Just when one book design was wrapping up, another project began. This time it's for a book about learning to love opera, penned by Louisville author, speaker, and expert on the arts, Thomson Smillie. What is especially exciting about this project is that he wants to sprinkle it with lots of fun illustrations by moi!
For the cover, we went with the striking facade of Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
I love how my new "sketchbook" illustration style (which is the only style I use now) allows me to be more impressionistic. There is no need to get caught up in the details which keeps the illustrations loose and fresh. Thomson said it best; "You don't need to draw every architectural detail of the facade for someone to recognize it as La Scala. Either you recognize it, or you don't!"
This project should be wrapping up by summer time, so hopefully I will have lots of opera-related illustrations to share with you.
Till next time,
Louisville Graphic Designer and Illustrator