John Paul Thurlow’s Covers

Published June 25, 2009 by Graham


Illustrator John Paul Thurlow’s blissful blog, Covers, is a repository for radical reinventions of beloved magazine covers– an ode to the art of the printed publication’s visage. With magazines dropping left and right in the past few years, Thurlow’s work feels like a eulogy to a struggling medium, reminding us how dazzlingly impactful the front page alone can be. In Thurlow’s words:

This is an homage, an attempt to create cover art for every great magazine I own (+ a few I wish I owned). It’s never a straight crib and it’s not about perfection, the source magazines are simply a playground for my imagination…

Covering covers lets me combine some of my favourite things; portraiture, pencil sketching, typography, graphic design, and ideas – there’s usually one in there somewhere.


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2 comments so far

  1. batman says:

    that’s the coolest ko portrait.

  2. Hi batman, Karen O is a source of fascination for me, I think she’s beautiful… the original photo is by James Looker, check him out…