To kick off the season, I got to illustrate the cover for the NYTimes Weekend Arts section. The AD was looking for an image that will encompass the articles in the section, which were several book pick recommended for 'beach reading'. They were looking for a warm beach atmosphere, so I kept the palette nice and hot with only splashes of cool. Below is the final image:
These are the sketches I sent out the the AD, she picked the close up but asked me to add more to the girl's face and background.