Since there are a few Mother Jones posts here I thought I would show my two covers for this month's magazine. Tim Luddy said there were going to do two covers, one for the mail subscribers and one for newsstand.
I took the assignment and though both were different, I was able pull it off.
The first and hardest was the cover that stated "Sugar Kills"
My image was reminiscent of a well known cultural advertising icon from the 70's. I think Tim thought I would do the cover of a sweaty pitcher with a skull drawn onto it. Funny thing was I never thought of doing that. I assumed the skull being hidden inside was a better read. He agreed and it was approved and I went to final. First though, we investigated the idea of doing the cover as a Mexican Sugar skull. It almost went to final but Tim rethought it and came up with the pitcher idea.
The second cover was an easier process. A cover depicting a man in solitary confinement. Tim had a good layout already so I just had to make it real.
I posed for the man and made up the room. Thought of a Matt Mahurin piece I saw years ago the whole time I was doing this one.