Tuesday, September 29, 2009
ANNE FRANK and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Here is my latest OP-ED image for the Los Angeles Times. It ran this past Sunday, September 27th. The article discusses Anne Frank's literary voice and the author's assertion that she knew her diary would one day be received as a work of art. I got the call late one Friday evening around 9:00 p.m. from my contact at the Times. He wanted me to focus on making it a portrait, but perhaps use actual text from her book in parts, book bindings, materials associated with literary endeavors, etc. My original idea was to work in a bunch of the above mentioned items into the blue background you see posted here. I also wanted to find some material very similar to what her actual diary is covered in (red and tan plaid.) Once the actual collage portrait of Anne was completed, I experimented with 3 different backgrounds to see what might work best. With the help of a fellow illustrator and friend that I highly respect (Kristi Smith) she suggested that the image with the plaid border might reproduce best in black and white and to submit that one and perhaps submit the blue background image for use on the web. Here is a bit of that process and the final outcome as it ran in The L.A. Times.