A special thank you to superhero Art / Creative Director Robert Festino and designer Allison Cressey at Variety for the opportunity to work on this piece. Robert gave me one of my first illustration jobs out of school 15(!) years ago, for Entertainment Weekly, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him.
For a review of Justin Timberlake’s new album “Man of the Woods”, this half page illo was executed in a few days. The album hadn’t been released yet to the public, so I had to go with a few snippets from a teaser music video Timberlake put out. For some reason, he’s in the snow alot and there are also many fires, all the while making conjuring and “why me” poses wandering around in outdoor gear. We thought it would be fun to portray him as a sorcerer hipster trudging into the parapsychological woods. #justintimberlake #whysoserious #manofthewoods #superbowlhalftime #illustration