As you might have heard in twitter land earlier today, I illustrated the cover of Anthology, a gorgeous new print publication from editor-in-chief Anh-Minh Le and creative director Meg Mateo Ilasco. I finished working on it months ago, so it’s really exciting to be able to share it with the world!
If you’re curious, here are the sketches and how we got to the final image:
I submitted four initial sketches on the theme of “The Slow Life”. The rough brief was a depiction of home, possibly a NY brownstone and a girl on a bike, but I played around with different scenes and points of view.
Meg liked the bottom right sketch best and suggested having the buildings cut away from the masthead at the top. I redrew a second, more refined sketch, making the girl smaller to balance the scene and giving the buildings more character.
The colours were looking a bit bright, so I presented two more muted versions to better complement the content inside. The warmer version on the right was chosen and I had the go-ahead to produce the final cover.
And ta-da, here it is! Each little window and step (every “straight” line in fact) was hand drawn on my Wacom, which I think gives it that slightly wonky charm that you just can’t get with line tool. I thought I would drive myself insane by window number 50, but it was actually quite therapeutic in its own way!
A couple of detail views:
Can’t wait to get it in the mail and see inside!