Anna & Frida & Me

03/28/12

Photo  © Bettmann/CORBIS // Illustrations by me // design by Anna Dorfman

People, I have not been this excited to share something in a very long time.

Let me start from the beginning. Back in October, my dear friend and talented book cover designer (and talented everything designer), Anna Dorfman (aka Door Sixteen), emailed me and asked me if I was interested in illustrating a book cover for her (she works for big publishing house Simon and Schuster). It took me like .2 seconds to say, UM YES!!!! I was especially excited when I found out the cover was for a book about Frida Kahlo, called The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo. The project was to be a photo montage. Essentially, I’d paint, draw and hand letter elements that would be placed inside a famous photo of Frida taken in 1944.

Anna and I began working on the cover that month and this past January we finished it. It was truly a collaborative effort, and I cannot take full credit for the beauty of this cover. Anna is a brilliant, visionary mind and her art direction was absolutely perfect.  As an illustrator, it is a great honor to work with an art director or designer who brings out the very best in you + your work. That is what Anna did for me. She is also patient and kind, which I value as much as genius design skills.

The book (the paperback version of a work of fiction by acclaimed Mexican novelist F. G. Haghenbeck), is not due out until September, but you can pre-order on it on Amazon.

Thank you for letting me gush. Have a great day.

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