State of Affairs.

Once upon a time, long long ago, in a far away land (well, actually, not that far, just New York City. And "long" is debatable, but for me, last April was a really long time ago) I received one of my first illustration jobs! I was hired by Roseanne Serra at Penguin to design the cover to the novel "Surrey State of Affairs". It started out as a lettering job, then moprhed into illustration (good thing I do both, no?). The process was long and arduous. I created sketch after sketch. Ultimately settling on one fairly similar to the one you see below.


Alas, it was not meant to be. The job was killed (they ultimately decided on this-a completely different direction, which makes me feel better) and I pushed it away, only to return to it this past weekend. About time right? I'm not one to post sketches, but since I did so many, fairly tight sketches for this job, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at my journey...