On the Cover | Aug. 4, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Sarah Denis

“Spitfire” by Sarah Denis (website)
, digital illustration, 7” x 11”)

Sarah Denis
Sarah Denis

“The image 'Spitfire' combines my love of vintage transportation and my enduring dream to fly off in old fashioned style. Over the ages, we have come up some fantastical modes of motion and the pedal plane and the bicycle are easily two of my favorites. I have always wanted to zoom off in a pedal powered plane and the thought of being able to do so always hits me while I’m riding around on my own vintage bicycle. Like most childhood dreams, this image began simply enough in my sketchbook and then demanded that I give it more attention. I wanted to keep this image simple, joyous, and full of nostalgia." – The Artist – The Artist

What we were thinking: “Sarah Denis had inquired about doing some illustrating for us, and we enjoyed this piece from her portfolio so much that we had to use it for our cover. The design has a vintage aesthetic with a feminine touch and conveys the dream of how the artist has always wanted to fly. The color that juts out from the linear outlines immediately indicates that this piece was done by hand and has a playful summertime look and feel. The sky possesses great breathing room for the masthead and the old plane gives this piece the effect of motion.”
V1 Designer Josh Smeltzer


Volume One finds its cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a letter.

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