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Eric Donelan

A former Graphic Designer, Eric Donelan is an illustrator and painter based in Wheaton, Illinois.

In terms of working methodology, Big Cheese and ZeitGuys were the culmination of hundreds of Mr. Donelan's automatic drawings which he edited per his own Steinbergian sense of narrative. "These icons make the keyboard a visual moog synthesizer," says Donelan, "with which anyone can create their own personal digital Bayeaux Tapestry." The icons have appeared in Graphis Digital Fonts 1, Faces on the Edge, Zed, Multimedia Graphics: best of Hyperdesign, Can U Digit? exhibit at Postmasters in New York, an ACD show and an STA show. They have been discussed in several publications including Wired, Eye and I.D.

Personally Mr. Donelan works with a small group of design firms including: Vanderbyl Design, Cahan and Associates, and Viva Dolan. Book work includes publishers Chronicle Books, HarperSanFrancisco, and TenSpeed Press. Exhibitions include: Everyday Apocalypse (toured former USSR) and American Illustration 11 featuring iconic paintings from 1991.

He has taught Rendering and Typography at two Midwestern Universities. His current work includes a 500 drawing tribute to Chicago Imagists/Chicago Residents. He fends off his critics via

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