Tim O’Brien’s Norman Rockwell for Smithsonian

“Recently I was asked by Smithsonian Magazine to illustrate the October 2013, “Secrets of American History” issue.  The pitch was possibly using Rockwell’s triple self-portrait as a starting point.
I took it as an opportunity do a ‘master copy’ with a twist.  In this case, some trick that the viewer might not see right away, which is incidentally, something Rockwell had fun with for the Saturday Evening Post around April Fool’s day.  As it often happens, ideas come out of the act of drawing, so, as I sketched out this cover, getting to his reflection revealed the idea.  “Who was Norman Rockwell?”  A pair of glasses and a pipe and Rockwell as an invisible man in both the mirror and on the canvas seemed to work.”

Read more about the process of this project here.

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Categories: New Illustration

Author:Thomas James

Creative Director of Illustration Age and Illustrator for The New York Times, Pentagram, WIRED, Buzzfeed, and more. Website / Instagram

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4 Comments on “Tim O’Brien’s Norman Rockwell for Smithsonian”

  1. October 2, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Reblogged this on LISBOA EM MOVIMENTO – Elisa Aguilera.

  2. October 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Nice concept on Rockwell.

  3. October 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Art tu, Brut?.

  4. October 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    wow,, nice picture,,


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