A List Apart Illustrations

“In which I draw over 350 pen, ink and watercolor illustrations. And that was the easy part.”

Drawing of a fish getting eyeballs glued on. Drawing of a man putting on an extra arm, and an invisible wine bottle created by the negative space of two other wine bottles. Drawing of a kid with several balloons, and several people around him holding one balloon each. Drawing of an apple being unwound and separated into it's constituent parts. Drawing of a man keeping another man with wings from flying. Drawing of several people sorting through drawers. Drawing of a man with a mace and a shield that form the word no. Drawing of a shoeshine guy shining his own shoes. Drawing of a penguin evolving flight so that he can see over the crowd of penguins in front of him.

About This Project


Between 2004 and 2014, I did over 350 drawings for the legendary online magazine A List Apart. Pictured here is a mere smattering of my favorites, but it is by no means the lion's share.

More than any other job, A List Apart shaped my understanding of how an illustration should behave. How it should support the text, and not distract from it; how it should draw the reader in, and help guide them to the core of the article. I would spend hours trying to capture the essence of the article conceptually. By the end, the actual amount of time it took to produce the drawing was far less than the time I spent thinking about it.

If you want to see more, I suggest you browse through issues 201 to 401 over at alistapart.com! Stop wasting your time here and learn something!

About Kevin

Kevin Cornell spends his days in Philadelphia, drawing made-up things. You know… like a “dog driving a bus”, or a “talking can of beets”. If you ever see a talking can of beets, tell Kevin. He's been trying to figure that one out for years.

He has illustrated several books, websites, and comics, and has been doing it for quite a long time now. There's a ton more work on his old site, if you've a hankering to see more. To see his most current sketches, comics and drawings, check out his instagram.

If you have a book you want Kevin to illustrate, please get in touch with his agent, the distinguished Steve Malk. If you wish to contact Kevin because he's behind on his payments and you need to know where to send the next toe… hmmm… send that to his agent, too.