El Malpensante, "Love is Like..."
The great thing about El Malpensante Magazine is their willingness to trust you. The AD will often get in touch and simply say “have you got anything you’ve been wanting to draw?” Seriously. No sketch, no nothing, just “send us some final art and we’ll see if it makes sense with our stories”. On one hand this does take away the process of client/illustrator collaboration, but it also makes for a place where personal work can live. In this case as the cover of the magazine.
"Love is Like…" grew out of a similar idea for a different cover assignment. That job was about being unique amongst your peers, but what I was really thinking about was romance and relationships. Since it wasn’t chosen,I was (later) free to make this picture that captured the feeling of hope for companionship that is exceptional, unique, and, ultimately, stands out from all the other “noise”.
I’ve been waiting a while to post this image because of delays in publication, but now have the green light. On news stands soon, that is if you live in Columbia (country).