These series is completed for now. All the images can be bought as limited edition (of 30) museum quality prints on the Almost Perfect Store, hand signed and numbered by the author.
Since the Coronavirus pandemic took over the world, we have been asked to stay in our homes as much as possible. I’ve lived in Tokyo for several years, but staying in my house all the time made me feel I could be living in any other city in the world. This pandemic has made our spirits live in the very same city at the same time: it’s a city called Home. Realizations such as this and the fact that we are all in this together, should unite us in some way or another.
An ongoing personal art project
My job is to draw for brands and publications worldwide as an illustrator, and having more time to draw is always a good thing. Now stuck at home, it’s perfect chance to do more personal work, experiment and try new techniques. So I’ve chosen this as my personal isolation project: a series of faux magazine covers exploring this city we call Home. Scenes of the everyday, that you can’t place geographically to one place, but belong everywhere. Of course there’s a big link and wink to The New Yorker covers, please read below “The Background”.
THE COVERS so far
Everyone knows The New Yorker magazine by their iconic covers. They are famous for being made by great artists and give their view on urban NYC life and/or current affairs that affect the city.
Less known are initiatives like The Parisianer, The Tokyoiter and Le Montréaler. Imaginary magazines, they are just series of covers, podiums for artists to show the love for their city and expose their talents. They serve new and established talent. Illustrating a cover for the New Yorker is a commission most artist dream of. The other cities’ variants are a nice second alternative.
My Home Stayer project is a huge thank you to The New Yorker for elevating illustration and giving it an authoritative voice through the decades. Their memorable attitude towards art is an example for many publications and a steady reminder to the editorial world that following trends is a dangerous path. Each publication should have a singular, recognizable voice and be remarkably different in order to survive through cycles.
Of course all © belong to the authors and my covers are © by me.
Please ask me for permission if you want to use them for something. Also if you want me to draw for you. I am open for commissions.