These gents were drawn for Seattle Met‘s great new issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Seattle in 1962. They were somehow involved in the fair, whether they worked there, exhibited there or attended the fair.
I was encouraged by the art director to try a different direction with the portraits and I found some inspiration in illustrated portraits from the 1950s. Instead of illustrating the shoulders for these guys, I illustrated just their collars and ties and filled the backgrounds with a solid yellow.
If you’re in Seattle you should really check out this issue. There are four beautiful covers to choose from and some fantastic design and classic photos on the interior. You can check out a couple of the spreads on Seattle Met’s Flickr account.