An Alternate Henry James

You may have already seen my recent cover and interior illustrations for The Writer’s Chronicle. Sometimes when you send your art director sketches there is more than one that you want to take all the way to the final. That was the case for this cover assignment. Amongst a very busy season and taking care of a six month old (my adventures in freelancing with a baby are being chronicled here), it took me several months to finally finish off this painting. And it was worth the wait.

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I feel I really was able to push my composition with this in a way that paid off. If you didn’t see the original cover, it went along with an essay on Henry James and his craftsmanship on The Portrait of a Lady. As per usual, I made some digital tweaks, but the original painting is not far from this version and is for sale, so please get in touch if you are interested.

I intend to write another baby-related post in the near future, but even my good friends are due emails or visits so I will get to it as soon as I can.

Cover Illustration for The Writer’s Chronicle

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In February, I had the great pleasure to work with The Writer’s Chronicle for a second time. I created a cover illustration for an article titled “The Master Craftsman” which was about Henry James and how he crafted The Portrait of a Lady. As you can see, I chose to depict James as a literal craftsman, carving the novel out of wood.

The second illustration accompanied an article titled “Three Quick Studies of the Image” and discussed the role of the image in poetry. This was particularly challenging given the abstract nature of trying to illustrate “the image.” I decided to explore a concept using ancient stone carvings and hieroglyphs as they related to language and communication.

 

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The folks at The Writer’s Chronicle are always so great to work with and they have typically given me a lot of freedom with the illustrations. And this issue was especially well-timed because it came out during the annual AWP Conference & Book Fair so hopefully a few extra eyes were on the issue.

You can see the cover and interior illustrations I did for them in 2013 here.