And I was told there would be upcoming covers by Milton Glaser and Yuko Shimizu.... so no pressure ; )
I sent both in, just in case the reduced one was too different.
The editors liked the reduced frontal head and wings, but really felt like it couldn't have any gradations, which was too different in execution than the other months.
So I quickly rolled out a more graphic one in under an hour.
I say rolled because both of these pieces actually started out the same way, as an embossed line drawing on heavy paper board. It just depends on how thick, thin, wet or dry I apply the paint to my brayers and then how much pressure and speed I use when I roll them over the embossed line drawing. It's simple enough but almost impossible to really control and it involves alot of frisket and swearing due to complete wash outs and having to emboss a whole new board or trying to fix it in photoshop...
BUT the best part was being able to see what everyone else did. So fun and educational for me to see how artists approach the same problem but it comes out so different!
And that's why I waited until December to post this, so I could show the variety of the total year. A real selling point to commissioned illustration. My favorite was Melinda Beck's and design wise Yuko's and Cathy's.
Cathy Bleck, Felix Sockwell, Michael Bierut and Milton Glaser.
Marian Bantjes, Yuko Shimizu, Melinda Beck and Oded Ezer.
Bernard Williams and Art Chantry.
And finally the printed product.