To date, Making Waves magazine is my best attempt at following in their footsteps. The goal was to use topical images on each cover that had been filtered in Photoshop to create a painterly effect inspired by the work of French Impressionist Paul Cezanne. With the filter combination built and tested, it is a fairly simple matter to create the visual characteristics shown here using any photo. However, this first cover is the last time that the effect was used.
The very next issue's cover story was devoted to a new company president. While it made perfect sense to show his portrait, my client felt a photo should be used rather than the painterly style that the approved creative direction dictated. Since I had only been hired to develop the format and first couple of issues of the magazine, the painterly aspect of our cover concept was soon forgotten. While the client's position was understandable, it was a dilemma that could have been solved had there not been so many decision makers involved behind the scenes.
In hindsight, as the years have taught me again and again, furthering even the basics of good creative direction from a freelance position can be a formidable challenge. Each and every aspect of a concept must be explained to the point that a client understands and sees its value as clearly as the creative director. And, is willing to make sure all others on the client side are equally informed and enthusiastic.
Creative direction, art direction, design and illustration*