In 1989 I did my first cover of Time. That cover was with Rudy Hogland as the Art Director and I could only hope I'd get to do another. In the years that followed I did many covers for Arthur Hochstein and some for Joe Zeff
. When Arthur left Time this fall I wondered if my run had ended, if Time would move on? My last cover was Sonia Sotomayor
last year. A couple of days ago D.W. Pine, the now head Art Director at Time asked if I could do a cover.
It was pretty straight forward; paint the Pope from the back.
I had a pretty good reference shot that lacked some focus and my job was to make an image that could run. I asked if I could go right to finish and D.W. said yes. I worked non-stop for many hours and finished around mid-day on Tuesday.
(I had until Wednesday but I had another job due…you know the drill).
I think the cover is powerful and am so thankful to Time and D.W. for continuing my relationship with Time and their covers. It's a relationship I cherish.
Since I started doing covers for Time, I've seen the magazine redesigned several times, always well done. For this lasted redesign I did the first cover last year, however I had yet to do a cover with the birth of the iPad.
At midnight I checked it out and there it was, my first iPad cover.
As for the Catholic church, sorry always worked for me.
By the way, I knew how to paint the sequins on the Pope's garment via a lesson painting several pieces for the USPS with my Judy Garland stamp.
They're easy and it is funny that both Judy Garland and The Pope find sequins the go-to look.