And then her colors…(gasp). Brilliant.
On February 6th, 2015, I was honored to accompany Jody on stage as she accepted her Gold medal from Society of Illustrators for her painting of "Before Midnight." Little did I know that as Art Director of the piece, I would also be given an actual Gold Medal and certificate. Very cool! Thanks to everyone at SI (and of course, the jury) for the award.
Soooo, there was a bit of in-house drama at EW that came along with this illustration for "American Horror Story: Coven". When the initial sketches were originally conceived and executed by Rory (and immediately approved by me) the minotaur in the background was white. It was basically a nameless albino minotaur that was featured in early promotional trailers leading up to the season. Besides just being cool and creepy, it was specifically placed in the background to keep Angela Bassett from falling too far back and getting lost on the page. So we moved onto final artwork.
P.S. I purchased the original artwork from the artist, and it now prominently hangs in my living room as one of my favorite pieces in my collection.
Smart. And beautiful. A strong conceptual solution for a difficult, abstract subject.