Drawing Magazine Cover Countdown: #9

This fall, Drawing magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to get the festivities started, the Drawing Magazine Blog is looking back at our 10 favorite covers. To see the full list so far, check out the entire Drawing Magazine Blog.

For our #9 cover, we’re going all the way back to the very beginning:

Drawing, fall 2003

As our debut magazine, the fall 2003 issue certainly holds a special place in Drawing’s legacy. It doesn’t hurt that the cover featured a beautiful, subtle colored pencil portrait by living master Wayne Thiebaud.

Thiebaud came to prominence in the 1960s as part of the Pop Art movement, although his career since cannot be confined to any one school or style. He’s best known for his colorful drawings and paintings of candy, food, and other commercial items. But for Drawing, which has always maintained a focus on the human figure, this portrait provided the right note on which to set out.

Bonus fact: Drawing’s first cover would be its last full-color cover for six years, until this issue, in 2009.

Check back next week to see the #8 winner in our countdown. And to enjoy everything that Drawing magazine has to offer, subscribe here!

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