Isthmus Cover (January 2023)


Final artwork for Isthmus cover. Two people walking on the lake during the winter with their dog. On the left is someone snow shoeing and the right is someone ice fishing.

The Isthmus is an independent local paper in Madison, WI. It is the go-to source for important news and happenings around the area. In December 2022, I was asked to illustrate the cover for the January Issue. It was challenge creating a cover that was visually interesting, distinctly Madison, and unique. Many other illustrators came before me, so I found my personal challenge was creating a cover that had not been done. In the end, I decided to go with a theme that is very Madison - the lake walk. If you're from the area, you know every year there are activities held on the frozen lake, as well as people who go for walks across it. Is it dangerous? Probably. Do the residents care? Mostly, no. It was an absolute privilege to work on this project. Below are some sketches and images of the paper hitting the streets. You can read an article about the process on the Isthmus website.

Read and article about the process and my inspiration! 
Sketch of the image above. The sketch features the Madison skyline.The first iteration of the cover with muted grey tones.
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