This is an image for Entertainment Weekly's year end Best and Worst issue. It ran as a full page opener for the books section, touting "Bring Up the Bodies", as the best book of the year. Here's some info about the book: Bring Up the Bodies is a historical novel by Hilary Mantel and sequel to her award-winning Wolf Hall. It is the second part of a planned trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. Bring Up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize, following Wolf Hall's win of the Booker in 2009.
Bring Up the Bodies begins where the previous novel finished. The King and Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell are the guests of the Seymour family at Wolf Hall. The King shares private moments with Jane Seymour, and begins to fall in love with her. His present queen, Anne Boleyn, has failed to give him a male heir and, as rumours of her infidelity spread, the King seeks a way to be rid of her, and marry the new object of his affections.
Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell owe their current high status to each other. They become pitted against each other, as Cromwell seeks to find a legitimate excuse to expel her from the King's court. Cromwell, master politician, uses Anne's fall from grace as a chance to settle scores with old enemies. The book ends with the death of Anne.
I tried a variety of solutions in the roughs. Interlocking the three main characters in some, and working on other simpler and direct ideas in others. I usually just jot down the basic shapes in the sketches and figure out the details later. The final design of the crown took some time to work out. Thanks to Steven Charny and Kory Kennedy at EW for the great assignment.