic books which ultimately influenced both his illustration and fine art work. Well known for his intensely deconstructed, fan-fantasy ‘Comic Paintings’, which actually follow the aspect ratio of a comic book on a grander scale, he has exhibited extensively in shows at galleries such as DOMY Houston, La Luz de Jesus, and the (fondly remembered) Billy Shire Fine Arts. Though he has criss-crossed from coast to coast, Mark is settled in the Los Angeles area where he lives and works with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili, and a French bulldog named Mr. Pickles.
This is Mark’s second term serving on the ICON board.
Check out his work here.