the Walrus (2022)
Covers are a challenge. Not necessarily because  the illustration needs to dodge or integrate text, not necessarily because of the “ingrained wisdom”  that demands bright colours and easy reads, but because the number of chefs involved; every piece of a publication wants in on the (many) aesthetic decisions that go into a cover. They can be as much about inter-department relationships as they can be about what an illustrator can do. In this case DD Paul Kim and I successfully navigated that entire artistic-social-political-managerial powers that be and made a cover that works with my current fave approaches and interests. That’s a rare thing and a delightful happening. Also of note: if you dig around the internet you’ll find some exceptionally fun animated versions courtesy of the Walrus’ skilled digital folks.