Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 12, 2021

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illustrated by Asahi Nagata |

“Campground” by Asahi Nagata

Asahi Nagata (AH-sah-hee / meaning “sunrise” in Japanese) is a freelance illustrator based in Minneapolis and born in Sapporo, Japan, in 1992. Asahi is fascinated by traditional printmaking such as risograph, screen printing, and linocut.

“Campground” • 11x13” • Digital Illustration • 2020.  From the artist: “Being inspired by ’50s and ’60s children’s books and commercial prints, I love using vintage, bold color palettes in my illustrations. Also being fascinated by traditional printmaking methods such as screen printing, risograph, and block printing, I often use color overlaying technique and offset effects in order to display the authentic retro, print-like effect digitally. I learned how to mimic this retro print texture myself while I worked at a design firm here in Minneapolis as an illustrator and did vintage prints restoration works for five years. I enjoy challenging myself to think creatively how I can depict an object using a limited color palette.”


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 message.


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