For the last several years as I have been bringing students to New York, one of the highlights has been visiting The Criterion Collection with my colleague illustrator Caitlin Kuhwald
. Caitlin has been doing great work for them for years so I was very excited to get a call recently from Eric Skillman asking me if I could do the illustrations for the Criterion DVD/Bluray release of Autumn Sonata
, a film by Ingmar Bergman, starring Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman. It was Ingrid Bergman's last performance in a major theatrical feature film. It tells the story of a self- absorbed classical pianist who is confronted by her grown-up, neglected daughter. The film was shot by the great Sven Nyqvist, making every frame a great still image in it's own right. My exciting but intimidating challenge was to make a painterly statement to help package the DVD, while remaining true to the spirit of the film's visual language.