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Book Cover Gig


Mr. Dodge contracted me to illustrate and design the cover for his new book.

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I used to draw similar (yet much simpler) characters (just line drawings with very little shading) that I derived from the illustrations on the cover of Queen's "A Kind of Magic" (nowhere near this stylized).

I never would have thought of the hammer & sickle, though. VERY POWERFUL.

The more I see of your work, the more I regret letting my father talk me out of going to art school--although I do have a friend who never formally studied art & does work with such attention to detail that I can't tell some of his work from photographic prints.

I guess I should be directing my dissatisfaction at myself for my lack of motivation.

DEVON--TAKE NOTE OF THIS: School is good for basics & informational details, but our biggest limit is often our own personal vision. Think big. AIM HIGH. Even if you don't reach as high as you aim, you'll reach higher than if you aim at something sitting on the ground.

Anyway--great work, John.

john cox:


Thanks for the kind word.

Technical know-how only got me so far. Passion only got me so far. Opportunity only got me so far.

But perseverence is the key to them all.

I try to remind Devon of this every chance I get.



great cover!

Tom Wms.:

I think the chains say as much or more than the hammer and cycle. Together, all three make a powerful statement. Great work.

This is like a completed Soviet poster. Their artists always left off the chains.

john cox:


I was definitely vibing off Socialist Art.


Soon we to will be telling the same jokes the Soviets used to tell:

"They pretend to pay us, we pretend to work."

Ed B:

A. Whitney Brown said it best. To paraphrase: "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need - not a bad philosophy to follow if you have plenty of needs and not much ability".

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John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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