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Grand Manan. 4 x 4 illustration. An example of a series of color and black and white illustrations I made for Willa Cather scholar Sue Hallgarth‘s book, On the Rocks: A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery.
Detail of My Diva illustration. I created the illustration in photoshop with two images and additional digital painting.
My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack. Inspiring, funny, heart-breaking stories about growing up gay. The contributors describe their private, transforming, sometimes life-saving relationships with their celebrity Divas. A really fun photo illustration project. Great book.
Book cover, When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life of a Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910–1929 by Olaf F. Larson. It’s great fun to be handed a good black and white photograph. I enjoy repairing time’s damage, mixing a color palette, and adding other objects and textures that communicate time and place. The author, in his 90s, describes his boyhood farm, tales about his family and neighbors, and the one-room schoolhouse he attended. It’s a good bedtime read for the kids.
Book cover for The Uncensored Boris Godunov: The Case for Pushkin’s Original Comedy (University of Wisconsin Press). Finding imagery of historical figures can be a challenge. Here, original art was made from a public domain image.
Book cover, Liberals Under Autocracy by Anton A. Fedyashin. University of Wisconsin Press. The cover of an old journal was used as the foundation of the cover art. I added color and texture and expanded the illustration to fit the 6 x 9 book size.
I created this book cover illustration by the merging of many photographs.