It is with great pleasure and no small amount of trepidation that one receives an assignment from an art director with the confidence in himself to trust an illustrator. Let the job come during a regularly scheduled my-career-is-over episode. Finally, make it a cover of the New York Times Weekend section; a chance to redeem oneself or, go down in flames. Fortunately, AD Richard Aloisio helps turn a rather complicated problem (just screaming for a crowd scene) into a fun and interesting game, literally.
Upon attempting a finish, I am faced with a task not unlike the princess' turning a room full of straw into gold but, without the assistance of Rumplestiltskin. Somehow, I manage to pull it out of the dumpster moments before the deadline and am rewarded by thumbs up on Facebook from friends, relatives and former high school classmates.
Among my favorite past jobs from Richard, a recipe series from a few years ago BC (before color).