Earlier this year I was commissioned to illustrate a feature package on the subject of Courage for Middlebury magazine.
We read about acts of bravery everyday in the news; strife, personal and environmental hardship, and oppression are prevalent across the globe. I found it to be a humbling experience to contemplate imagery for such a profound topic.
In this feature package the theme of personal courage was illuminated through eight first-person essays. The editor Matt Jennings wanted the cover to reflect a triumphant spirit. I tried to make the figure riding the lion as gender neutral as possible.
A few other cover concepts presented:
I wanted this cover concept to echo this quote that I found by Mary Anne Radmacher: “Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying: I will try again tomorrow”
The cover and opening images needed to address the general theme. For the opening image I decided to focus on depicting fortitude and perseverance.
In the cover essay, Ellen Hinsey, a veteran reporter, writes about what makes a person courageous; where courage comes from.
Portrait of Zaheena Rasheed
"A young woman journalist in the Maldives, Zaheena has had her life threatened repeatedly because of her reporting on her country's authoritarian government. In the days after a colleague was kidnapped, she awoke to find a note pinned to her door with the words "You're Next." Holding it in place was a machete. Yet Zaheena continues to work." Matt Jennings
Coincidentally I had created this illustration just before the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. This illustration inspired this quick sketch.
Portrait of Frederick C. Kelly
"The 93-yr-old WWII vet, a pilot of a B-24 bomber airlifting supplies and intelligence agents behind enemy lines to support the French Underground. On his fifth mission, the plane was shot down. Though our pilot was thrown halfway threw the windshield—held in place by the parachute attached to his waist—he was among a handful of the crew to survive. They were hustled into hiding by the French Underground and began a clandestine journey to make their way to Allied territory." Matt Jennings
It was a privilege and delight to work with art director Pamela Fogg on this profound topic and extensive assignment.