Drawing Magazine Cover Countdown: #2

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.


The second-place finisher in our countdown of Drawing magazine’s 10 greatest covers gives us our highest-ranking cover by a contemporary artist:

Drawing, fall 2009. Cover art by Dirk Dzimirsky.

Drawing, fall 2009. Cover art by Dirk Dzimirsky.

That stunning drawing is “Dawn,” by the excellent hyperrealist German artist Dirk Dzimirsky.

Jamie Bogner, who was Drawing’s art director at the time of this issue, reflects on what made this cover drawing so special. “I started as Art Director on issue five of Drawing and had the pleasure of working on at least 20 covers for Drawing over my tenure,” he says. “All spoke to me in some way or another, and just like one can’t really choose a favorite child, it’s incredible difficult to elevate one over the others. But when asked, I’d have to say the fall 2009 cover featuring Dawn, by Dirk Dzimirsky, is my favorite of the bunch. The striking tonal contrasts made it both immediately evident as a drawing and deeply emotive.”

We encourage you to check out the artist’s website for more examples of his incredibly realistic drawings. You can also subscribe to Drawing magazine here. And stay tuned to this blog, where in a few days we’ll unveil the top cover from Drawing magazine’s first 10 years!

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