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MX Cover Illustration

This week’s new issue of Mountain Xpress (the local alt-weekly paper for Asheville, NC) features another cover illustration from me. I was tasked to come up with a concept to illustrate the story about the vast amount of election campaign contributions for the two local district representatives that come from sources outside the state.

7/19/19 Mountain Xpress cover art by Brent Brown.
See whole issue here.

After nixing my initial idea of having the two congressmen climbing a Western North Carolina-shaped graph showing their respective donations, they accepted this concept of the racing cars made of stacks of cash. I also did caricatures of each representative, but since they were made smaller and put on the car roofs, they aren’t all that visible. See original ideas and art below:

Original artwork submitted, before masthead, headline and other text was added, as well as other tweaks made by paper of the layout and elements before publication.
Caricatures of Congressmen McHenry and Meadows before being placed in the artwork.
Initial concept for cover art that was rejected for later idea.

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