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    Josh Cochran: Live drawing/mural with Leif Parsons and John Malta for the AARP Life Reimagined convention in New Orleans (detail)

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Illustration: Josh Cochran has more brilliantly concise work for you to admire

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

Illustration is one of those wonderfully versatile forms of mark-making which comes in every different guise imaginable – from dynamic, fast-paced and full of action, to slow, deliberate and painstakingly detailed – so it’s more or less a given that the very best illustrators out there will have mastered as many different styles as possible. This is where Josh Cochran comes in.

He belongs to that rare school of visual storytellers who tend to find success as editorial illustrators, whose handle on their medium is so complete that they are able to convey complex, multi-layered messages through a single image. Whether that be for an article in a financial magazine about how companies roll content from one place to another, or an enormous mural spanning whole walls created in response to a collection of life goals and dreams, no idea is too abstract for Josh’s talents. if you don’t believe me, here’s an update on what he’s been setting his masterful mind to of late.

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    Josh Cochran: Guston

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    Josh Cochran: Screenprint for a benefit for the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund, image from Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress

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    Josh Cochran: Live drawing/mural with Leif Parsons and John Malta for the AARP Life Reimagined convention in New Orleans

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    Josh Cochran: This is how I lived in LA

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    Josh Cochran: T-shirt designs for Death Cab for Cutie

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    Josh Cochran: Serra

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    Josh Cochran: For an article in Plansponsor magazine

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    Josh Cochran: Artwork for Beck’s song reader

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    Josh Cochran: Portrait of John Zorn for the New Yorker

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast. She also oversees our London listings guide This At There.

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