I was asked to take part this weekend in American Illustration's Live Cover Project
. Under the direction of Richard Turley, Creative Director of Businessweek, and this year's AI book designer, 36 artists and designers will be creating 300 one of a kind original hand painted covers in a live weekend studio-marathon event. I spent the day there on Saturday and finished 13 covers in about six hours. In terms of process, I painted directly on blank book covers without a preparatory sketch so things went by fairly fast. I shared a space with Peter Arkle, Jon Burgerman, and You Jung Byun and we all had a wonderful time together. The paper stock was ideal and really lent itself to working in any medium. I mostly worked with acrylic, markers, spray paint, and used a drill to get some die cutting effects on the cover. A video of the weekend's event is forthcoming. Below are some photos and my 13 book covers.