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Arthur Hochstein

JANUARY 20, 2010
Arthur Hochstein.

In 1989 I was just out of school and got my first shot at a Time Cover.  Rudy Hoglund was the AD at the time and under him was Arthur Hochstein.  His warm smile and  positive energy was memorable.   In the years that followed I have been fortunate enough to do many Time covers.  Arthur was the head AD and for most of them I worked with him.  I would not have the career I have had if it were not for Arthur.  He made me appear to be a big league illustrator and taught me how to design a cover.  What works and what does not?  I learned those answers from Arthur.

Arthur is moving on from Time after man years, I won't speculate how many.  It's in solid hands with D.W. Pine.
We've all had ADs move on and recently there have been many. I'm so grateful for all he has done for me and countless other illustrators and the field of illustration as well.
Here's to a beautiful person, Arthur Hochstein.

We created some nice buzz following this cover in the redesign. 

A cover without type!  Remember voting booths?

I always liked this one.  I have put myself in many Time covers.

This one was a bear to complete.  Arthur made it fun.

Tim on the cover or TIme.  I may have done this for Joe Zeff...it all gets fuzzy.

My first Person of the Year cover

FDR,  Runner up for Person of the Century

Gandhi, Runner up for Person of the Century
Einstein, THE Person of the Century.  Arthur gave me the gig of a lifetime.  Cassius was born the day after the art was completed.  Arthur's generosity made it possible for me not to have to work for a while.

America, we made the right choice on both my CHOICE covers.
I love painting X's over bad guys.

Or at least painting over them....

I could continue this gallery of covers for a while but this is about Arthur.  As we all know, if you are fortunate to be in this business for a while you'll have to live with change.  I embrace it as much as I can.  I'm better for having worked with him these many years.
Finally, I am an odd guy.  I am a bit of a hoarder.  Anyone who has seen my studio know this for sure.  I seem to have a few answering machine messages I save to make me feel loved.  I have funny messages from a very young Cassius, a few old friends and this one which is number one.  I won't delete it from my machine, it still makes me happy.