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Nation Cruise for The New York Times (cover)
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 Last week I worked with Art Director Rodrigo Honeywell to create the cover and inside spread for the travel section of The New York Times. It depicts editors and contributors to the Nation magazine on a cruise. Here's the full story: THE LOVE BOAT FOR POLICY WONKS by Henry Alford
This is the original sketch.
I based Daniel Ellsberg's pose on a production still of Buster Keaton leaning out on a ship. At first, working from memory, I imagined him using Buster's famous scout pose as pictured above.
 It wasn't until I dug out the photo that I realized I'd remembered it incorrectly. This is the still I had in mind. It's from the set of "The Navigator." Buster the beautiful.
Updated sketch with Navigator pose.
This is the first completed image of the NATION revelers.
 This is the update after Rodrigo felt that the cruise needed a little more pizazz. PARTY PEOPLE! The fish were my idea and Rodrigo had his heart set on an iceberg. Both worked well together in the composition. The fish and the iceberg are in the author's text. I did the banjo player while listening to Flatt and Scruggs. I generally like to select music that sets a mood for each character I'm creating.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Richard Dreyfuss, Victor Navasky, Calvin Trillin, Daniel Ellsberg and Ralph Nader.
 Rodrigo did a Google search and discovered that Richard Dreyfus is a recovering alcoholic who lectures on the topic so obviously it became important to switch a couple of heads. This is the final as published. (194 layers) "The Love Boat for Policy Wonks" Inside Spread


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