Here's my illustrated portrait for the cover of POLITICO. It depicts Pierre Sellal, France's veteran ambassador to the European Union. The piece is a dedicated appraisal of Sellal – a top diplomat that France has relied on to keep everything operating smoothly within the EU. He is the man in the know and has for many years been the go to guy for french politicians who needed help with a European issue. He is however approaching retirement and the question is when he does stand down, what kind of ambassador will France put in his place? It would be hard to replace a like for like diplomat, or would a more modern representative than Sellal be better for a European Union that finds itself trying it's best to hold together, whilst so many would tear it apart.
I suggested that we depict Sellal in a very strong light wrapped in the Tricolor and what better way to show reverence to the great protector of France than in a statuesque pose set within a stained glass window? Inspired by many visits to Carcassonne in the past I felt that would be a great way to pay homage to the career of a man dedicated to his protection of France.
The use of stained glass also gave me the opportunity to seamlessly put in the french references that tie it all together.
Here's the second in the new canned line – Dark Star Revelation, which I was really happy about it was one of the brews that I'd designed the pump clip for a few years back. With this came it's own challenges, namely that apparently people love the clip so much that they didn't want to move too far away from it at first. But when showed the guys and gals at Dark Star my concept for reinventing Revelation in cans with nods back to the clip graphics, they were really happy to embrace the new art direction.
So we've still got stained glass but with a lot more detail and hop-worshipping! I've really tried to get across the feeling of the light coming through the clouds and bursting out of the stained glass. The inscription across the central panel of the stained glass window is 'Pro amore humulus' which, as I'm sure you've worked out, is about as close as you can get to 'For the love of hops'. Continuing the ecclesiastical theme round the back we've got a couple of cute little cherubs helping out with the brew, based of course on my own little angels(more like devils actually!)
Hopefully number three is coming later this year, and I've already done concepts for a couple of them so it'll be a case of waiting to see which brew Dark Star choose to release for their next run.
Here are some close ups: