Bruce McCall

Known for his zany depictions of a faux future , Bruce McCall was famous throughout the 90s as one of the New Yorker’s more prominent cover artists. Also being a profound journalist, and in recent years having a few TED talks under his belt, McCall gives readers a one-two combo of proficient literary skills and spot-on spot illustrations that, together, work exceedingly well.

Viewers call his work idiosyncratic, where he still isn’t quite convinced of his illustrative prowess. In a recent interview, he called his work ” big, lumbering shaggy-dog stuff” and “a clumsy effort” at art.  Though his editors and readers alike disagree, it is nice to see a professional being so humble.

McCall was a high school dropout in the 1950s, instead apprenticing at a local commercial art studio which focused solely on car illustrations. Though many would get bored of drawing nothing but perfectly drafted cars for years, it combined his two loves of 1950s industrial tech and drawing – themes he clearly continues to toy with today.  Through his diligence for this passion, he has grown to be one of the most recognizable artists of the era.

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Below is a link to his TED talk, which says “Illustrator and humorist Bruce McCall paints our imagined future — a supercharged, streamlined fantasyland that teeters on the edge of hysteria.”



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