When Richard Aquan, from Haper Collins called me last fall and asked me if I would do a cover for a book titled "Napoleon's Privates, 2500 Years of History Unzipped" I thought it was too good to be true. Tony Perrottet , historian/journalist wrote this very entertaining historical guide. It's everything you wanted to know about history but were too afraid to ask. I rarely get the opportunity to work on book covers so I'm hoping AD's in the Book publishing world will notice this one.
It's been a while since I've posted or commented on Drawger, I've become quite distracted with the new house and life by the water. It has a way of hypnotizing you. However, I'm committed to get back to posting more often.
Last week I got a call from the LA Times to do a cover Illustration for the NBA Finals supplement. The twist was to recreate the famous Bird/Magic photo from Andrew Bernstein. It was a classic photo from the Bird/Magic match up in the 1984 finals. Derek Simmons, the deputy Design Director asked me if I could recreate the spirt of the photo with Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce. With a quick turnaround and an odd size I got right to work. I had a few issues to start with - the clothing the faces and how big do I make it. I had to go big (24x45) even though at times it can make the painting go faster( i like to work with bigger brushes) it's not the most practical size for me to photograph. I have to do it in a lot of pieces then put it together in photoshop.
I finished the painting in just under 3 days (with a sore neck) and managed to get a file of the painting out amid a tornado warning, a lightning storm and 60 mile an hour winds. I was on the edge in a matter of speaking. Power Outages are most unwelcome. I can still vividly remember the NY Blackout of 03. The Heat! The Heat!
I'm rooting for the Lakers even though I'm not a big fan of Kobe. I Just can't bring my Yankee DNA to route for anything Boston. I was glad to see last night that they got back into the series.