For an article by Wendell Berry on returning the economy to true long term sustainability. Painted with alot of extra bleed to give AD Nick Jehlen plenty of flexibility in designing the cover. Ironically this figure has a very similar pose to last month's Progressive cover by Zina Saunders of former Gov. Palin, which well illustrated, in part, unsustainability.
The roughs. I really enjoyed concepting for this subject, it's dear to my heart. I try to live conservation minded as much I can, but I do live with a beautiful but normal north american wife and kids, so sometimes it's a balancing act not to become the "green nazi" of the house.
Preliminary drawing and color sketch, being aware of Zina's cover last month I knew the palette had to be completely different.
Some details of the texture of the "piece", I don't know what to call it, it's part printmaking, part painting with a spoonful of photoshop.