American Illustration 29

Wraparound cover and interior poster for the 29th annual book of American Illustration.

Client: American Illustration

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I’ve always considered American Illustration to be one of the nicest annual collections of contemporary illustration. I was honored, and more than a little intimidated, to be asked to work on this year’s packaging, which has in the past featured some of my favorite artists. Rodrigo Corral designed the book and worked on the theme and conceptual direction with me. A big thank you to Mark Heflin for his work in making this all possible.

Coming up with a conceptual direction on a project like this, which essentially has no restrictions, is always a little daunting. Although the idea of someone eating honey came quite quickly(I knew I wanted to create something decadent and even a little pornographic), extrapolating the concept to incorporate the idea of apiology, and devising a way to allow the packaging to support this, would not have been possible without collaborating with a great designer.

The design team made every effort to create a consistent and compelling experience, it’s thrilling to see the palette and tone established on the exterior carried through on the inside. The honeycomb pattern I created on the spine was repeated again on the interior, as well as on the case of the book. The jacket folds out into a large poster.