In this continuing series, Utne Reader Art Director Stephanie Glaros explains the process behind an Utne Reader illustration.
Once in a while, an illustrator comes to my attention whose style is unlike any other I’ve seen. Although I can’t recall how I first came across Keith Greiman’s work, I knew instantly that he was someone who I wanted to get into the magazine. His characters are really fun, and I especially appreciate his use of color. I recently commissioned Keith to illustrate the article “The Gospel According to…,” which describes a bible without God. I knew Keith would have fun playing with the idea of mixing secular and Christian elements. Indeed, his final art includes the coolest version of Noah’s Ark I’ve ever seen, and the surrealistic colors made this piece one of my favorites in the whole issue.
Since its inception in 1984, Utne Reader has relied on talented artists to create original images for stories that express powerful emotions, brilliant new ideas, and humorous storytelling. Browsing through back issues of Utne Reader is like a tour of “Who’s Who” in the illustration world. Artists like Gary Baseman, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, Bill Plympton, and Seymour Chwast have graced our pages over the years, to name just a few.