A commissioned illustration for Written By the magazine issued to members of the Writers Guild of America (West) every other month. This summer issue celebrates the life and work of Ray Bradbury who turns 90 this August.
I'm a huge fan of Bradbury's work, so this was a dream project. Thank you to Roger Allers, who recommended me for the assignment.
10 1/2" X 13 1/2"
Some slight adjustments were made to Ray's face for the final cover. At (left) is the original gouache. At (right) the digital pass.
THE MANY FACES OF RAY
There is so much to pull from Bradbury's writings, but in the end I opted to keep the piece simple and contain most of the story references in Ray's coat, making him the Illustrated Man.
In 2007 Bradbury received the Order of Arts and Letters medal (above), the highest cultural honor bestowed by France.
COLOR THUMBNAILS (Digital)
Final layout (left) and alternate version.