Colored pencils and oil pastels on paper + computer generated. An illustration for the cover of the book: “Everything Is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer. This illustration is part of a series I made for this book, here is another one: https://artbydina.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/the-bead-of-condemnation/. The jewish villagers in this forgotten shtetl which name is a story by itself (Trochenbrod or Zofiówka), are the theme of the background with their grotesque expressions. I enjoyed doing this cover because of the portrait freedom I could use here, while usually I stick to the realistic look. There is something strong in cover illustration, it must be specific and communicative – to make it this way, and still be interesting is a unique art by itself.
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