I had the honor of creating the cover art for a new English edition of Junichiro Tanizaki's 1929 classic, Some Prefer Nettles.
↑ This edition is part of Random House's new Modern Japanese Classics series. The entire line shares the same title treatment designed by John Gall.
Art direction: John Gall
↑ Atlantic Monthly feature on online dating.
↑ Unused digital sketch of a fly fishing date described in the article.
Art Direction: Darhil Crooks
The editor, Chris Curry, sent me the layout above and suggested a dyptic with two separate scenes.
I typically sketch until I have two or three decent concepts or until the sun is rising and I can't keep my eyes open. The three sketches above begun as very loose pencil sketches which I scanned and further developed in photoshop with a wacom tablet. After submitting these concepts, Chris suggested trying an eight-panel composition...
At this point, I turn the black lines of my color sketch faint yellow and print out the sketch on a tabloid sized piece of bristol board. The yellow ink, barley visible in the photo above, serves as my "pencils." I still use traditional media for inking: real brushes, nibs, and India ink. As you can see above, a fair amount of editing takes place during this stage as well.