Drawing Magazine Cover Countdown: #8

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.

Our number 8 cover was slightly controversial–because some readers, at first glance, didn’t believe it was a drawing. Here, for your close inspection, is our fall 2011 issue, featuring Kerry Brooks’ colored pencil drawing Masquerade:

Drawing fall 2011

“I love this cover not only because I think it’s a really interesting, eye-catching image (always important for our covers) but also because it’s done in colored pencil,” says Amy Petriello, the art director of Drawing. “I remember there was some back and forth amongst the staff over whether the image would work on Drawing because it didn’t look like a drawing–i.e. a black and white, easily identifiable sketch. To me, that says the artist did an amazing job capturing her subject realistically in the ‘new’ medium of colored pencil. As a compromise of sorts, we added the graphic that says ‘Learn to create lifelike colored pencil drawings,’ with an arrow pointing to the image.”

Kerry Brooks (www.kerrybrooks.com) is just one of a terrific group of artists found in this issue. Fall 2011 Drawing also features:

• a guide to simplifying, understanding, and utilizing human anatomy
• the magnificent portrait drawings of Ingres
• profiles of Zach Johnsen and Jason Bard Yarmosky

If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, download the magazine here. And stay tuned to the Drawing Magazine Blog for the rest of our 10-year cover countdown!

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