I was earlier planning to post a caricature of Julia Gillard along with my story of why she resigned from her position as the Australian Prime-Minister, but when I received my copies of the American Spectator Magazine’s July-August issue, I couldn’t resist from sharing these pictures here.
Let me start by showing you the magazine.
The Story of the Cover’s Creation
When I heard from the magazine that they’d like me to do the cover for the July/Aug issue for them, I felt thrilled yet a bit anxious. A cover is, well, a COVER. I could live with having forgotten to paint those draw-strings on Red’s pajamas, but when an image is destined to become the cover of a magazine, it asks for a lot more dedication from the artist.
The requirement was – an American family of 1940s/50s, gathered around the radio. Sounds simple, right? Let us analyze.
An American family? That was easy. I am so completely into Hollywood movies, American News (CBS News is on my top-bar,) and American sitcoms that I often think of myself as a virtual American.
But an American family of 1940s/50s? I wasn’t even born in the 40s and 50s. In fact, my mom must have been a little girl back then. So, I had to research. I had to research the radio, the dresses, the toys, the papered walls, the floral couches, the pooch (who would’ve been a cocker-spaniel if my friend Nancy wouldn’t have told me that the middle-class family in those days would likely own a mutt and not a spainel,) and the colors that would make it look more like the 1940s.
So, upon receiving the requirement, I did my research, got it all into a sketch, and sent it over for approval. After they okayed it I began painting…and I did little more than paint for the next many many many hours. Eventually, a very tired, zombie-like me sent the artwork to the Magazine , plopped down on the bed and got ported to Atlantis. The next morning, I heard from them that they were happy with it. I took a small break from work and then returned to work on a Graphic-design project.
Then two days ago, I received the copies of the magazine. The cover looked even better than I thought it would. The Design team had done such a great job on it. The subtle, low-intensity colors in the Title, the subtitle, and the top and bottom bars integrate with the picture seamlessly. I was so happy when I looked at it that I decided to photograph it and post it along with the artwork.
Here’s the image closer up.
I’ll return with Ms. Gillard’s story soon 🙂 Until then keep drawing to smile.
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Thanks for throwing this up here. All of us at the magazine are very pleased with your work.
Illustrating for The American Spectator is a pleasure. I am happy that you like my work and happier still that you stopped by. Thanks for your kind words 🙂
Wow. So good. Congratulations. About time your talents were recognised by entities like The American Spectator Magazine.
I am so happy to see you here. Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot to me as they’ve inspired me to do better – ever since Knol-days.
you could have watched Back to the Future (the first) and Pleasantville for 40/50s America! 🙂
well done! 😉
Yes, Michael J. Fox’s character goes back in time to somewhere around the 50s. I’ve watched all the Back to the Future movies, you know I love sci-fi 🙂 Glad you liked it – It isn’t fantasy and it’s more in the realm of cartoon-illustrations – I remember that I have to dig out my fantasy illustrations and send them over to you…