An optimistic Monster waits for his date to be blasted to life in Edward Sorel’s superb St-Valentine’s cover for The New Yorker, February 1997.
Doing a cover for The New Yorker is a point of pride and prestige for artists. Edward Sorel has over 40 to his credit. His distinctive, loose line drawings are conceived and explored through several roughs, with the final piece inked directly onto the paper, without benefit of an underlying pencil sketch, a trick akin to a trapeze artist working without a safety net. When satisfied with the line work, Sorel finishes it in watercolors or wash. The result is a polished work of art that still retains the intuitive, nervous energy of a first draft.
Sorel is a multiple award-winning artist, elected to the Art Directors Club of New York Hall of Fame in 2002. He was a founding member, with Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast, of the legendary Push Pin Studio. His works have graced all the major American magazines, and have been exhibited the world over.