Beauty & the Beach

Today, our resident artist mouse, Aaron, is sharpening his pencils and getting ready to draw the lovely Charlotte for this week’s beach-themed Blown Cover Contest. Aaron has promised to be on his best behavior, and to make her look glamorous— versus like a crazed zombie cat monster, as you may recall seeing in an earlier post.

Charlotte Swimsuit Model

Every Monday a new theme is announced on the Blown Covers website, and every Thursday, about a hundred artists (and one mouse) submit their best concept sketches showing how they would apply that theme to a New Yorker cover illustration. And while the contest is not affiliated with The New Yorker magazine per se, it’s still a great way to get to know its art director, Francoise Mouly, and to introduce her to your work—since she runs the contest, along with her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman. (—Not to mention, it’s also a superb way to exercise your creative muscles, and to come up with new editorial artwork samples.)

I’ll be sure to post Aaron’s finished beach theme drawing up here on Friday, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of the Blown Cover Contest submissions I’ve sent in recently as well.

Jean Tuttle Blown Cover Concepts - Gay Marriage

Several weeks ago, the theme was Gays in America, and I submitted the above three concepts on gay marriage, a cause I support. The image on the left, showing a lesbian couple and a gay couple planting a rainbow flag atop a wedding cake (ala the famous photo of soldiers at Iwo Jima) was chosen as  Runner-Up #3.

The following two weeks I was not so lucky—neither of my submissions for the Father’s Day or Weddings themes made it out of the “slush pile.” But I still had a wonderful time coming up with ideas, and fleshing them out.

Jean Tuttle Blown Covers - Father's Day & Weddings

At left, a concept for Father’s Day, showing how fathers of my dad’s generation are in many cases still being called upon to help out subsequent generations financially. On the right, my concept for Weddings, showing a long-married couple who still sees themselves as the lovely bride and groom they once were. (What can I say? I’m a romantic at heart.)

Last week the Contest theme was July 4th. This time the image on the right made Runner Up #7. My idea here was simple: Everyone gets a holiday, so why not Lady Liberty?

Jean Tuttle images for The Blown Cover Contest - July 4th

The image on the left is my small nod to gay servicemen, as well as a nostalgic take on my first NYC apt., from which I could see the Empire State Building out the bedroom window—a huge night light, lighting up the sky, as I was falling asleep.

Speaking of sketches, I have a client waiting on something for me, so I’d better scoot! I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday. I’ll see you back on here in a day or two…with more “Beauty & the Beach,” from Aaron Mouse and me.

P.S. Adding in one more here — a very loose scribble — that Aaron Mouse did of Charlotte as Miss Liberty for Dad’s breakfast table last week. (This one’s for you, Sis in response to your comment below.)

Charlotte as Lady Liberty by Aaron Mouse


About Jean Tuttle

Jean Tuttle is a Chicago-area illustrator, designer, and doodler.
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4 Responses to Beauty & the Beach

  1. Hannah says:

    These are fantastic! I especially like the married couple looking in the mirror and the 4th of July ones but I’m thoroughly convinced that they should all be winners. Good luck on the beach theme and thanks for posting these, they’re wonderful, as are the doodles.

  2. carol says:

    Jeanie–These are all so beautiful as are Gayle’s. I especially like Lady Liberty taking the day off. She’s so elegant.

    • Jean Tuttle says:

      Thanks, Sis!

      Speaking of…Aaron Mouse also tried his hand at sketching Lady Liberty last week. His scribbles landed on Dad’s breakfast table, but at least one was too irreverent to share, even on here. (It had dogs in it, doing what dogs do when they go for a walk. ’Nuff said.)

      But I just added in one of the others at the bottom of this post…Charlotte as Lady Liberty, by Aaron Mouse, just for you. :-)

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