SI 52 plus bonus!
I love it when an illustration project comes with a hidden bonus. I'm pleased to add to the celebration and toast the inclusion of my work in the Society of Illustrators 52nd Annual (Advertising category). I was commissioned by EMI/Virgin UK to create a painting for the cover of a wonderful CD by Alessi's Ark called "Notes from the Treehouse." (The painting is done with acrylic paint and vintage trading stamps on birch panel).
But what really made this project special is the friendship that Alessi and I struck up. We were first introduced via phone after I received the assignment from her record label. After almost a year of emails, letters and overseas phone calls, we finally met in person just a few weeks ago, when she came to NYC to perform. It's hard to believe she's only nineteen (I believe she was seventeen when she recorded the album) - her talent as a musician, singer, and artist is staggering, and I'm so happy to have made a new friend.
Listen for yourself here (Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes produced the CD). And congrats to all of the other illustrators in 52!