Commissioning illustration is one of the great pleasures of editorial art direction. At CR I frequently seek out untried artists, but over the years we’ve featured some big names, too. In fact, several of our ‘new faces’ have gone on to become big names themselves.
Matching a story to an illustrator is a most satisfactory pursuit; can this artist render a likeness with a few deft strokes? Can this one capture the writer’s fizzing joy, or bubbling rage? What about surrealist whimsy? Or stream of consciousness? For this, the last of our Monographs, we decided to revisit some of our greatest commissions. So if you were wondering where you filed that Catwoman illustration, or where it was you saw that pencil drawing of Lady Gaga, then look no further.