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Jody Hewgill
Nothing says Summer like Snowy Peaks
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Happy Summer Solstice .

This portrait of Jeff Scott for the cover of CIO magazine was commissioned by SooJin Buzelli for the spring issue, but was postponed for the current summer issue. While I am often commissioned to create portraits of celebrities, I find it a bit more challenging to create a portrait of someone I really don't know much about. Outside of the story itself, often there is very little information about the person available online and few reference photos provided. However when one is commissioned an illustration by the fabulous SooJin, you rise to the challenge. In situations like this I base my general concept on the essence of the story but I'll also pepper it with details from experiences and things that I have a connection to. I tell my students that besides focusing on developing strong drawing, painting and conceptual skills, I think it's important to experience many aspects of life so you can bring a personal voice and point of view to your work.
 


Full page , part of inside spread (above ).
 
When I think of Alaska, I envision the splendour and vastness of the outdoors. I've never been to Alaska, but I have been on snowy peaks like this in Colorado and British Columbia. And I have climbed rock.
Some photos of me rock climbing in Milton Ontario 20 years ago. Ascending and then repelling down.
Not very graceful, but this was my first attempt at climbing.
 

The five birds that fly around Jeff Scott represent the five important and big name external CIO's who fly into Alaska for meetings with him.
I love watching birds of prey soar. This is as close to a Falcon as I've ever been. This photo was taken at a Raptor centre when I was mountain biking through  Vermont.
 

Another portrait for SooJin , for the May/June2010 issue.
Portrait of Antoine De Salins, CEO of France's Pension Fund.
I know the Fleur de Lis well ( drawn into the seedling in his hand ) as I'm from Montréal.

A  tip of the hat to SooJin for being such a strong supporter of illustration.
Click here to view a video of a behind the scenes look into the magazine.
 


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